Kevin Wood, former Traer resident and son of the late Donald and Eleanor Wood, will appear in this summer's West Village Musical Theater Festival in New York City. Kevin will appear in a new musical, "Manuel Versus the Statue of Liberty," with book and lyrics by Noemi de la Puentes, music by Howard Post and under the direction of Jose Zayas.
The show is a musical comedy about illegal immigration. Inspired by the true story of a Princeton Undergrad who was an illegal immigrant, and got a Rhodes scholarship to study Ancient Literature. The Statue of Liberty is revamping her image. Manuel wants to be a teacher. Thrown into the ring, they fight it out who is more American? What is American anyway? Latin music and American pop, rock, and gospel infuse the score. No one is spared in this zany political comedy that pulls no punches (pun intended) about immigration.
The MISSION of the West Village Musical Theater festival: Invoking the spirit of one of the most creative areas in New York history, the West Village Musical Theatre Festival (WVMTF) seeks to create a community where artists come together to support the genesis of new work that owes its significance to storytelling and emotion.
The PURPOSE of the West Village Musical Theater festival: In a world where accountants make artistic decisions and money is often the only obstacle, the WVMTF offers a first step for emerging writers, composers and lyricists: a chance to showcase a developing idea in a professional setting for minimal cost.
Performances will be July 10 and July 13 at The Player's Theatre (in the heart of the West Village), a beautiful 220-seat Off-Broadway house.