Is it me, or has it gotten really quiet around here lately? Everyone must be having a really fabulous summer, because things have really quieted down in the “comments” section, lol…I thought I’d break the Dominican Republic retrospective up a little bit and share something a little different…
…..and speaking of crickets, I was invited to the NY Premiere of the Jennifer Lopez/Marc Anthony movie, “El Cantante” last Thursday evening. First let me say that I have always been a great fan of Hector LaVoe and his music. That is the music of my teen hood, my first crush, that I first learned to salsa to. In short, I really, really, really wanted to love this movie. I had seen a trailer of it last year at The NY Puerto Rican Day Parade, and felt my hairs stand up when I saw Marc Anthony singing “Aguanile” as Hector LaVoe. I felt he had really captured the “Hector” thing. So when I got the chance to attend the premiere, I jumped!
The premiere was held at the AMC Theater on 42and Street, and the was very little in the way of organization when we got there. I’ve been to premieres at the Ziegfeld, and the red carpet is always well defined, security is on top of everything, and traffic is under control. The fact that the AMC is a 25 theatre complex, complicated that a little bit, but we managed to be herded in only to get up to the theater and wait 90 minutes (the movie was to start at 7PM and started at 8:25 or so), the air conditioner was not working, and people were walking out in droves. Still, I wanted to stick it out like a true fan. I’ll leave it to Siskel and Ebert to critique the movie, but as a fan, I was disappointed. The movie really should have been called Puchi LaVoe, but I digress.
Okay, I figure…maybe the after party at Cipriani’s will be better…I mean how bad could a party at Cipriani’s be, right? *Sigh* I felt bad because it felt to me like JLo’s and MA’s celebrity fans did not come out in support of the movie. Miggy happened on Omar Minaya, the GM of the NY Mets, and then we trapped the only other Fania All Star that I saw there that night , Johnny “El Maestro” Pacheco (I whispered in his ear that I had a crush on him since I was 16, and he said, “Now you tell me!”).
Marc Anthony made a brief appearance, saying that he had been told to sing 2 songs, but he was going to do 4. He brought the house down with a wall shaking rendition of “Mi Gente”, but I felt like I had just managed to get a mere taste of the LaVoe experience.