East West Players revive ‘TIS THE SEASON:
Celebrate the Holidays with The Three Filipino Tenors.
East West Players (EWP), the nation’s premier Asian American theatre and the longest running professional theatre of color in operation in the United States, revives its 2007 holiday hit. EWP spreads holiday cheer at the National Center for the Preservation of Democracy in Little Tokyo with ‘TIS THE SEASON, a holiday concert with The Three Filipino Tenors. Having performed several times with East West Players fundraising benefits including EWP’s 40th and 42nd Anniversary Visionary Awards Dinner and Silent Auction, two of EWP’s One Night Only events and last year’s ‘TIS THE SEASON, the Three Filipino Tenors performers – Antoine Reynaldo Diel, Randy Guiaya and Lito Villareal – return to the stage singing holiday tunes with an infectious spirit.
“The Three Filipino Tenors are a hit with audiences. Especially during these tough economic times people are looking for a way to escape reality for a couple of hours,” says East West Players’ Artistic Director Tim Dang, “Antoine, Randy and Lito provide a cheery evening of songs, heartwarming family stories and fun raffle prizes that help everyone forget their troubles. Tickets make great gifts for a time when we want to simply sing our worries away. Due to the success of our production of THE JOY LUCK CLUB, we’ve had to move ‘TIS THE SEASON across the parking lot to the National Center for the Preservation of Democracy – it’s a surprising feeling having 2 hit shows simultaneously.”
‘TIS THE SEASON: Celebrate The Holidays with the Three Filipino Tenors will be produced in association with the National Center for the Preservation of Democracy and the Japanese American National Museum.
The Three Filipino Tenors have appeared at benefits and in concerts including, the Asian Pacific AIDS Intervention Team (APAIT), Search to Involve Pilipino Americans (SIPA), USC Asian Pacific Association of Student Services (APASS) and the National Asian American Theatre Festival. Aside from their accomplishments as a group, they individually have a strong background of singing and performing.
Antoine Reynaldo Diel was last seen on East West Players’ stage as Pirelli in its 2006 revival of SWEENEY TODD. He originated the role of “Ninoy” Aquino in IMELDA: A NEW MUSICAL. He has also appeared on stage at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in their production of DOGEATERS by Jessica Hagedorn as Romeo Rosales.
Randy Guiaya is a graduate of the USC School of Music and a winner of the “Artists of the Future” vocal competition for aspiring opera singers (sponsored by the Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Division). For his work in East West Players’ BEIJING SPRING, Guiaya received an invitation from the Vice President of Southern California Edison to sing the National Anthem for an Angels/Dodgers game at Edison Field.
Lito Villareal is the composer of two of the Philippines’ biggest musical hits: THE LITTLE MERMAID (2001 Aliw Awards winner for Best Musical) and THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE. As an actor Villareal’s credits include LES MISERABLES, PASSION, CHANG AND ENG, and East West Players’ SWEENEY TODD in the role of the Beadle.
All performances of ‘TIS THE SEASON: Celebrate the Holidays with the Three Filipino Tenors will be held at the National Center for the Preservation of Democracy at the Japanese American National Museum at 111 North Central Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012. Parking is available at the same lot (LA City Lot 7) as if going to East West Players’ David Henry Hwang Theater. The National Center for the Preservation of Democracy is across the parking lot. ‘TIS THE SEASON: Celebrate the Holidays with the Three Filipino Tenors performs on Friday, December 12th at 8PM, Saturday, December 13th at 8PM and Sunday, December 15th at 2PM. The performance on Saturday, December 13th at 8PM is sold out.
Ticket prices are $30 - $35. Tickets are currently on sale. For ticket purchases, subscription requests or more information, please call East West Players at (213) 625-7000 or visit www.eastwestplayers.org. Group discounts are available. Dates and details are subject to change.