“A revolutionary musical.”

– Kerry Lengel, Arizona Republic Theater Critic.

Arizona dreamer’s life story inspires Phoenix Theatre musical

BY GRISELDA ZETINO KTAR

PHOENIX — Tony Valdovinos’ dream of serving in the U.S. Marine Corps was crushed when he found out he was undocumented.

“I believed in the Marine Corps for so many years,” he said. “I studied them. I truly honored them.”

Now, his life story is being told in a musical called “¡Americano!” at The Phoenix Theatre Company. It opened on Wednesday and runs through Feb. 23.

Valdovinos, who was 2 years old when he and his family came to Arizona from Mexico, said his desire to be a Marine started soon after he saw the World Trade Center towers collapse on September 11, 2001. He was in sixth grade at the time.

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