American Stranger the Musical

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Audience

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Reviews: 16

American Stranger is the story of three siblings, two of whom are learning to understand the third who is transitioning from their brother to their sister, now known as Mary. Rejection and intolerance plagues Mary— from society and from her parents who have disowned her. However, it is the loss of her beloved girlfriend, Dionne, that haunts her the most.
After Mary is taken in by her sisters in Hollywood, Brooke and Janet, she tries to pursue her artistic aspirations by selling her paintings on the streets. There, she befriends a homeless man named Jake and a transgender woman named Shannon. The streets of Hollywood become their backdrop as Mary slowly begins to understand more about herself and her new world. However, one night she is confronted by an intolerant and violent passersby. America’s growing cultural divide has made Mary a stranger in her own country.
American Stranger features the acoustic versions of the songs of Laura Espinoza & Lunden Reign.

The Cast:
Mary – Delia Rawdon
Janet – Mindy Milburn
Brooke – Jacklyn Robinson
Jake – Scooby Ducati
Shannon – Sabrina Richmond
Punk – Bill Melrose

Directed by: Miranda Miller;
Stage play & music by Laura Espinoza;
Stage Manager: Corina Espinoza:
Executive Producer: Dennis Kennelly.

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Reviews

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"There are some really awesome moments in this play. The cast, composer, writer, musicians and crew are absolutely dedicated to the chronical and cause. But American Stranger needs work."

sweet-sour - Tracey Paleo - Gia On the Move - ...read full review


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"Acting and performances were excellent. Music was amazing. Writing was top notch. I can't wait to see the whole show. This story spoke to me personally about the journey and tragedy of transgender life. A must see."

sweet - Erika


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"WOW!! I really enjoyed this musical so much it left me wanting for more! What I loved the most is the original score and songs by Laura Espinoza. The songs should have been Nominated to best Original Songs by Hollywood Fringe. The acting and singing by all actors were outstanding. I will certainly follow this production expansion and growth and get as much as I can of this refreshing and authentic storyline with a deep and meaningful message. THANK YOU and best of wishes."

sweet - DaVida Sal


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"American Stranger is a beautiful written show and is very poignant for the current state of affairs for Transgender women in the U.S. Real life stories such as this one are crucial to be told because it shows the challenges families face in embracing change and the struggles many Transgender women experience daily to accept themselves and find their way in the world. The role of Mary illustrates the complexities very well and gives a voice to the many in our community whose lives are tragically taken from us far too soon. Thank you for all who birthed this story and made this happen. As a professional who works in our community I meet many men and women who have very similar stories like Mary’s and it is heartbreaking."

sweet - Katy Michaels


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"The musical, American Stranger was art imitating life. I was impressed to see a well written story showcased and told within a limited amount of time. The music was sang beautifully, the characters were cast appropriately and the overall message was moving. I highly recommend."

sweet - Cori Di Julio


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"This was a wonderful musical. A beautiful story about a transgender fining her place in life and family. Tragically cut short. The acting, songs, musical instruments complimented the entire show. I hope the message is heard and opens the hearts to allow anyone to be their authentic self. Fantastic!"

sweet - Sky M Daws


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"Truly a story that choked me up a few times. Only made more powerful by the script, the actors and the music. A must see for anyone who us or wants to get a glimpse at being trans."

sweet - Erica Cambra


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"Everyone involved did a fantastic job putting this show together. The music was great, the acting was great and the story tugs at your heartstrings. I also very much appreciated that they cast actual transgender people for the characters who are also trans."

sweet - Alexander Coltraine


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"American Stranger was a beautiful, heart touching story. The music and singing was incredible. The cast did a fabulous job. Highly recommend this show."

sweet - Lisa Zaroff


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"American Stranger was a poignant and beautifully told/sung/acted musical about a tragic transgender experience that is all too common. Great story and well written songs. Highly recommended!"

sweet - Alison Whiteacre


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"This was a sweet story with a emotional gut punch at the end. The music was excellently orchestrated and perfectly minimalistic, the vocals were strong and Mindy Milburn’s vocals were particularly well delivered and projected. Delia Rawdon played the part of Mary like it could have been her own life story. Scooby Ducati shines in every scene he’s seen in. All in all, a thoroughly enjoyable show!"

sweet - Heather Barron


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"American Stranger the Musical was beautifully performed! The song writing was outstanding! The lyrics and vocals were a wonderful experience from beginning to end. So many beautiful songs that created a clear portrayal of the the struggles members in the LGBTQ community face. I recommend this musical and the amazing experience this cast creates!"

sweet - Kelly


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"American Stranger the Musical by Laura Espinosa is a piece for our times. A movement in musical genius, backed by a real life convergence of words Into music. A journey, an epic voyage in one persons life that open’s a Window into the human soul. Miranda’s piano and vocals feel like a warm velvet blanket hugging a 12 string guitar played live, drenching you in emotional truths throughout the night. A honest opportunity to walk in someone else’s shoes in 57 minutes. Mindy Milburn graced us with an inviting voice full of kind, endearing harmonies and soul felt melodies that told a story of one woman... all women transitioning into who they truly are, a sister, a seeker, a human being."

sweet - Gabe Halcovich


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"I loved the show and the singing was great. I especially loved the scene where Mary came out in the yellow dress it was so right for the scene."

sweet - James Rawdon


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"What a beautiful gift this musical is! The writer had to know what a powerful message this would be, much needed yesterday, today, and tomorrow. No spoilers here, just go see it and feel the love, confusion of being new in LA, and the message being sung beautifully by Delia Rawdon, Mindy Milburn, Miranda Miller with a great cast including Jacklyn Robinson, Scooby Ducati, Bill Melrose, and Sabrina Richmond. The writer, composer and guitarist Laura Espinoza has presented a musical that you cannot forget, ever..."

