Inspired by the drama and passion of the boleros of his Latin American youth, the ever-hypnotic Migguel Anggelo returns to the legendaryJoe’s Pub at The Public Theater to premiere his new show, LatinXoxo – An Unrequited Serenata.
On January 31st and February 1st, Anggelo will embark on a
transformative journey of romance —one free from gender
roles— guided by reimagined Latin icons of love. Blending
classic Spanish love songs, their contemporary pop
counterparts, and original compositions, LatinXoxo – An
Unrequited Serenata, promises to be deeply emotional.
Growing up in Venezuela, Anggelo was raised on Boleros. He
says “Boleros have always been the way Latins express their
emotions though song. Whether about sadness, flirtation, expressions of passionate rage, or just elemental love, boleros are the voice of the heart.”
Best known for his poignant song cycles that illuminate political and social issues and serve as a voice to marginalized communities, Anggelo keeps in stride with his latest offering; shining a light on gender, queer, and Latin identity. Boleros are steeped in preconceived notions of gender roles; from who pays, to who proposes. LatinXoxo seeks to shatter those notions and break the binary (reminding us that we can be many sides at once, both the virgin and the lover, the feminine and the masculine, the seducer and the seduced), and deconstruct these antiquated Latin figures and refocus them through a queer lens.
Hailed by critics as “a dynamic treat” and a mixture of “Mambo meets Andy Kaufman, spiced with a pinch of Michael Bublé,” Anggelo has taken cues from Lin Manuel Miranda, John Leguizamo and Cesar Alvarez, using his performances as a vehicle to explore issues of heritage, identity, tradition, language and more as a first-generation Latino immigrant. By doing so, he holds a mirror for those that don’t find their story represented on the stage. This manifested most recently inWelcome to La Misa, Baby, which premiered in late 2017 at the Clemente Cultural Center. In this sold-out one-man play, Anggelo responded to the Pulse Nightclub shooting by introducing us to an array of characters in a gay nightclub, and depicting the sacred role these clubs play in the LGBTQ community.