Velez, the star of one woman show They Call Me La Lupe, will end her limited run in the Off-Broadway production on 23 January (11), after less than three weeks in the role.
The stage show, written by Emmy winner James Manos, Jr. and Luis Caballero and directed by Veronica Caicedo, tells the rags to riches life story of the Latin singer, who became the lead vocalist in Tito Puente's band.
But Velez won't be waving goodbye to the singer just yet - Manos, Jr. and Caballero are in talks with the Puerto Rican Film Commission to shoot a planned movie version with the actress, according to Variety.
Manos says, "I co-wrote this show as a way to jumpstart the process. I felt the play would help revive interest in La Lupe.
"It's scary how Lauren has inhabited her being. Not only does she look like La Lupe but she has captured La Lupe's distinct voice as well."
About 150,000 fans gathered at South Florida's South Beach Sunday night as pop sensation 'N Sync played a 35-minute set, featuring the singles "Pop," "Bye Bye Bye," and "Tearing Up My Heart."
Although the show was free for most fans, proceeds from the sale of VIP tickets went to benefit families of the Sept. 11 victims and local workers who recently lost their jobs, The Associated Press reported.
According to The Miami Herald, organizers expected to sell 1,500 VIP tickets at $150 per ticket.
"If our music helps us forget about the sad times I think it makes the hard work we do worth it," 'N Sync's Justin Timberlake said at the show. Along with his band mates, he wore a Red Cross T-shirt at the show.
"We're all the same, we're all humans. I think it's the bigger picture--it's not about us, it's about 'us'," Timberlake said.
Anticipating a huge number of fans, security blocked off Ocean Drive between Eighth and 15th streets so fans could line up and wait for the gates to open at 4 p.m.
More than 200 off-duty officers and about 150 volunteers wearing gold colored T-shirts were posted in the area as part of the security measures. They searched bags and scanned people with electronic wands. No bottles or food were allowed inside the event, The Miami Herald reported.
The show also included performances by Latin star Tito Puente Jr., Deborah Cox, Dante Thomas and the newest teen sensation, Willa Ford.
Members of 'N Sync also said that the store Best Buy would soon begin selling bobble-head figures of the singers. The band would dedicate $1 million from sales to the New York City relief efforts.
In related news, the band will join Alicia Keys, Tim McGraw and Shaggy when they perform at the 2001 Billboard Music Awards. The Billboard Music Awards will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, The Associated Press reported.
The ceremony, in its 12th year, honors the year's top artists and songs as determined by record charts, sales and radio airplay. The show will air live Dec. 4 on Fox at 8 p.m. ET.
We knew he couldn't keep his secret identity for too long. Backstreet Boy A.J. McLean, who chose to tour as a solo artists as "Johnny No Name," will launch his charity, the Johnny No Name Foundation, on Thursday. According to Launch.com, 500 fans will be able to purchase tickets to Thursday's event in Orlando, Fla., for a minimum $5 donation. The organization intends to raise awareness and funding for VH1's Save the Music Foundation and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. In related news, fellow BSB Howie Dorough will hold his Lupus 2001 Fund-raiser on June 1 and 2 at the Hard Rock Live in Orlando. Among the guests scheduled to appear are fellow band mate Nick Carter, Marc Anthony, Deborah Gibson, Tito Puente Jr., amd more. Tickets for the Lupus 2001 are available via Ticketmaster.
There’s no stopping the Fab Four.
For the fourth week in a row, the Beatles have held on to the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s album chart, selling 451,253 copies of “1” in post-holiday sales, according to SoundScan data.
In some bad news for boy band fans, the Backstreet Boys slipped seven spots to No. 9 with 171,071 copies of “Black & Blue” sold.
Sales of their latest album dropped dramatically from the week before when they moved 724,000 units during the Christmas holiday.
GRAMMY NO-SHOWS: There’s a good reason why some of the Grammy nominees announced Wednesday won’t be at the awards ceremony in February: They’re dead.
Bob Marley, Frank Sinatra, Tito Puente and jazz saxophonist Grover Washington Jr. were among the nominees who have passed on.
Blues legend Ella Fitzgerald and slain Beatle John Lennon will battle it out in the best long form video category, an award given to the artist and the video’s director.
Lennon was nominated for “Gimme Some Truth -- The Making of John Lennon’s Imagine," while Fitzgerald is nominated for “American Masters: Ella Fitzgerald -- Something To Live For.” The late guitarist Jimi Hendrix won the award last year.
