Quiara Alegría Hudes and Bill Sherman's Musical Barrio Grrrl! Will Tour

News   Quiara Alegría Hudes and Bill Sherman's Musical Barrio Grrrl! Will Tour
The Kennedy Center production of the new family-friendly musical Barrio Grrrl! will begin a national tour Jan. 22 at Montgomery College's Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center in Rockville, MD: The three-month tour of school and public performances will travel to 17 cities in 13 states through April 16.

Quiara Alegria Hudes
Quiara Alegria Hudes

Peter Flynn will direct the production with choreography by Devanand Janki.

The cast will comprise Desirée Rodriguez as Ana, Michelle Liu Coughlin as The Amazing Voice, Christina Aranda as Mom, Diego Prieto as Abuelo, Deonna Bouye as Odette, Vishal Vaidya as Sandip and Chris Wilson as Oscar.

Barrio Grrrl! features book and lyrics by Pulitzer Prize finalist and Tony Award nominee Quiara Alegría Hudes (In the Heights) and music by Tony Award winner Bill Sherman (In the Heights). The musical, according to press notes, concerns "spunky nine-year-old Ana [who] is faced with this very big decision. On the one hand, as her alter-ego Barrio Grrrl with her invisible sidekick The Amazing Voice, she's pretty busy preserving justice in the barrio and protecting her neighborhood. On the other hand, in the world where Ana lives with her abuelo (grandfather) and misses her mom who is far away in Iraq, reality is sneaking up on her. It's time for Ana to decide what's most important: being a superhero or a girl who works little miracles in real life."

The musical features set design by Misha Kachman, costume design by Holly Hynes, lighting design by Nancy Schertler, sound design by Ryan Rumery and music direction by J. Navarro.

The production is recommended for ages nine and up.

For more information about Kennedy Center Theater for Young Audiences on Tour, visit www.kennedy-center.org/kctyaontour.

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