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Watch THE KING, The Untold Story of Hector Lavoe in ENGLISH and also the last COMEDY Directed and Produced by Anthony Felton, EL BARRIO (en Español)!
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This Felton Entertainment Production, is a touching story about a boy named Hector Perez, who was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico, and who grows with the dream of becoming an acclaimed singer.
At the age of 18 years Héctor Lavoe--who is played by RAUL CARBONEL JR., star of the Broadway musical "Who Killed Hector Lavoe?"--decides to travel to New York and stay with her sister Priscilla in the Bronx, which is played by the formidable singer INDIA. She introduces the talented cuatro, Yomo Toro--which is performed by the cuatro virtuoso EDWIN COLON ZAYAS--who introduced him to the great musician Willie Colon--played by LUIS JOSÉ LOPEZ--who immediately takes him to the recording studio after noticing his talent.
So, that was the story behind their first album together "Che Che Cole", which 24 hours later get a "Gold Record Award" after Hector had signed a contract with "The Fania Records." His albums became hit after hit after success for which they were called the "Duo Dynamite."
Hector changed the music scene of the 70's with a daring mix of Rumba, Merengue, Mambo, Cha-cha-cha, Bolero and other traditional folk rhythms, leading to the invention of a new sound called SALSA. The President of the Fania, Jerry Masucci, dubbed him "The King of Salsa" and his manager, Hector Maisonave, --played by the legendary JAIME SANCHEZ--replaced his surname Perez by "Lavoe", inspired by "The Voice."
This new sound traveled the world with Willie and Hector at the forefront, who received more "gold records" for each song recorded. The sale of tickets for major concerts, including Madison Square Garden, were sold out, earning to Hector the motto "The Singer of Singers", a term that peers nicknamed him.
However, all this success seems to have come to his life with a price proportional to the tragedy. Loved ones dying around him and a lifestyle very unstable, combination of drugs, women and alcohol led him to destroy their relationships with Fania, with family, with friends and eventually to become infected with AIDS. And here, in the dark side of his life that the character of Monica appears. According to reliable sources, she was the lover who transmitted AIDS to the legendary singer.
For this character, the director of the film ANTHONY FELTON, auditioned many actresses until the "Puerto Rican Athenaeum" the General Director of the National Archives of Theatre & Film, and Editor Editorial LEA, Roberto Ramos-Perea and the Director of the Film Section Jose Orraca Brandenberger, they called Felton to tell him the good news that they had the right actress. It was JESSYKA MARIE. Immediately Felton auditioned her and was delighted. Jessyka Marie and India are the only two Puerto Ricans who play important roles in this film, as the role of the mother of the first son of Hector Lavoe, Carmen, is performed by the beautiful Mexican actress and singer PATRICIA MANTEROLA.
Hector Lavoe's music lives and even after his death you can hear his "voice" around the world and it will continue being listened in centuries to come. The story of his life is reflected in this film as a tribute to those who remember him as "The Singer of Singers."
En los años 40's un importante número de inmigrantes Puertorriqueños se estableció en "East Harlem," NY, formando así la comunidad Hispana del Alto Manhattan que ha sido conocida desde ese entonces como 'EL BARRIO."
No obstante que "EL BARRIO" ha permanecido por décadas eminentemente "Boricua," A fechas recientes ha dado acogida a una gran cantidad de inmigrantes Mexicanos y a algunos Dominicanos. Precisamente en este contexto es en el que se desarrolla la trama de esta divertida COMEDIA DE ENREDOS que presenta a una familia Puertorriqueña--los Rivera--, que sufre una fuerte sacudida en sus ideales cuando sus hijas se enamoran de dos inmigrantes Mexicanos indocumentados sin saber que, a su vez ellos son empleados del patriarca de dicha familia, Don Justo Rivera.
No obstante, la situación es aún más compleja, en tanto que Don Justo es un hombre sumamente racista y clasista por lo que ha prohibido a sus hijas que se involucren sentimentalmente con varones que no sean Blancos Norteamericanos o Boricuas que pertenezcan a su mismo status social.
De tal manera que el zafarrancho se desata cuando los padres de las chicas, así como los enamorados, descubren con quienes se han involucrado...