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: www.ManuelvsTheStatueofLiberty.com
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 – $4,000
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.
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Tickets on sale June 1 for NYMF pass holders, and June 15 for the general public. Purchase tickets through www.nymf.org.