Broadway Barkada Celebrated Philippine Independence Day with “Broadway Stripped”, A Benefit Concert Featuring Ali Ewoldt, Billy Bustamante, Jaygee Macapugay, Aaron J. Albano, Steven Cuevas, Liz Casasola and Brian Jose at The Space LV

Broadway Barkada celebrated Philippine Independence Day with “Broadway Stripped”, an intimate show of Broadway songs and stories featuring Filipino American stars of Broadway – Ali Ewoldt (The Phantom of the Opera), Aaron J. Albano (Hamilton), Jaygee Macapugay (School of Rock), Billy Bustamante, Brian Jose (Miss Saigon), and Liz Casasola (Imelda) on June 11 at The Space LV in Las Vegas. 

1st Row: Ron Cabildo, Sharon DelPilar Feldman, Billy Bustamante, Jourdan Ibe, Aaron J. Albano.2nd row: Liz Casasola, DonMike H. Mendoza, Charlene Carabeo, Jaygee Macapugay, Ali Ewoldt, Steven Cuevas, Mark Shunock, Cheryl Daro, Brian Jose, Waverly Jade, Jenelle Catherina. Photo by Alex Velasquez

Music Director Steve Cuevas was featured on the keys, with Tyler Williams on Bass, Alex Stopa on Drums, John Wedemeyer on Guitar and Mariko Muranaka on Cello.

DonMike H. Mendoza, Cheryl Daro and Mark Shunock. Photo by Lia Chang

Broadway Barkada’s “Broadway Stripped” was part of the Marahuyo Festival Co-Executive Produced by DonMike H. Mendoza, Cheryl Daro and her husband, Mark Shunock. Proceeds benefitted the Asian Community Development Council (ACDC), STOP AAPI Hate, National Federation of Filipino American Associations- NaFFAA and Bamboo Bridges.

For many of the performers, it was their first return to the stage and performing in front of a live audience in over 15 months due to the Pandemic. The joy was on full display. The concert was also live-streamed for those not at the live show at The Space LV. 

Set List: 

Shut Up and Raise Your Glass from Moulin Rouge!-Full Company

Mariko Muranaka, Steven Cuevas, Billy Bustamante, Ali Ewoldt, Tyler Williams, John Wedemeyer, Brian Jose, Alex Stopa, Jaygee Macapugay and Aaron J. Albano. Photo by Lia Chang
Billy Bustamante and Ali Ewoldt. Photo by Lia Chang
Jaygee Macapugay and Aaron J. Albano. Photo by Lia Chang

Straight up/You’d Be So Nice to Come Home To-Brian Jose

Brian Jose. Photo by Lia Chang
Brian Jose, John Wedemeyer, Tyler Williams and Alex Stopa. Photo by Lia Chang

Think of Me from Phantom of the Opera– Ali Ewoldt

John Wedemeyer, Ali Ewoldt, Tyler Williams. Photo by Lia Chang
Ali Ewoldt. Photo by Lia Chang
Steven Cuevas, Mariko Muranaka, Tyler Williams and Ali Ewoldt. Photo by Lia Chang
Steven Cuevas, Mariko Muranaka, Tyler Williams and Ali Ewoldt. Photo by Lia Chang
Ali Ewoldt. Photo by Lia Chang
Ali Ewoldt. Photo by Lia Chang

Found/Tonight – Billy Bustamante & Aaron Albano

At The Ballet from A Chorus Line– Liz Casasola, Jaygee Macapugay and Ali Ewoldt

Ali Ewoldt, Liz Casasola and Jaygee Macapugay. Photo by Lia Chang

Stories Like Air by Paulo K Tiról-Full Company

The full company performs Paulo K Tiról’s Stories Like Air. Photo by Lia Chang

Yaya Song by Paulo K Tiról – Jaygee Macapugay

Jaygee Macapugay. Photo by Lia Chang
Jaygee Macapugay. Photo by Lia Chang
Jaygee Macapugay. Photo by Lia Chang
Jaygee Macapugay. Photo by Lia Chang

God Draws Straight from Here Lies Love – Aaron Albano with Jaygee Macapugay and Billy Bustamante

