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.
The Open the Light Project was recently honored to get an exclusive, indepth interview with Filipino-American actor, singer, model, song writer and producer Michael Copon. You may recognize him from commercials and print ads, “The Power Rangers”, People Magazines “50 Hottest Bachelors”, “One Tree Hill”, “Hawaii 5-0” and CSI Miami. He was most recently was featured on “Kourtney & Kim Take Over New York” where he was reunited with his “Beyond the Break” co-star Kim Kardashian.
His film appearances include All You’ve Got, Dishdogz, and Bring It On: In It to Win It. In 2008, Michael secured the lead role in the film The Scorpion King II: Rise of a Warrior, as well as lead roles in soon to be released theatrical films, including “Killer Holiday” which he also co-produced.
After his win on the VH1 television series, But Can They Sing, Michael has worked hard in the recording studio self-producing and writing his debut album, along with Grammy Award nominated and winning producers. His album will include majestic, hit bound, and club friendly sounds that possess all of the elements heard on Top 40 Radio today. Michael is ecstatic to bring his new hits out of Hollywood, and to the rest of the world.
Below is a snippet of our interview with him. Keep checking back on with openthelightproject.com for our full length interview of the multi-talented Michael Copon.