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Musical based on a Phoenix 'Dreamer' is heading for New York City

The cast and crew for a musical based on the patriotism of a “Dreamer” from Phoenix are headed to New York City for a 12-week run off Broadway.

"¡Americano!" is a biographical story about Antonio Valdovinos de la Mora, an immigrant who learned he was not a U.S. citizen while trying to enlist in the Marines.

Valdovinos now owns an election consulting firm and says the success of the musical is a privilege and responsibility. 

“To continue representing 'Dreamers' that haven’t had the opportunity to give their talents and skills and join the workforce,” he said.

"¡Americano!" had a string of sellouts at Phoenix Theatre Company in early 2020.

The first performance in New York is scheduled for March 31, which is Cesar Chavez Day.

Matthew Casey has won Edward R. Murrow awards for hard news and sports reporting since he joined KJZZ as a senior field correspondent in 2015.