The song “Contender” from Noemi de la Puente and David Davila’s MANUEL VERSUS THE STATUE OF LIBERTY has been awarded a Mikey Award as the song that is most likely to become an audition standard.
Manuel, the hero, is the best student at the Prep School he attends, but he’s also an undocumented immigrant living in hiding. When his mentor asks him why he can’t apply to college, Manuel laments and confesses his dream to live a full life where he doesn’t have to hide from “la migra” (The United States Customs and Immigration Services). The song has music by David Davila and lyrics by David Davila and Noemi de la Puente (who also authored the book).
Gil Perez-Abraham sings “Contender” at the 2015 NYMF Press Conference. Karl Hedrick on piano. Continue reading