Are you a fan of Broadway musicals? Well, a new theater company will bring to Manila a different concept of a Christmas concert this coming holiday season. Join Andrew Keenan-Bolger in “A Very Broadway Christmas in Manila” on December 11, 7:00 PM at the newly opened BGC Arts Center located in Taguig City.
For those living in the South, catch this concert in Iloilo City on December 17 at the Central Philippine University’s Rose Memorial Hall.
Produced and directed by Jhett Tolentino, the concert will feature a mix of holiday tunes synonymous to Christmas, Broadway anthems from the latest musicals, and a surprise mix of Original Pilipino Music. Under the musical direction of Ceejay Javier, the repertoire will have a new and fresh rearrangement for audiences of all ages to enjoy.
Andrew Keenan-Bolger’s Broadway credits include: “Jesse Tuck” in Tuck Everlasting (Drama League nominee), “Crutchie” in Newsies (Outer Critics Circle nominee), Mary Poppins, Seussical, Beauty and the Beast, A Christmas Carol. For film, he appeared as “Billy Frazier” in The Rewrite starring Hugh Grant. In television, he was in “Nurse Jackie”, “Looking”. Andrew also directed the award-winning films “Sign” and “The Ceiling Fan.” He also appeared in Web series – “Submissions Only.” Andrew is also co-author of the best-selling children’s book series “Jack & Louisa” (Penguin Random House).
Special guest artist is Tanya Manalang, who recently appeared in Rak of Aegis and the London revival of “Miss Saigon – 25th Anniversary.”
Tolentino is a Pinoy Pride born, raised and educated in Iloilo CIty. He won three Tony Awards for producing Broadway shows, making him the second Philippine-born Tony Award winner. He is the first Filipino Tony Awards voter among the 27 million theater-goers in the US. He is also a Grammy Awards voter. In 2014, he received the award for The Outstanding Filipino-American – New York (TOFA-NY) for Entertainment in at the Carnegie Hall, New York City. In February 2016, he was recognized by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts with “Ani Ng Dangal” Award for bringing international honor to the Philippines. Currently, he is the Deputy Chapter Commander of the Knights of Rizal – NY Chapter and a delegate to the 5th Filipino American Youth Leadership Program (FYLPro). He is the President and Artistic Director of Jhett Tolentino Productions Inc.
The repertoire of “A Very Broadway Christmas in Manila” include:
Holiday: “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year”, “It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas”, “I’ll Be Home for Christmas”, “River” (Joni Mitchell), “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”, “Santa Claus is Comin to Town”, “All Those Christmas Cliches” (Ahrens & Flaherty), “Red Ryder” (from A Christmas Story), and “Let It Snow.”
Broadway: “Santa Fe” – Newsies; “Letter From The Refuge” – Newsies; “Everlasting” – Tuck Everlasting; “Top of the World” – Tuck Everlasting; “I’m Not That Smart” – Spelling Bee; “Feed the Birds” – Mary Poppins; “Proud of Your Boy” – Aladdin; “What I Did For Love” – A Chorus Line
OPM: “Pasko Na Naman”, “Sana Ngayong Pasko”, “Kumukutikutitap.”
Jhett Tolentino Productions Inc.’s aims to: enhance Filipino artists through masterclasses, lectures, seminars, workshops by Broadway artist/s; promote Filipino artists by prioritizing them in production cast and creative; produce quality shows; conduct audience development program; promote tourism; and make more Broadway shows accessible to the Filipino audience.
Jhett Tolentino Productions Inc. is led by Bal Endriga (Chairman of the Board); Trisha Victoria Lim (Vice President); Ma. Judelfha Mabaquiao (Secretary); Ma. Anastasia Melana Monfort Lim (Treasurer); Sunshine Elizabeth Do and Agnes Jamora (Board of Directors); Atty. Jeric Jucaban (Corporate Counsel)
For tickets, call Ticketworld at 891-9999.