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Fil-Am Anna Maria Perez de Tagle nominated for Best Actress in a Musical


For her role in the Broadway musical "Godspell," Filipino-American actress and singer Anna Maria Perez de Tagle has been nominated Best Featured Actress in a Musical in the 2012 Theater Awards of the entertainment website Broadway World.com. “Godspell” is a musical by Stephen Schwartz and John-Michael Tebelak about a series of parables based on the Bible’s Gospel of Matthew, featuring the passion of Christ. De Tagle, 21, was nominated along with 28 other actresses.
The winners of the various awards will be determined through fan votes and De Tagle’s supporters are calling on the public to vote for the young star.
 
Based on the current standing of the nominees, she is at sixth, garnering four percent of the total votes as of posting time. 
Fans can vote by visiting http://broadwayworld.com/vote2012.cfm. Voting ends on June 4 and the winners will be announced on June 6.  
De Tagle poses with Joe Jonas on the set of Camp Rock, where she played the role of Ella. Photo from http://www.annamariaperezdetagle.com
From TV to theater
 
De Tagle has portrayed a wide array of roles – from a fashion-aficionado villain in Disney Channel’s “Hannah Montana” to an outgoing aspiring actress in the remake of the film “Fame.”
 
Her television stint began when her agent told her one day to audition for a Disney Channel series, De Tagle recounted on her official website
 
“I sent tapes to Disney. I probably auditioned about 20 times for Hannah Montana and before I knew it, I was being flown back and forth for call backs,” she said. “Finally, I got a call from Disney saying that I should move to LA if I really wanted to pursue my career.”
 
She played the role of Ashley Dewitt in “Hannah Montana,” a fashionista who loves over-dressing and being the center of attention who happens to be one of the show’s villains.
 
In “Camp Rock,” another Disney original, De Tagle portrayed Ella who is obsessed with lip gloss, nail polish and clothes, and also one of the villains.  
Meanwhile, far from the villain image, her role in the 2009 film “Fame” was Joy, an aspiring, outspoken actress who lives up to her dream of becoming one.
 
“When I found out I got this role in ‘Fame,’ I screamed at the top of my lungs! I even cried a little,” she said.
 
Family of stars
 
Performing talent runs through her family’s bloodline.
 
De Tagle, known as “Wengky” to family and friends, was born in San Francisco, California to Filipino parents Archie Perez de Tagle, a former TV personality, and Evelyn Enriquez.
 
She is the niece of former child star Che-che Perez de Tagle, and the granddaughter of “Reyna ng Kundiman” Sylvia La Torre who became popular in the 1960s.
 
"My grandmother influenced me," De Tagle said in an article on Philippine Entertainment Portal. "My grandmother was my first vocal coach. And she taught me my first Filipino song, ‘Bahay Kubo.'  She influenced me to do what I do."
 
Before national productions, De Tagle had already performed several roles on stage, starring in regional productions of “Cinderella,” “Bugsy Malone,” and “The King and I.”
 
“When I started musical theater, I loved it right away, which naturally got me thinking about singing and acting professionally,” she said on her website.
 
She also became one of the finalists in the Junior vocal category of “Star Search,” a reality singing competition by CBS, where she lost to “American Idol” runner-up David Archuleta.
 
“It was a huge stepping stone for me,” she said. “It was fun because I love being on stage and singing, but it was also terrifying because I’ve never really been judged on my singing, so that made me a little nervous.” - Jon Lindley Agustin/ VVP, GMA News