Parrots at the Pagoda

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About This Show

A drag origins story set to take audiences soaring on a “parrot’s-eye-view” through the life and work of pioneering Puerto Rican musician, empresario and drag artist—Johnny Rodríguez. A search for inspiration takes the parrots across space and time, through the triumphs and obstacles faced by Johnny, a prolific singer-songwriter best known for his output in the traditional trio bolero format, and founder of the groundbreaking El Cotorrito (The Little Parrot) female impersonator show and club in San Juan. Under Johnny’s tutelage his younger brother, Tito “El Inolvidable” Rodríguez—one of the Palladium eras “big three” band leaders popularly known as the Kings of Mambo — started his career singing and became a leading figure in the booming Latin music scene of the 1940’s and 50’s.

Show Details

Dates: Opening Night: June 20, 2024 Final Performance: June 29, 2024
Location: Pregones Theater, New York City

575 Walton Avenue,



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Ticket Office: (718) 585-1202

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