True story of an Arizona ‘Dreamer’ inspires world-premiere musical at Phoenix Theatre

Phoenix Theater/Arizona Jewish Life


By Kerry Lengel | Arizona Republic

A brand-new musical based on the true story of an Arizona “Dreamer” will be the centerpiece of the Phoenix Theatre Company’s 100th-anniversary season.

“Americano!” — which recently had a workshop production at the company’s annual Festival of New American Theatre — is about the life of Tony Valdovinos, who was born in Mexico but grew up in metro Phoenix and didn’t know we wasn’t a U.S. citizen until he turned 18 and tried to join the Marines.

With ambitions to make a national impact with a feel-good musical about a hot political topic, Phoenix Theatre will debut the show on Jan. 29, 2020, as part of a season that mixes recent Broadway hits (“Kinky Boots,” “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time”) with classic titles ranging from “The Sound of Music” to “The Rocky Horror Show.”


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