...is originally from Brooklyn New York. He was last seen in the Las Vegas production of Jersey Boys. Prior to moving to Los Angeles, Allen created the starring role of Louie The Devil in the Broadway production Hot Feet, Directed and Choreographed by Maurice Hines with the music of Earth Wind and Fire.
Allen's Grandmother used to say: "Nunca niega de donde uno viene, tu tiene una historia", which means: "Never deny from where you came from, you have a unique story to tell".
A Nuyourican is a person whose parents are Puerto Rican and is born in New York speaking Spanish. More accurately Allen's Father was from Peru and his Mother from Puerto Rico, but having been raised by his Mother alone, he always says "I'm Puerto Rican in my heart 100%". His Mother was a successful singer and political activist. She sang with many Latino greats and also became an avid supporter of politicians such as Bella Abzug, Herman Badillo and Shirley Chisholm; in many cases running aspects of their political campaigns and singing at their rallies.
A critic once said of Allen: "He knows how to take the spotlight and not wait for the damn thing to find him".
Barely able to afford to eat at times, he managed to get through college, having attended Bard College and NYU. He originally was a Dance Major focused on Ballet and Modern dance. Allen believes Dance is what gave him the foundation of his strict, disciplined and focused tenacity to this day. The musical stage always attracted him and became his calling. The single most important reason was the day he was asked to sing a song as an experiment in a movement dance improvisation class. Out came a voice so powerful that it sent shivers up the spines of all within earshot. He was hooked!
Allen Hidalgo is a force to be reckoned with. His life is a life built from one of the best schools one can ever hope to attend: The School of Hard-Knocks. Through the ups and downs, the tragedies and successes: his talent has remained a powerful, moving and unique experience for all who witness it.
Allen's first Broadway show was the 1st National Company of Cats. After that, he landed the original production of Fame, The Musical, where he created the role of Joe Vegas. Since then, he has held starring and featured roles in Starlight Express as Greaseball and Electra, West Side Story as Bernardo, A Chorus Line as Paul, for which he was nominated by the Star Ledger for Best Featured Actor In A Musical in addition to performing the role in Europe.
Allen performed in Ain't Misbehavin' as Andre, for which he won Best Actor In A Musical in Florida, in addition to performing the role Nationally with Marcia Milgram Dodge as Director. Allen created the role of The Governor's Aide in the last Broadway Revival of Candide playing opposite Andrea Martin and Jim Dale and Directed by the great Hal Prince. He has also performed Nationally in the current Broadway Revival of Chicago as Fred Casely and Billy Flynn.
He then went on to create the role of Jose Boriqua in the Off Broadway Smash, Four Guys Named Jose. In addition: Allen was seen in the original Pre-Broadway Production of The Mambo Kings where he received critical acclaim for creating the iconic role of Desi Arnaz, opposite Esai Morales.
Allen's single most cherished time in the Broadway Theatre was the honor of performing the role of Molina in the original National Broadway Production of Kiss Of The Spiderwoman opposite the amazing and legendary Chita Rivera.
Allen's dance single The Message on Moonshine Records topped the Billboard Dance Charts for 9 weeks. In addition he can be heard on Four Guys Named Jose original cast recording, Candide Broadway revival recording and DRG 25th Anniversary Broadway Showstoppers, to name a few.
Television and Film appearances include: To Wong Foo... as Chita opposite Wesley Snipes, Didn't This Used To Be Fun? as Pablo, Kiss Of Chaos, The Guiding Light and has Guest Starred as Alberto Fama on Law and Order C.I.
Allen has had the honor of working under great Directors and Producers, such as: Trevor Nunn, the incomparable Hal Prince, Academy Award winner Steven Spielberg and Academy Award nominee Rob Marshall, to name a few. This Nuyourican knows one thing and that's how to persevere and overcome ALL obstacles.
His career has been up and down. It has been good and bad and sometimes really bad. Yet through it all, his passion and hope has never waned. Allen Hidalgo's story is one not readily seen in the Broadway community.
Allen Hidalgo's life has led him through a path of profoundly diverse experiences. It's a true story of survival, a life that has been manifest against all odds. Each time he held on to his truth. His reason for not giving up? That's easy.... "Nunca niega de donde uno viene, tu tiene un historia." - "Never deny from where you came, you have a story to tell".