Mia Katigbak, Eunice Wong and David Huynh Set for THE TRIAL OF THE CATONSVILLE NINE, January 16- February 23

Transport Group and the National Asian American Theatre Company (NAATCO)  are co-presenting The Trial of the Catonsville Nine, written by Daniel Berrigan and directed by artistic director Jack Cummings III, includes Mia Katigbak (Awake and Sing!, I Remember Mama), Eunice Wong (Mourning Becomes Electra, Smart People) and David Huynh (Henry VI, A Midsummer Night’s Dream). The Trial of the Catonsville Nine runs Wednesday, January 16 through Sunday, February 23, 2019 at the Abrons Arts Center, 466 Grand Street. The opening night is scheduled for Wednesday, February 6 at 7:30pm.

Based on the court transcripts of the trial of Vietnam War peace activists, The Trial of the Catonsville Nine tells the story of the nine people who broke into a Maryland draft office on May 17, 1968, and burned 378 draft cards with homemade napalm. Brothers Philip Berrigan and Daniel Berrigan-both Catholic priests-led the movement and are joined by seven church parishioners in their protest for peace. In sharp contrast to the wave of young, liberal extremists at the forefront of the resistance headlines, The Nine give a new face to activism and inspire hundreds of anti-war demonstrations that follow.

The Trial of the Catonsville Nine was produced on Broadway in 1971. The Transport Group revival is its first New York production in over 30 years and is produced by special arrangement with The Daniel Berrigan Literary Trust, Catalyst Literary Management, and Phil Sandhaus.

Daniel Berrigan (1921-2016) was one of the most influential peacemakers of the twentieth century. A Jesuit priest, award-winning poet, playwright, peace activist, convicted felon, and Nobel Peace Prize nominee, he inspired millions to pursue a vision of nonviolence. An award-winning writer, he published numerous poems, scripture studies, journals, essays, and books. He was arrested over two hundred times in nonviolent acts of protest against war, injustice and nuclear weapons. Berrigan’s lifelong example of nonviolent resistance to war continues to inspire people to carry on the hope that one day we will abolish war, learn to resolve our conflicts nonviolently, and live in peace.

The set and costume design for The Trial of the Catonsville Nine is by Peiyi Wong; lighting design is by R. Lee Kennedy; sound design is by Fan Zhang.

The National Asian American Theatre Company (NAATCO) asserts the presence and significance of Asian American theatre in the United States, demonstrating its vital contributions to the fabric of American culture. NAATCO puts into service its total commitment to Asian American theatre artists to more accurately represent onstage the multi- and intercultural dynamics of our society. We demonstrate a rich tapestry of cultural difference bound by the American experience. The enrichment accrues to each different culture as well as to America as a whole.

Transport Group is the recipient of a special Drama Desk Award recognizing its “breadth of vision and presentation of challenging productions,” a Special Citation from the prestigious New York Critics’ Circle, and a Special Citation from the Obie Awards as well as numerous other awards and award nominations from the Outer Critics’ Circle, Lucille Lortel Awards, Obie Awards, Off-Broadway Alliance, Drama League, and others. Founded in 2001, Transport Group stages new works and re-imagined revivals-both plays and musicals-that explore the challenges of relationship and identity in modern America. Currently headed by founder Jack Cummings III (Artistic Director) and Lori Fineman (Executive Director), Transport Group most recently produced the world premiere musical, Renascence, by Dick Scanlan (Thoroughly Modern Millie, Everyday Rapture), music by Carmel Dean (Musical Director, If/Then, American Idiot) and lyrics from the poems of Edna St. Vincent Millay. Transport Group also recently produced a critically acclaimed revival of Tennessee Williams’ Summer and Smoke with Classic Stage Company starring Marin Ireland and Nathan Darrow, Eugene O’Neill’s Strange Interlude starring David Greenspan (Drama Desk nomination for Outstanding Solo Performance as well as an Obie Award for Greenspan, Cummings and Transport Group), and Picnic & Come Back, Little Sheba: William Inge in Rep, which received two Drama Desk nominations and three Obie Awards (Jack Cummings III for direction, HEATHER MAC RAE for performance, Dane Laffrey for scenic design). Additional recent productions include the first off-Broadway revival of Once Upon a Mattress, starring Jackie Hoffman and John “Lypsinka” Epperson; Three Days To See, a world premiere theatrical exploration of Helen Keller through her own writings; the critically acclaimed revival of John Cariani’s modern classic Almost, Maine; and a re-imagined revival of the John Van Druten classic I Remember Mama which was included in the New York Times’ Top Ten productions of 2014 and The New Yorker’s top cultural moments of 2014. In addition to mainstage productions, Transport Group also produces one-night-only, star-studded concert events, often featuring the productions’ original orchestrations performed by as many as 60 actors and musicians. Concert titles have included Baby (2012), Once Upon a Mattress (2013), The Music Man (2014), Peter Pan (2016), A Man of No Importance (2016), Man of La Mancha (2017) and Promises, Promises (2018).

