Josh Dela Cruz is truly living the American Dream. Born in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, the son of Filipino immigrants who met while working in the Arab nation, then moved to the United States, where he and his two sisters would grow up living to their fullest potential.
Cruz is not only the star of Blues Clues & You!, the third installment of the wildly popular children’s franchise on Nickelodeon and Nick Jr., but also co-stars in the musical, American Morning, about two Chinese immigrants in New York City that share the same medallion tax cab and show how their perception on life changes between optimism to eventually being beaten down by the stresses of society.
Originally titled Costs of Living, American Morning is a musical written by Timothy Huang, who was inspired by the New York Times article, Night and Day by Corey Kilgannon.
We caught up with Cruz, sharing both our immigrant stories, how we can never complain about our struggles especially in knowing what it took for our parents to get here, how he became acquainted with Timothy Huang regarding the project, which the studio recording is now streaming on Spotify.
Regarding, Blue’s Clues & You! a brand-new special episode called, Blue’s Sing-Along Spectacular, features musical performances by pop singer Ally Brooke, the Sun (voiced by gospel sensation Yolanda Adams), Mailbox and the Mailtime Quartet, Tickety Tock, Slippery Soap, Magenta, Blue, Josh (Josh Dela Cruz) and Joe (Donovan Patton).
According t0 Nick Jr. – The episode, premiers Tuesday, July 14, at 9 a.m. (ET/PT), it’s Bluestock—the Blue’s Clues Music Concert—so Josh and the home viewer play Blue’s Clues to figure out what Blue wants to sing in the show, while also watching their friends take to the mic to perform show-stopping songs.
For even more Blue’s Clues & You! fun, a brand-new consumer products line inspired by the series is available now at Walmart. The line incorporates key elements from the show that reinforce problem solving and creative play, and enable preschoolers to engage with Blue and Josh in all-new ways. Products will roll out at all other retailers in August.