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

By Andrew Gans | Playbill

Following a record-setting 2020 run at Arizona’s Phoenix Theater Company, ¡Americano!—the new musical based on the life of DREAMer Tony Valdovinos—officially opened at Off-Broadway’s New World Stages May 1 following previews that began March 31. The limited run is scheduled through June 19.

Sean Ewing (West Side Story,The Visitor), who starred in the Arizona production, heads the cast as 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 the critics below:

New York Theatre Guide (Ayanna Prescod)

Stage and Cinema (Kevin Vavasseur)

Talkin’ Broadway (Howard Miller)

Theatrely (Joey Sims)

Time Out (Regina Robbins)

Playbill will continue to update this list as reviews are filed.¡Americano! features a score by singer-songwriter Carrie Rodriguez, a book by Michael BarnardJonathan Rosenberg, and Fernanda Santos, and 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. Inspired by 9/11, on his 18th birthday Valdovinos walked into a Marine Corps recruitment office to enlist, only to discover his parents hadn’t told him he was an undocumented immigrant.

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