Event Information
Teatro La Tea Presents
They Call Me La Lupe
Tuesday, January 04, 2011 through Sunday, January 23, 2011

A One Woman Show-Starring Lauren Velez

Length: 1 hr 10 mins
Intermission: None
Seating: General Admission
You choose your seats when you get to the theater.

Teatro LATEA, Dura-Vida Productions, and Lee Hernandez would like to say thank you to all of the fans of both Lauren Velez and La Lupe that have made this production of “They Call Me Lupe” such a phenomenal success!

This amazing piece written by James Manos jr. and Luis Caballero and under the direction of Veronica Caicedo has been one of our most successful productions to date.

As a show of gratitude for all of your love and support the closing performance has been now made more accessible with a ticket price of $50.00 dollars.

The Final performance will include food and Beverages.
Lauren will on hand to meet and greet the audience and personally thank you for your support. La Lupe’s music will permeate the air, her presence and Lauren's amazing performance will be celebrated during the reception.

Please join us! And once again thank you!

This performance will take place this Sunday, January 23rd 2011 at 3pm. It is nearly sold-out, and seating is limited.

Thank You,

Teatro LATEA
Lee Hernandez

Lupe Yoli was born in the small, rural town of San Pedrito, Santiago de Cuba in 1936.

By 1957, "La Lupe" was all the rage in La Habana's competitive nightclub scene. Her first performances at the club La Red in 1958 catapulted her to fame as she urged pianist Homero Balboa to play "faster, faster." Soon, she had a dedicated gay and avant-garde following.

When the Cuban Revolution dawned, La Lupe left the country, like many other Cuban artists at the time. Her performances had been criticized for providing a bad example to the state.

Arriving in New York City penniless in 1962, La Lupe soon befriended and recorded with world-renowned Afro-Cuban percussionist Mongo Santamaria. In LA LUPE QUEEN OF LATIN SOUL, Santamaria recalls how he introduced La Lupe to "an American" jazz audience and how Tito Puente stole her from his band once she became the "hottest thing."

In 1964, La Lupe and Tito Puente recorded the Latin classic "Te Pedi (What Did I Ask of You)". For the next four years, she recorded and toured the Latin music circuit in the U.S., Venezuela, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Panama and Spain.

During the late 1960s, Tito Puente started to record with Celia Cruz, and La Lupe struck out on her own, performing and appearing on English language television shows. During this time, the burgeoning Fania Records helped to popularize salsa, the latest Latin music sensation. By 1975, Fania's new rising star was Cruz, and La Lupe's career was on the decline. Fania Records ended her contract, and Lupe became destitute.

By 1985, La Lupe had rebounded from a descent into homelessness. Having been a lifelong practitioner of Santeria, she then became a born-again Christian, preaching in evangelical testimonials. When filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar used La Lupe's song "Puro Teatro" in his 1988 film Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, interest in her music was rekindled.

La Lupe passed away in 1992. She was survived by her husband, William Garcia, and her children Rene and Rainbow. In 2002, New York City renamed the Bronx's East 140 Street La Lupe Way.

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This event is general admission and no seating is assigned at this time. You will choose your seats when you arrive at the venue. Please view the 'More info' link to view if the venue is ADA Complaint.