manuel-vs-the-statue-of-liberty-poster-39359An 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

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Musical Theatre Factory

David Davila’s new musical VOX POP: A MUSICAL REVOLUTION has been chosen as part of Musical Theatre Factory’s 4×15 new works series. The musical will receive a fully staged workshop of the first fifteen minutes of the work on February 18th.

Musical Theatre Factory’s 4×15 series showcases four new shows by up-and-coming writers in four 15-minute staged presentations. Each creative team will have 5 hours to workshop the strongest (or most troublesome) excerpt of their piece. A cast of MTF volunteer performers will then have 15 minutes to present each excerpt before an audience and a panel of industry professionals. The audience is invited to offer supportive feedback to the writers and creative teams. Come have a drink at the Factory bar, and get in on the creative process!

VOX POP has music and lyrics by David Davila with a book by David Davila and Mark Andrew Garner. This workshop will be music directed by Karl Hedrick.

The other three productions featured will be Brett Macias’ GUMBO, David Berg’s OPEN ROAD, and NEWTON’S CRADLE by Saunders and Saunders.

The fully staged workshop presentation will be held on February 18th at 8:00pm. Visit for more information. Tickets are available here.

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Songs of Benjamin WrightDavid Davila returns to the Laurie Beechman Theatre in Times Square on January 24th in Benjamin Brundrett Wright’s FEEL THE WHIPLASH: Songs for Throwing Popcorn & Chasing Whales!

Davila produces this concert which features Texas-Fried musical theatre writer, Benjamin Wright in his New York City concert debut with a wild night of country-fried rock-n-roll songs from his musicals such as MOBY DICK and LONE STAR: A POPCORN THROWING MUSICAL.

The concert has music direction by Karl Hedrick and features some of the hottest new songs sung by Davila, Wright and constant collaborators Brian Charles Rooney, Steph Nash, Vanessa Theus, Joey Calveri, Injoy Fountain, Chris Jehnert, Peter Michael Romberg, and more!

The concert will be held at the Laurie Beechman Theatre on 42nd St on January 24, 2014 at 8pm. Click here for tickets.

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New artwork revealed for VOX POP: the songs of David Davila @ 54 Below

David Davila 54 below jenna leigh green jaime cepero desi oakley danny quadrinoAbove, the official poster for VOX POP: the songs of David Davila @ 54 Below and below, the retro-psychedelic poster for VOX POP.

David Davila VOX POP at 54 Below

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David Davila’s VOX POP plays 54 Below Nov 18th!

David Davila Jaime Cepero 54 Below Charles Barksdale Jenna Leigh Green Emma Hunton Gabrielle Ruiz Michael McCorry Rose Stephen Schwartz Sondheim Mariela Flor Olivo Jose SepulvedaThe zany, not-so-hip-hipster from South Texas will make his 54 Below debut on November 18th when he premieres songs from his upcoming musical, VOX POP: a musical prophecy.

David Davila has played sold-out concerts of his work at the Laurie Beechman Theatre, the Triad, the Underground, and The West End Lounge, and the Intar Theatre.

VOX POP is set in a dystopian world where bees have become mythological creatures, and human slaves must pollinate the crops. One such pollinator, a young woman named Sylathia’s life is turned upside down when she becomes the center of the Voxist revolution.  But is she really the “chosen one” that will fulfill the ancient Vox Pop prophecy?

VOX POP features the songs “Be The Change,” “Closer,” “All Good Things,” “Propaganda,” “Voice of the People,” and others.

The concert will feature Michael McCorry Rose (Wicked), Emma Hunton (Wicked), Daniel Quadrino (Newsies), Desi Oakley (Evita), Jaime Cepero (SMASH), Gabrielle Ruiz (In The Heights), Charles Barksdale (Sister Act), Mariela Flor Olivo, Jose Sepulveda… and more to be announced soon!

VOX POP: the concert is Tuesday, Nov 18th at 9:30pm at 54 Below – located at 254 W 54th St in the historic Studio 54 building.

Tickets are avaialble at:

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David Davila’s play MEN OF GOD will receive a staged reading for Lone Star Theatre Co’s 2014/2015 “Texas Reads” series. The reading will be held on Oct 10 and will be the second play by Davila to be read for “Texas Reads.”

MEN OF GOD is the second play in Davila’s TEX-MEX series and tells the story of a group of priests in South Texas who are shocked by the arrest of fellow priest, “Santo Mando,” who many consider to be a modern saint. In the midst of the allegations and rumors that are circling the community, Sergio, a young priest begins to question his own beliefs; searching for answers anywhere he can find them including the prison where Santo Mando is incarcerated. Can Sergio find the answers he is looking for before he gives in to the temptations of carnality?

