An industry reading of the new musical MANUEL VERSUS THE STATUE OF LIBERTY, which debuted in concert form at the New York Musical Theatre Festival, and won the 2014 NYMF Developmental Reading Series award, will be presented Jan. 28, 2015. The musical, directed by Jose Zayas, is an Official Grand Jury Selection of the 2015 New York Musical Theatre Festival.
MANUEL VERSUS THE STATUE OF LIBERTY, a comedy about immigration, is inspired by the Dream Act and follows a young American man who happens to also be an illegal immigrant as he fights for the right to leave the country legally and become a Rhodes Scholar.
The invitation only reading features Jose Sepulveda (Sueño Pop), Gabrielle Ruiz (If/Then), Doreen Montalvo (Giant), Alicia Tomasko (In The Heights), Tiffany Green (Hairspray), Christina Aranda (In The Heights), and Danny Boman. Juana Aqueretta musical directs.
Manuel Versus The Statue of Liberty features a libretto by Noemi de la Puente and music by David Davila and Howard Post.
The musical is inspired by the true story of a brilliant Princeton undergrad who received a Rhodes Scholarship to study classical Greek and Latin literature at Oxford, and could not leave this country because he had no way of returning due to his immigration status. It’s a story that crosses cultural barriers, and combines Latin rhythms, American pop, rock, and gospel music to tell a complete American story that is not often found on stage. Continue reading