The Search for the New Menudo Is On

The Search for the New Menudo Is On

National Casting Comes To New York On April 28thReggaeton Superstar Don Omar and Renowned Music Manager Johnny Wright to Judge Auditions



ADVISORY for April 28th

Want to be part of the legacy that released 32 albums and sold over 20,000,000 records worldwide and sold out Radio City Music Hall for 13 consecutive nights? The search to recreate Menudo, one of the biggest and most successful Latin pop singing group comes to New York on April 28th. The casting sessions kicked off in Los Angeles and additional castings will take place in Dallas and New York through the end of April.


Saturday, April 28

11:00AM – 4:00 PM


Queens Center Mall, 9015 Queens Boulevard, Elmhurst


Renowned music manager, Johnny Wright

Recording artist, Don Omar

Additional celebrity judges to be announced


By Friday, April 27th

Melissa Barreto 212-846-7226

Sylvia Bedrosian


Celebrity judge Don Omar, along with renowned music manager Johnny Wright and others will be on hand to audition teenage boys on their natural singing and dancing abilities, charisma and stage presence. The auditions are open to males who are at least 15 years old and appear to be less than 19 years old. All contestants will be asked to sing a song, in English or Spanish, from a pre-selected song list available on A legal guardian who can sign a release must accompany contestants under 18. Complete eligibility requirements are available at

Once selected, Menudo will be part of the Epic Records family. The partnership between Epic and Menudo kicks off with a first single in July and the group’s “debut” album in December 2007.

MTV Tr3s will chronicle the entire journey of thousands from the first audition to the last, culminating with the selection of seven finalists in “Road to Menudo” which debuts on May 12. The road continues on MTV this fall when the band will dwindle down to the five final members of the new Menudo as the channel air the 10-episode reality series (title TBD.) Reveille, producer of the two-time Golden Globe winner and Latin crossover hit “Ugly Betty,” is producing the MTV series in association with Road Games.


— Menudo was the mega group that started the boy group craze. In 1977, Edgardo Diaz formed the first Menudo in Puerto Rico. The original group consisted of two sets of brothers: Carlos, Oscar, and Ricky Melendez and Nefty and Fernando Sallaberry.

— The group targeted pre-teens and young teens and had a policy that as any member turned 16 he would be replaced by a new member. More than 30 different boys made up Menudo over its years of existence. This made Menudo the only truly revolving group and gave the brand staying power in its young market.

— Menudo released 32 albums and sold over 20,000,000 records worldwide.

— Over the years, Menudo toured worldwide and holds numerous attendance records including 13 consecutive sellout performances at Radio City Music Hall, 200,000 fans at the soccer stadium in Rio de Janeiro, and over 500,000 at a Mexico City concert.


During a rare break from his Blanco Y Negro tour in Guadalajara, Mexico, Ricky Martin commented about his start with Menudo and what it meant for him: “It’s incredible for me – a very important time in my life. It was the beginning of my career, it was my schooling. In Menudo I learned what was discipline. I learned what it was to work in a way so intense in order to achieve something! I wish all who are involved in this project from the technical side to the talent side all the best. To the talent, take risks. Risk it, even if you think it’s ridiculous! Just be yourself and don’t fear what people will say – I think that’s the key to success.”


Without a doubt Don Omar has become one of the biggest international stars. During his triumphant musical career, The “King of Reggaeton” has traveled all over the world taking his music everywhere. During his most recent visit to Latin America Don Omar visited Chile and attended the prestigious Vina del Mar festival as the closing performer, he sang at the Estadio Nacional in front of 80,000 people and traveled to Egypt to record and film a duet with famous Egyptian singer Hakim.

Currently Don Omar is working on his English cross over; he recently filmed the video for his first English only song “Calm my Nerves” in New York City and continues working on promoting his highly successful album King of Kings: Armageddon Edition.

The Search for the New Menudo Is On