De la Puente and Davila’s MANUEL VERSUS THE STATUE OF LIBERTY, will get a “rematch” on February 20th at Princeton University! The New York Musical Theatre Festival’s award-winning musical comedy about illegal immigration, will receive a workshop featuring student performers, along with members of the original New York cast. Reprising their roles are Gil Perez-Abraham as the undocumented underdog, Manuel, Shakina Nayfack as the Statue of Liberty (NYMF Outstanding Performance award), and Tami Dahbura as Mami. They will be joined by Princeton University students.
This knockout musical comedy about illegal immigration is inspired by the true story of Dan-el Padilla Peralta, a brilliant Princeton undergrad who received a 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, Rock-n-roll, and hip-hop music to tell a complete American story that is not often found on stage.
The musical was first seen at the 2015 New York Musical Theatre Festival where it played a sold-out, extended run and was nominated for Best Musical and won awards for Social Relevance and Impact and for leading lady Shakina Nayfack, as well as a Mikey award for the song “Contender.” In 2014 it won the NYMF Developmental Reading Series award.
MANUEL VERSUS THE STATUE OF LIBERTY features book, music, and lyrics by Noemi de la Puente and David Davila with orchestrations by Karl Hedrick. This workshop is produced by Briana Christophers and features music direction by Vince diMura, and direction by Enzo Toral. Continue reading