Miguel Braganza gives thanks to NYC for 30 year-milestone in theatre

'I feel so blessed.'  Photo by Rolan Gutierrez

‘I feel blessed.’ Photo by Rolan Gutierrez

Stage actor and dancer Miguel Braganza II is celebrating 30 years in theatre, half that time playing a variety of memorable roles in Cameron Mackintosh’s production of “Miss Saigon.”

“Salamat, Salamat, New York” (Thank you, New York) slated May 2 at 7:30 p.m. at Sheraton La Guardia East Hotel in Flushing, promises to be an evening of music, dance, and fashion. There will be a fundraiser for Miguel’s pilot project “Street of Dreams: Library and Arts in the Park for the Youth” in Manila.

“I feel so blessed,” said Miguel, who is currently coaching young artists, helping build libraries, and promoting arts programs in New York and the Philippines.

Miguel, who is working at the Metropolitan Opera House, is the founder and president of Filipinos in the Arts in America, Inc. (FilinArts), dedicated to training and promoting young artists in music, dance, theater, and fashion.

“Part of the proceeds from the dinner show will go to various arts programs developed by FilinArts for Filipino American youths in the New York Tri-State area,” he said.

Prior to “Miss Saigon,” he was a Walter Terry scholar in the dance performance and choreography program at Harvard University in the ‘80s, and assistant to Tony Award-winning director John Dexter in the original Broadway production of “M. Butterfly” from 1988-1990. He was in the U.S. and international productions of “Miss Saigon” for 14 years.

Miguel holds a bachelor’s degree in Speech and Theater Arts from Silliman University in the Philippines. He was a recipient of various scholarships in dance and theater, which included studies at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, Madame Youskevitch, Nat Horne Musical Theatre, and Harvard University.

“Salamat, Salamat, New York” is a joint production of FilinArts and Queens Asian Fest. For dinner show tickets ($65-$125), call Debbie 551-998-84455 or Myrna 917-502-9887, or email filinarts@yahoo.com.

On 'Miss Saigon' for 14 years

On ‘Miss Saigon’ for 14 years

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