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Must See: Marc Anthony, February 2014

Marc Anthony recovers for the J Lo effect

When I last saw Marc Anthony he was playing the young Salvador Agron to Ruben Blades older and wisee version in Paul Simon’s disastrous Broadway musical “The Capeman”  and in the ensuing years, some 15 of them, Marc has had moments of splendor, 2000’s Amar Sin Minteras, with its Jennifer Lopez duet “Escapemonos” comes to mind. The duo never sang better together, certainly not seven years later at the apex of Janthony fever “Toma de Mí”.

Speaking of splendor, his current album, the awesome 3.0, is why I got a tix to see Marc at Barclay center in the first place. Not merely the best Latin American pop of the year but also, despite its failure to crossover English (not that he tried, that boat has been Mended!) one of the best albums of the year. A Salsa masterpiece of latin American ballads and dance. A real return to power. This from the guy who was caught telling his then wife Jenny From The (Holly)wood who to choose on American idol, and apparently, just like Ben  Affleck he has been touched by the JLo effect. What happens is, a JLo consort loses all credibility the moment she hooks out with them, and while they are together there is no way to regain credibility, but the moment you break up? You receive credibility times ten. The J Lo effect and that is where the world stands right now with Marc Anthony. Suddenly we want to see him live, suddenly his latest album is considered a masterpiece.

If you are looking for a date next Valentine’s Day (a Friday!) go to check out marc at the Prudential, and if you can hold on to Saturday, go with me to the barclay center.

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