The award-winning Flo Ankah has been
on radio’s NPR, For Your Ears Only, and French national
television on France 5, M6, and TV5 Monde.
During her time in Los Angeles, she was interviewed and
featured in media such as “French Morning,” “Good
Morning 90210,” “On Air with Tony Sweet,” and
many others. “French Morning” wrote, “Time Out
nicknamed her ‘the French Madonna,’ others see her as
the new Edith Piaf… Chosen for her original tone and her voice
charged with emotion, Flo Ankah stated she is ‘honored to
have been selected to participate in this production.’ …
For her talents as an actress, for her spellbinding performances
as a director, Flo Ankah is praised by the critics.”
Let’s follow Ms. Ankah through her beautiful experience
with Loving the Silent Tears, in her own words.
Flo Ankah: I found
that I was able to grow as a person through my study of different
art techniques. And I found that it’s such a beautiful thing
to be able to give back through your creativity. Because I think
our art is really, hugely important in making people’s lives
more beautiful. And everyone has a difficult life and challenges,
but if we can make something beautiful that can soothe someone’s
soul, then I would like to be a part of that.
came here about six hours ago, and immediately got the sheet
music, read it down in the studio, put it down for a record,
recording it in French and in English, keeping some of her
own translations because she wanted to make it just perfect.
And then coming here and immediately dancing, singing, acting
and making the song her own. It’s just another consummate
Emmy Award-winning composer
& Loving the Silent Tears music director,
“You are a very beautiful
woman inside and out, and you are very talented and just to
watch you and to be able to be in the same production as Flo,
it’s a blessing, it’s a blessing.”
Korean pop star &
Loving the Silent Tears castmate
Her Musical Role
I’m very much French at heart, so the music in
French, it really connects for me and it puts me in a place where
I can resonate France the way I know it. I really loved the words
when I got them. It’s “accept me the way I am.”
Everyone should be accepted just the way they are with all their
defects and their abilities, and so I really relate with the words
as a person. I have the little balloons to hand and there are these
moments that are very beautiful.
Day of Rehearsals
I am so happy to be in Los Angeles, because I am from
France originally, but I live in New York. And it’s really
warm here. It’s warm because of the weather, but also because
all the people who are cast in this production are so open-hearted.
I arrived yesterday, and I didn’t know what to expect and
everything was amazing. We just started rehearsals, so I am not
going to start expecting things if what I’m going to get is
better than what I hope for. It’s a little bit of a dream
and it’s nice.
Everyone has such pure voices. It feels like the Olympics
of voices from the heart. I was very humbled to be with such musicianship.
I love everyone’s dedication and personal involvement. Everyone
cares very much.
the Red Carpet
I’m delighted to be part of this event which has
a spiritual connotation. And I think it’s very cool to do
a Broadway musical that is trying to enlighten and elevate people.
I believe in this work, so I’m happy to be in it. Even though
it’s musically tied as a real Broadway musical, each country
is represented authentically and I feel that the French song is
very beautiful, and I’m very proud to be part of this and
representing my country.
I felt I was a lot more powerful. I felt like I was able
to just open the party, which is what my song does in the show.
There was an incredible momentum, and each piece was shining with
its own culture and identity.
My involvement in this show made me ask questions to
myself. I was happy to rise up with the work of Vincent and Bonnie
to really uplift my performance, and I go home with a little bit
more confidence in being open about my spirituality.
the red carpet
the Vegan Banquet
I'm from the countryside so I love fruits, I love vegetables.
And it's different flavors, and it’s authentic food. I come
from a farm so since I was a child, we have a deep respect for
for the Poet
The themes explored in the poetry are very dear to me:
a world with no boundaries, music, and the practice of meditation.
The message of the words of Supreme Master Ching Hai will come with
authenticity, and it would be in French so hopefully it would resonate
with someone who is hearing it.
I think it's so cool for someone so open spiritually
to delve in creativity. I think we need a message like this to the
world. This is a very ambitious message and everyone's embracing
it, and everyone did the show because they believed in the work.
I would like to say thank you very much to Supreme Master Ching
Hai. Thank you very much because it’s an honor.
