LIBERTY: A MONUMENTAL NEW MUSICAL Offers Free Tickets to Veterans for 4th of July Opening
"We know that the Statue of Liberty is America's iconic symbol of hope and freedom. We also know that America would not, and could not exist without the service and sacrifice of our military, police, and firefighters. We also recognize the care and protection of our national parks and monuments. This is why we extend with July 4th invitation and will always offer a special discount to those who serve us. Both active and retired military, police & firefighters, NPS Rangers and their families are invited to enjoy this uplifting celebration of American heritage. - Liberty producer Theresa Wozunk
Based on true events, Liberty is a fast-paced entertaining 80-minute theatrical experience detailing the arrival of the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor in 1884. Coming to the United States in the middle of a national immigration debate and a terrible recession, political forces are aligning to deport her. With a strong resolve and a mighty spirit, she battles to gain acceptance and eventually becomes the enduring symbol of our country.
Liberty cast includes: Abigail Shapiro (How the Grinch Stole Christmas) as Liberty are Mark Aldrich (Broadway: Newsies, Ragtime), Brandon Andrus (Broadway: Side Show); Nick Devito (Regional: Baby), Ryan Duncan (Broadway: Shrek), C. Mingo Long (Broadway Encores: South Pacific, Purlie),Vincent McCoy (Tours: Magic Tree House: The Musical), Keaton Micucci, Tyrone L. Robinson (National Tours: The Lion King, Book Of Mormon), Emma Rosenthal (Regional: Candide, Brigadoon), Tina Stafford (National Tour: Once, The Musical). Creative team includes: Jamie Roderick (Lighting Design), Deborah Hobson (Costume Design), Michael Cassara, CSA (Casting), Cherie B. Tay (Production Stage Manager), Form Theatricals, Anthony Francavilla and Zachary Laks (General Management).
Liberty previously completed an 8-week run at the East Village's Theatre 80 St. Marks last year where it was called "A winning musical. Kids and teens will find inspiration in Liberty's perseverance." (NBC). Liberty: A Monumental New Musical, is adapted from original material by Dana Leslie Goldstein, Jon Goldstein and Robert Bruce McIntosh, features a book and lyrics by Dana Leslie Goldstein with music by Jon Goldstein, directed by Evan Pappas with musical direction by Jeffrey Lodin and produced by Theresa Wozunk, MMW Productions, Erik Stangvik, and Tim Harper.
DANA LESLIE GOLDSTEIN (Book and lyrics) is an award-winning playwright and lyricist whose work has won the New England New Play Competition, Harold and Mimi Steinberg Playwriting Prize, Different Voices New Play Award, ACTF New Play Award, the Henry Hoyns Poetry Fellowship, AWP Intro Award and an Academy of American Poets Prize, as well as development grants from the Sachar Foundation, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, NYMF Next Link and the Women's Project Collaboration Initiative. Her plays and musicals have been seen at The Cherry Lane Theater, Culture Project, Julia Miles Theater, The York Theatre Company, New Dramatists, Center Stage, BMI, Vineyard Playhouse, Pulse, Theater Row Theatre, Gene Frankel Theatre, The Barrow Group, Acorn Theatre, Lark Theatre Company, Beckett Theatre, Neighborhood Playhouse, WorkShop Theater Company, Pacific Theatre (Vancouver), TischAsia (Singapore), at the New York Musical Theatre Festival, on Ellis and Liberty Islands, at the United Nations and on Equity TYA tours throughout the East Coast. Dana is an alumni of BMI and the Playwrights' Lab at Women's Project, and is a current member of WorkShop Theater Company, NewShoe and the Dramatists Guild. She has MFA's in Playwriting and Poetry, and has been a panelist at her alma mater, Wesleyan University, on Women and the Arts. In addition to LIBERTY's arrival on 42nd Street this summer, Dana's new play GO DOWN, MOSES will be seen in NYC in June. Please visit www.danalesliegoldstein.com for more information.
JON GOLDSTEIN (Music) Jon's music has been performed on ABC's Good Morning America, in NYC at The Acorn Theatre, The Algonquin Theater, The Cherry Lane Theatre, The Culture Project, Theatre 80 St. Mark's, The Women's Project, The Workshop Theater, Liberty Island, Ellis Island, The United Nations, and on Equity TYA tours across the Northeast. His new CD, THE WRECKAGE, debuts this spring. www.getgoldstein.com
EVAN PAPPAS (Director) Off-Bway: Liberty at Theatre 80; Wonderful Town (Musicals Tonight), Evita and The Daughter of the Regiment (Opera North), 7 Brides for 7 Brothers (SF Critics Best Production Award, and Director nom), Funny Girl (SF Critics Director nom). Some Place Like Home (Best Director Award Soundbites Festival, NYC), West Side Story (Opera North), Lucky Stiff (Arizona Broadway Theatre), Carousel and A Man of No Importance (Montclair State), West Side Story (Santa Fe College), My Way (Depot), Broadway Babes (Covent Garden), Assoc. Dir. on Being Sellers (59E59), Moscow (Samuel French One-Act Festival), Parallel Lives (Theatre for the New City), Daily Sounds (Finalist in Strawberry Festival). , etc. He has starred on and off-Broadway in My Favorite Year, Parade, Putting It Together, A Chorus Line, I Can Get It For You Wholesale, Café Society Swing, etc., and in London's West End in Follies and Merrily We Roll Along.