Congratulations to the cast and crew behind the revival of The Romance of Magno Rubio! I got word from cast member and Fil-Am Ako interviewee Erick Esteban that the revival earned 5 nominations in the LA Weekly Theater Awards. Magno Rubio is one of my favorite musical productions that I had the pleasure to see at Chicago’s Victory Gardens Theater in Lincoln Park back in 2004. Based on celebrated Filipino-American author Carlos Bulosan’s short story, Magno Rubio is about the struggles of Filipino migrant workers in 1930s California and a young Filipino’s unrequited love for an American woman. Executive producer Ted Benito of PAE Live!, which staged the play in alternating English and Tagalog performances for the first time, said, “Just to be nominated is a big deal because out of the hundreds of theater productions that open every year, ‘Romance’ was among only 54 productions that were nominated.” The LA Weekly Theater Awards, which honors the best work in small stages, is on its 33rd year. Voted on by the publication’s theater critics, the awards will be presented in a Greek style bash on April 2 at the Avalon in Hollywood. For more on this story click here and for a preview of this critically acclaimed stage production click here.