Broadway Barkada has released a music video honoring essential workers and first responders during the COVID-19 pandemic. In conjunction, they have started up a GoFundMe page to help raise funds for one of their favorite small businesses, Jeepney, a Filipino restaurant in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, run and owned by Nicole Ponseca.
“Nicole has always been one of the biggest supporters of Broadway Barkada through the years and Jeepney has provided the backdrop for many of our social gatherings and post performance hangs. We thought it only fitting that we come together to support our friends in this time of need,” said Brian Jose, co-founder of Broadway Barkada.
This new arrangement of Benj Pasek & Justin Paul’s anthemic “You Will Be Found” was arranged by Steven Cuevas (Kinky Boots, Once On This Island) and mixed by Jonathan Cuevas. The video was edited by Don Gutierrez. It features Filipino singers and dancers from the stage and screen, including Joshua Dela Cruz (“Blue’s Clues & You!)”, Marc delaCruz (Hamilton), Ali Ewoldt (The Phantom of the Opera), Adam Hyndman (Hadestown), Karla Garcia (Hamilton), and Kay Trinidad (Hadestown). The cast is supported by an all-Filipino, five-member band with Steven Cuevas on Piano and Viola, Peter Leigh-Nilsen on Violin 1 & Violin 2, Jonathan Cuevas on Cello & Electric Guitar, Brandon Ilaw on Acoustic Guitar & Drums and Laura Dadap on Bass.
The full list of artists who donated their time and talents in the video include Aaron Albano, Belinda Allyn, Angelica Aspiras-Liristis, Hannah Balagot, Emily Bautista, Anthea Neri Best, Bebe Browning, Christine Bunuan, Billy Bustamante, Melody Butiu, Cynthia Casasola, Liz Casasola, Emy Coligado, Steven Cuevas, Audri Dalio, Nico DeJesus, Joshua Dela Cruz, Marc delaCruz, Jim Diego, Ali Ewoldt, Karla Garcia, Catherine Gloria, Adam Hyndman, Brian Jose, Julian Leong, Glen Llanes, Jo Macaldo, Jaygee Macapugay, Jonelle Margallo, Danielle Mendoza, Justine “Icy” Moral, Lora Nicolas, Robert Pendilla, Romney Piamonte, Arielle Rabano, Gerard Salvador, Sibyl Santiago, Jason Sermonia, Lianah Sta. Ana, Arthur Tang, Kay Trinidad and Allen Lucky Weaver.
Broadway Barkada was founded in 2009 by Liz Casasola, Brian Jose, and Billy Bustamante. What started as a small group of Filipino performers has turned into an organization comprised of nearly one hundred active members. Broadway Barkada aims to nurture and support Filipino artists who believe in the importance of cultural awareness. Through art and education we aim to bring the Filipino experience to a diverse audience and to give them a deeper understanding of our culture and our artists.
Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers, musicians and corporations. Lia has appeared in the filmsWolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman. She stars in and served as Executive Producer for the short independent films Hide and Seek, Balancing Act, Rom-Com Gone Wrong, Belongingness and When the World was Young. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.
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