Do You Hear the People Sing? benefit concert gathers Lea Salonga and Miss Saigon, Les Miserables alumni

The Do You Hear the People Sing? concert is ultimately the marriage of songs from famous musicals by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg. The songwriters of Les Miserables and Miss Saigon have made an effort to bring the concert to Manila to help Habitat for Humanity in building 200 houses for survivors of typhoon Yolanda. The concert will be staged from January 29 and 30 at the Newport Per


The world-famous musical theater composers Alain Boubil and Claude-Michel Schonberg are holding a two-day concert in Manila to bring in aid for survivors of typhoon Yolanda.

From January 29 to 30, Do You Hear the People Sing?—a show that contains all their best song collaborations from the musicals Les Miserables, Miss Saigon, Martin Guerre, among others—will be staged at the Newport Performing Arts Theater, Resorts World Manila.

The proceeds of the concert will be donated to the non-profit organization Habitat for Humanity to aid in building 200 houses for those who lost their homes when typhoon Yolanda hit Central Visayas.

Like hitting two birds with one stone, those who will see the concert will witness a rare performance by theater actors previously cast and are currently part of the musical Miss Saigon.

Performing pro-bono during the concert are Lea Salonga, who first played Kim in Miss Saigon, as well as Fantine and Eponine in Les Miserables; David Harris, who played Chris in the Australian production of Miss Saigon; and Marie Zamora, who first played Cosette in the Les Miserables production in Paris.

Filipino artists are also slated to join the two-day concert series. These include thespians Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo, who played Ellen in Miss Saigon and Fantine in Les Miserables (both productions in Manila); Jon Joven, who portrayed Thuy in the German production of Miss Saigon; Carla Guevarra-Laforteza, who appeared in the London production of Miss Saigon; and Leo Valdez, who played The Engineer in the Europe, Asia, and Australia productions of Miss Saigon; Michael Williams, who was in the original cast of the London company of Miss Saigon.

OPM singer Rachelle Ann Go, who was recently chosen to play Gigi in the London production of Miss Saigon, will join the other alumni.

Meanwhile the Miss Saigon ensemble will also feature theater actors Pinky Amador, Analin Bantug, Edward Bungalon, Tricia Canilao-Buser, Robbie Guevara, Natalie Everett, Jake Macapagal, Lora Nicolas, Jun Ofrasio, Ivy Padilla, Aileen Payumo, Amparo Sietreales, Christine Sambeli Marquez, Arnold M Trinidad, Jojo Urquico, Gina Respall, Meliza Reyes, and Christian Rey Marbella.

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Accompanied by the ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra, under the baton of Maestro Gerard Salonga (who also serves as musical director/conductor of the Asia Pacific tour of Do You Hear The People Sing?), these star performers will be joined by an 80-member adult choir consisting of members from the Ateneo Chamber Singers, Mass Appeal, Aleron and the former members of the San Miguel Master Chorale. Twenty children from the International School Manila Middle School Honor Choir will also perform. Choirmaster for this event is Jonathon Velasco.


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