The evening will feature the talents of Grammy winner Jon Secada, Grammy winner Jody Watley, Tony winner Debbie Gravitte, Tony winner Kiril Kulish, Tony winner Michael Maguire and Emmy winner Liz Callaway as well as Grammy-winning reggae legends Black Uhuru, Grammy-nominated Persian artist Siavash Shams, Arab singer Camellia Abou-Odah, Italian tenor Mark Janicello, award-winning Israeli singer Liel Kolet, Irish soprano Katie McMahon and award-winning Brazilian singer Fabiana Passoni.
The show was inspired by the poetry anthology "Silent Tears," written by spiritual teacher, humanitarian and artist Supreme Master Ching Hai. A host of composers have come together to set the soulful verses to music: Jorge Calandrelli, Al Kasha, Doug Katsaros, Henry Krieger, Don Pippin, Nan Schwartz and David Shire.
Loving the Silent Tears, press notes state, "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."
Award-winning playwright Cynthia Ferrell said in a statement, "What interested me most in Loving the Silent Tears honestly 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. It just makes you come to the project with a happy heart."
The evening, which will also feature a 30-member dancing ensemble, will be directed by Tony nominee Vincent Paterson with choreography by Bonnie Story, set design by John Iacovelli and costume design by Sharell Martin. The performance will commemorate the 19th anniversary of Supreme Master Ching Hai Day honoring the values of philanthropy and peace. A free pre-show art exhibition at the venue will feature Supreme Master Ching Hai’s creative works.
Shrine Auditorium is located at 665 West Jefferson Blvd., Los Angeles, CA. For tickets visit www.ticketmaster.com. For more information visit SilentTearsMusical.com.