New Musical Tells the Story of Civil Rights Leader Cesar Chavez

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Let the Eagle Fly – The Story of Cesar Chavez lands in San Jose / San Francisco Bay Area to tell the story of the farm workers struggle and nationwide grape boycott

The Chavez Family Vision debuts “Let The Eagle Fly - The Story of Cesar Chavez” in Silicon Valley on March 5, 2010. This inspirational musical tells the story of Cesar E. Chavez, one of the most influential civil rights leaders of our time and a crusader for non-violent change. It traces Chavez’s life from his childhood, as the son of migrant farm workers in the Great Depression, through his founding of the farm workers union and commitment to the non-violent struggle for social and economic justice. Silicon Valley, once an agricultural area known as "The Valley of Heart's Delight" is where Chavez began his community activism. The musical focuses primarily on the five-year grape boycott which brought nationwide attention to the farm workers' plight.

"I find 'Let the Eagle Fly' a first-rate musical drama”, says Sheldon Harbick –Tony®, GRAMMY®, and Pulitzer Prize winner for Fiorello! and Fiddle on the Roof, “The book and the score are remarkable, heartfelt, touching and inspired."

"Let The Eagle Fly: The Story of Cesar Chavez" was authored by John Reeger, music and lyrics by Julie Shannon and is being co-directed by Richard Falcon and Claudette Olvera. The Chavez family worked very closely with Reeger and Shannon to give justice and reality to the story of the man behind the headlines and the farm worker movement.

The production and performance are factual, authentic, moving, and so real for me that it made me relive the events and times of my early childhood, says Chavez’s nephew Rudy Chavez Medina. “The moments I lived all came to life again when the curtain opened and the emotion flowed from my heart through my tears and into my spirit. ‘

The musical will run March 5, 2010 – March 31, 2010 at San Jose City College Theatre in San Jose, CA. Chavez’s family members will be present at the opening and closing performances. For more information and to purchase tickets visit http://www.LetTheEagleFly.com

About Chavez Family Vision
The mission of the Chavez Family Vision, Inc. is promoting and providing community outreach programs and activities that will enhance the quality of life within our target areas through cooperative leadership, resource initiative, and direct services. Our mission is inspired by the legacy of Librado and Juana Chavez and the Chavez family philosophy that is to: espouse the principles of non-violence, utilize volunteerism and encourage public action in order to bring about positive changes in our society. For more information visit http://www.chavezfamilyvision.org

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