Jhett Tolentino, a Filipino hailing from Iloilo, the city of love, has just earned his very first Grammy!
This was through his involvement as a producer in The Color Purple musical, which garnered the Best Musical Theater Album at the 2017 Grammy Awards held last February 12, in Los Angeles, California.
The Color Purple follows the journey of African-American woman Celie. The story is set in American South during the mid-20th century.
Top-billing the production are Cynthia Erivo, Danielle Brooks, and Jennifer Hudson as principal soloists. Aside from Jhet Tolentino, Stephen Bray, Van Dean, Frank Filipetti, Roy Furman, Scott Sanders were also largely involved in the production of the album.
Jhett Tolentino was a graduate of Accountancy in Iloilo before he migrated to New York in 2004. He fell in deep love with theater, and such love spawned the JoanJhett Productions LLC, a production company he built with his partner Joan Raffe, also a producer.
Before coveting a Grammy award, Jhett Tolentino already has three Tony awards under his belt. And he is the third Filipino, right after Lea Salonga and Robert Lopez, to ever win a Tony.
He won his first Tony award for Best Musical in 2013 for Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. He earned his second Tony award for Best Musical for his co-production of A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, and his third for Best Revival of a Play for A Raisin in the Sun.
Before he became an acclaimed producer, Jhett was a huge theater geek. He started blogging about Broadway shows in 2004, but didn’t fully commit to his blogging endeavors until 2009.
He subsequently started his career in producing through the theater people he met in various events and parties. He became fully invested as a producer in 2011, made his production debut in 2012, and won his first Tony in 2013.
Our sincerest congratulations to Jhett and his team!