Lone Star Theatre Co’s “Texas Reads” series gives Texas playwrights the chance to have their plays read in New York City with New York directors and actors. The reading will be held on Oct 10, 2014. More info can be found by visiting

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new york madness judith leora cecilia copeland david davila winter millerDavid Davila will be a guest playwright in the Fifth Season opening performance event of NYMadness.

NYMadness brings together a fierce lineup of artists to create an evening of new plays based on a theme selected by the featured guest playwright. The collective works by all the writers form a kaleidoscope of this cultural moment focused through the theme, which is announced just one week before the show. The plays are presented hot off the press, fully staged, script in hand and… ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN IN A MADNESS!

This evening of madness will feature GLAAD and John Golden award winner, Chisa Hutchinson as the special guest writer who picks the theme of the evening’s plays. Chisa has risen to notoriety for her “plays about underrepresented folks that require a minimum of five actors.” A member of the New Dramatists and the NEOfuturists, her work has been seen at Lark Play Development Center, City Parks’ Summerstage,  Working Man’s Clothes, the New York NeoFuturists, Partial Comfort, the BE Company, Mad Dog Productions, Atlantic Theater Company, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, the  Rattlestick Theater, the Contemporary  American Theater Festival, and FilmGym.

The season opening event will also feature NY Madness writers Alex Beech, Shaun Bennet, Fauntleroy, Cecilia Copeland, Jeffrey James Keyes, Judith Leora, and Jerry Polner.

The event will take place Sunday, Sept 21 at 8pm at the COW Theater at 21 Clinton St. Tickets can be reserved here: NY MADNESS SEASON OPENER

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THE CAPITOL PLAYS will be presented May 19th at Davenport Theatre

CAPITOL PLAYS wendy davis david davila mando alvarado raquel almazan lindsay hicksOn Monday, May 19th, Lone Star Theatre Co will present a staged reading of THE CAPITOL PLAYS, five plays inspired by Wendy Davis and the crazy day and night she spent defending women’s rights in Austin, TX. The plays — by Raquel Almazan, Mando AlvaradoDavid Davila, and Lindsay Hicks — depict different events (true or fictional) that could all take place at the Texas Capitol.

The cast features Claudia Acosta, Anissa Felix, Laura Gomez, Kristoffer Infante, Kristen Leger, and John Mazurek. The reading is produced by Benjamin B. Wright and directed by Christopher Romero-Wilson.

The reading is presented as part of Lone Star Theatre Co.’s TEXAS READS series which develops and prevents new works by Texas writers in New York City as part of their goal to present Texas pages to New York stages.

The free reading will take place at 7:00pm at the Davenport Theatre (formerly the 45th Street Theatre) at 354 West 45th St. For reservations visit the Lone Star Theatre Co. website.

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Nash, Potatoes, & Davey plays The Underground Jan 20th

The zany & significantly Southern pair of hipsters Steph Nash and David Davila, are at it again. This time they invade the basement at the Underground with their unique blend of comic  sappiness and heart-wrenching trauma. The show which first played the Hourglass Tavern in October is back with full force on January 27th at the basement of the Underground.

Come hear awesome jams by Davila and Nash like “IF I WAS A SPIDER,” “THREE IN THE MORNING,” “TOM & BOB,” ” SILHOUETTES,” and more!

NASH, POTATOES, & DAVEY plays the Underground at 10pm on Monday Jan 27th. There is NO COVER and a $15 food/drink minimum. After the show you can stay for “BROADWAY AT THE BASEMENT,” a Broadway open mic.

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David Davila’s VOX POP: A MUSICAL REVOLUTION gets developmental reading

David Davila Mark Andrew Garner Vox PopDavid Davila’s new musical, VOX POP: A MUSICAL REVOLUTION, will have a developmental industry reading on November 7th.

The musical tells the story of Sylathia, a farmer whose life is turned upside down when her homeland is thrown into revolution. In order to save her friends she must study an ancient religion and fight to fulfill the “Vox Pop” prophecy which she believes will lead her nation into an era of endless peace.

The musical which features the songs “Be The Change,” “Normal Heart,” “All Good Things,” “Propaganda,” “Vox Pop,” and others has music and lyrics by David Davila and a book by Davila and Mark Andrew Garner. The reading is directed by Vanessa Rae Garcia with music direction by Spencer Crosswell.

The private industry reading will take place on November 7th at 11:00am. For information on attendance please e-mail

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