A Celebrity in the Clan
There aren't too many celebrities in this world. That's why we lionize them. They are a select breed of people who have done something extraordinary that merits applause and fame.
We have a celebrity in the clan!
There, I was waiting to say that at the proper time and proper place. What better time and place than my blogsite, where I fear no censure. In short, I can brag to my heart's content.
The current Christine in Broadway's Phantom of the Opera is Ali Ewoldt, a niece. She's the daughter of a first cousin and therefore a close blood relative.
Phantom of the Opera is the longest-running Broadway musical and many actresses have been cast in that role over the years.
Oh, but Ali is different. In those 25 years that the show has been running, Ali is the first woman of color chosen for the lead role!
Ali, therefore, has broken barriers, paving the way for women of all colors and backgrounds to be given the opportunity on The Great White Way.
Because of this historic feat in a groundbreaking role, Ali has been written about by many writers all over the US and the Philippines. I consider it grace to be able to write about her, too.
She comes from a family blessed with an ear for music. Allow me now to namedrop. Her grandma (my aunt) loved to sing and used to perform with her sisters (one of them was my mom) on stage. Her eldest aunt (my BFF) had a voice that won in all the singing contests in our youth; she is a Broadway habitué and used to take then little Ali to watch musicals. I believe she was Ali’s harshest critic, too.
I don’t know much about her dad’s side of the family since Ali was born and grew up in the US, but I am sure she has their genes as well.
Although she has a Psychology degree from Yale, cum laude, Ali chose the volatile path to the stage—from audition to audition—where she is always cast in plum roles. There she shines, like the neon lights on her billboards, and shines even more brightly in Phantom of the Opera.
Can an aunt be prouder?
Photo credit: Matthew Murphy