Broadway on Demand Extends Stream of CollaborAzian’s 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 through July 28; A Benefit Concert for Stop AAPI Hate

Thom Sesma, Cindy Cheung, Diane Phelan, Karl Josef Co, Ali Ewoldt

Due to popular demand, Broadway on Demand is extending the stream of CollaborAzian’s A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, helmed by theatre and television director Alan Muraoka (“Sesame Street,” Aladdin, Miss Saigon), and starring an all-Asian American cast featuring Cindy Cheung (“13 Reasons Why”) as Miss Shingle and The Others, Karl Josef Co (Pacific Overtures) as Monty Navarro, Ali Ewoldt (The Phantom of the Opera) as Phoebe D’YSquith, Diane Phelan (School of Rock) as Sibella Hallward, and Thom Sesma (Sweeney Todd) as The D’Ysquith Family, through July 28. Steven Cuevas (Once On This Island) serves as music director. Click here to watch the stream and here for the program.

Lea Salonga

Tony Award Winner and Disney Legend Lea Salonga gave a special introduction to CollaborAzian’s production of A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder. The abridged version of Robert L. Freedman and Steven Lutvak’s musical also features an All-Asian American production team.

Thom Sesma, Cindy Cheung, Diane Phelan, Karl Josef Co and Ali Ewoldt

The stream of the all-Asian American production of A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder went live on July 15th and was scheduled to end of July 22. Proceeds from this online concert will benefit Stop AAPI Hate, a nonprofit coalition that tracks and responds to incidents of hate, violence, harassment, discrimination, shunning, and bullying against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States. Learn more about their vital work at www.stopaapihate.org.

As of 7/22/21, $26.2K has been raised.

As of 7/23/21, $27.2K has been raised. Click here to donate.

As of 7/27/21, $30K has been raised. Click here to donate.

Diane Phelan, Karl Josef Co, Ali Ewoldt, Cindy Cheung, Thom Sesma and Cindy Cheung

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.

Diane Phelan, Karl Josef Co, Ali Ewoldt, Cindy Cheung, Thom Sesma and Cindy Cheung

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.

Members of CollaborAzian, the all-Asian American Pacific Islander producing team behind the online concert of Robert L. Freedman and Steven Lutvak’s A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE & MURDER, a benefit for Stop AAPI Hate discussed the origins of the production, AAPI representation on the musical theatre stage, and the future for AAPI theatre artists in the industry as we emerge from the pandemic, while still fighting for racial justice and contending with the rise of anti-Asian hate and violence. Moderated by Rob Laqui, the panel featured Cindy Cheung, Steven Cuevas, Pearl Sun, and Alan Muraoka.

ABOUT COLLABORAZIAN CollaborAzian  is a gathering of Asian American musical theatre artists responding to the rise of anti-Asian bias, prejudice, and hate. Today, Asian Americans are experiencing a cultural change like never before in American history. We want to use our voices as artists to add to the conversation of what it means to be Asian in America right now. Learn more at www.collaborazian.com.

Lia Chang

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer, an Award winning filmmaker 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. Her short film, When the World Was Young recently garnered a 2021 DisOrient Film Audience Choice Award for Best Short Narrative. 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. 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. She is also the Executive Producer for The Cactus, The Language Lesson, The Writer and Cream and 2 Shugahs. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers, musicians and corporations. 

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