Jaygee Macapugay, Tyler Williams, Aaron J. Albano, Billy Bustamante and Alex Stopa. Photo by Lia Chang
Jaygee Macapugay, Tyler Williams, Aaron J. Albano, Billy Bustamante and Alex Stopa. Photo by Lia Chang
Jaygee Macapugay, Tyler Williams, Aaron J. Albano, Billy Bustamante and Alex Stopa. Photo by Lia Chang

Getting Married Today from Company – Billy Bustamante, Ali Ewoldt, Brian Jose

Billy Bustamante, Tyler Williams, John Wedemeyer, Brian Jose and Alex Stopa. Photo by Lia Chang
Tyler Williams, Billy Bustamante, John Wedemeyer and Alex Stopa. Photo by Lia Chang
Billy Bustamante. Photo by Lia Chang
Billy Bustamante. Photo by Lia Chang
Mariko Muranaka, Ali Ewoldt, Steven Cuevas, Billy Bustamante, Tyler Williams, John Wedemeyer, Brian Jose and Alex Stopa. Photo by Lia Chang
Mariko Muranaka, Ali Ewoldt, Steven Cuevas, Billy Bustamante, Tyler Williams, John Wedemeyer, Brian Jose and Alex Stopa. Photo by Lia Chang

Suddenly Seymour from Little Shop of Horrors – Jaygee Macapugay and Aaron J. Albano 

John Wedemeyer, Jaygee Macapugay, Tyler Williams, Aaron J. Albano and Alex Stopa. Photo by Lia Chang

Disney MENdley-Billy Bustamante (Go The Distance), Aaron Albano (Santa Fe), Brian Jose (Out There)

Billy Bustamante, John Wedemeyer, Brian Jose, Tyler Williams, Aaron J. Albano and Alex Stopa. Photo by Lia Chang

Come Down From The Tree from Once on This Island – Liz Casasola

Liz Casasola. Photo by Lia Chang

Somewhere from West Side Story – Ali Ewoldt

Ali Ewoldt. Photo by Lia Chang
Ali Ewoldt, John Wedemeyer, Tyler Williams, Alex Stopa. Photo by Lia Chang

You’ll Be Back from Hamilton– Aaron Albano

Aaron J. Albano, John Wedemeyer, Tyler Williams and Alex Stopa. Photo by Lia Chang
Aaron J. Albano. Photo by Lia Chang

For Good from Wicked – Jaygee Macapugay and Liz Casasola

Jaygee Macapugay, John Wedemeyer, Liz Casasola and Alex Stopa. Photo by Lia Chang

Light – Full Company

Billy Bustamante, John Wedemeyer, Liz Casasola, Tyler Willams, Brian Jose and Alex Stopa. Photo by Lia Chang
Liz Casasola, John Wedemeyer, Brian Jose, Tyler Williams, Jaygee Macapugay and Alex Stopa. Photo by Lia Chang
Liz Casasola, Brian Jose, Jaygee Macapugay, Jaygee Macapugay and Aaron J. Albano. Photo by Lia Chang

Encore-Seasons of Love from RENT – Full Company,  & Las Vegas Locals Waverly Jade, Jenelle Catherina, Cheryl Daro, DonMike H. Mendoza, Jourdan Ibe and Charlene Carabeo

Jenelle Catherina, Cheryl Daro, DonMike Mendoza, Jourdan Ibe, ________ and Liz Casasola. Photo by Lia Chang
Jenelle Catherina, Cheryl Daro, DonMike H. Mendoza, Jourdan Ibe, Charlene Carabeo and Liz Casasola. Photo by Lia Chang

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.

