Fil-Am cast and crew, original songs for ‘Larry The Musical’ unveiled in promo event
A promotional event for “Larry The Musical,” a production based on the life of Filipino-American farmworker union leader Larry Itliong, showcased original songs and several cast members at the Arthaus Studios in Oakland, California on Sept. 10.
The event was hosted by Filipino-American community leader and Positively Filipino publisher Mona Lisa Yuchengco, Filipino-American former broadcast journalist Lloyd LaCuesta, and San Francisco State University ethnic studies professor Dr. Allyson Tintiangco-Cubales. Consuls Jed Llona and Vanessa Bago-Llona represented the Philippine Consulate in San Francisco.
With an all-Filipino American cast and crew, “Larry The Musical” will open in March 2024 at the Brava Theater in San Francisco.
The production is based on “Journey for Justice: The Life of Larry Itliong,” a book by the late Filipino-American historian Dr. Dawn Mabalon and Gayle Romasanta, who is the musical’s writer and executive producer. Composer Bryan Pangilinan wrote the music.
Itliong, a key figure in the establishment of the United Farm Workers (UFW) union and the 1965-1970 Delano grape strike, was inducted into the California Hall of Fame in 2021 as “one of the most important civil rights leaders of the 20th century and a father of the West Coast labor movement.” His Oct. 25 birth anniversary is celebrated statewide in California as “Larry Itliong Day.”