It’s been 25 years since famed Tejano star Selena Quintanilla Perez was gunned down by Yolanda Saldivar, the manager of her fan club. Her legacy just keeps growing, especially in El Paso, where she performed several times. Director Gregory Nava cast a then largely unknown Jennifer Lopez in the title role in this film, released two years after the singer’s death, the subject of some controversy at the time. The biopic depicts the rise of the Texas-born star who died tragically at age 23 on the verge of crossover pop stardom, going from child singer to Tejano superstar, including her massive concert at Houston’s Astrodome. After her jealous fan club manager is accused of mishandling funds, Selena confronts her in a meeting that ends tragically. Edward James Olmos plays her driven father and manager, Constance Marie stars as Selena’s supportive mother, and Jon Seda plays her lead guitarist and future husband. The late El Paso native Lupe Ontiveros costars as Saldivar. Selena, who performed at the El Paso County Coliseum, is also shown performing in El Paso in the film.
The cartoons Scaredy Cat, There They Go-Go-Go! and Rabbit’s Kin will open the show.Buy Tickets Online