The full cast has been announced for the musical based on the life of Tony Valdovinos.
After a record-breaking 2020 run at Arizona’s Phoenix Theater Company, ¡American!—the new musical based on the life of DREAMer Tony Valdovinos – will play a limited run at Off-Broadway’s New World Stages. Performances, as previously reported, are scheduled for March 31 through June 19 with an official opening on April 21.
Sean Ewing (West Side Story, The visitor), who starred in the Arizona production, will lead the cast of Valdovinos alongside Legna Cedillo, Yassmin Alers, Johanna Carlisle-Zepeda, Joseph Paul Cavazos, Lucas Coatney, Devin Cortez, Juan Luis Espinal, Justin Figueroa, Ruben Eduardo Flores, Megan Elysa Fulmer, Henry 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.
¡American! includes a score by singer-songwriter Carrie Rodriguez, a book by Michael Barnard, Jonathan Rosenberg and Fernanda Santos, plus additional lyrics by Barnard and Rosenberg. Barnard also directs.
The new musical explores the life of Valdovinos, who was brought to America by his parents when he was two years old. Inspired by 9/11 on his 18th birthday, Valdovinos walked into a Marine Corps recruiting office to enlist, only to find his parents hadn’t told him he was an undocumented immigrant.
Developed in association with the Musical Theater Amas, ¡American! features choreography by Sergio Mejia, orchestrations and arrangements by Sergio Mendoza, musical direction and vocal arrangements by Jonathan Ivie, scenic design by Robert Andrew Kovach, costume design by Adriana Diaz, lighting design by Jamie Roderick, sound design by Kevin Heard and hair and makeup design by Krystal Balleza. Tony winner Ken Davenport is the executive consultant.
Producer Jason Rose said in an earlier statement, “Tony Valdovinos may not yet be an American citizen, but he is a true American hero. Tony’s passion for making America better is inspiring at a time when the tribalism continues to grab headlines, and our amazing creative team ensured that Tony’s story sings, dances and inspires with an optimism that reflects Tony’s spirit.
The musical is co-produced by Sayu Bhojwani, David Tedesco, Lynn Londen, George Weisz and Keith Mishkin. Ryan Duncan-Ayala, Donna Trinkoff, Amas Musical Theater and Sarah Bentley are associate producers with general management at Visceral Entertainment and publicity and marketing at The Pekoe Group. The cast is by Michael Cassara.
¡American! was developed and is presented by Rose’s Quixote Productions in association with Chicanos Por La Causa.