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Jose Llana takes over from Ken Watanabe in Broadway's "King and I"

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Jose Llana plays King in Broadway's 'King and I'
By Walter Ang
July 25, 2015
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Almost 20 years ago, Jose Llana auditioned for "The King and I" and eventually got cast. The only problem was that he technically stole someone else's slot.

He raised his hand when another auditionee didn't show up, sang, and then promptly confessed. "I was a college freshman, I didn't know better," he says, laughing.

They must have seen something in his talent since he got his Broadway debut, playing Lun Tha in the 1996 Broadway revival with Donna Murphy (Anna Leonowens) and Lou Diamond Phillips (King Mongkut).

Repertory Philippines staged the musical in 1977 with Baby Barredo and Bernardo Bernardo (Lea Salonga played one of the children) and with Joy Virata and Mel Magsipoc in 1990.

Resorts World Manila's Full House Theater Company staged it from 2012-2013 with Monique Wilson, Sheila Valderrama and Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo and Leo Valdes…

De La Salle University's library and its 3,500 books on the performing arts

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Where to go for theater books
De La Salle Library and its 2,000 titles on the performing arts
By Walter Ang
July 11, 2015
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Theater lovers who yearn to read books about theater can do so at De La Salle University's (DLSU) library called Learning Commons.

The library currently has more than 2,000 titles (with some titles filling up more than one volume, for a total of more than 3,500 books) related to the performing arts.

It goes without saying that the university's around 17,000 students, faculty and staff every school year, as well as all alumni, can use the library.

But, worry not, anyone can visit the library!

"Visiting users are accommodated during the library's service hours, Mondays through Saturdays. However, we temporarily do not accommodate them during the university's finals week as well as a week before that, and during term breaks (the university follows a trimester calendar)," says Ana Maria Fresnido, director of libraries.

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