New York Film Locations

El cantante (2006)

Last Updated: Nov 2013

The rise and fall of salsa singer, Héctor Lavoe (Marc Anthony), as told from the perspective of his wife Puchi (Jennifer Lopez), who looks back from 2002. In the early 1960s, Héctor arrives in New York from Ponce, Puerto Rico. Success comes quickly. "The more he grew as an artist," Puchi says, "the more he sank as a person." It's a tale of talent - creating salsa with Willie Colón, with the Fania All Stars, and as a soloist - and a story of disintegration - fueled by drugs, alcohol, partying, and depression. Puchi's voice - proud and querulous - dominates off-stage as Héctor's does on.

8th Avenue and West 33rd Street, Manhattan.


Central Park (South East Corner) Manhattan.


5th Avenue (btw East 56th and 57th Streets) Manhattan.


Coler-Goldwater Memorial Hospital, 1 Main Street, Roosevelt Island, New York.



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