Alcanzar una estrella
|Alcanzar una estrella|
Main title card (1990)
|Format||Telenovela, romance, drama|
|Directed by||Marco Flavio Cruz|
|Theme music composer||Mariana Garza|
|Opening theme||'"Quiero Estar Contigo"
"La Mujer Que No Soñé"
"Contra Tu Cuerpo"
|Ending theme||"Alcanzar una estrella"|
|Country of origin||Mexico|
|No. of episodes||160 half hour episodes + 5 one-hour specials (original broadcasting)
80 one hour episodes (Univision TLNovelas' rebroadcasting)
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Original channel||Canal de las Estrellas|
|Original run||May 14, 1990 – December 21, 1990|
|Preceded by||Cuando llega el amor|
|Followed by||Cadenas de amargura|
Alcanzar una estrella ("To reach a star") is a Mexican telenovela first broadcast on Canal de las Estrellas in 1990. Also broadcast in Latin America and on Univision in the United States, the telenovela tells the story of an introverted girl's infatuation with her teen idol. The leading roles were played by singers Mariana Garza and Eduardo Capetillo, ex-members of the Mexican pop band Timbiriche. The two also sang the theme songs, which were written by Ricardo Arjona. Arjona and other singers such as Patricia Manterola (from the group Garibaldi) also made acting cameos. The story was produced by Luis de Llano, producer and manager of Timbiriche and Garibaldi, and written by actress Rita Macedo, de Llano's mother. Alcanzar una estrella turned out to be Macedo's last credit as an actress before she committed suicide in the mid-1990s.
Alcanzar una estrella won a TVyNovelas Award for "Best Telenovela of the Year" in 1991. Its success led to the making of a film, Más que alcanzar una estrella, and a sequel telenovela Alcanzar una estrella II starring Sasha Sokol and Ricky Martin. In 2012 it was remade into an American drama series on Nick at Nite called Hollywood Heights.
Lorena (Mariana Garza) is an introverted girl who dreams of "reaching a star" - that star being singer Eduardo Casablanca (Eduardo Capetillo). She gets to meet him at a press conference to present his last album and his first telenovela. Lorena begins to write anonymous letters to Eduardo while her classmates ridicule her bad looks. Eduardo struggles to maintain a relationship with his goldigger girlfriend Déborah (Kenia Gazcón).
- Eduardo Capetillo - Eduardo Casablanca/Ramón Sánchez
- Mariana Garza - Lorena Gaitán/Melissa
- Ana Silvia Garza - Norma Gaitán
- Angélica Ruvalcaba - Aurora Rueda
- Enrique Lizalde - Mariano Casablanca
- Kenia Gazcón - Déborah Lavalle/Guadalupe "Lupita" Patiño
- Oscar Traven - Roque Escamilla
- Marcos Valdés - Amadeus Silva
- Andrea Legarreta - Adriana Mastreta Navarrete
- Héctor Suárez Gomis - Pedro Lugo
- Marcela Páez - Irene de la Fuente
- Daniel Martín - Joaquín de la Fuente
- Alejandro Montoya - Norberto
- Alejandro Ibarra - Felipe Rueda
- Lorena Rojas - Sara del Río
- Dacia González - Lucha Rueda
- Luis Bayardo - Gustavo Rueda
- Ernesto Yáñez - "El Colorado"
- Mayra Rojas - Liliana
- Octavio Galindo - Octavio
- Cita Hudgens - Cecilia "Cita" Lugo
- Darío T. Pie - Mario Casablanca
- Adrián Ramos - Manuel Lugo
- Margarita Isabel - Rita Navarrete de Mastreta
- Sergio Klainer - Fernando Mastreta
- Alicia Montoya - Doña Julia
- Gabriela Hassel - Tanya
- Perla de la Rosa - Elisa
- Leonorilda Ochoa - Soledad "Mama Chole" Patiño
- Rita Macedo - Virginia
- Frances Ondiviela - Lola
- Alejandra Israel - Ofelia
- Alejandra Loreto
- Carlos García - Edgar Navarro
- Gloria Izaguirre - Pilita
- Luz Gracia Lascurain - Sofía
- Ricardo Arjona - Él mismo
- Botellita de Jerez - Grupo "El Pilón"
- Fernando Arau
- Anna Ciocchetti
- Lilian Davis
- Felio Eliel
- Mauricio García
- María Prado
- Gabriel Velázquez
- Wanda Seux
- Belén Balmori
- Chiara Zanni
- 1991 - TVyNovelas Award for "Best Telenovela of the Year"
- "Nick @ Nite Press Release: Hollywood Heights". NickPress-HollywoodHeights.com. May 23, 2012. Archived from the original on June 17, 2013. Retrieved December 11, 2013.
- Lloyd, Robert (June 18, 2012). "Television review: Stars in their eyes in Hollywood Heights". LATimes.com. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved December 11, 2013.