Reviews: What did critics think of the DREAMer-inspired off-Broadway musical ¡Americano!?

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Reviews: What Critics Think of the DREAMer-Inspired Off-Broadway Musical ¡American!?

Sean Ewing leads the cast of the musical, based on the life of Tony Valdovinos, at New World Stages.

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Maria Baranova


After a record-breaking 2020 run at Arizona’s Phoenix Theater Company, ¡American!—the new musical based on the life of DREAMer Tony Valdovinos – officially debuted on Off-Broadway’s New World stages on May 1 following previews that began March 31. The limited broadcast is scheduled until June 19.

Sean Ewing (West Side Story, The visitor), who starred in the Arizona production, leads 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 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.

Read reviews from critics below:

New York Theater Guide (Ayanna Prescod)

Stage and Cinema (Kevin Vavasseur)

Talkin’ Broadway (Howard Miller)

Theater (Joey Sims)

Timeout (Regina Robbins)

Playbill will continue to update this list as reviews are submitted.

¡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 by Visceral Entertainment, production management by Tinc Productions, and publicity and marketing by The Pekoe Group. Chris Zaccardi is the production manager with a cast of Michael Cassara.

¡American! was developed and is presented by Rose’s Quixote Productions in association with Chicanos Por La Causa.

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