Lea Salonga Leads All-Filipino Concert at Alice Tully Hall, 11/7
Philippine Development Foundation USA ("PhilDev") will hold its annual fundraising gala at the prestigious AlIce Tully Hall, Lincoln Center with a concert event entitled "PhilDev Celebrates Broadway: Suites by Sondheim," directed by Victor Lirio, on Monday, November 7th, 2011 at 7:30PM. Tom Myron will serve as conductor and music director.
PhilDev, a US-based non-profit organization, develops much-needed programs and supports initiatives that accelerate the sustainable social and economic growth in the Philippines through science and technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship. In addition, it is the major conduit for Filipino Americans to support education and training, arts and culture, enterprise and livelihood, the environment, healthcare, rural development, governance, persons with special needs, and women's and children's issues in the Philippines.
PhilDev Trustee Loida Nicolas Lewis commented: "We are thrilled to be presenting a one-of-a-kind and historic concert event for our gala this year showcasing the world-class talents of the Filipino-Americans to raise awareness and much-needed funding for PhilDev's programs. There are millions of Filipinos back home who are in dire need of assistance. And thebayanihan spirit among the Filipino-Americans and our American friends is truly moving. We are extremely grateful."
The concert-conceived and co-produced by actor, director, and producer Victor Lirio, artistic director of Diverse City Theater Co. (DCT), and PhilDev Trustee Ronna Reyes Sieh-will be the first New York gala for PhilDev. It also marks the first all-Filipino concert at Lincoln Center presenting top Filipino-American talents who have all made marks on Broadway in leading roles
The evening's repertoire will be devoted to the works of internationally celebrated American composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim and will include songs from some of Sondheim's iconic musicals such as Anyone Can Whistle, Company, A Little Night Music, Merrily We Roll Along, Saturday Night, Sunday in the Park with George, Sweeney Todd, West Side Story,among others.
In a letter Sondheim wrote to Lirio, he expressed: "I am delighted that you want to devote an evening to my work. Thank you so much for the compliment."
Tony Award winner Lea Salonga (Miss Saigon, Les Miserables, Flower Drum Song, Disney'sMulan and Aladdin) leads an impressive cast of Filipino-American Broadway stars. Joining her are Joan Almedilla (Miss Saigon, Les Miserables); Raul Aranas (Miss Saigon, The King & I); Ali Ewoldt (Les Miserables, West Side Story); Rona Figueroa (Miss Saigon, Les Miserables, Lennon, Nine); Lydia Gaston (The King & I, Miss Saigon, The Red Shoes); Adam Jacobs (Les Miserables, The Lion King); Jose Llana (The King & I, Spelling Bee, The Flower Drum Song opposite Lea Salonga, Wonderland); Orville Mendoza (Pacific Overtures, Miss Saigon); Paolo Montalban (Pacific Overtures, The King & I, ABC/Disney's Cinderella as Prince Charming opposite Brandy); Emily Morales (Lincoln Center's South Pacific); Jennifer Paz (Miss Saigon, Les Miserables, Joseph ... Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar); and company members Aaron Albano, Alan Ariano, Marie France Arcilla, Emy Baysic, Billy Bustamante, Liz Casasola, Marc dela Cruz, Ariel Estrada, Brian Jose, Luz Lor, Jaygee Macapugay, Mel Maghuyop, Jake Manabat, Adam Marcelo, JP Moraga, Lora Nicolas, Diane Phelan, Chris-Ian Sanchez, and Melissa Singson.