Off-Broadway Opening/Photos: ¡AMERICANO! (New World Stages)

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by Tony Frankel on April 4, 2022

in Theater-New York

After the acclaimed, record-setting run at Arizona’s Phoenix Theater Company, ¡Americano!, a new American musical, is now playing a 12-week limited engagement through June 19, 2022 at New World Stages. Official opening night is April 21 at 7PM. The original score is by acclaimed singer-songwriter Carrie Rodriguez, the book by Jonathan Rosenberg, Fernanda Santos, and director Michael Barnard, with additional lyrics by Barnard and Rosenberg.

¡Americano! is the true story – the life, the challenges, and the trials – of Tony Valdovinos, a DREAMer brought to America by his parents when he was two years old. Inspired by 9/11, on his 18th birthday Tony walked into a Marine Corps recruitment office to enlist, only to discover his parents hadn’t told him he was an undocumented immigrant. But Tony did not give up on his dream to serve the only country he had ever known. Instead, he discovered alternatively powerful ways to serve and inspire by combating voter suppression and galvanizing a community to fight for representation in government. ¡Americano! casts a deeply human light on what it means to be a DREAMer, at a time when America’s ongoing debates over immigration and disenfranchisement continue.

¡Americano! features Sean Ewing (West Side Story and Amazing Grace on Broadway; The Visitor at The Public) portrays Valdovinos, leading a near-entirely Latino company including Legna Cedillo, Yassmin Alers, Johanna Carlisle-Zepeda, Joseph Paul Cavazos, Lucas Coatney, Devin Cortez, Juan Luis Espinal, Justin Figueroa, Rubén Flores, Megan Elyse Fulmer, Henry Julián Gendron, Anne-Lise Koyabe,  Alessandro J. Lopez, Edgar Lopez, Carolina Miranda, Alex Paez, Ryan Reyes, Lannie Rubio, Nicole Paloma Sarro, Robbie Serrano, Maria Cristina Posada Slye and Pablo Torres.

The original concept album is available on streaming sites including Amazon Music, Apple Music and Spotify. On the album, nine of the more than 20 songs from the musical are performed by ¡Americano! composer/lyricist Carrie Rodriguez, and the musical’s orchestrator and arranger, Sergio Mendoza and his band Orkesta Mendoza.

photos by Maria Baranova

presented by Quixote Productions in association with Chicanos Por La Cause
New World Stages, 340 West 50th Street
for tickets, call (212) 239-6200 or visit Telecharge
ends on June 19, 2022
for more info, visit ¡Americano!

A scene from ¡Americano!

Sean Ewing

Legna Cedillo and Sean Ewing

Johanna Carlisle-Zepeda

Juan Luis Espinal, Megan Elyse Fulmer and Lannie Rubio

Lucas Coatney, Lannie Rubio and Henry Julián Gendron

Alex Paez

Sean Ewing, Justin Figueroa and company

Sean Ewing

Megan Elyse Fulmer

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