sweet - LISA FURUTO (Jean)


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"This was an amazing performance! All of the actors, and musicians did a wonderful job. I would love to see more musicals as good as this one! It had a great storyline and I am still signing the songs in my head. Trans representation matters! Thank you for showing the world a glimpse of what so many Trans people struggle with."

sweet - Sarah Rawdon


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"Great piece of art! Everyone who was a part of this should be proud! A moving and gripping portrait of the life of a transgender woman fighting for her place in the world."

sweet - Erica Burns


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"There are some really awesome moments in this play. The cast, composer, writer, musicians and crew are absolutely dedicated to the chronical and cause. But American Stranger needs work."

sweet-sour - Tracey Paleo - Gia On the Move - ...read full review


Avatar
"Acting and performances were excellent. Music was amazing. Writing was top notch. I can't wait to see the whole show. This story spoke to me personally about the journey and tragedy of transgender life. A must see."

sweet - Erika


Avatar
"WOW!! I really enjoyed this musical so much it left me wanting for more! What I loved the most is the original score and songs by Laura Espinoza. The songs should have been Nominated to best Original Songs by Hollywood Fringe. The acting and singing by all actors were outstanding. I will certainly follow this production expansion and growth and get as much as I can of this refreshing and authentic storyline with a deep and meaningful message. THANK YOU and best of wishes."

sweet - DaVida Sal


Avatar
"American Stranger is a beautiful written show and is very poignant for the current state of affairs for Transgender women in the U.S. Real life stories such as this one are crucial to be told because it shows the challenges families face in embracing change and the struggles many Transgender women experience daily to accept themselves and find their way in the world. The role of Mary illustrates the complexities very well and gives a voice to the many in our community whose lives are tragically taken from us far too soon. Thank you for all who birthed this story and made this happen. As a professional who works in our community I meet many men and women who have very similar stories like Mary’s and it is heartbreaking."

sweet - Katy Michaels


Avatar
"The musical, American Stranger was art imitating life. I was impressed to see a well written story showcased and told within a limited amount of time. The music was sang beautifully, the characters were cast appropriately and the overall message was moving. I highly recommend."

sweet - Cori Di Julio


Avatar
"This was a wonderful musical. A beautiful story about a transgender fining her place in life and family. Tragically cut short. The acting, songs, musical instruments complimented the entire show. I hope the message is heard and opens the hearts to allow anyone to be their authentic self. Fantastic!"

sweet - Sky M Daws


Avatar
"Truly a story that choked me up a few times. Only made more powerful by the script, the actors and the music. A must see for anyone who us or wants to get a glimpse at being trans."

sweet - Erica Cambra


Avatar
"Everyone involved did a fantastic job putting this show together. The music was great, the acting was great and the story tugs at your heartstrings. I also very much appreciated that they cast actual transgender people for the characters who are also trans."

sweet - Alexander Coltraine


Avatar
"American Stranger was a beautiful, heart touching story. The music and singing was incredible. The cast did a fabulous job. Highly recommend this show."

sweet - Lisa Zaroff


Avatar
"American Stranger was a poignant and beautifully told/sung/acted musical about a tragic transgender experience that is all too common. Great story and well written songs. Highly recommended!"

sweet - Alison Whiteacre


Avatar
"This was a sweet story with a emotional gut punch at the end. The music was excellently orchestrated and perfectly minimalistic, the vocals were strong and Mindy Milburn’s vocals were particularly well delivered and projected. Delia Rawdon played the part of Mary like it could have been her own life story. Scooby Ducati shines in every scene he’s seen in. All in all, a thoroughly enjoyable show!"

sweet - Heather Barron


Avatar
"American Stranger the Musical was beautifully performed! The song writing was outstanding! The lyrics and vocals were a wonderful experience from beginning to end. So many beautiful songs that created a clear portrayal of the the struggles members in the LGBTQ community face. I recommend this musical and the amazing experience this cast creates!"

sweet - Kelly


Avatar
"American Stranger the Musical by Laura Espinosa is a piece for our times. A movement in musical genius, backed by a real life convergence of words Into music. A journey, an epic voyage in one persons life that open’s a Window into the human soul. Miranda’s piano and vocals feel like a warm velvet blanket hugging a 12 string guitar played live, drenching you in emotional truths throughout the night. A honest opportunity to walk in someone else’s shoes in 57 minutes. Mindy Milburn graced us with an inviting voice full of kind, endearing harmonies and soul felt melodies that told a story of one woman... all women transitioning into who they truly are, a sister, a seeker, a human being."

sweet - Gabe Halcovich


Avatar
"I loved the show and the singing was great. I especially loved the scene where Mary came out in the yellow dress it was so right for the scene."

sweet - James Rawdon


Avatar
"What a beautiful gift this musical is! The writer had to know what a powerful message this would be, much needed yesterday, today, and tomorrow. No spoilers here, just go see it and feel the love, confusion of being new in LA, and the message being sung beautifully by Delia Rawdon, Mindy Milburn, Miranda Miller with a great cast including Jacklyn Robinson, Scooby Ducati, Bill Melrose, and Sabrina Richmond. The writer, composer and guitarist Laura Espinoza has presented a musical that you cannot forget, ever..."

sweet - LISA FURUTO (Jean)


Avatar
"This was an amazing performance! All of the actors, and musicians did a wonderful job. I would love to see more musicals as good as this one! It had a great storyline and I am still signing the songs in my head. Trans representation matters! Thank you for showing the world a glimpse of what so many Trans people struggle with."

sweet - Sarah Rawdon


Avatar
"Great piece of art! Everyone who was a part of this should be proud! A moving and gripping portrait of the life of a transgender woman fighting for her place in the world."

sweet - Erica Burns