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Token Theatre Friends: From México to Broadway with Mauricio Martínez

The Friends talk to the ‘On Your Feet!’ star about why he advocates for Latinx composers and for racial justice; plus discussions of Hannah Gadsby’s ‘Douglas’ and ‘Six.’

Twice a month on the Token Theatre Friends video series and podcasts, theatre critics (and theatre besties) Jose Solís and Diep Tran bring a POC perspective to the performing arts.

This week the Friends speak to Mauricio Martínez about De México to Broadway, his upcoming show at Feinstein’s/54 Below, in which he creates a biography out of the songs that have shaped his life and career. Martínez was already an established film and television star in his home country when he played Emilio Estefan on Broadway and in the national tour of On Your Feet! The Friends talk to Martínez about why critics should stop comparing Latinx work to telenovelas and how he’s found himself becoming an activist.

The audio of the interview is also available on the podcast, where the Friends review one show currently playing in New York City:

Douglas by Hannah Gadsby at the Daryl Roth Theatre through September 7th ($65-$227). In her follow up to the smash hit Nanette, the Australian performer/comedian/art historian/queer icon/memoirist/dog lover/etc. continues blurring the lines between genres, mediums, and styles, as she focuses on bringing down the patriarchy.

At the end of the show, the Friends also discuss Six, a rock musical about Henry VIII’s wives, opening on Broadway in 2020, and on a cruise ship near you soon. What is Six and why is it suddenly everywhere?

Download the podcast episode here.

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