Loving the Silent Tears is the next musical phenomenon
following 2011’s sold-out show, The Real Love!
The Real Love
The world premiere of The Real Love musical was presented in front of a full house of 3,000-plus at The Pasadena Civic Auditorium, California, USA on August 27, 2011, in celebration of Supreme Master Television’s 5th Anniversary.
Bringing together Broadway and Hollywood, The Real Love is an original musical inspired by the extraordinary, true story of world-renowned spiritual teacher, humanitarian and artist Supreme Master Ching Hai.
“It is always exciting when a new musical can be produced. Supreme Master TV has done exactly that with The Real Love. 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. This is unique musical theatre.”
–Jerry Herman, 3-time Tony & Grammy Award-winning composer
(Hello, Dolly!, La Cage aux Folles, Mame)
The premiere performance of The Real Love starred award-winning actress Joanna Ampil, Tony winners Daisy Eagan and Cady Huffman, and Tony nominees Adam Pascal and Robert Torti.
Guest stars were Tony-winning singer Betty Buckley, Italian classical/pop star Filippa Giordano, legendary Oscar-winning actress Shirley Jones, Tony winners Trent Kowalik and Kiril Kulish, Emmy-winning singer Faith Rivera, noted actor and singer Tom Schmid, screen veteran Dick Van Patten, and soprano Lynne Wintersteller – all part of an exceptional 38-member cast, accompanied by a 21-piece orchestra.
--Teresa Ganzel, voice actress (WALL-E, Monsters, Inc.)
--HRH Princess Maja Von Hohenzollern of Germany
-- Steve Lee Jones, Golden Globe and Emmy Award-nominated movie producer
--Michael Lerner, Academy Award-nominated actor
Original music was created by esteemed composers: Oscar and 5-time Emmy winner Bill Conti, 2-time Oscar winner Al Kasha, Emmy winner Doug Katsaros, Tony and Emmy winner Don Pippin, and Oscar and 2-time Grammy winner David Shire. They set to song the melodious poetry of Supreme Master Ching Hai, the event’s Guest of Honor who attended via live videoconference.
In a heartwarming highlight after the musical, Supreme Master Ching Hai conveyed her love and support for humanity through a total of US$210,000 in donations to six dedicated charitable organizations: Childhelp, Earthsave International, Greenpeace, United Way of Greater Los Angeles, United Way Worldwide, and the Environmental Media Association.
American icon Don McLean also took to the stage to perform some of his greatest hits such as “American Pie” and “Vincent.”
Enjoying a festive vegan banquet, the audience also had a chance to experience Supreme Master Ching Hai’s unique aesthetic creations through a vibrant exhibition at the venue.
The show was hosted by multi-Emmy nominated actor Grant Aleksander and Ed Begley, Jr., along with acclaimed actresses Kristin Bauer, Elaine Hendrix, and Hayley Marie Norman. Celebrities also attending the show included 2-time Oscar nominee Carol Connors, 5-time Emmy nominee Doris Roberts, Grammy nominee Frank Stallone, Oscar nominated actor Michael Lerner, and Grammy winner Florence La Rue, among many others.
Synopsis of The Real Love
In the 1970s, a lovely, young Aulacese (Vietnamese) woman named Thanh (West End actress Joanna Ampil) is working at the Munich Red Cross with her materialistic German friend Elsa (Tony winner Cady Huffman). Frequently accompanying refugees to the hospital, Thanh is deeply moved by the world’s suffering. She is admired by many doctors, including the hilarious Klaus (Tony nominee Robert Torti). But it is Rolf (Tony nominee Adam Pascal), a gentle physician-and-dentist, who wins her heart.
Encouraged by the artist Greta (Tony winner Daisy Eagan) to follow an inner calling, Thanh is forced to make a difficult decision – to stay blissfully wed to Rolf or make a perilous journey to the Himalayas in search of a lasting happiness for all humanity.
With lyrics based on Supreme Master Ching Hai’s eloquent poems, and music by award-winning composers, this uplifting musical renews the courage and compassion in us all.
Media Reports about The Real Love
“The musical The Real Love has been produced with much love to detail, with lightness and dedication. It’s amazing, the participation of such outstanding artists. It is a great challenge to depict the eventful life of such a great personality like the Supreme Master Ching Hai in a musical, but here it has been a success. It touches everybody who sees it.”
–Her Royal Highness Princess Maja Von Hohenzollern of Germany
“Supreme Master Ching Hai is a remarkable lady. I mean, she is very holy but not in any formal religious way. I was very impressed by that. I liked a lot of her poetry as singing, reminded me of Bob Dylan. It was real, it was committed, it wasn’t phony. And I felt the instincts of the actors, and of her personal journey, were true.”
–Michael Lerner, Academy Award-nominated actor
“The show was really interesting. The voices were quite extraordinary. The orchestra amazing, really amazing compositions – world class, I thought, in the music department. Loved hearing the Master speak afterwards.”
— Steve Lee Jones, Golden Globe and Emmy Award-nominated movie producer
“It’s so incredible. And it was a really heartwarming, lovely, sweet story that I can’t imagine anyone not loving it.”
–Teresa Ganzel, voice actress (WALL-E, Monsters, Inc.)