Air with Tony Sweet conducted an
engaging interview with Loving the Silent Tears
stars Flo Ankah and Mark Janicello, with radio hosts
Tony Sweet and Eddie Connor:
Both are going to be in Loving the
Silent Tears. And just watching the highlights from
it just really touched me in a lot of ways, because
it’s bringing people from all over the world together
to make this musical, and I love that. I mean, it really
is inspiring. Now Mark, I know you’ve done a lot
of stuff all over the world too, what attracted you
to do this show?
Janicello: Well, I was very surprised,
quite honestly. In the commercial theatre you very seldom
deal with spirituality on any level except the most
superficial. And here, the Supreme Master Ching Hai’s
poetry is talking about all of us wanting to have a
relationship to a higher power, to God, however you
want to call it. And they musicalized these poems, which
in and of themselves are quite beautiful, using Grammy,
Oscar, Tony and Emmy-winning composers.
Connor: It sort of raises the electricity,
don’t you think?
Ankah: Yes. There is some momentum that
it is going to be spectacular.
Janicello: I saw a run-through of the
show on Tuesday, the first run-through. The dancing
is unbelievable! You have ballroom dancing, you have
jazz, you have hip hop. And to see the guy who’s
dancing in my number with me, he was on stage with Celine
Dion in Vegas for all that time!
Connor: Don’t you find that it
completely erases all prejudices? Don’t you find
that when you do what you’re born to do, that
it completely heals the planet?
Ankah: Sure, I find that the very first
thing that came to me after reading the script is that
it’s like it’s a world with no boundaries.
It has performers in the same song with countries that
would never look at each other.
Janicello: And I think
that the organization of Supreme Master Ching Hai and
her followers, their whole goal is to bring understanding
of different cultures, by showing different cultures
working together, singing together. This is the goal
of any artist in any case.
Sweet: And I love how they’re
doing it here in America.
Janicello: Of course, it is the media
center of the world. And I think they are so ambitious
and so generous, the whole production is a generosity.
It’s going to knock everybody’s socks off!
Ankah: I feel that in today’s
entertainment, there is a tendency for everyone to go
towards the same norm. And so in this, like the first
day, we rehearsed with all the vocalists, I was really
stunned because every single person had so much soul
and so much heart in the sound.
Janicello: We have Black Uhuru, the
first Grammy-winning artists for reggae. These guys
are reggae legends. And I’m rehearsing my big
opera number there, and the guys were sitting in the
room in the rehearsal studio because they just like
the way I sang. And they said, “Oh wow! That’s
just so great what you’re doing.” And I’m
like, “I’d kneel before you guys.”
And it’s a mutual admiration society because we
all respect the others. You know, we’ve got Kay
in Cantonese and Hong Kong, she’s a pop superstar,
singing in the choir with me and with Flo.
Connor: But that’s the way it’s
supposed to be. When you do what you’re born to
do, and you’re both doing it, you will rendezvous
on the Earth plane with other like-minded people who
have higher dreams, goals, and aspirations than everyday
people dared to dream. You will find each other on this
planet. And you will find each other in a place like
the City of Angels (Los Angeles), and you will morph
and transform the frequency of this Earth plane. And
you will take it beyond, beyond.
Janicello: I’m a little bit stunned
because that was really impressive.
Sweet: Eddie’s a psychic and he
has a lot of great insight on stuff like this.
Connor: So I wonder how you guys are
going to hold it together when you’re getting
a standing ovation, when the entire cast is out on stage,
taking your bows, tears streaming down your face, the
audience will have tears streaming down their face.
I mean, it’s going to be otherworldly.
Everyone, the audiences and the performers
equally, we will just be in the moment together.
Janicello: Yeah, and I really
feel it has been a gift of the universe toward me, toward
Los Angeles, toward all of us.
Sweet: I think it’s very
important that we have stuff like this. You know, there
can be all these shows that tour the country, but I
think stuff like this, it brings not just the talent
but just the heart and the soul onto one stage. And
like you said, not too many other musicals give me goosebumps
diverse cast of Loving the Silent Tears