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American Mariachi | Goodman Theatre

– Chicago Reader

Sept 18 - Oct 24, 2021 in Goodman's Albert Theatre

Around 1 hour and 35 minutes with no intermission

Familia, amor and tradición—and breaking it—are at the heart of this “big-hearted musical tug at the heartstrings” (Denver Post).

Lucha spends her days caring for her ailing mother, but longs to shake up her 1970s home life. When a forgotten record album sparks her mother’s memory, Lucha and her cousin strike upon a radical idea: to create an all-female mariachi band. Infused with live mariachi music, this “big-hearted, musical tug at the heartstrings” (Denver Post) reveals how music and love can make just about anything possible.

Presented in English.

A Co-Production with Dallas Theater Center

Presented in Association with Chicago Latino Theater Alliance as part of Destinos featuring Sones de México Ensemble.

Read Content Advisory Info
  • American Mariachi is appropriate for ages 12 and up. Contains profanity. For more information contact the box office at 312.443.3800

Please note: Proof of full vaccination with an FDA-authorized vaccine is required for all guests over 12 and a recent negative test must be presented for children under 12. Patrons must wear face coverings at all times while inside Goodman Theatre. Learn more at


Familia, amor y tradición, y la ruptura de estas, se encuentran en el centro de “este musical que cuelga de las cuerdas del corazón" (Denver Post).

Lucha pasa sus días cuidando de su madre enferma, pero anhela sacudir su vida hogareña de la década de 1970. Cuando un álbum de música olvidado despierta la memoria de su madre, a Lucha y a su prima se les ocurre una idea radical: crear una banda de mariachis de puras mujeres. Infundido con música de mariachi en vivo, "este musical que cuelga de las cuerdas del corazón" (Denver Post) revela cómo la música y el amor pueden hacer que casi todo sea posible.

Presentado en Inglés.

En co-producción con Dallas Theater Center

Presentada en asociación con el Chicago Latino Theater Alliance como parte de Destinos con la participación de Sones de México Ensemble.

American Mariachi es apta para mayores de 12 años. Contiene profanidad. Para más información contacte la taquilla llamando al 312.443.3800

Tenga en cuenta: Se requiere una prueba de vacunación completa con una vacuna autorizada por la Administración de Alimentos y Medicamentos (FDA por sus siglas en inglés) para todos los espectadores mayores de 12 años y se debe presentar una prueba negativa reciente para niños menores de 12 años. Los espectadores deben usar mascarillas en todo momento mientras estén dentro del Teatro Goodman. Por favor, revise los detalles antes de asistir a su función en

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Audience Response
  • This show is amazing! I laughed and I cried my eyes out but mostly I felt love.

    Carlos A. via Facebook

  • What a way to welcome theatre goers back to live performances! Wow!

    Linda H.G. via Facebook

  • This show was magical. Hilarious, heartbreaking, triumphant and transcendent.

    Robert H. via Facebook

  • Loved every bit of it!

    Josie I. via Facebook

  • Moving and fun! Such a talented cast and musicians.

    Miriam S. via Facebook

  • It is a truly beautiful piece of theater.

    Jason h. via Facebook

Critical Praise
  • “A crowd-pleaser at every turn"

    - Chicago Sun-Times

  • "This is a joyful and vibrant production that...puts women front and center."

    - Broadway World

  • [American Mariachi] "was so worth the wait"

    - Chicago Reader


Join us for any of the following enhanced & accessible performances.

Questions? Please contact 312.443.3800 (voice), 312.443.3829 (TTY/TDD) or email

Touch Tour and Audio Described performanceTouch Tour* and Audio-Described Performance
Saturday, October 16
12:30pm Touch Tour & 2pm Performance

American Sign Language Interpreted PerformanceAmerican Sign Language-Interpreted Performance
Friday, October 22 at 8pm

Open Caption PerformanceOpen-Captioned Performance
Saturday, October 23 at 2pm

Spanish Caption Spanish Captioned Performance
Saturday, October 23 at 8pm

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*Touch Tours for the 2021/2022 Season will not have access to the stage due to current health and safety protocols, but will feature alternate pre-show sensory introductions.

Recommended Reads
  • High Notes

    High Notes

    By Jaclyn Jermyn

    The characters of American Mariachi take a stand against stereotypes when they strike upon the radical idea of creating an all-women mariachi band. Chicago is home to its own all-women mariachi band: the Mariachi Sirenas. Group co-founders Eréndira Izguerra, (who plays Tía Carmen) and Ibet Herrera share how representation has the potential to change a culture.


  • Breaking with Tradition

    Breaking with Tradition

    By Jaclyn Jermyn

    Just as the company of American Mariachi was finishing their final dress rehearsal at production partner Dallas Theater Center in March of 2020, the theater world as they knew it was put on pause. Now, nearly a year-and-a-half later, Director Henry Godinez traces his path from Dallas back to the Goodman stage and how that time has helped him dive deeper into the play’s emotional depths.


Season Overview

Welcome back to your home for theater, Goodman Theatre.

A thrilling line-up awaits as we return to stage and resume performances. The 2021/2022 Season reflects the artistic excellence that you love, and the commitment to our Chicago community that you expect. Come share the moments—together, in-person, once again—that inspire our collective humanity.