Lunar New Year Festival at The Met with Alan Muraoka and Sesame Street Puppeteers Pam Arciero and Jennifer Barnhart

On Sunday afternoon, The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium at The Metropolitan Museum of Art was filled to the rafters with eager children and their parents waiting to kick off their Year of the Rooster celebration with Alan Muraoka and Sesame Street Puppeteers Jennifer Barnhart and Pam Arciero.

Pam Arciero, Alan Muraoka and Jennifer Barnhart at The Met's Lunar New Year Festival: Year of the Rooster. Photo by Lia Chang
Pam Arciero, Alan Muraoka and Jennifer Barnhart at The Met’s Lunar New Year Festival: Year of the Rooster. Photo by Lia Chang

The day long Lunar New Year Festival: Year of the Rooster featured dozens of programs—for visitors of all ages—that reflected traditions from across Asia.

Pam Arciero, Alan Muraoka and Jennifer Barnhart at The Met's Lunar New Year: Year of the Rooster Festival. Photo by Lia Chang
Pam Arciero, Alan Muraoka and Jennifer Barnhart at The Met’s Lunar New Year: Year of the Rooster Festival. Photo by Lia Chang

Alan Muraoka, most recognizable for his role in the Emmy-winning series, Sesame Street, where he has played Alan, the proprietor of Hooper’s Store, for 18 seasons, recently returned to the Great White Way for a limited run last fall to star as Iago in Disney’s Aladdin at the New Amsterdam Theatre.

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Prior to Aladdin, Mr. Muraoka appeared in six Broadway shows: the Roundabout Theatre revival of Pacific Overtures, The King and I, My Favorite Year, Shogun, the Musical, Mail, and most notably Miss Saigon, where he played the lead role of the Engineer. He is featured in the films, It Could Happen to You, and Day of Independence. Other television credits include Curb Your Enthusiasm, Louie, 30 Rock, Brotherhood, Late Night With David Letterman, and The Tonight Show, as well as numerous commercials.

Jennifer Barnhart, Alan Muraoka and Pam Arciero at The Met's Lunar New Year Festival: Year of the Rooster. Photo by Lia Chang
Jennifer Barnhart, Alan Muraoka and Pam Arciero at The Met’s Lunar New Year Festival: Year of the Rooster. Photo by Lia Chang

After the performance, the children created art to add to the Collaborative Rooster in the Carson Family Hall, Ruth and Harold D. Uris Center for Education.

Lunar New Year Festival: Year of the Rooster at The Met on February 5, 2017. Photo by Lia Chang
Lunar New Year Festival: Year of the Rooster at The Met on February 5, 2017. Photo by Lia Chang

Alan Muraoka and Sesame Street puppeteers Pam Arciero and Jennifer Barnhart took pictures with their fans of all ages.

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Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits
Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers,  musicians and corporations. Lia is also an internationally published and exhibited photographer, a multi-platform journalist, and a publicist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.

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