The red carpet premiere of “Loving the Silent Tears: A New Musical” will be held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on Oct. 27. The red carpet arrivals begin at 3 p.m.; the show at 4 p.m.
The musical will star award winning artists Jon Secada, Jody Watley and Broadway stars Debbie Gravitte, Kiril Kulish, Michael Maguire and Liz Callaway.
They will be joined by fellow award winning artists reggae legend Black Uhuru, Persian artist Siavash Shams, Arab singer Camellia Abou-Odah, Italian tenor Mark Janicello, Israeli singer Liel Kolet, Irish soprano Katie McMahon, and Brazilian singer Fabiana Passoni.
“[I’m] very excited to be a part of this magical experience!” said Watley.
“Loving the Silent Tears” will be directed by Vincent Paterson choreographer Bonnie Story, set designer John Iacovelli, and costume designer Sharell Martin.
The first of its kind in theatre history, “Loving the Silent Tears” will take the audience on a cultural journey across six continents and 16 countries to tell a story about humanity’s search for inner peace and happiness.
The show was inspired by a poetry anthology titled “Silent Tears,” written years ago by world-renowned spiritual teacher, humanitarian and artist Supreme Master Ching Hai.
“What interested me most in ‘Loving the Silent Tears’ was the poetry. The poetry is so beautiful and the message of the poetry, it’s so consistent throughout the piece, and the nuances of it are gorgeous and it’s just so inspiring,” noted playwright Cynthia Ferrell. “It just makes you come to the project with a happy heart.”
Award-winning composers have come together to set Supreme Master Ching Hai’s soulful verses to music: Jorge Calandrelli (“Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”), Al Kasha (“Seven Brides for Seven Brothers”), Doug Katsaros (“Footloose”), Henry Krieger (“Dreamgirls”), Don Pippin (“Oliver!”), Nan Schwartz (“Harry Potter”) and David Shire (“Big”).
Composer Al Kasha stated, “All these composers who are the best in the world and all of these singers who won Grammys and Tonys from Broadway worked on this piece because they saw the spiritual nature of it. I think it will lift the audience up inspirationally.”
With a superb cast and creative team, beautiful poetry as lyrics, and accompaniment by a 30-plus member dancing ensemble and a live orchestra, “Loving the Silent Tears” will be an unprecedented musical experience.
The evening will commemorate the 19th anniversary of Supreme Master Ching Hai Day honoring the values of philanthropy and peace. A pre-show art exhibition at the venue at 2 p.m. will feature Supreme Master Ching Hai’s creative works, with free admittance for all attendees.
“Loving the Silent Tears” will be a one-time event. Order tickets at Ticketmaster 1-800-745-3000 or online at www.ticketmaster.com.
The Shrine Auditorium is located at 665 W. Jefferson Blvd., Los Angeles.