September 25 – October 20, 2013
The Lab Theater
World Premiere

By Peter Rothstein and Dan Chouinard
Music Direction by Dan Chouinard
Directed by Peter Rothstein

Ellis Island was the gateway to America — a land of opportunity for some, a land of exclusion for others. 5,000 immigrants a day passed through this “Island of Hope, Island of Tears.” Packed into the steerage of steamships, they left their homelands with few possessions but a wealth of hope, promise and music. Steerage Song is a musical kaleidoscope of their journey to America. Steerage Song premiered in concert form at the Fitzgerald Theater in 2011; creators Peter Rothstein and Dan Chouinard have continued to develop the docu-musical, blending the songs of 20 countries of Old Europe and the rhythms of Tin Pan Alley into a moving, fully-staged, new musical.

Runtime: 2 hours with one intermission

Production Photos

Photos by Michal Daniel


Steerage Song Trailer

Steerage Song In-Process 1

Steerage Song In-Process Part 2

American Sign Language Interpreted Performance Thursday, October 10, 7:30 p.m. (Paul Deeming and Elly Carpenter)
Audio Described Performance Thursday, October 10, 7:30 p.m. (Laurie Pape Hadley)

A special complimentary performance of Steerage Song for immigrants and refugees is being made possible with funding provided by the Marbrook Foundation.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.