Monday, November 7, 2011

"Suites by Sondheim" Snippets with Lea Salonga

This November 7, 2011 a roster of Filipino (pure and half breeds) Broadway actors & singers will all join together for a concert entitled "Suites by Sondheim", for the benefit of Philippine Development Foundation (Phil Dev) at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center in New York starring Lea Salonga and directed by Victor Lirio.

Ofcourse, for those who won't make it (like me who is staying in the Philippines and wasn't able to fly) to see the concert in New York, here are videos of Lea Salonga singing "Sunday in The Park," and other Filipino talents during rehearsals.  Yes, these are mere videos of rehearsals, but I am still entertained (which I can play over and over again). I hope the same feeling does to you too.

Read Lea Salonga's Article in PDI, "Awesomeness in New York"

For other snippets of interviews and promotional videos that are interesting to watch, here are some I have gathered from Youtube:

Lea Salonga: "The thing about Sondheim is that it does get very cerebral. You do need a faculty with words and a love for the lyrics to not just pull it off, but to have an appreciation for it. I, as a younger person, [her first Sondheim show was playing the Witch in Into the Woods in Singapore in 1994] and Sondheim versus being a little older and having lived a little bit of life and then looking at Sondheim again, I think one requires a certain amount of living in order to appreciate Sondheim, and I think there's a lot of life in a lot of what he writes." (Source:

One Big Round of Applause to Filipino Talent!

Joining Salonga at the concert are equally accomplished Filipino-American theater performers that will include Adam Jacobs (Les MiserablesLion King), Jose Llana (WonderlandFlower Drum Song), Paolo Montalban (Pacific OverturesCinderellaJoan Almedilla (Miss SaigonLes Miserables), Alan Ariano (Miss SaigonThe Encounter), Emy Baysic (Miss SaigonMamma Mia), Angel Desai (Company), Rona Figueroa (Miss SaigonLes Miserables), Lydia Gaston (The King and I, Miss Saigon), DeeDee Magno Hall (WickedMiss Saigon), Orville Mendoza (Pacific OverturesMiss Saigon), Emily Morales (South Pacific); Jennifer Paz (Miss Saigon, Les Miserables), and Diane Phelan (South PacificWest Side Story), among others. Broadway composer Robert Lopez, who's Filipino American, will be honored with the Award of Excellence for his Tony Award-winning compositions for hit Broadway musicals Avenue Q and The Book of Mormon.

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