Americano!: New Musical Tells the True Story of an Arizona DREAMer

By Madison Rutherford
Phoenix Magazine

Things don’t always go according to plan, but how you react when life throws you a curveball is how real change happens.

This is the concept behind the new Broadway-aimed musical Americano!, which is inspired by the true story of Tony Valdovinos, a DREAMer and Phoenix community reformer.

Americano! chronicles Valdovinos’ trials and triumphs as he grapples with the realization that he can’t fulfill his lifelong dream of becoming a U.S. Marine. The Camelback High School graduate vowed to enlist on his 18th birthday, only to find out that his undocumented immigrant status barred him from being recruited.

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