Manuel versus the Statue of Liberty

Manuel versus the Statue of Liberty, a “knockout” musical comedy about illegal immigration, portrays the perils, challenges and absurdities faced by Manuel, who can’t leave the USA to accept his scholarship to study at Oxford. He takes on The Statue of Liberty, the Diva of Democracy, in a high-stakes boxing match that pulls no punches about the farce that passes for the immigration system today. The eclectic score mixes Latin influences with other contemporary American pop music to depict Manuel’s journey from poverty in New York City to the Ivy League. As we watch the Statue of Liberty’s cold copper heart soften towards Manuel, we know there is hope. Inspired by the true story of a Princeton Undergraduate who was an undocumented child immigrant from the Dominican Republic.

More info and music at the show’s website:

The show won the 2014 New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) Developmental Reading Series Award, and is now an official NYMF Next Link Project. This is a huge honor folks! Since 2004, NYMF has staged over 350 shows at its annual festival. featuring more than 8,000 artists, and entertaining more than 300,000 audience members. NYMF is one of the largest musical theatre festivals in the country!

NYMF gives us artistic support, logistical support, advice, and a grant of $5,000 towards the costs. This show will cost approximately $66,000 to fully capitalize.

Here’s where it all goes:

Creative Team – $13,500

Actor/Singers – $15,000

Musicians –  $5,000

Audition and Rehearsal Expenses – $5,150

Advertising and Promotional – $5,747

Administration – $10,000

Festival Fees – $8,000

Physical Production – $4,000justThePieChartnumbersPieChart

This show will employ over 20 theatre professionals to make it happen. I challenge you to find a more diverse combination of talented people! Your support will contribute to the success of this show and will help diversify the face of musical theatre. All donations are tax deductible because NYMF is also the show’s non profit 501 (c) 3 fiscal sponsor.

Click here to contribute online.

Checks: contact me for instructions.

More fun info on our Facebook page.

Follow the journey of self producing a musical on twitter @ManuelvsStatue.

Tickets on sale June 1 for NYMF pass holders, and June 15 for the general public. Purchase tickets through


1 thought on “Manuel versus the Statue of Liberty”

  1. Hello Noemi,

    I was hoping to get a perusal script and music for Manuel v.The Statue of Liberty for future consideration. It looks like something that would be a good fit for the San Diego REP. Can you also tell me if there are any other productions planned and if this is still in need of any additional development?


    Danielle Ward
    Literary Manager
    San Diego REPertory Theatre

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