MANUEL VS THE STATUE OF LIBERTY, a musical-comedy

Manuel vs. the Statue of Liberty is a musical comedy about illegal immigration. Manuel is as American as Taco Salad and student debt, but if he wants to go to college himself he'll have to risk coming out as an undocumented immigrant. That could be extra tricky now that new immigration reform laws require all so-called-illegal immigrants to fight the Statue of Liberty (a genderqueer rock n’ roll version...
Manuel vs. the Statue of Liberty is a musical comedy about illegal immigration. Manuel is as American as Taco Salad and student debt, but if he wants to go to college himself he'll have to risk coming out as an undocumented immigrant. That could be extra tricky now that new immigration reform laws require all so-called-illegal immigrants to fight the Statue of Liberty (a genderqueer rock n’ roll version of the American icon) in a real life high stakes boxing match for their green-cards. Is Manuel brave enough or even crazy enough to take on the two-hundred and twenty-five ton mammoth of copper and steel? This raucous musical comedy leaps from Latin rhythms to rap and hip-hop to glam rock to soaring Broadway ballads as our hero navigates a treacherous world where any stranger could become an enemy, and even baby Jesus can be deported.

Music & Lyrics by David Davila
Book & Lyrics by Noemi de la Puente
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MANUEL VS THE STATUE OF LIBERTY, a musical-comedy

Development History

  • Reading
    ,
    Gallery Players, Brooklyn
    ,
    2018
  • Reading
    ,
    Dramatic Question Theatre
    ,
    2016
  • Workshop
    ,
    Princeton University
    ,
    2016
  • Workshop
    ,
    New York Musical Festival
    ,
    2015
  • Reading
    ,
    New York Musical Festival
    ,
    2014

Production History

  • Workshop
    ,
    New York Musical Festival
    ,
    2015

Awards

Finalist
,
Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center
,
Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center
,
2017
Finalist
,
Best Musical
,
New York Musical Festival
,
2015
Winner
,
Social Relevance & Impact Award
,
New York Musical Festival
,
2015
Winner
,
Song most likely to become an audition standard to "Contender"
,
New York Musical Festival
,
2015
Winner
,
Outstanding Reading Award
,
New York Musical Festival
,
2014