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American Tail the Musical, An
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[Stage play that runs April 25-June 18 at the Children's Theatre Company at 2400 Third Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55404; for more information, log on to childrenstheatre.org or call 612/874-0400.] After a brave, optimistic young mouse (Matthew Woody) leaves his native Russia with his Jewish family in 1885 onboard a ship bound for New York City to escape constantly threatening felines because all mice know there are "no cats in America" and gets separated from his parents (Luverne Seifert and Becca Hart) and sister (Lillian Hochman) when he is washed overboard during a horrific storm in this entertaining, poignant, engaging, multilayered, well-acted, humor-punctuated, star-studded (Ryan London Levin, Autumn Ness, Dean Holt, Mabel Weismann, Reed Sigmund, Lillian Hochman, Rue Norman, Deidre Cochran, Dean Holt, Morgen Chang, Glenn E. Williams II, Monica Xiong, Tic Trietler, Ines Mojica, El Kost, Anja Arora, Mabel Weismann, and Mari Peterson-Hilleque), 2-hour musical, which is based on the 1986 award-winning animated film, directed by Taibi Magar and highlighted by terrific songs (such as Somewhere Out There), costumes, and sets, he desperately searches for his worried family and ends up being forced to work for a greedy rat (Luverne Seifert) and meets a strong-willed mouse (Kiko Laureano) on a soapbox trying to organize the mice to fight back against the diabolical cats, which is an allusion to the ongoing anti-Semitism found in Russia, Germany, and yes, cats are also found in America.

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