PHOTO EXCLUSIVE: Backstage With Young Star Abigail Shapiro and the Cast of Liberty: A Monumental New Musical

News   PHOTO EXCLUSIVE: Backstage With Young Star Abigail Shapiro and the Cast of Liberty: A Monumental New Musical
Abigail Shapiro, the 14-year-old actress seen in How the Grinch Stole Christmas, stars in the title role in Liberty: A Monumental New Musical, which concludes its limited, seven-week engagement at Theatre 80 Nov. 25. The young star shares a recent day in her life with!

Directed by Evan Pappas, performances are scheduled through Nov. 25.

Shapiro is joined by Emma Rosenthal as Emma Lazurus, Ben McHugh as Walker, Cheryl Stern as Moscowitz/Schuyler, Tom Souhrada as McKay/Pulitzer, Ryan Duncan as Goodleaf, C. Mingo Long as Samuel and Andrew DiTusa as Giovanni.

Liberty: A Monumental New Musical, 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. The new musical, according to press notes, "tells the story of a determined, young French immigrant who arrives alone in New York Harbor in 1884. The powerful, sweeping new musical follows Liberty as she struggles to find her place in the ever- evolving country she’s come to symbolize."

“The powerfully petite Abigail Shapiro will bring an unexpected freshness to the monumental role of Liberty,” said producer Theresa Wozunk in a previous statement. “Approximately 70,000 children will show up alone at U.S. borders this year, a 50% increase from the year before. Some of these children are coming to meet parents who left years ago; others are escaping violence. We are honored to be able to bring the story of the nation’s most notable immigrant to the stage to illustrate with warmth, humor, and unflinching honesty, the challenges faced by immigrants past and present.” Liberty also has musical direction and arrangements by Jeffrey Lodin, sets by Tim Golebiewski and costumes by Debbi Hobson. R. Erin Craig is executive producer, and General Management is by La Vie Productions.

Producers are Theresa Wozunk and Timothy J. Harper.

Theatre 80 is located at 80 St. Marks Place. Single tickets are $69 and are available online at or

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