The coveted leading role of Kim in the beloved musical Miss Saigon has been performed by an elite group of talented women on Broadway and around the world. Now, hear the stories behind the world renown musical, told by the Asian American actresses who played the powerhouse role.
In East West Player‘s world premiere of Road to Saigon, starting May 13, Jennifer Paz, Joan Almedilla and Jenni Selma star in a heart-warming, passionate and musical journey as they share memories about family, relationships, careers and personal milestones on their individual roads to Saigon.
Jennifer Paz has played the title role of Miss Saigon with several companies, most recently receiving the 2008 Ovation Award for Best Lead Actress. She was again nominated for a 2009 Ovation Award for her work in The Last Five Years with EWP. Her Broadway and regional highlights include LES MISERABLES, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, THE WHO’S TOMMY, EVITA, and David Henry Hwang’s adapted FLOWER DRUM SONG.
After landing the role of Kim in the Broadway production of Miss Saigon, Joan Almedilla’s career took off. She then moved on to portray the role of Fantine on the Third National Tour of Les Miserables. Her other credits include the Broadway National Tour of JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, and IT’S ONLY LIFE and SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD for the Rubicon Theatre Company which has been nominated for several Ovation Awards including Best Ensemble Cast.
Jenni Selma has appeared on Broadway as the understudy to Kim in Miss Saigon, as well as the first national tour. She has also appeared on CBS’ Star Search and many national commercials. She is actively involved with East West Players, having sung at numerous events and earning rave reviews as a standout performer in EWP’s LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS.
A part of the 44th season of East West Players (EWP), the nation’s premier Asian American theatre, Road to Saigon is developed and directed by Jon Lawrence Rivera, with musical direction and arrangements by Nathan Wang.
Wednesday, May 13, 2010 – June 13, 2010
East West Players, David Henry Hwang Theater at the Union Center for the Arts, Los Angeles, CA
For tickets and special events, go to visit www.eastwestplayers.org or call 213-625-7000.
It’s that time of the month! The Vagina Monologues are back, this time with the Filipinas version, taking the stage on Sunday, April 25 at the Aratani Theater in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles.
Presented by Ted Benito/PAE Live! and TDRZ Productions, Inc., the inaugural show of PAE Live!’s features an all-Filipina cast for a one-night only benefit performance of The Vagina Monologues, the award-winning play based on V-Day founder and playwright Eve Enslers’s interviews with more than 200 women. The stories are funny, touching, raw and very real, celebrating the sexuality and strength of women everywhere. For the past 12 years, through the liberation of this one word, countless women throughout the world have taken control of their bodies and their lives.
This year’s cast of The Vagina Monologues: Filipinas 2010 pulls together iconic Filipinas from the world of entertainment, including:
* Tia Carrere (actress and Grammy award winning artist for Best Hawaiian record Ikena)
* Actress Jennifer Paz (double Ovation award nominee for Miss Saigon (winner) and The Last Five Years, and starring in the upcoming Road to Saigon)