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A Real American Musical


Woody Guthrie’s American Songan ensemble musical based on Guthrie's songs and writingshad its world premiere on July 20th, 1988. Twenty-four years later, the show opened in a concert staging at the Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse in Berkeley, California, to coincide with Woody’s 100th birthday on July 14, 2012. The show exploded from the stage, and if anything, felt more urgent and more exciting than it had nearly a quarter century ago. Woody’s message hasn’t lost a drop of relevance, and his music still packs a wallop.


songs and writings by
Woody Guthrie

conceived and adapted by
Peter Glazer

orchestrations and vocal arrangements by
Jeff Waxman

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“A standing ovation is a foregone conclusion.” —San Francisco Chronicle
An exuberant musical celebration of our nation, our history, and our shared humanity.”

—Seattle Times

...manages to find both the high beauty and earthy humor of Guthrie's love affair with America.”

—New York Times

A dazzling, dizzying explosion of Guthrie's genius.”

—Boston Globe

An inspirational portrait of a writer whose work reflected and finally transcended the voice of the common people in this land.”

—Chicago Tribune