Artist Spotlight: Deedee Magno Hall

Note: Deedee Magno Hall is swinging with us again at FASO Swing the Night Away 2018 on Sunday, May 20 at the Signature Banquet Hall in Granada Hills, Calif.! Cocktails at 5:00 p.m. and dinner at 6:30 p.m. For ticket info, check out the event page!

“Swing the Night Away” is less than a week away, so we’d like you to get to know our featured artists, vocalist and actor Deedee Magno Hall! Remember to watch her perform this Saturday, March 18 at the Glendale Hilton. Cocktails at 6:00 p.m. and dinner at 7:00 p.m.! Get your tickets here.

1. Born in Portsmouth, Va. and raised in San Diego, Deedee grew up in a family that loves to sing and dance. Her father, a Chief in the US Navy, taught himself how to play guitar and piano. There was always music playing, on the radio, in the house and in the car! Ironically enough, when she was little, Deedee wanted to become a dentist despite her musical upbringing!

Deedee on The Party’s Debut Album

2. In 1989, Deedee was an original cast member on Disney Channel‘s “All New Mickey Mouse Club” (MMC), which was taped for a live studio audience at MGM Studios (currently Hollywood Studios) in Orlando, Fla. As she reminisces on those days, she thanks her loving and supportive family for moving across country with her. She also recalls that she was grateful to do what she loves—acting, singing and dancing—as a job at the time, but remained oblivious to the lack of Asian representation on TV at the time. Here at FASO, we’re certain that Deedee’s presence on MMC inspired young Asians and Asian-Americans to claim space on TV and beyond.

3. After the MMC, Deedee was one of five Mouseketeers chosen to join a Pop group called The Party, one of the first artists on Disney’s label Hollywood Records. The Party recorded four albums and toured the U.S., Canada, Europe and Asia, and opened for Vanilla IceTaylor Dayne and Color Me Badd. When Deedee reached high school, she asked fellow MMC alum and NSYNC member JC Chasez to her senior prom. He said yes!

4. More recently, Deedee has found great success in TV, film and on stage! She’s played Kim in Miss Saigon on Broadway, and on the musical’s Asian Tour and its second U.S. National Tour. Deedee has also appeared in “Wicked” as Nessarose on its first US National Tour and in “If/Then” on Broadway and on its U.S. National Tour. In Los Angeles, Deedee was Mrs. Walker in East West Player’s producton of “The Who’s Tommy” and is co-founder of the mommy singing group, Mama Bares.


5. Deedee voices the perfectionist Gem warrior Pearl on the acclaimed TV show “Steven Universe” on Cartoon Network!! Deedee won “Best Female Lead Vocal Performance in a Television Series – Comedy/Musical” at the 2014 Behind the Voice Actor Awards for her performance as Pearl. “Steven Universe” has quite a few beautiful musical numbers and Deedee lends her amazing vocals to them. Here’s an example! In this clip, Deedee (as Pearl) trains her young ally in the way of the sword.


Unique Fil-Am orchestra to open San Diego PH independence fetes

SAN DIEGO, California – The first and only Filipino symphony orchestra outside of the Philippines will perform on Friday, June 5 as part of the opening night festivities for the 2015 Philippine American Celebration in Balboa Park.

Led by artistic director Maestro Robert Shroder, the Los Angeles-based Filipino American Symphony Orchestra (FASO) has performed works by internationally renowned composer Ryan Cayabyab and legendary Filipino composers Felipe Padilla de Leon, Antonio Buenaventura, George Canseco, Will Cruz and Fr. Ricky Manalo.

Joining FASO on stage for a first-of-its-kind collaboration are company members from performing arts groups from San Diego and Los Angeles: Kayamanan Ng Lahi Philippine Folk Arts, Malaya Filipino American Dance Arts, PASACAT Philippine Performing Arts Company and Samahan Filipino American Performing Arts & Education Center.

On Saturday, BIBAK Youth of San Diego and two San Francisco-based arts groups, Barangay Dance Company and Likha Pilipino Folk Ensemble, are highlighted in a showcase of Lumad dances. The performances will take place at the Spreckels Organ Pavilion in costuming that reflects the rich diversity of traditions and cultures found in the tribes and provinces of the islands.

“We are very excited to take the stage with our fellow Filipino American artists from San Diego and throughout the state,” said Patrick Ambrosio, event co-chair and member of Samahan. “It is truly an honor to be part of such a special performance for this event.”

The Philippine American Celebration takes place June 5-7 in Balboa Park at the Spreckels Organ Pavilion and the House of Pacific Relations lawn.

Admission to event is free and programming over the three-day weekend will include traditional and contemporary performances, exhibitions and demonstrations as well as food and merchandise vendors, a beer garden, and more.

The festivities continue the week of June 8-12 with daily, all-ages cultural performances and activities hosted by the House of the Philippines that culminate with a flag raising ceremony to mark 117 years of Philippine independence.

2015 Philippine American Celebration Performance
June 5, 2015
Spreckels Organ Pavilion
Pan American Road E
San Diego, CA 92101

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