Theater producer Jhett Tolentino won his first Grammy in the Best Musical Theater Album category at the 59th Grammy Awards held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California last Sunday night (Monday morning in the Philippines).
“We just won a Grammy!” said Tolentino on his Facebook hours after he won the award for the musical “The Color Purple.”
Tolentino edged out other nominees “Bright Star,” “Fiddler On The Roof,” “Kinky Boots,” and “Waitress.”
The Grammy Award is the most prestigious award-giving body in music. Formerly known as the Gramophone Award, it recognizes outstanding achievement in music industry.
Born and raised in Iloilo, Tolentino has already won three Tony Awards.
In 2013, Tolentino won his first Tony for producing the play “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.”
The next year, he bagged another Tony for producing “A Raisin in the Sun” and “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder.”
Tolentino, the other half of JoanJhett Productions, has produced recording albums for various musicals. He has an accounting degree at the University of Iloilo and lives in New York City.