DonMike Mendoza, Jourdan Ibe, Charlene Carabeo, Liz Casasola, Brian Jose and Jaygee Macapugay. Photo by Lia Chang
DonMike Mendoza, Jourdan Ibe, Charlene Carabeo, Liz Casasola, Brian Jose and Jaygee Macapugay. Photo by Lia Chang
Ali Ewoldt, Bill Bustamante, Jenelle Catherina, Waverly Jade, Cheryl Daro, DonMike Mendoza, Jourdan Ibe and ___________. Photo by Lia Chang
Ali Ewoldt, Billy Bustamante, Waverly Jade, Jenelle Catherina, Cheryl Daro, DonMike H. Mendoza, Jourdan Ibe and Charlene Carabeo. Photo by Lia Chang
Jenelle Catherina, Cheryl Daro, DonMike Mendoza, Jourdan Ibe, Charlene Carabeo, Liz Casasola, Brian Jose, Jaygee Macapugay and Aaron J. Albano. Photo by Lia Chang
Jenelle Catherina, Cheryl Daro, DonMike H. Mendoza, Jourdan Ibe, Charlene Carabeo, Liz Casasola, Brian Jose, Jaygee Macapugay and Aaron J. Albano. Photo by Lia Chang
In a Facebook post, Broadway Barkada co-founder Brian Jose writes, “A week ago, Broadway Barkada made our Las Vegas debut at @thespacelv with our show Broadway Stripped. It was months in the planning with our producers @seedaro, @donmikemendoza , @sharon.delpilar, & @summerislive_ . It was weeks in rehearsals in NYC under the direction of the irreplaceable @stevenmcuevas . It was to be the first public, in person performance for Barkada in over a year and a half, in front of a sold out audience.
 
It was EVERYTHING.
 
Little did I know how desperately I needed this after this past year… the simple act of gathering together as artists, and friends, to create and sing and laugh and stress out and EAT. It has healed my soul and has been a symbol of hope during these tumultuous times our industry and nation are going through.
 
There was a moment that I will never forget from this evening. It wan’t during the show. It was actually at a post reception following the performance. We were blessed to have some very special audience members in the house that evening: @goldmountainthemusical , @alanariano, Charlene Carabeo, @deedeemagnohallofficial , & @seahaul … members of the original Miss Saigon B’way production. They were on stage taking a picture together as the Barkada were watching our idols in awe and with gratitude. Behind us were our new Las Vegas theatre friends @waverly__tea , @jencattv , and @jourdan.ibe lovingly questioning what their lives were at that moment. The fact is we all were. There was so much love flowing in that room at that moment. We all felt seen. We all felt proud. We all are Filipino.
 
At a time when Asian hate crimes have risen and diversity in the theatre continues to be sorely lacking, it’s nights like these that remind me that we have a right to be here. We deserve a seat at the table. And if there is resistance, we just build our own damn table… and chairs!
This was a special one. Intermission is over. Get ready for what’s next!”
The MISS SAIGON Broadway Veterans with Broadway Barkada: 1st Row: Jaygee Macapugay, Deedee Magno Hall, Alan Ariano; 2nd Row: Brian Jose, Cliffton Hall, Ali Ewoldt, Steven Cuevas, Liz Casasola, Jason Ma and Charlene Carabeo. Photo by Alex Velasquez

MISS SAIGON Broadway veterans Alan Ariano and Jason Ma flew in from LA to see the concert. Ma shared, We thought we were going to Vegas to support friends, who were performing in a benefit, but instead we arrived at a convergence of generations past, present, and future joined to celebrate community and family.  My favorite moments were watching my amazingly talented friends interacting with young, talented Filipino American performers much as I had interacted with those same friends many years ago.  Being Asian rocks.”

Alan Ariano, Cheryl Daro, Mark Shunock and Jaygee Macapugay. Photo courtesy of Alan Ariano/Facebook
Billy Bustamante, Brian Jose, Jaygee Macapugay, Steven Cuevas and Liz Casasola.

Video: Broadway Barkada Members Jaygee Macapugay, Emily Borromeo, Marc delaCruz, Lianah Sta. Ana, Jeigh Madjus, Adam Jacobs, Kay Trinidad Karns and Albert Guerzon Sing a Cover of “True to your Heart” from MULAN 

Broadway Barkada Releases Music Video of Benj Pasek & Justin Paul’s “You Will Be Found” on #GivingTuesday in Support of Filipino Restaurant, Jeepney 

Lia Chang

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 films Wolf, 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 (2021 DisOrient Film Audience Choice Award for Best Short Narrative). She is also the Executive Producer for The Cactus, The Language Lesson, The Writer and Cream and 2 Shugahs.

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