Pinoy Producer Jhett Tolentino Bags First Grammy

Pinoy Producer Jhett Tolentino Bags First Grammy

Holly | February 14, 2017

At the most recent Grammy Awards held last February 12 in Los Angeles, proud Filipino Jhett Tolentino took home his first-ever trophy from the prestigious award-giving body.

Jhett Tolentino Wins First Grammy for ‘The Color Purple’

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Jhett Tolentino and the whole The Color Purple crew went home victorious after bagging the Best Musical Theater Album award at the Grammys last Sunday night. The team, which, based on the official list of nominees stated on, included Cynthia Erivo and Jennifer Hudson as principal soloists; Stephen Bray, Brenda Russell, and Allee Willis as the composers; and Bray, Van Dean, Frank Filipetti, Roy Furman, Scott Sanders, and Jhett Tolentino as producers, could not believe that they were the recipient of one of the biggest awards that night.

Born and raised in the City of Iloilo, at first, Jhett Tolentino didn’t see himself dabbling his feet into theater production. While in the Philippines, it was his main goal to finish his studies. Jhett finished his degree in accountancy at the University of Iloilo.

Although he once shared that he developed interest in theater after watching Miss Saigon in 2000, it wasn’t until he moved to New York in 2004 that Jhett decided to fully commit himself to the field. He soon started his own company with partner Joan Raffe, the Joan Jhett Productions. The most recent theater production led by the company was the play Tuck Everlasting.

Jhett Tolentino

The Grammy Jhett Tolentino took home that night wasn’t his first major win. Jhett once made front-page news for being the third Filipino, after Lea Salonga and Robert Lopez, to win in the highly revered Antoinette Perry Award for Excellence in Theater or the Tony Award.

In 2013, Jhett Tolentino also went home triumphant after winning a Tony for Best Play for the theater masterpiece Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.

Another very noteworthy instance was during the 2014 Tony Awards, where Jhett made history for bagging not one but two Tonys for co-producing the plays A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder and A Raisin in the Sun. The Denzel Washington–starred play A Raisin in the Sun was given the Best Revival of a Play award, while the A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder was named Best Musical.

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