Monique stars in Lanka's special charity concert

International musical star Monique Wilson, fresh from her recent critically-acclaimed success as the star of Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical Aspects of Love in Singapore, is set to perform in a very special charity concert in

By Guil Franco (Correspondent)

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Published: Sat 19 Aug 2006, 1:08 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 4:27 PM

Sri Lanka on October 4 at the Cinnamon Grand Hotel in Colombo.Monique was asked by a group called The Charity Committee based in Colombo to star in a special one-night charity concert to raise funds for children with cancer in the South Asian country. Monique was chosen not only for her star performance but also for her strong social activism. This shows in all her projects for her theatre group New Voice Company.

This two-hour musical features some of the best songs from famous Broadway and West End shows and well-loved movies. The show will feature famous songs that speak of hope, love, courage, dreams and survival. Her repertoire includes When You Believe from The Prince of Egypt; Riverbend from the musical Pocahontas; Sun and Moon from Miss Saigon; Whistle Down the Wind from the hit musical of Andrew Lloyd Webber, The Prayer; When You Wish Upon A Star from Pinocchio; Eidelweiss from The Sound of Music; and Where is Love? from Oliver; among many others.

Monique's special guests are 10-year-old singing sensation Julia Abueva and acclaimed actor/singer Rito Asilo, New Voice Company's associate artistic director. Joining them on piano is Michelle Nicolasora.

Julia is fast making a name for herself in Singapore, where she is based, and in Manila, because of her powerful, crystal voice. She recently appeared in Monique's 25th Theatre Anniversary Concert at the Music Museum last year, as well as in Lea Salonga‚s concert in Cebu. She also starred as Monique's young daughter Jenny in the New Voice Company's hit musical Aspects of Love in Manila and in Singapore, where she received rave reviews.

The musical whiz kid recently sang the opening song for the 2005 Southeast Asian Games in Manila. She is currently completing an English-Mandarin album containing cover songs of musical hits from Singapore, China, Taiwan and other parts of the Asia. The album will have an Asian-wide release this year.

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