The Trial of the Catonsville Nine runs Wednesday, January 16 through Sunday, February 23, 2019 at the Abrons Arts Center, 466 Grand Street (F to Delancey Street; J or M to Essex Street; D or B to Grand Street). The playing schedule is Tuesday through Saturday at 7:30pm and Sunday at 3pm. Tickets, which are $59-$79, and more information are available by visiting transportgroup.org or by phoning 866-811-4111.

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Francis Jue, Peter Kim, Michelle Krusiec, Jaygee Macapugay, Joél Pérez, Kendyl Ito, Lulu Fall and More in WILD GOOSE DREAMS at The Public through December 16

Lulu Fall, Michelle Krusiec, Francis Jue, Peter Kim, and Joel Perez. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

The New York premiere of Wild Goose Dreams, written by Hansol Jung and directed by Leigh Silverman has an extended run through Sunday, December 16 at The Public. Click here for tickets.

Michelle Krusiec and Peter Kim.  Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Michelle Krusiec and Peter Kim.  Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

The complete cast of Wild Goose Dreams features Dan Domingues (Chorus), Lulu Fall (Woman/Chorus), Kendyl Ito (Heejin/Chorus),Francis Jue (Father), Peter Kim (Guk Minsung), Michelle Krusiec (Yoo Nanhee), Jaygee Macapugay(Wife/Chorus), Joél Pérez (Man/Chorus), Jamar Williams (Chorus), and Katrina Yaukey (Chorus).

Michelle Krusiec, Peter Kim, and Joel Perez. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Michelle Krusiec, Peter Kim, and Joel Perez. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

Wild Goose Dreams returns to The Public after its initial run in Public Studio in a co-production with La Jolla Playhouse, where it had a critically-acclaimed run last season. Minsung is a “goose father,” a South Korean man whose wife and daughter have moved to America for a better life. Deeply lonely, he escapes onto the internet and meets Nanhee, a young defector forced to leave her family behind in North Korea. Amidst the endless noise of the modern world, where likes and shares have taken the place of love and touch, Minsung and Nanhee try their best to be real for each other. But after a lifetime of division and separation, is connection possible?

Michelle Krusiec and Francis Jue. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Michelle Krusiec and Francis Jue. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

Wild Goose Dreams features scenic design by Clint Ramos, costume design by Linda Cho, lighting design by Keith Parham, sound design by Palmer Hefferan, composition by Paul Castles, Korean music composition by Jongbin Jung, movement direction by Yasmine Lee, and music supervision by Charity Wicks.

Lulu Fall, Michelle Krusiec, Francis Jue, Peter Kim, and Joel Perez. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Lulu Fall, Michelle Krusiec, Francis Jue, Peter Kim, and Joel Perez. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Lulu Fall, Michelle Krusiec, and Francis Jue.  Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Lulu Fall, Michelle Krusiec, and Francis Jue.  Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Peter Kim.  Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Peter Kim.  Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
The company of WILD GOOSE DREAMS. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
The company of WILD GOOSE DREAMS. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Peter Kim and Michelle Krusiec. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Peter Kim and Michelle Krusiec. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Peter Kim and Joel Perez, with Kendyl Ito.  Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Peter Kim and Joel Perez, with Kendyl Ito.  Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Peter Kim and Michelle Krusiec. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Peter Kim and Michelle Krusiec. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

Becky Gulsvig, Christine Toy Johnson, Andrew Samonsky, Megan McGinnis, Kevin Carolan and More in COME FROM AWAY Tour at Ahmanson Theatre, November 28-January 6  

The First North American Tour Company of COME FROM AWAY. Photo by Matthew Murphy

The touring production of Come From Away will play the Ahmanson Theatre from November 28 – January 6, 2019. Come From Away stars Kevin Carolan (Disney’s Newsies), Harter Clingman (Peter and The Starcatcher), Nick Duckart (In the Heights), Chamblee Ferguson, Becky Gulsvig (School of Rock the Musical), Julie Johnson (Memphis), Christine Toy Johnson (The Music Man), James Earl Jones II (The Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess), Megan McGinnis (Les Misérables), Andrew Samonsky (South Pacific), Danielle K. Thomas (Avenue Q), Emily Walton (August Osage County), Marika Aubrey, Jane Bunting, Michael Brian Dunn, Julie Garnyé, Adam Halpin, Aaron Michael Ray.

