[musical] KISS MY AZTEC! // Berkeley

[musical] KISS MY AZTEC! // Berkeley

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Berkeley Repertory Theatre
2025 Addison Street, near the intersection of Addison and Shattuck in downtown Berkeley.

See world premiere of KISS MY AZTEC!

See a biting new comedy from the ingenious John Leguizamo! Based on a screenplay by Leguizamo, Kiss My Aztec! focuses on Spain’s attempt to conquer Mesoamerica in the 1600s.

Kiss My Aztec! takes a page from Leguizamo and Taccone’s most recent collaboration, Latin History for Morons, which played a limited Broadway run last season. Leguizamo received a Special Tony Award for the explosive solo play that shed light on the crucial and overlooked roles Latinx people played in American history. The show also picked up a Tony nomination for Best Play.

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2 videos:

  • Watch below their latest video featuring co-creators John and Tony Taccone to see how they use comedy and music to make Aztec history fresh and modern.

 

  • Get an exclusive look at the choreography from Maija García! In our latest video, Maija discusses how the Afro-Latino Diaspora is shared through the show’s vibrant mix of many different music and dance styles.

 

About:

  • Running time: approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes, plus one 15-minute intermission.
  • “I’m-a cast a spell to dispel ya supposition
    That Latin America is Latin by definition”

This fresh, irreverent musical comedy could only spring forth from the clever and culturally savvy mind of John Leguizamo (who seriously schooled Berkeley Rep audiences with Latin History for Morons).

With an energetic musical fusion of salsa, Latin boogaloo, hip-hop, gospel, funk, and merengue, and an inspired mash-up of Elizabethan dialect and modern slang, Kiss My Aztec! celebrates, elevates, and commemorates Latinx culture.

European conquest? Hell, no!

It may be the 16th century in Spanish-occupied Mesoamerica, but these Aztecs is woke. Led by the unlikely duo of Colombina (a fierce female warrior) and Pepe (a not-so-fierce clown), they mount a scrappy resistance against their Spanish oppressors—and somehow get entangled in the dysfunctional dynamics of the Spanish viceroy’s bickering family.

Will our heroes get conquistadored by whitey or win the day?

Please note that John Leguizamo won’t be performing in Kiss My Aztec!—other fantastic actors will be starring in this uproarious new musical!

An important note regarding health and content advisories:

Kiss My Aztec! includes haze and strobe effects. Berkeley Rep offers an advisory about any stage effect of potential concern to patrons’ health. We don’t offer unsolicited content advisories as sensitivities vary from person to person. If you have concerns about content or themes, we are happy to provide details. Please call our box office at 510 647–2949 or email info@berkeleyrep.org.

 

Ticket prices:

Premium: $70–115 · Section A: $55–100 · Section B: $40–85
30% discount available for anyone under the age of 35.

 

Details from Playbill:

The Berkeley Repertory Theatre world premiere of Kiss My Aztec!, the new musical collaboration from Tony Award-winning performer John Leguizamo and director Tony Taccone, begins previews May 28.

Based on a screenplay by Leguizamo and Stephen Chbosky, Kiss My Aztec! focuses on Spain’s attempt to conquer Mesoamerica in the 1600s.

Leguizamo and Taccone co-wrote the book for Kiss My Aztec!, which has music by Benjamin Velez, with lyrics by Leguizamo, Velez, and David Kamp. The score is described as a blend of bolero, hip hop, merengue, and rap.

Joél Pérez, who was seen in the Broadway production of Fun Home, leads a cast that also features Angelica Beliard, Chad Carstarphen, Katherine “KC” Dela Cruz, Richard R. Henry, Zachary Infante, Yani Marin, Jesús E. Martínez, Maria-Christina Oliveras, Desiree Rodriguez, and Al Rodrigo.

Kiss My Aztec! takes a page from Leguizamo and Taccone’s most recent collaboration, Latin History for Morons, which played a limited Broadway run last season. Leguizamo received a Special Tony Award for the explosive solo play that shed light on the crucial and overlooked roles Latinx people played in American history. The show also picked up a Tony nomination for Best Play.

The creative team for Kiss My Aztec! includes David Gardos (music supervisor), Simon Hale (orchestrator), Maija García (choreography), Clint Ramos(scenic and costume design), Alexander V. Nichols (lighting design), and Jessica Paz (sound design). Additional percussion arrangements by Wilson Torres.

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