This week, Jennifer, Jamie, and Rob sit down with Broadway veteran Jose Llana at Orso Restaurant. We discuss Jose’s life and 24-year career in the theater, including his marriage, the 2016 election, his roles in The King and I, Flower Drum Song, and On The Town. We also chat about representation on Broadway, having to tell his Filipina mother he was playing dictator Ferdinand Marcos in Here Lies Love, and the incontrovertible coolness of David Byrne. Before Jose joins us, we discuss our love for Orso, The Big Apple, and how to relax and survive living in the city. Finally, Rob gives us a bit of insight into the wonderful wealth of Filipino performers working on Broadway.This week’s music: Jose singing “I Have Dreamed” from The King and I, Jose and Lea Salonga singing “You Are Beautiful” from Flower Drum Song, “Stay Up Late” by “The Talking Heads,” Jose Singing “A Perfect Hand” from Here Lies Love, and Ruthie Ann Miles singing “Why Don’t You Love Me” and “Here Lies Love,” from Here Lies Love. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jose Llana's Broadway credits include the most recent revival of THE KING & I (The King of Siam) THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE (Drama Desk Award), WONDERLAND, FLOWER DRUM SONG, RENT, STREET CORNER SYMPHONY, and the 1996 revival of THE KING & I (Lun Tha). Off-Broadway: TWELFTH NIGHT, HERE LIES LOVE (Lortel nom.), FALLING FOR EVE, ON THE TOWN, and SATURN RETURNS. Regional: POSTER BOY OLIVER!, MARTIN GUERRE, BALLAD OF LITTLE JO (Jefferson nom.) and CANDIDE (Barrymore nom.). TV/Film: SEX AND THE CITY and HITCH. Albums: VIVA Philippines label and Altitude based on his concert for Lincoln Center's American Songbook series. This interview was recorded in May of 2017 while he was starring in the national tour of THE KING & I. Follow Kare Reviews at www.karereviews.com and on Twitter: @KareReviews Follow Jeffrey Kare on Twitter: @JeffreyKare If you like what you've heard here, please subscribe to any one of the following places where the Kare Reviews Podcast is available. Anchor, Apple, Google, SoundCloud, Spotify, Breaker, Overcasts, Pocket Casts, and RadioPublic. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/jeffrey-kare/support
Michael Cerveris is Back! Plus Jose Llana & Laura Michelle Kelly Talk "The King and I"
What an episode, you guys! In the first segment two-time Tony winner (and five time nominee!!!) Michael Cerveris is back to talk making his own music, acting, and life post-"Fun Home." In the Second half of the show, two of our favorite guests ,Jose Llana and Laura Michelle Kelly, return to talk all things "The King and I" tour! Enjoy!
The handsome, charming, and SMART Jose Llana talks lying his way into his first NYC audition (the most adorable story every), starring in two productions of "The King and I" on Broadway, the productions of "Flower Drum Song," Spelling Bee," and his new album "Altitude."
Patty & Emily sit down with Jose Llana to talk about the shows he’s been in during his twenty year career, including The King and I, Spelling Bee, Wonderland, and Here Lies Love. Songs from many of these shows and more can be found on his new CD, Altitude! Buy it now! https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/pattyandemily/Interview+-+Jose+Llana.mp3 Right click to download file.
Jose Llana leaves the Kingdom of Siam for the recording studio.
Keith Price's Curtain Call
Actor/Dancer/Singer/recording artist, Jose Llana, is finishing his reign as the King in Lincoln Center's Production of The King and I, and he will be dropping his first CD May 13th, entitled ALTITUDE. It is a wonderful mix and musical retrospective of his 20 year career as a theater artist. He sits dow for a chat on the Curtain Call with Keith Price, and they talk about everything from his life, career, music, and even diversity on the Great White Way.For all things Jose Llana: http://www.josellana.comFollow @kpcurtaincall @comedydaddy on Twitter
Special Episode #3: After a long break, I'm back! Last month, I finally got to meet Jose Llana at, of all places, Broadway Idol. (He was there as a judge, I was a there as a screaming Alysha Umphress fan.) As we were talking, I realized that I needed him to sing this song, so I pounced. And here he is!Jose is remembered, most recently, for his portrayal of the adorable Chip Tolentino ("My Unfortunate Erection," anyone?) in the Drama Desk Award-winning original cast of the Off-Broadway/Broadway hit, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. A Broadway "veteran" at 31, he made his debut at the tender age of 19 as Lun Tha in the '96 revival of The King and I, and he's been working non-stop ever since. On Broadway, he's also appeared in Street Corner Symphony, as Angel in Rent, and as Ta, the leading man, in the '02 revival of Flower Drum Song. Add to that his stints in Off Broadway's Saturn Returns (aka Myths and Hymns) and On the Town at the Public, the National Tour of The Return of Martin Guerre, appearances on the HBO series Sex and the City and the feature film Hitch, and an eponymous solo album, Jose, that reached #2 on the charts in Manila, and you'll realize we are talking about an amazingly accomplished young guy!Jose will be singing a self-contained song I wrote this past year, "Why Can't I Kiss You?" (Recorded 10/24/07.) After having spent the preceding six months writing songs for a project that was set in the 30's, clearly I was still in the mood. As for what inspired the song, I'll never tell....But if you want to hear this and lots of other never-heard-before songs of mine, then hop on over to Birdland on November 4th at 7PM for a concert where I'll be bringing out the secret goodies, with the help of my amazing guest stars , Adinah Alexander, Donna Lynne Champlin, Laura Patinkin, David Perlman, and Alysha Umphress. Call 212 581-3080 for reservations, or get your tickets online now.