Zoot Suit Opening Night
Talk turns to politics and the new administration at Opening Night of a timely Zoot Suit revival
If opening-night guests at the Mark Taper Forum agreed on one thing, it was that the restaging of “Zoot Suit” couldn’t have been timelier.
Based on the Sleepy Lagoon murder case and so-called “zoot suit riots” in Los Angeles in the 1940s, the groundbreaking play about the injustices suffered by a group of Mexican American teenagers originally premiered at the same theater in 1978.
Celebrities dotted the enthusiastic Feb. 12 audience, where several gents turned up in zoot suits and more than a few gals sported flowers in their hair.
Among others in the crowd were Eva Longoria (“Desperate Housewives”); Jaime Camil (“Jane the Virgin”); Cheech Marin (“Nash Bridges”); Edward James Olmos (“Battlestar Galactica”); Tim Roth (“The Hateful Eight”); Suzanne Cryer (“Silicon Valley”); and Amy Aquino (”Bosch”)
More were Ana Ortiz (“Ugly Betty”); Justina Machado (“One Day at a Time”); Ed Begley Jr. (“Ghostbusters”); Richard Montoya, Ric Salinas and Herbert Siguenza of performance troupe Culture Clash; former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa; and Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis.
Click here to read my entire story about the Zoot Suit Opening Night in the Los Angeles Times, which includes 6 conversations with celebrities at the theater and after-party.
Top photo: Edward James Olmos, left, who starred in the 1978 production of Zoot Suit, meets up with Demian Bichir, star of the Zoot Suit revival, catch up at the Zoot Suit Opening Night party (Photo by Ryan Miller/ Capture Imaging)
Second photo: Heidi Balvanera and Jaime Camil of “Jane the Virgin” at the Zoot Suit Opening Night performance at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles (Photo by Ryan Miller/ Capture Imaging)
Third photo: Eva Longoria of “Desperate Housewives”at the Zoot Suit Opening Night performance at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles (Photo by Ryan Miller/ Capture Imaging)
Fourth photo: From left, noted actor Tim Roth of “The Hateful Eight” and other films with the show’s star Demian Bichir and music director Daniel Valdez at the Zoot Suit Opening Night at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles (Photo by Ryan Miller/ Capture Imaging)
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Published Feb. 18, 2017 – Ellen Olivier, Society News LA