Throwback. Well sort of, this photo of Darren Criss and Lea Salonga is from last year when he visited the cast of The Allegiance at the Old Globe in San Diego. Lea Salonga is part of the cast along with Telly Leung who acted with Darren in Glee as a fellow Dalton Academy Warbler.
Watch the hilarious JoKoy as he tears up the stage with his quick wit and laugh out loud jokes. Since it’s the holiday season, full of giving and charity, his show tomorrow night at the American Comedy Company in San Diego, will be benefiting the Prime Motivation Foundation.
JoKoy – Holiday Charity Show
December 18 at 8pm
The American Comedy Co.
818 B 6TH AVE
SAN DIEGO GASLAMP QUARTER, CA 92101
TV Actress Shay Mitchell is currently in the Philippines for vacation only with her family but ETC channel managed to do a promo for the Pretty Little Liars star while she’s here in Manila.
The half-Filipina actress is off to Palawan while on break from her busy schedules but she manages to squeeze a few hours yesterday to meet members of the press (including Orange Magazine TV) and some of her Filipino fans she called Mitchies who won a meet&greet passes from ETC.
Allegiance – A New Americal Musical is now playing in San Diego’s Old Globe Theatre until Oct 28. It received a week extension due to it’s popularity. Lea Salonga plays a huge role along with Paolo Montalban. We saw it twice because it was THAT good! The whole cast gave such a great performance. Lea Salonga’s singing is out of this world. Allie Trimm, for being so young, really held her own. Telly Leung sang his heart out. I feel so fortunate to have been able to experience this musical. You’ll laugh, cry, and learn some history. Thank you to the creators, cast and crew for bringing this story into the lime light. We are excited to see it reach New York. Hopefully we’ll be able to see it there on the big stage.
Cast: Lea Salonga, Telly Leung, George Takei, Paolo Montalban, Micheal K. Lee, Paul Nakauchi, and Allie Trimm.
Here is a summary of the musical:
ALLEGIANCE – A NEW AMERICAN MUSICAL is an epic story of family, love and patriotism set during the Japanese American internment of World War II. Sixty years after the attack on Pearl Harbor, a chance meeting forces WWII veteran Sam Kimura (television and film star George Takei) to remember his family’s relocation from their California farm to the Heart Mountain internment camp. As they struggle to adjust to their new home, Young Sam (Telly Leung – Godspell, “Glee”) and his sister Kei (Lea Salonga, Tony Award winner for Miss Saigon) find themselves torn between loyalty to their family and allegiance to their country. With its moving score, ALLEGIANCE takes audiences on a journey into our nation’s history through the eyes of one American family.
Run time: Two hours and 15 minutes, including one 15-minute intermission.
A new digital channel called FilAm TV will debut soon. The launch party for this event will be this Friday at Hollywood and Highland. Performances by Legaci, Poreotics, Dante Basco, Gigi Torres, Tom Taus, Rick One, Gaby Borromeo, and We The Futur3. Antoinette Taus, Manny Streetz, and Chris Judd will act as host for the night. Proceeds support the Apl.De.Ap Foundation. A great way to have fun and support.
Look out for the Pinoy Grease directed by Giselle Toengi. I’m excited to see this, how about you?
By Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN North America Bureau
Feb. 17, 2011
LOS ANGELES- Former ABS- CBN actress Giselle Toengi is now working behind the scenes. Toengi is in her last year as a student at the University of California Los Angeles. She is majoring in communications while getting minors in Film and Theater.She is directing a new version of the musical “Grease” with a mostly Filipino cast.
Toengi said, “A lot of people are asking me what I’m going to do after college. And I’m going to continue do what I’ve been doing all this time. Acting being creative and collaborating with our Filipino American artists, and just producing content for the Filipino American community.”
Most of the cast includes members of the UCLA’s Samahan Filipino club, but Toengi brought out some big Fil-Am Hollywood names for this project.
Former Nickelodeon star Leslie Anne Huff plays the female lead opposite Dante Basco. YouTube sensation AJ Rafael, singer actress Jenilee Reyes, and former Philippine child actor Tom Taus also appear alongside the entire Basco Clan. “Grease” brings back childhood memories for the Basco family.
Michael Copon not only acts in the film, the teen heart throb turned musician also produced the soundtrack.
They’re saying this “Grease” class project is just a beginning for something bigger. With Copon on set with the Basco’s, they’ve also talked about venturing into a bigger project for Hollywood Fil-Ams to work on, which includes possible movies and reality shows.
With the popularity of musicals like Fox Network’s “Glee” Fil-Am stars are hoping to use an American classic as a launching pad. They’re hoping they can expand on the class project and make in to a new hit series.