Megan McGinnis, Emily Walton, Becky Gulsvig, Christine Toy Johnson, Julie Johnson and Danielle K. Thomas in The First North American Tour Company of COME FROM AWAY. Photo by Matthew Murphy
Megan McGinnis, Emily Walton, Becky Gulsvig, Christine Toy Johnson, Julie Johnson and Danielle K. Thomas in The First North American Tour Company of COME FROM AWAY. Photo by Matthew Murphy

For tickets and information, please visit CenterTheatreGroup.org or call (213) 972-4400. Media Contact: CTGMedia@CTGLA.org / (213) 972-7376.

With a book, music and lyrics by Tony and Grammy Award nominees Irene Sankoff & David Hein, Come From Away is directed by Tony Award winner Christopher Ashley (Come From Away), musical staging by two-time Tony nominee Kelly Devine (Come From Away, Rocky), with music supervision by Grammy nominee Ian Eisendrath (Come From Away), scenic design by Tony Award winner Beowulf Boritt (Act One), costume design by Tony Award nominee Toni-Leslie James (Jelly’s Last Jam), lighting design by two-time Tony Award winner Howell Binkley (Hamilton), sound design by Tony Award nominee Gareth Owen (End of the Rainbow), orchestrations by Tony nominee August Eriksmoen (Bright Star), music arrangements by Grammy nominee Ian Eisendrath and casting by Telsey + Company.

The First North American Tour Company of COME FROM AWAY. Photo by Matthew Murphy
The First North American Tour Company of COME FROM AWAY. Photo by Matthew Murphy

Come From Away tells the remarkable true story of 7,000 stranded passengers and the small town in Newfoundland that welcomed them. Cultures clashed and nerves ran high, but uneasiness turned into trust, music soared into the night, and gratitude grew into enduring friendships.

Nick Duckart, Kevin Carolan, Andrew Samonsky and Company in the First North American Tour of COME FROM AWAY. Photo by Matthew Murphy
Nick Duckart, Kevin Carolan, Andrew Samonsky and Company in the First North American Tour of COME FROM AWAY. Photo by Matthew Murphy

On September 11, 2001 the world stopped. On September 12, their stories moved us all.

The First North American Tour Company of COME FROM AWAY. Photo by Matthew Murphy
The First North American Tour Company of COME FROM AWAY. Photo by Matthew Murphy

Following sold-out, record-breaking, critically acclaimed world premiere engagements at La Jolla Playhouse and Seattle Repertory Theatre, Come From Away landed on the “Best Theater of 2015” lists in the Los Angeles Times, Seattle Times, San Diego Union Tribune, and Times of San Diego. Charles McNulty of the Los Angeles Times called the show “An affecting, stirring and unpretentious new musical. Christopher Ashley’s production lets the simple goodness of ordinary people outshine sensational evil,” and Bob Verini of Variety raved, “Superb! Canadians Irene Sankoff and David Hein have forged a moving, thoroughly entertaining tribute to international amity and the indomitable human spirit.”

The First North American Tour Company of COME FROM AWAY. Photo by Matthew Murphy
The First North American Tour Company of COME FROM AWAY. Photo by Matthew Murphy
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Come From Away began performances on Broadway on February 18, 2017 and officially opened to critical acclaim on March 12, 2017 at Broadway’s Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre (236 West 45th Street), and continues to play to standing-room- only audiences.

The Tony Award-winning musical launched a Second Company in Canada with a sold out four-week engagement in Winnipeg and is currently playing to standing-room-only audiences in Toronto at the Royal Alexandra Theatre.

The Mark Gordon Company will produce and finance a feature film adaptation of Come From Away. Two-time Tony Award nominees, Grammy nominees and Outer Critics Circle Award and Drama Desk Award winners Irene Sankoff and David Hein, who wrote the book, music and lyrics, will adapt the feature screenplay for the project and Tony Award winner Christopher Ashley will direct. MGC’s Mark Gordon will produce.

