New York, November 8, 2011 -- Lea Salonga, Adam Jacobs, Ali Ewoldt, Jose Llana, and Angel Desai led a company of mostly Filipino-American Broadway actors in Suites by Sondheim, a tribute concert to American musical theater icon Stephen Sondheim, at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center last night. The Book of Mormon's co-book writer, co-composer, and co-lyricist Robert Lopez, who's part-Filipino, was also honoured with an Award of Excellence at the concert.
"It's certainly historic, if nothing else. Not this many Filipino performers in one place will get [got] to perform this material that's just classic and intelligent," Salonga told BroadwayWorld.com in a previous interview.
Directed by Victor Lirio and music directed by Tom Myron, Suites by Sondheim has included Sondheim-penned solos, suites, and medleys such as "Company," "Another Hundred People," "You Could Drive a Person Crazy," and "Multitude of Amy's/Being Alive" from Company; "One Hand, One Heart," "A Boy Like That," and "Somewhere" from West Side Story; "What More Do I Need," "Class," and "So Many People" from Saturday Night; "Green Finch and Linnet Bird," "Johanna," and "Pretty Women," from Sweeney Todd; "Night Waltz," "The Miller's Son," "Everyday a Little Death," "A Weekend in a Country," and "Send In the Clowns" from A Little Night Music; "Not a Day Goes By" and "Our Time" from Merrily We Roll Along; and "Finishing the Hat," "Move On," and "Sunday" from Sunday in the Park with George.
The Philippine Development Foundation USA (PhilDev), a non-profit organization that supports community and entrepreneurship programs in the Philippines, was the concert's sole beneficiary.
Photos by Dom J Manalo and Carlo Damocles
Ali Ewoldt, Adam Jacobs
Jose Llana, T.V. Carpio, Liz Casasola, Jaygee Macapugay
Honoring Robert Lopez with an Award of Excellence are (L-R) Ronna Reyes Sieh, Dado Banatao, Fernando Zobel de Ayala, Loida Nicolas Lewis, Gail Alvarez, Lea Salonga, Tom Myron