“A revolutionary musical.”

– Kerry Lengel, Arizona Republic Theater Critic.

Record Breaking New Musical From ARIZONA To Host Benefit Show Friday Night April 24

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

TUESDAY, APRIL 14, 2020

Contact: Jennifer Parks-Sturgeon / Mike Sunnucks

Rose+Moser+Allyn Public and Online Relations

Email: jparks-sturgeon@rosemoserallynpr.com / msunnucks@rosemoserallynpr.com

Phone: 480.495.3806 / 623.760.5543

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The Songs & Story Of Americano!

The Country’s Most Inspiring New Musical and Acclaimed Singer Songwriter Carrie Rodriguez to Hold Virtual Concert Friday, April 24th Benefiting The Phoenix Theatre Company

Concert comes when nonprofits, performing arts groups need our help.

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(Phoenix and Austin) Americano! The Musical — which set state box office records and emotionally connected with nearly 10,000 fans through its original musical and true story of a Dreamer — and singer / songwriter Carrie Rodriguez will host a virtual concert on Friday, April 24th to benefit The Phoenix Theatre Company.

A significant portion of proceeds from the virtual concert will support The Phoenix Theatre Company where Americano! set all-time, box-office records during a 4-week run from January 29th to February 23rd. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced the closure of The Phoenix Theatre Company for the first time in its 100-year history. Nonprofits, musicians and performing arts organizations need our support now more than ever.

‘The Songs & Story Of Americano! will allow fans across the country to experience some of the musical’s inspiring original songs (again or for the first time) from Americano!’s composer Carrie Rodriguez. The virtual concert will be held on Friday, April 24th at 9:00 p.m. (CDT) / 7:00 p.m. (Arizona time)You can register for the virtual concert here.

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Carrie Rodriguez is an acclaimed singer / songwriter from Austin, Texas who composed original songs for the musical. Tickets are $5 for the one-hour performance. Please check out a special Facebook page for the concert. Online donations will be available for those who want to contribute more after the performance.

Antonio Valdovinos, a Dreamer from Arizona whose

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true-life story inspired Americano! and Michael Barnard who directed and co-wrote the musical will also talk about how Tony’s story and Carrie’s music came to life.

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Carrie Rodriguez, a singer-songwriter from Austin, Texas, finds beauty in the cross-pollination of diverse traditions. A passionate performer, she melds fiery fiddle playing, electrifying vocals and a fresh interpretation of new and classic songs with an “Ameri-Chicana” attitude. Her most recent release, the critically acclaimed bilingual album, Lola, was named as one of NPR’s top 50 albums of the year. Carrie has performed on stages across North America and Europe for the last decade, as well as on programs such as Austin City Limits, The Tonight Show, A Prairie Home Companion, and NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts. In the words of author Brené Brown, “She’s the trifecta for me – beautiful singer, soulful songwriter, and kick-a– fiddler.”

Carrie lives in Austin with her husband and musical collaborator Luke Jacobs, and their 4-year-old son Cruz. You can learn more about Carrie at https://www.carrierodriguez.com.

Valdovinos learned of his undocumented immigration status on his 18th birthday when he tried to enlist in the U.S. Marines. Americano! chronicles Tony’s journey including his community service and becoming an entrepreneur and the owner of a grassroots mobilization firm La Machine Political Consulting. The future of Dreamers, including Tony, is in the hands of the U.S. Supreme Court and the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The Supreme Court is expected decide the fate of the DACA program in June.

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Michael Barnard co-wrote Americano! with Jonathan Rosenberg. The show set all-time, state box-office records including a string of sold out performances. Barnard is also the Producing Artistic Director at The Phoenix Theatre Company and heads its New

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Production Incubator. Americano! is a centerpiece of The Phoenix Theatre Company’s 100th anniversary season. The company is where Steven Spielberg debuted his first films as a teenager.

The songs from the musical were arranged by Sergio Mendoza, a Latin music pioneer and the founder of Orkestra Mendoza. He is also a member of the Grammy nominated band Calexico.

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Tony Award-winning producer Ken Davenport is Americano!’s Executive Producer. Davenport has produced 20 Broadway shows. He won Tony Awards for Kinky Boots and Once on This Island. Former New York Times reporter Fernanda Santos

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and Phoenix playwright James Garcia have joined the production as creative consultants. Americano! has been produced by Scottsdale public relations executive and entrepreneur Jason Rose. For more information on the production: AmericanoTheMusical.com.

For media inquiries please contact Jennifer Sturgeon or Mike Sunnucks at JSturgeon@RoseMoserAllynPr.com or MSunnucks@RoseMoserAllynPR.com or call (480) 495-3806 or (623) 760-5543.

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