Larry The Musical is based on the first book about Larry Itliong, “Journey for Justice: The Life of Larry Itliong,” by Dr. Dawn Mabalon and Gayle Romasanta. The musical will cover Itliong’s life, from birth to his posthumous recognition “Larry Itliong Day” by the State of California in 2015.
The assistant director under Cesar Chavez when the United Farm Workers (UFW) was created, Larry organized and led protests for equal pay and dignified living conditions for farm and cannery workers throughout the West Coast and Alaska from the 1930s to when the UFW was created in 1966.
This is the story we want and need to tell, in all its brilliant beauty, about Larry and the Filipinos who fought for dignity in the fields and united for the first time with the Mexican community in Delano, California.
This is historic and will take the artistry of the creative team but the collective power of stakeholders including the Filipino American and Mexican American communities at-large in San Francisco and beyond. To date, Filipino American artists from the Bay Area to Broadway have joined with us in telling this important story.
We have assembled a 100% Filipino American creative team, and secured a San Francisco Arts Commission (SFAC) grant to premiere our first public workshop of 7 songs in October 2021. The program reached over 4.3k views on YouTube in just 3 days!
In July 2022, a second SFAC grant, funding from the National Endowment from the Arts (NEA), and generous contributions from our community enabled us to write and perform new songs for the Filipino American community in Delano, CA during our second developmental workshop.
We will continue to engage in a highly collaborative process to finalize the musical. This includes capturing performances of the works on video to get feedback from educators, musical experts, and the community-at-large.
This community-centered process will ensure that we are respectful of history, artistry, and musical excellence. Additional support will allow us to hold our final workshop of all songs and launch the premiere of Larry The Musical in October 2023 at Brava Theater in San Francisco.
We are deeply honored to tell this story and are grateful to our community for this opportunity to share Larry Itliong’s life and legacy.
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