Saturday, August 18, 2012

Broadway's Jack O'Brien recommends | Click 'like' for Randy Gener to win NY award for excellence at Carnegie Hall


"When it comes to theater, Randy Gener is a rock star," HWANG
“We’re very lucky to have him in our industry,” O'BRIEN
"Randy is one of the most compelling voices in our era of globalization,” IERONIM
"Randy creates art himself with his incisive, finely wrought and insightful prose,” WRIGHT
"Randy Gener is an ideal recipient of any award for excellence," VAN ITALLIE

NEW YORK CITY, August 20 |  I am nominated for the 2012 The Outstanding Filipino Americans in New York (TOFA-NY) Award in the category of Media and Publishing.

Artists from Broadway and the international world are clicking LIKE on my photo and raising their voices in support.

Jack O'Brien
Here is JACK O'BRIEN, three-time Tony Award-winning Broadway director (Hairspray, The Full Monty and The Coast of Utopia):
"There are journalists you avoid, and there are journalists you both seek out and look forward to:  Randy Gener is in the latter category.  He is not only fair, intelligent and probing, but he's enthusiastic as well.  There is a standard evident in his writing which is too rare in that profession – not an inquiry designed just to 'make news,' but rather a curiosity to know what lies behind the spark of an idea.  For that commodity alone, he should be enshrined. But then, he can write!  We're very lucky to have him in our industry.”

To click “LIKE” for Randy Gener for to win this important award, one must first visit his photo in the "Nominees for Media & Publishing" album that resides inside "The 2012 TOFA-NY Award" Facebook Page. And then please click LIKE tab under nominee's name.

Here is a direct link to click LIKE on the photo:

Jack O'Brien is an American director, producer, writer and lyricist. He served as the Artistic Director of the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego, California from 1981 through the end of 2007.

O'Brien has won three Tony Awards and been nominated for seven more, and won five Drama Desk Awards. He has directed and produced musicals, including The Full Monty and Hairspray, contemporary dramas such as The Piano Lesson, The Invention of Love and The Coast of Utopia, Shakespeare classics, including Hamlet and Henry IV (a combination of Part 1 and Part 2), and operas, including Il trittico at the Metropolitan Opera.

Awards for Jack O'Brien:

  • 1990 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding New Play – The Piano Lesson
  • 2001 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Director of a Play – The Invention of Love
  • 2003 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Director of a Musical – Hairspray
  • 2003 Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical – Hairspray
  • 2004 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Director of a Play – Henry IV
  • 2004 Tony Award for Best Direction of a Play – Henry IV
  • 2007 Tony Award for Best Direction of a Play – The Coast of Utopia
  • 2007 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Director of a Play – The Coast of Utopia

TOFA-NY is an awards event held annually at Carnegie Hall in New York during Filipino American History Month celebration in October.  TOFA-NY recognizes exemplary Filipino-American individuals and organizations that have raised the profile of the Filipino American community in a unique and positive way – and to celebrate their achievements.  Voting for the 2012 TOFA-NY Award is presently being conducted via the social networking site Facebook.  Nominees from each category who receive the most Facebook LIKE's by the deadline will be declared as winners.

An awarding ceremony will be held at Carnegie Hall in New York on October 27, 2012 with Philippine Consul General Mario de Leon Jr. and philanthropist Loida Nicolas Lewis as guest speakers.

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and immigration activist Jose Antonio Vargas and Philippine TV personality Gel Santos Relos will emcee the awards event.  The evening will feature performances by vocalists Gail Banawis, Kay Habana, Alyssa Shoemaker, and Tiffany Viray, as well as Roberto Villanueva, a dancer.

Tickets are $60-100.  Call 212-417-0419. Carnegie Hall's box office is located at West 57th and 7th Avenue. Visit | | 212-247-7800

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