The Kennedy Center production of Barrio Grrrl! Began its national tour in January as part of the Center’s 18th Theater for Young Audiences on Tour series for young people and their families. The three-month tour of school and public performances will travel to 17 cities in 13 states from January 22, 2011 to April 16, 2011.
After performances in Rockville, Maryland and California stops at Montgomery College in Stockton, and University of the Pacific in Poway; the production makes its way to Children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis from March 2 – 27. The production concludes its tour in April at Memphis and New York City.
The musical features book and lyrics by Pulitzer Prize finalist and Tony Award nominee Quiara Alegría Hudes (In the Heights), music by Tony Award winner Bill Sherman (In the Heights), direction by Peter Flynn, and choreography by Devanand Janki. This production for young people and their families is recommended for ages nine and up.
Spunky nine-year-old Ana 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 cast includes 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.
Michelle Liu Coughlin most recently appeared as Liat in South Pacific starring Ron Raines. New York: A New Brain (Waitress/Nancy D.). National Tours: The King and I (Tuptim) starring Stefanie Powers, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, The Wizard of Oz. Regional: Sayonara (Hana-Ogi), Children of Eden (Yonah), A Chorus Line (Connie) starring Peter Scolari, Camelot (Nimue), Once on this Island (Ti Moune), Hair, Damn Yankees. Concerts: The Public Sings: A 50th Anniversary Celebration at City Center, National Symphony Celebration at The Kennedy Center. Television: One Life to Live, Comedy Central, Fox and Friends, and several commercials.
Playwright Quiara Alegría Hudes is a two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist. Composer Bill Sherman won the 2008 Tony Award for Best Orchestrations for In the Heights and the 2008 Grammy Award as the co-producer of the In The Heights original Broadway cast album. Director Peter Flynn is the Artistic Director of the Hangar Theatre in Ithaca, NY.
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.
Children’s Theatre Company is located at 2400 Third Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55404. For ticket information call 612/874-0400 or online at www.childrenstheatre.org.