A “Best Musical” winner all across North America, the smash hit musical has won the Tony Award for “Best Direction of a Musical” (Christopher Ashley), 5 Outer Critics Circle Awards (NYC) including “Outstanding New Broadway Musical,” 3 Drama Desk Awards (NYC) including “Outstanding Musical,” 4 Helen Hayes Awards (D.C.) including “Outstanding Production of a Musical,” 4 Gypsy Rose Lee Awards (Seattle) including “Excellence in Production of a Musical,” 6 San Diego Critics Circle Awards including “Outstanding New Musical,” 3 Toronto Theatre Critics Awards including “Best New Musical,” 3 Dora Awards (Toronto) including “Outstanding New Musical/Opera” and “Outstanding Production,” and the 2017 Jon Kaplan Audience Choice Award (Toronto).

Come From Away is produced by Junkyard Dog Productions (Randy Adams, Marleen and Kenny Alhadeff and Sue Frost), Jerry Frankel, Latitude Link, Smith & Brant Theatricals, Steve & Paula Reynolds, David Mirvish, Michael Rubinoff, Alhadeff Productions, Michael Alden & Nancy Nagel Gibbs, Sam Levy, Rodney Rigby, Spencer Ross, Richard Winkler, Yonge Street Theatricals, Sheridan College, Michael & Ellise Coit, Ronald Frankel, Sheri & Les Biller, Richard Belkin, Gary &Marlene Cohen, Allan Detsky & Rena Mendelson, Lauren Doll, Barbara H. Freitag, Wendy Gillespie, Laura Little Theatricals, Carl & Jennifer Pasbjerg, Radio Mouse Entertainment, The Shubert Organization, Cynthia Stroum, Tulchin Bartner Productions, Gwen Arment/Molly Morris& Terry McNicholas, Maureen & Joel Benoliel/Marjorie & Ron Danz, Pamela Cooper/Corey Brunish, Demos Bizar/Square 1 Theatrics, Joshua Goodman/Lauren Stevens, Just for Laughs Theatricals/Judith Ann Abrams Productions, Bill & Linda Potter/Rosemary & Kenneth Willman, and La Jolla Playhouse and Seattle Repertory Theatre.

Come From Away was originally co-produced in 2015 by La Jolla Playhouse and Seattle Repertory Theater. Come From Away (NAMT Festival 2013) was originally developed at the Canadian Music Theatre Project, Michael Rubinoff Producer, Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario, Canada and was further developed at Goodspeed Musicals’ Festival of New Artists, in East Haddam, CT. The Canada Council for the Arts, The Ontario Arts Council, Steve and Paula Reynolds and The 5th Avenue Theatre, Seattle WA also provided development support.

 

 

Production Photos: Paige Faure, Jordon Gelber, Ann Harada, Jeff Kready, Hayley Podschun, Nicholas Rodriguez and More in HOLIDAY INN At Paper Mill Playhouse through December 30

Ann Harada and Nicholas Rodriguez. Photo Credit: Jerry Dalia

Paper Mill Playhouse is presenting Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn, based on the film from Universal Pictures, with music and lyrics by Irving Berlin, and book by Gordon Greenberg and Chad Hodge. Performances began on Wednesday, November 21, 2018, and will continue through Sunday, December 30, 2018, at Paper Mill Playhouse (22 Brookside Drive, Millburn, NJ).

Jeff Kready and Paige Faure. Photo Credit: Jerry Dalia
Jeff Kready and Paige Faure. Photo Credit: Jerry Dalia

Directed by Mr. Greenberg (The Baker’s Wife, 1776 – Paper Mill), and with choreography by Denis Jones (Mary Poppins – Paper Mill, Holiday Inn – Broadway, Tony nomination), music direction by Shawn Gough (Annie, Paper Mill), the principal cast features Paige Faure (Honeymoon in Vegas – Paper Mill) as Lila Dixon, Jordon Gelber (Avenue Q) as Danny, Ann Harada (Avenue Q) as Louise, Jeff Kready (Thoroughly Modern Millie – Paper Mill) as Ted Hanover, Hayley Podschun (Peter Pan – Paper Mill) as Linda Mason, Nicholas Rodriguez (Tarzan) as Jim Hardy with Jian Harrell and Aidan Alberto alternating in the role of Charlie Winslow.

