Ali Ewoldt (Phantom of the Opera) and Josh Dela Cruz (Blue’s Clues & You, Aladdin) will star as Ella and Topher in the National Asian Artists Project (NAAP) presentation of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella – In Concert, as part of its “Rediscover Series” which explores classic American musicals, with professional artists of Asian descent, proving that great works of theater speak to all communities. The one night only event will take place on Monday, March 2 at 8PM at The Alvin Ailey Citicorp Theater (405 West 55th Street – between 9th & 10th Avenues). Scroll down for rehearsal photos.
Through this special Rediscover Series concert presentation, directed by Alan Muraoka, music directed by Kristen Lee Rosenfeld, and choreographed by Billy Bustamante, NAAP brings a new and unique voice to interpret a timeless classic. Originally nominated for three Primetime Emmy Awards, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s adaptation shares the enduring enchantment of a favorite fairy tale told with their hallmark charm and elegance.
The cast of Cinderella also features Ann Harada as Madame, Kendyl Ito as Charlotte, Jason Ma as Pinkleton, Jaygee Macapugay as Gabrielle, Cáitlín Burke as Marie, James Seol as Sebastian, Vishal Vaidya as Jean-Michel. Carol Angeli, Hannah Balagot, Jordan De Leon, Kevin Kulp, Mia Mooko, Anthony Obnial, Kyra Smith, Matheus Ting and Kelli Youngman round out the ensemble, who will be joined by the NAAP Kids and the NAAP Broadway Community Chorus.
Tickets are priced at $75 (premium) and $59 (reserved). There is also special “VIP package” for $250 which includes a Pre-Theater 4-course sumptuous meal at Masseria Dei Vini (887 Ninth Ave – between 57th & 58th Street) and one (1) ticket to the show. Tickets may be obtained here or by sending a check to the NAAP office (10 West 66th Street – Suite 23-C, New York, NY 10023). For additional information please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
National Asian Artists Project (NAAP) is a community of artists, educators, administrators, community leaders, and professionals. It is a not-for-profit organization that recognizes the need to build bridges between the work of artists of Asian descent, and the many communities that the work can serve, from underserved primary school students to seasoned arts patrons.
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 has appeared in the filmsWolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman. She stars in and served as Executive Producer for the short independent films Hide and Seek, Balancing Act, Rom-Com Gone Wrong, Belongingness and When the World was Young which will be screened at the inaugural San Francisco Chinatown Community Film Festival at Clarion Performing Arts Center on March 22. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.
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