NEW YORK — Les Misérables alumni Adam Jacobs (Disney’s The Lion King, Once on this Island), who played the role of Marius in Les Misérables return engagement on Broadway in 2006-2008, and Ali Ewoldt (“West Side Story,” Disney’s “Aladdin”), who played the role of Cosette in the same production, top bill A Heart Full of Love: A Concert at The Town Hall (123 West 43 St.) on Saturday, February 23 at 8 p.m.
In A Heart Full of Love, Jacobs and Ewoldt, both of Filipino descent, will be singing an array of musical theater favorites including selections from Les Misérables, West Side Story, and The Lion King; as well as contemporary pop songs, kundiman (traditional Filipino love songs); and an exciting repertoire of new works by today’s rising musical theater writers and composers.
“The last time Ali and I sang together on a concert stage was at a tribute show for musical theater legend Stephen Sondheim at Lincoln Center two years ago. We sang One Hand, One Heart from West Side Story and that was it. But for our show at The Town Hall, not only will we have the chance to perform excerpts from Les Misérables for the first time since our Broadway debuts; but we also will have the opportunity to do other popular tunes from shows we haven’t done yet,” said Jacobs.
“I can also get to show a different side of myself in this concert, which I think people will be surprised to see,” he added.
Proceeds from the concert, conceived by Victor Lirio (Suites by Sondheim, Two Rooms), featuring the direction by Adam Fitzgerald (Friends and Relations, Killing Women) and musical direction by David Dabbon (Secondary Impact, She Loves Me), will go to the 3rd The Outstanding Filipino Americans in New York (TOFA-NY) Awards, an annual award ceremony that recognizes exemplary Filipino-Americans in the New York Tri-State held in October; and to Mindoro Healthcare Consulting’s current research to find a cure for multiple sclerosis, an autoimmune disease that affects the brain and spinal cord.
Elton Lugay of TOFA-NY and Jona Jane Tajonera of Mindoro Healthcare Consulting, LLC are producing A Heart Full of Love: A Concert at The Town Hall. For tickets ($40-$100), visit www.ticketmaster.com/event/03004973A4EEAAD6.
About Adam Jacobs
After playing the role of student revolutionary Marius in the national tour of Les Misérables, Adam Jacobs made his Broadway debut in the revival production of Les Misérables at Broadhurst Theatre in 2006. After “Les Miz,” Jacobs played the role of groom-to-be Sky in the national tour of “Mamma Mia.” In 2011, Jacobs originated the title role of Aladdin in Disney’s screen-to-stage adaption of Aladdin at Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre. Later that same year, he returned to Broadway to play the role of Simba in Disney’s The Lion King at Minskoff Theatre.
About Ali Ewoldt
Ali Ewoldt performed the role of Princess Jasmine in Aladdin” at Disney’s California Adventure prior to joining the national tour and the Broadway revival production of Les Misérables, where she played the role of Cosette. After “Les Miz,” Ewoldt starred as Maria in the Broadway 1st National Tour and in the 50th anniversary international tour of West Side Story. She recently played the role of Tuptim in Baayork Lee’s production of The King and I.
Ali Ewoldt and Adam Jacobs in “Suites by Sondheim” (photo by Carlo Damocles)