Jeff Kready, Hayley Podschun, Nicholas Rodriguez. Photo Credit: Jerry Dalia
Jeff Kready, Hayley Podschun, Nicholas Rodriguez. Photo Credit: Jerry Dalia

The cast also features Jordon Beall, Gene Biscontini, Colin Bradbury, Tricia Desario, Taylor Fields, Kelly Gleason, Juliane Godfrey, Berklea Going,Joshua Israel, Julie Kavanagh, Mallory Nolting, Clifton Samuels, JT Teeling, Karl Skylar Urban, Amy Van Norstrand, Scarlett Walker, Travis Ward-Osborne, and John T. Wolfe.

Ann Harada and Nicholas Rodriguez. Photo Credit: Jerry Dalia
Ann Harada and Nicholas Rodriguez. Photo Credit: Jerry Dalia

In this musical based on the beloved Bing Crosby/Fred Astaire film, Jim Hardy leaves behind the hustle and bustle of showbiz for a quiet life on a Connecticut farm. Jim’s agrarian efforts are a flop, but things start looking up when he falls for a talented schoolteacher, and together they infuse their sleepy rural setting with some Broadway razzle-dazzle. Fresh from a Broadway run, this heartwarming, toe-tapping production features more than 20 classic songs from the Berlin catalog, including “Easter Parade,” “Cheek to Cheek,” “Steppin’ Out with My Baby,” and “White Christmas.”

Hayley Podschun, Karl Skyler Urban, Jordan Beall, and Julie Kavanagh. Photo Credit: Jerry Dalia
Hayley Podschun, Karl Skyler Urban, Jordan Beall, and Julie Kavanagh. Photo Credit: Jerry Dalia

The production team includes set design by Anna Louizos, costume design by Alejo Vietti, lighting design by Jeff Croiter, sound design by Matt Kraus, hair and wig design by Charles G. LaPointe. The production stage manager is Victoria Navarro. Casting is by Telsey + Company, Laura Wade, CSA.

Hayley Podschun and Nicholas Rodriguez. Photo Credit: Jerry Dalia
Hayley Podschun and Nicholas Rodriguez. Photo Credit: Jerry Dalia

Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn will be performed at Paper Mill Playhouse eight times a week, Wednesday through Sunday. Performance schedule: Wednesday at 7:00pm, Thursday at 1:30pm and 7:00pm, Friday at 7:00pm, Saturday at 1:30pm and 7:00pm and Sunday at 1:30pm and 7:00pm. Please note: There are no performances on December 24 (Christmas Eve) and December 25 (Christmas Day). Tickets are on sale now starting at $34. Tickets may be purchased by calling 973.376.4343, at the Paper Mill Playhouse Box Office at 22 Brookside Drive in Millburn, or online at www.PaperMill.org.

Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn at Paper Mill Playhouse. Photo Credit: Jerry Dalia 
Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn at Paper Mill Playhouse. Photo Credit: Jerry Dalia
Jeff Kready, Hayley Podschun, Nicholas Rodriguez. Photo Credit: Jerry Dalia
Jeff Kready, Hayley Podschun, Nicholas Rodriguez. Photo Credit: Jerry Dalia
Nicholas Rodriguez and company. Photo Credit: Jerry Dalia
Nicholas Rodriguez and company. Photo Credit: Jerry Dalia
Nicholas Rodriguez, Ann Harada, and company. Photo Credit: Jerry Dalia
Nicholas Rodriguez, Ann Harada, and company. Photo Credit: Jerry Dalia
Nicholas Rodriguez and company. Photo Credit: Jerry Dalia
Nicholas Rodriguez and company. Photo Credit: Jerry Dalia

Ethan Le Phong, Kristian Lei, Kathleen Stuart and More Set for Manoa Valley Theatre’s Production of ALLEGIANCE, March 28 – April 7

Ethan Le Phong
Ethan Le Phong
Ethan Le Phong

Manoa Valley Theatre is thrilled to announce a star-studded cast for Allegiance, the headliner of its 50th Anniversary season, presented at the Hawaii Theatre March 28th – April 7th, 2019. Allegiance, a musical drama by Marc Acito, Jay Kuo, and Lorenzo Thione, is about the Japanese American internment during WWII and one family’s extraordinarily divisive experience, was inspired by the true-life experience of its original star, George Takei. It tells the story of one family’s extraordinary experience suffering the wrongful imprisonment of Japanese Americans during World War II, creating familial turmoil in a troubling time of a nation at war.

