Jul. 15: Tony Award Winner Lea Salonga to Host Virtual All-Asian American Production of A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER Starring Cindy Cheung, Karl Josef Co, Ali Ewoldt, Diane Phelan, and Thom Sesma

Lea Salonga

Tony Award Winner and Disney Legend Lea Salonga will make a special appearance as the host of CollaborAzian’s production of A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder on Thursday, July 15th, 2021. The abridged version of Robert L. Freedman and Steven Lutvak’s musical is directed by Sesame Street’s Alan Muraoka and features an all-Asian American cast and production team.

“Historically, Asian American artists have been marginalized in media and on stage… productions like this help to spotlight the tremendous talent that has been overlooked,” says Salonga. “We’re here to show the world that we are here, and we are fantastic.”

The production has generated much excitement in the theater community, announcing an exclusive streaming partnership with Broadway On Demand and promotional partnership with Broadway World.

“Broadway On Demand is committed to celebrating diversity and amplifying the voices of marginalized communities,” says Tralen Doler, Broadway On Demand Vice President of Programming and Partnerships. “It is an honor to partner with CollaborAzian in bringing this incredible production the attention it deserves.”

Along with the increased demand for Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) representation in Hollywood, the AAPI Broadway and theatrical communities are also making their voices heard. Organizations such as the Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment (CAPE) Broadway Diversity Project, Unapologetically Asian, Leviathan Labs, Chinosity, and Tremendous Communications have also come together in support of the production.

The stream of the all-Asian American production of A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder will go live on Thursday, July 15th, 2021 at 7pm ET. Donations for StopAAPIHate.org are now being accepted and tickets for the virtual show are now available. If you can’t make it then, it’s available on demand through July 21.

Tickets are available here

About CollaborAzian’s A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder

CollaborAzian’s A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder will be helmed by theatre and television director Alan Muraoka, who has played Alan, the owner of Hooper’s Store on Sesame Street for the past 23 years. He most recently played Iago in Disney’s Aladdin on Broadway, and starred as the Engineer in Miss Saigon. The all-Asian American cast will star Cindy Cheung (“13 Reasons Why”), Karl Josef Co (Pacific Overtures), Ali Ewoldt (The Phantom of the Opera), Diane Phelan (School of Rock), and Thom Sesma (Sweeney Todd). Steven Cuevas (Once On This Island) serves as music director.

Producers include Jeremiah Abraham (Sony Pictures’ Yellow Rose, ARRAY’s Lingua Franca), Karl Josef Co, Ariel Estrada (Founder and Producing Artistic Director, Leviathan Lab), Rob Laqui (The Industry Standard Group, Cardinal Theatricals), Diane Phelan, Pearl Sun (Come From Away), Anne Fraser Thomas (Hercules), Jessica Wu (A Chorus Line, Miss Saigon), and Miranda Gohh. Executive Producers include Elliot and Cathy Masie (Masie Productions) and Matthew A Woolf (Woolf Productions LLC).

Video editing by Just Bein’ Productions (Nyseli Vega and Bianca DiSarro), sound engineering by Jonathan Cuevas. 

Streaming is presented by special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MT) New York, NY USA. All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. mtishows.com

A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder won four Tony Awards at the 68th Tony Awards in 2014, including Best Musical.

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