December 6, 2005

Lopez, Anthony team for salsa music picture

By Leila Cobo

MIAMI (Billboard) - Jennifer Lopez and husband Marc Anthony
will star together in a music-based movie based on the life of
iconic Puerto Rican singer Hector Lavoe.

"El Cantante" (The Singer) started filming Sunday in New
York. Shooting is also planned in Puerto Rico, with release
scheduled for sometime next year.

Anthony will portray Lavoe and Lopez his wife, Puchi. Other
featured actors include John Ortiz as Willie Colon. Lopez is
also serving as a producer. Leon Ichaso ("Pineiro") is

"El Cantante" takes its name from the song written by Ruben
Blades and popularized by Lavoe, who in the 1970s rose to
become one of the great voices of salsa in the New York music
scene, at the height of the genre's popularity.

Lavoe, who initially recorded with Colon, later went solo
and reached the peak of his fame in the mid 1970s. His long
list of hits also include "El Periodico de Ayer" and "Calle
Luna, Calle Sol," recorded with Colon.

In the 1980s, as salsa's popularity declined, Lavoe saw his
health slide and, suffering from drug and alcohol problems,
attempted suicide by jumping from a 10-story building and
survived. He died in 1993.