As our country again is embroiled in debates about immigration, along comes ¡Americano! It explains and uplifts at a time when America is being torn apart. Backed by the distinct sound and powerful lyrics of critically-acclaimed singer/songwriter Carrie Rodriguez, ¡Americano! shares the true story and journey of Tony Valdovinos, born in Colima, Mexico and brought to American when he was two years old.
Inspired by the events of 9/11 to serve in the military, Tony geared his entire Phoenix, Arizona childhood towards enlisting in the Marines on his 18th birthday. Yet when he did, Tony was devastated to learn his parents had not been honest with him and that he was an undocumented immigrant, unable to realize his dream. But that didn’t stop Tony from serving the only country he has ever known, in other, powerful ways, perhaps even doing more good and effecting even more change than he could have accomplished in the Marine Corps.
The spark for ¡Americano! arose during a chance encounter and conversation between two strangers at a wedding almost five years ago. It is now a story for these times and all times, designed to challenge preconceived notions and remind us that America’s strength has always been its melting pot, and its enterprising immigrants that #PaveTheWay.
During its 4-week run from January to February 2020, Americano! set all the box office records for an original Arizona musical, finishing with 10 consecutive sold out shows and anchoring the Phoenix Theatre Company’s 100th anniversary season. A New York City bases workshop, being co-produced by Amas Musical Theatre is taking place November 8 to November 20, 2021.
Americano! saw the likes of President Barack Obama and Lin-Manuel Miranda stop in during its three-month Off Broadway run from March 31 to June 19, 2022 at New World Stages.
Sean Ewing – Tony
Alyssa Chairello – CeCi
Johanna Carlisle – Felicitas
Joe Cannon – Martin
Edgar Lopez – Fro
Jon Bachan – Javi
Lucas Coatney – Joaquin
Shanni Barrett – Jessica
Chris Erikson – Scott Richter
Marisa Butler – Marsha / Olivia / Delores
Maria Amorocho – GiGi / Harriet / Teacher
Joseph Cavasos – Manny / Police Officer
Ricco Machado – Celso
Nick Flores – Dante
Matravius Avent – Recruiter / Carlos
Elyssa Blonde – Ensemble
By Elvia Diaz The Arizona Republic Some couldn’t contain themselves, quietly dabbing tears to the U.S. citizenship oath of the Marine who’d never be. Their eyes were
By Joe Gruberman Splash Magazines The Phoenix Theatre Company celebrates its 100th-anniversary season this year, smartly choosing a homegrown musical production with a most timely
By Anita Snow The Daily Interlake PHOENIX (AP) — Tony Valdovinos didn’t know he was in the U.S. illegally until he tried to join the
By Anita Snow The Associated Press “This is the greatest nation in the world,” said Valdovinos. “I feel a responsibility to serve this country.” DACA
Playbill By Andrew Gan Watch highlights from Americano!, the new musical based on the life of DREAMer Tony Valdovinos that is currently making its world premiere at
By Andrew Gans Playbill Magazine Casting is complete for Americano!, the new musical based on the life of DREAMer Tony Valdovinos that will have its world premiere
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