Broadway stars in fund-raiser for Fil-Americans


Posted at Jan 28 2013 07:41 PM | Updated as of Feb 04 2013 07:39 PM

Ali Ewoldt and Adam Jacobs in a scene from "Suites by Sondheim." Photo by Carlo Damocles

MANILA, Philippines – Two Broadway actors of Filipino descent are staging a concert in New York next month to help raise funds for the Filipino-American community there.

“Les Misérables” alumni Adam Jacobs, who played the role of Marius on Broadway from 2006 to 2008, and Ali Ewoldt, who played the role of Cosette in the same production, will top-bill “A Heart Full of Love: A Concert” at The Town Hall on February 23.

Jacobs and Ewoldt will be singing an array of musical theater favorites including selections from “Les Misérables,” “West Side Story,” and “The Lion King”. They will also perform contemporary pop songs, kundiman (traditional Filipino love songs) and an exciting repertoire of new works by rising musical theater writers and composers.

Apart from "Les Misérables," Jacobs has appeared as Simba in “The Lion King,” while Ewoldt starred as Maria in “West Side Story.”

“The last time Ali and I sang together on a concert stage was at a tribute show for musical theater legend Stephen Sondheim at Lincoln Center two years ago. We sang ‘One Hand, One Heart’ from ‘West Side Story,' and that was it,” recalled Jacobs.

“But for our show at The Town Hall, not only will we have the chance to perform excerpts from ‘Les Misérables’ for the first time since our Broadway debuts; but we also will have the opportunity to do other popular tunes from shows we haven't done yet,” he added.

“I can also get to show a different side of myself in this concert, which I think people will be surprised to see,” he said

Proceeds from the concert will go to the 3rd The Outstanding Filipino Americans in New York Awards (TOFA-NY), an annual award ceremony that recognizes exemplary Filipino-Americans in the New York Tri-State held in October; and to Mindoro Healthcare Consulting’s current research to find a cure for multiple sclerosis, an autoimmune disease that affects the brain and spinal cord.

Elton Lugay of TOFA-NY and Jona Jane Tajonera of Mindoro Healthcare Consulting, LLC are producing the concert, which was conceived by Victor Lirio (“Suites by Sondheim”).

Tickets are at $40 to $100.