Thursday, January 24, 2013

Adam Jacobs, Ali Ewoldt to Star in A HEART FULL OF LOVE at Town Hall, 2/23

By Oliver Oliveros,

New York, January 24, 2013 -- Broadway's "Les Miserables" alumni Adam Jacobs, last seen as Simba in Disney's "The Lion King," and Ali Ewoldt, last seen as Tuptim in Baayork Lee's production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's "The King and I," are poised to reunite on stage in A HEART FULL OF LOVE, a concert at The Town Hall on 43rd Street on Saturday, February 23 at 8 p.m.

Conceived by Victor Lirio ("Suites by Sondheim," "Two Rooms"), featuring direction by Adam Fitzgerald ("Friends and Relations," "Killing Women") and musical direction by David Dabbon ("Secondary Impact," "She Loves Me"), A HEART FULL OF LOVE will showcase Jacobs and Ewoldt, both of Filipino descent, singing an array of musical theater favorites, including selections from "Les Miserables," "West Side Story," and "The Lion King"; a sampling of contemporary pop songs and kundiman (traditional Filipino love songs); and an inspiring repertoire of new works by emerging musical theater writers and composers.

In a press statement, Jacobs said, "The last time Ali and I sang together on a concert stage was at a tribute show for musical theater legend Stephen Sondheim at Lincoln Center ['Suites by Sondheim,' directed by Lirio] two years ago. We sang 'One Hand, One Heart' from 'West Side Story,' and that was it. But for our show at The Town Hall, not only will we have the chance to perform excerpts from 'Les Miserables' for the first time since our Broadway debuts; but we also will have the opportunity to do other popular tunes from shows we haven't done yet (which reminds us that Jacobs has been wanting to do the male lead role in 'The Light in the Piazza'; could 'Love to Me' be part of the concert program?)"

Via email, Jacobs told that featured guest artists at The Town Hall concert will be announced shortly.

Proceeds from A HEART FULL OF LOVE will go to the 3rd The Outstanding Filipino Americans in New York (TOFA-NY) Awards, an annual award ceremony that recognizes exemplary Filipino-Americans in the New York Tri-State held in October; and to Mindoro Healthcare Consulting's current research to find a cure for multiple sclerosis, an autoimmune disease that affects the brain and spinal cord.

Elton Lugay of TOFA-NY and Jona Jane Tajonera of Mindoro Healthcare Consulting, LLC, together with media partners GMA Pinoy TV, GMA Life TV, and The Filipino Reporter, are producing this Valentine's month concert.

For tickets ($40-$100), visit

Thursday, January 03, 2013

BroadwayWorld PH Receives an Award for Promoting Original Filipino Plays and Musicals

(L-R) Elaine Coronel, marketing associate and member of the Board of Trustees, PSF; Chris Lim, marketing director, board member and founder, PSF; Vincent Evangelista, spokesperson, BroadwayWorld Philipines; Atty. Vincent Tanada, president and artistic director, founder, PSF; Jeffrey Ambrosio, production manager, board member and founder, PSF; and Anna Bautista, executive secretary, and member of the Board of Trustees, PSF
by Oliver Oliveros, 

Manila, Philippines, January 3, 2013  BroadwayWorld Philippines, the country's premier online news source for everything theater, received an award for promoting original Filipino plays and musicals from the Philippine Stagers Foundation (PSF), a non-profit, non-stock theater organization that has produced multi- award winning musical "Cory ng Edsa" and the Palanca Award-winning play "Ang Bangkay."

Vincent "Enteng" Evangelista, an original member of the Ryan Cayabyab Singers and BroadwayWorld Philippines's regional editor Oliver Oliveros's official spokesperson, accepted the award from Atty. Vincent Tanada, PSF's founder, president, and artistic director, on December 20 at the theater company's annual Christmas Ball at Pan Pacific Hotel in Malate, Manila.

PSF also handed out awards to the Philippine Department of Education, the Philippine Department of Tourism, and Tanghalang Pasigueno.

"BroadwayWorld is our partner in promoting original Filipino plays and musicals in the country. We both believe in the unlimited power and giftedness of Filipino artists to create their own musicals and reach a myriad of audiences  young and old, rich and poor," said Tanada.

In his acceptance speech, Evangelista, on behalf of Oliveros, said,"Similar to theater news publishing, working on a theatrical production is a communal effort: we have editors, writers, and photographers; you have directors, actors, and production designers. We all play varied, interdependent roles; however, one thing binds them all together: that is our collective passion for creating magic on an almost empty stage, every night, which we all have come to know as the allure of live theater."

"We dedicate this award to the hardworking news team behind BroadwayWorld Philippines, and to all Filipino theater artists, whether based in the Philippines or on Broadway or in the West End or elsewhere, who always strive for excellence in their chosen craft no less."

BroadwayWorld, whose head office is located in New York City, is the largest theater site on the Internet covering Broadway, the West End, and beyond to 100 U.S. cities, and 35 countries worldwide. With more than 3.5 million monthly visitors, BroadwayWorld delivers complete up-to-the-minute Broadway, Off-Broadway, and regional theater news, in-depth interviews, extraordinary photo coverage, entertaining video features, lively message boards, ticket discounts, reviews, and more.

In the past year alone, BroadwayWorld's Philippine Theater coverage included original Filipino plays and musicals "Katy," "Care Divas," "A Fire in the Soul," "Joe: A Filipino Rock'sical," "Noli Me Tangere," "Bona," "Walang Sugat," "Prison Dancer," "Peter Pan: A Musical Adventure in Neverland." "Ang Bagong Harana," "Anting," "Walang Kukurap," "Orosman at Zafira," "Umaaraw, Umuulan, Kinakasal ang Tikbalang," and "Rama Hari."