has a theory that people have $100 of life to spend. If
that's true, he's putting $110 into his performances.
"If you put $100 into asserting who you are, you'll do it and
very successful at it because you're spending all of your money
there," he said. "I'm not spending any money on romance or love. I'm
putting my money elsewhere."
The "money" is being spent on
high-energy Jokers Are Wild Tour 2000. Friday, June 2, he will be
performing twice at the Pride 2000: Gay Pride in Utica, New York
Utica performances will be stripped down from his larger shows such
as the one he'll do in Syracuse June 17.
"I'm not bringing any of my dancers to Utica," he said. "It's a
different vibe. I'm there to keep everybody up."
Events like Utica's are second nature to
who is performing at nine gay pride events on his tour.
"I've always been supported by the gay population and I have always
supported them in return,"
said. "I'm very liberal-thinking on stage, in my though and in my
"I have a better time at gay prides," he said. "They just jam, and
that's what it's all about."
If by performing at gay prides he's pushing buttons, that's more
than fine with him.
tries to use his influence as a Hispanic celebrity to stand up for
social injustices, he said. Compared to many European countries,
America is "so conservative. We try to be so puritanical."
Pushing buttons and delivering the message that dream really can
come true are part of his songs.
"I've wanted to be a composer and singer since I was a boy," he
said. "When I was little that was totally what I wanted to be."
For the next decade and a half, he would perform on Broadway, record
songs and become a jack of all trades - singing, dancing,
choreographing, directing and writing.
"My definite vibe is, I had a dream - and it's an every day normal
life for me - but I'm living my dream,"
said. "When I'm on stage. I'm the perfect example of being able to
it just if you decide to do it.
"Sure, I've had hardships, sure, I've had obstacles," he said. "But
nothing's tried to stop me. I'm just doing what I love."