Marley was nominated for his duet with R&B singer Lauryn Hill, a project that was produced thanks to the magic of technology. The same was used to produce the duet between Celine Dion and Sinatra with the tune “All the Way.”
Washington, who died of a heart attack in December 1999, was nominated for best pop instrumental performance for the track ''Camaleao.'' Puente, who died after complications from heart surgery, was nominated for the album “Masterpiece/Obra Maestra,” a collaboration with pianist Eddie Palmieri.
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Maybe they should call Carlos Santana "King of the World." Just a few months after his veritable sweep of the Grammy Awards, Santana took three trophies, including the record of the year award for "Corazon Espinado," his duet with Mexican rock band Mana, at the newfangled Latin Grammys on Wednesday night in Los Angeles.
"It feels like the first kiss," Santana said after winning. "It feels very natural and divine and human." The guitar god extraordinaire dedicated his awards to Africa, the women of the world, bilingual education and Nelson Mandela.
It was a star-studded event, as they say. Heavyweights such as Jennifer Lopez, Christina Aguilera and 'N Sync were among those trolling down the red carpet, and Ricky Martin opened the ceremony by performing a tribute to the late Tito Puente. The show was hosted by Lopez, Gloria Estefan, Andy Garcia and Jimmy Smits.
The evening's other winners included crooner Luis Miguel (three awards), Shakira (two awards) and Marc Anthony (song of the year).
Here's a complete list of the winners:
Record of the year: "Corazon Espinado," Santana featuring Mana
Album of the Year: "Amarte Es Un Placer," Luis Miguel
Song of the year: "Dimelo (I Need To Know)," Marc Anthony, Robert Blades, Angie Chirino and Cory Rooney (Marc Anthony)
New artist: Ibrahim Ferrer
Male pop vocal performance: "Tu Mirada," Luis Miguel
Female pop vocal performance: "Ojos Asi," Shakira
Pop performance by a duo or group with vocal: "Se Me Olvido Otra Vez," Mana
Pop instrumental performance: "El Farol," Santana
Pop album: Amarte Es Un Placer, Luis Miguel
Rock performance by a duo or group with vocal: "Corazon Espinado," Santana featuring Mana
Male rock vocal performance: "Al Lado Del Camino," Fito Paez
Female rock vocal performance: "Octavo Dia," Shakira
Rock song: "Al Lado Del Camino," Fito Paez (Fito Paez)
Rock album: Reves/Yo Soy, Cafe Tacuba
Salsa performance: "Celia Cruz and Friends: A Night Of Salsa," Celia Cruz
Merengue performance: "Ni Es Lo Mismo Ni Es Igual," Juan Luis Guerra y 440
Ranchero performance: "Mi Verdad," Alejandro Fernandez
Traditional tropical performance: "Mambo Birdland," Tito Puente
Tropical song: "El Niagara En Bicicleta," Juan Luis Guerra (Juan Luis Guerra y 440)
Banda performance: "Lo Mejor De Mi Vida," Banda El Recodo
Grupero performance: "En La Madrugada Se Fue," Los Temerarios
Tejano performance: "Por Eso Te Amo," Los Palominos
Norteno performance: "Herencia De Familia," Los Tigres Del Norte
Folk album: Misa Criolla, Mercedes Sosa
Tango album: Postales Del Alma, Juan Carlos Baglietto & Lito Vitale
Flamenco album: Paris 87, Camaron Con Tomatito
Latin jazz album (two winners): Spain, Michel Camilo & Tomatito; Tropicana Nights, Paquito D'Rivera
Brazilian contemporary pop album: Crooner, Milton Nascimento
Brazilian rock album: Acustico0--MTV, Os Paralamas Do Sucesso
Samba/pagode album: Zeca Pagodinho Ao Vivo, Zeca Pagodinho
MPB (musica popular brasileira) album: Livro, Caetano Veloso
Sertaneja album: Sergio Reis E Convidados, Sergio Reis
Brazilian roots/regional album: Pixinguinha, Paulo Moura e os Batutas
Brazilian song: "Acelerou," Djavan (Djavan)
Latin children's album: A Mis Ninos De 30 Anos, Miliki
Classical album: La Dolores -- Tomas Breton, Tito Beltran, Placido Domingo, Manuel Lanza, Antoni Ros Marba, Elisabete Matos
Engineered album: Ni Es Lo Mismo Ni Es Igual
Producer of the year: Emilio Estefan Jr.
Music video: "No Me Dejes De Querer," Gloria Estefan
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