Did you know that “Fil-Ams have been performing on Broadway since the late 1940s?”
This is among the stories that journalist Walter Ang chronicles in a book called Barangay to Broadway, which is about Filipinos and Filipino-Americans in the US theater scene.
The book talks about the “history of Fil-Am theater groups and artists across the US from the 1900s to the 2010s” and features Tony Award winners of Filipino descent.
From legendary singer Lea Salonga, to EGOT composer Robert Lopez and Clint Ramos, the book also includes touring Fil-Am actors Jose Llana and Joan Almedilla (The King and I), Isa Briones (Hamilton), N’Jameh Camara (The Color Purple), Lissa deGuzman and Jay Paranada (Disney’s Aladdin) and Emily Bautista, Christine Bunuan and Red Concepcion (Miss Saigon).
Fil-Am theater groups such as Ating Tao, Sining Bayan, Petal, Ma-Yi Theater, CIRCA-Pintig and Bindlestiff Studio, with other emerging groups and leaders of 2000s and 2010s are also highlighted.
Ang is a contributor and journalist who was previously a juror of the Philstage Gawad Buhay and fellow at the University of Santo Tomas Varsitarian-J. Elizalde Navarro National Arts and Humanities Criticism Writing Workshop.
Barangay to Broadway: Filipino American Theater History has hardcover, paperback and ebook editions and is available at Amazon.com.