NEW YORK—Singer-actress Stephanie Reese will perform November 7th at the Carnegie Hall, the third Filipina after Broadway star Lea Salonga and Regine Velasquez to sing at the famed concert hall.
Reese played Kim in the German production of Miss Saigon; Esmeralda in the Disney World Premier of the Hunchback of Notre Dame; and Princess Tuptim in The King and I at the Palladium Theater in London's West End.
She wrote, directed and starred in an autobiographical one-woman show, The Journey, performed at the Herbst Theater in San Francisco. The Journey and other shows after that launched Stephanie's solo career. She is known for her original music, which is a unique fusion of opera and pop. Imagine Madame Butterfly and Beyonce in one powerful vocal package.
Stephanie made her Hollywood debut last year, sharing the stage with Patti Labelle and Natalie Cole at the 10th Anniversary of the Crustacean Restaurant of Beverly Hills. Her rendition of the Puccini aria, "Nessun Dorma," was followed by a prolonged standing ovation.
A solo concert at L.A.'s Normandie Casino generated a buzz around her in Hollywood.
Her multi-ethnic background, which includes, Chinese, Japanese, Irish, and Welsh have blessed her with an eclectic style that shows in her choice of music and singing style.
She has two solo albums, The Voice and Stephanie Reese at Her Best. A third album is slated for release in the Fall.
Stephanie is donating the proceeds from her Carnegie Hall appearance to the Gawad Kalinga (To give care) charities for the homeless, the Philippine equivalent of Habitat for Humanity. She wants to build a village for 30 poor Filipino families.
Stephanie studied opera at Indiana University and at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music for Musical Theater, a dedicated student of the late vocal coach Eileen Manzin of Juilliard.
Stephanie's Carnegie repertoire will feature cabaret, opera, Broadway, and original songs. Tickets are $75-$135 and are available by telephone at Carnegie Charge (212) 247-7800 or online at www.carnegiehall.org. For more information about the show, contact Elton Lugay of Gawad Kalinga in New York at (212) 417-0419 or visit www.stephaniereese.com.