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Entertainment: ‘Loving the Silent Tears’ to make theatre history at Shrine Auditorium

Entertainment: ‘Loving the Silent Tears’ to make theatre history at Shrine Auditorium

By Brian Hews
Los Cerritos Community Newspaper will be reporting live from the “red carpet” premiere of Loving the Silent Tears: A New Musical on October 27 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles and producers of the event are touting the new production as being “the first of its kind in theatre history.”

By Brian Hews

Los Cerritos Community Newspaper will be reporting live from the “red carpet” premiere of Loving the Silent Tears: A New Musical on October 27 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles and producers of the event are touting the new production as being “the first of its kind in theatre history.”

According organizers, Loving the Silent Tears will take the audience “on an elevating journey across six continents and 16 countries, to tell a compelling story about humanity’s search for inner peace and happiness.”

The musical will star 2-time Grammy-winning artist Jon Secada, Grammy-winning icon Jody Watley, and Broadway stars: Tony winner Debbie Gravitte, Tony winner Kiril Kulish, Emmy winner and Tony nominee Liz Callaway, and Tony nominee Patti Cohenour.

They will be joined by Grammy-winning reggae legends Black Uhuru, Arab singer Camellia Abou-Odah, Italian tenor Mark Janicello, Korean pop star Brian Joo, award-winning Israeli singer Liel Kolet, Irish soprano Katie McMahon, Korean singer Heather Park, award-winning Brazilian singer Fabiana Passoni, Persian superstar Siavash Shams, and Chinese platinum pop star Kay Tse.

Jon Secada told Los Cerritos Community Newspaper that “singing and performing are my greatest loves and I get to do this…in this huge musical production that promotes global harmony. I can’t think of a more meaningful and worthy cause to be a part of!”

“It is very special to be a part of something of this magnitude,” commented Watley. “What a great cast and collection of musicians, composers, artists, the global message, the magnificence!”

Loving the Silent Tears promises the ingenious direction of Tony nominee Vincent Paterson (Michael Jackson’s Bad and Madonna’s Blond Ambition tours), lively dances choreographed by Emmy-winning Bonnie Story (High School Musical), the imaginative stagecraft of Emmy-winning set designer John Iacovelli (Peter Pan), and a vibrant display of costumes by award-winning designer Sharell Martin (Chicago).

Vincent Paterson stated, “It will be a wonderful evening of theatre – beautiful costumes, great sets to look at. They’re going to hear great music. They’re going to see great dancing. There are some beautiful messages.”

Spokesperson Jeanette Bale said production was inspired by a poetry anthology titled Silent Tears, written years ago by world-renowned spiritual teacher, humanitarian and artist Supreme Master Ching Hai. “This is moving, dramatic and full of emotion,” Bale told LCCN.

Bale also said the production takes a unique approach by using “multiple eminent composers,” including 6-time Grammy winner and 2-time Oscar nominee Jorge Calandrelli (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), 2-time Oscar winner Al Kasha (The Poseidon Adventure), Emmy winner Doug Katsaros (Footloose), 2-time Grammy winner and Oscar nominee Henry Krieger (Dreamgirls), Tony and Emmy winner Don Pippin (Oliver!), Grammy winner Nan Schwartz (Harry Potter), and Oscar and 2-time Grammy winner David Shire (Saturday Night Fever).

Composer Al Kasha stated, “All these composers who are the best in the world and all of these singers who won Grammys and Tonys from Broadway worked on this piece because they saw the spiritual nature of it. I think it will lift the audience up inspirationally, I really do.”

The evening will commemorate the 19th anniversary of Supreme Master Ching Hai Day honoring the values of philanthropy and peace. Oscar-winning actor George Chakiris (“West Side Story”) will participate as guest speaker. The event’s emcees will be vegan TV host and former Miss USA Susie Castillo and vegetarian award-winning actor Corey Feldman.

Watch exclusive interviews at www.SilentTearsMusical.com. Tickets for the event are still available, including The Grove’s Concierge, 189 The Grove Drive, Los Angeles, 323 900-8060, and at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000.

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