The musical itself was a phenomenal Broadway-caliber production inspired by a true love story and with lyrics based on poignant poetry.
"This is unique musical theatre," stated Jerry Herman, the 3-time Tony-winning composer of Hello, Dolly!,Mame, and La Cage aux Folles.
The red carpet premiere of The Real Love: The Musical in Pasadena, CA, USA in August 2011 was a sold-out phenomenon starring Broadway and Hollywood performers - including Tony winner Betty Buckley and Oscar winner Shirley Jones as guest stars - and featuring poems set to music by a group of Tony, Oscar, Grammy and Emmy-winning composers.
"The cast is most impressive and bravo for the poems of Supreme Master Ching Hai set to music by Bill Conti, David Shire, Don Pippin, and Al Kasha," said Herman.
"When I heard [the songs], I realized, 'Wow, this is something very, very special,'" stated Shirley Jones (Oklahoma!, Carousel).
The Real Love was inspired by the extraordinary, true love story between a young Vietnamese Red Cross worker helping war-torn refugees and a kind, handsome German doctor. This original tale of courage and sacrifice was based on the life story and poetry of Supreme Master Ching Hai.
"She conveyedthe feelings that passed though her heart and mind as she lived her life in powerfully rich verses, in imagistic writing that turned human events into poetic expression," stated Richard Maltby, a Tony Award-winning director (Fosse, Ain't Misbehavin') and lyricist (Miss Saigon). "Supreme Master Ching Hai's journey is a story of love and spiritual discovery, and what better way to bring such a story alive than through music."
The musical starred West End actress Joanna Ampil (Les Miserables), Tony winner Cady Huffman (The Producers), Tony winner Daisy Eagan (The Secret Garden), Tony nominee Adam Pascal (Rent), and Tony nominee Robert Torti (Starlight Express).
"What a great event The Real Love musical was. Such a beautiful musical, so well produced. The singers and dancing were incredible. But more importantly, the story struck a chord within me," said 2-time Emmy winner Kristoff St. John (The Young and the Restless).
Distributed by Ocean of Love Entertainment, The Real Love: The Complete Book, Lyrics and Sheet Music of the Musical is an exquisite coffee-table-style book that also includes the original poems, biographies, and full color photos from the live premiere at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium.
The book brings to life the essence of the show - that is, of both romantic love and a love to embrace the whole world - making it a must-have for music and poetry aficionados as well as an enriching companion to The Real Love DVD.
The Real Lovebook and DVD are both available at Amazon.com.
For more information about The Real Love musical: www.thereallovemusic.com/musical/
About Supreme Master Ching Hai:
Supreme Master Ching Hai is a world-renowned spiritual teacher, humanitarian, artist and poet. Through her artistic works, she has created an independent source of funding for her charity and relief work around the globe, carried out by the Supreme Master Ching Hai International Association. For her dedication to the relief of suffering for all people, she was recognized with the 2006 Gusi Peace Prize, which is viewed as the Asian-equivalent of the Nobel Peace Prize. She is also the guiding light behind Supreme Master Television, an international global channel focused on constructive programming.
More recently, Supreme Master Ching Hai's poetry inspired another well-received musical, Loving the Silent Tears, directed by Tony nominee Vincent Paterson (Michael Jackson's and Madonna's world tours) and choreographed by Emmy winner Bonnie Story (High School Musical 1, 2, 3). The world premiere took place on October 27, 2012 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California, USA. Find out more at www.SilentTearsMusical.com
About Ocean of Love Entertainment:
Ocean of Love Entertainment is a unique distribution company specializing in promoting uplifting productions that highlight the importance of cultural understanding and enriching artistry. www.OceanOfLoveEntertainment.com.
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