Jose Llana, JoAnn M. Hunter, Lourds Lane, Minami Yusui and Ted Arthur Set for Today’s Curtain Up! Playbill Variety Show Celebrating AAPI Artists on Broadway at 3pm

Playbill, in partnership with The Broadway League and the Times Square Alliance, is presenting Curtain Up!, a three-day outdoor experience in Times Square presented by Prudential, and sponsored in part by Lexus, Netflix, United Airlines with additional support by Audible. Curtain Up! will take place Friday, September 17th through Sunday, September 19th outdoors in Times Square, stretching between 45th and 48th Streets.

3:00–3:45 PM – The Playbill Variety Show
Playbill is curating an hour of Broadway news updates, stories, interviews, and surprise performances in the middle of Times Square. Join Playbill’s Creative Director, Bryan Campione, as he invites stars, and more to the stage for a fun celebration of theatre, Broadway and Curtain Up! on the mainstage in Duffy Square (7th Avenue and 47th Street).

Performances include:

–A special AAPI conversation with JoAnn M. Hunter and performance produced by Valerie Lau-Kee, featuring special Broadway guests Jose LlanaMinami YusuiLourds Lane and pianist Ted Arthur to celebrate the AAPI Community on Broadway.

–A celebration of the 100th anniversary of Irving Berlin’s Music Box Theatre, featuring performances of iconic musical theatre classics from Broadway stars Bryce Pinkham (Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder) and Shereen Pimentel (West Side Story), with music director David Hancock Turner.

–An interview with Lauren Gaston and Austin Sora from the Broadway Green Alliance!

Video from this event will be available live via the stream above and at this link after the end of the event.

Click here for the full lineup courtesy of and here for the Curtain Up! Playbill.

Curtain Up! Map

Curtain Up Map

Lia Chang

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 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 (2021 DisOrient Film Audience Choice Award for Best Short Narrative). She is also the Executive Producer for The Cactus, The Language Lesson, The Writer and Cream and 2 Shugahs.

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