George Takei, Lorenzo Thione, Jay Kuo and Marc Acito celebrate the release of the ALLEGIANCE Original Cast recording at the Barnes and Noble CD Signing event in New York on Feb. 5, 2016. Photo by Lia Chang
George Takei, Lorenzo Thione, Jay Kuo and Marc Acito celebrate the release of the ALLEGIANCE Original Cast recording at the Barnes and Noble CD Signing event in New York on Feb. 5, 2016. Photo by Lia Chang

Ticket buyers for Allegiance will be treated to a Black Friday offer as a celebration of the amazing cast. Customers who purchase tickets via any portal from November 23rd through November 26th will receive 5% off the price of admission for the Tuesday, April 2nd and Wednesday, April 3rd performances.

Broadway star Ethan Le Phong headlines the MVT cast in the role of Young Sammy. Most recently a company member of Disney’s Aladdin on Broadway and understudy for the title character, Ethan played Young Sammy in the highly celebrated East-West Players production of Allegiance last spring with George Takei. He has extensive credits from New York’s Broadway, London’s West End, U.S. Regional Theatres, national tours, film and television.

The role of Kei Kimura will be performed by Hawaii music composer, vocalist and producer, Kristian Lei. She has played the lead role of Kim in Miss Saigon in Germany, performed in Hong Kong Disneyland’s Festival of The Lion King, and starred in the Kristian Lei Show with Walt Disney Theatre on Disney Cruise Lines.

Nurse Hannah will be portrayed by Hawaii native daughter Kathleen Stuart who currently works professionally in New York theatre. She has had co-starring and lead roles in television and film such as “C’est Tout” and “Inside Llewyn Davis,” as well as lead roles on stage in The King & I and Evita.

MVT’s talent-packed cast also includes Dann Seki as Sam Kimura/Ojii-Chan, Brad Yamamoto as Tatsuo Kimura, Devon Nekoba as Mike Masaoka, Miguel Cadoy III as Frankie Suzuki, KoDee Martin as Dr. Hideo Tanaka/Ben Masaoka/Johnny Goto, Sharline Liu as Mrs. Natsumi Tanaka, Charles Mukaida as Mr. Masato Maruyama, Melani Carrié as Mrs. Kaori Maruyama/Sansei Woman, Austin Yoshida as Tom Muruyama, Shayna Yasunaga as Peggy Maruyama, Lauren Cabrera as Nan Goto, Kyle McNamara, and Dwayne Sakaguchi and Kailee Brandt as ensemble.

Guest directing the production is Paul Mitri. Guest musical director is Kip Wilborn. Guest choreographer is Christine Yasunaga. Assistant director is Ron Heller. The design team includes Michelle Bisbee as set designer, Janine Myers as lighting designer, Jennifer Hart and Trudy Hodnefield as co-costume designers, Lisa Ponce de Leon as hair/makeup designer, and Sara Ward as props designer.

The production will run March 28th – April 7th at the Hawaii Theatre. Show times are Thursday, March 28, 7:00 p.m., Friday, March 29 at 7:00 p.m., Saturday, March 30 at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, March 31 at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 02 at 7:00 p.m., Wednesday April 03 at 7:00 p.m., Thursday April 04 at 7:00 p.m., Friday, April 05 at 7:00 p.m., Saturday, April 06 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, April 07 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $75, $55, $35. Minimum age is 4. For more information call 988-6131 or visit manoavalleytheatre.com. Tickets can be purchased at the Hawaii Theatre Box Office by calling 528-0506 or at hawaiitheatre.com. The doors will open for seating 30 minutes prior to each performance. Beverages will be available for purchase on site. No outside food or drinks are allowed. The play is performed in 2 acts with one intermission. The running time is approximately 2hrs 45 min.

Play sponsors are ABC Stores, Alexander & Baldwin, Inc., First Hawaii Bank Foundation, HEMIC, HMSA, iHeart Media, Tom and Sally Ishii, Island Insurance, JACL, John and Kalowena Komeiji, Mary and Dexter Kubota, Edison Miyawaki, Jerry and Jane Mount, Mark Mugiishi, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, Jeffrey S. Portnoy in memory of Sandi Portnoy, Bob and Corinne Taylor and Territorial Savings Bank. The Golden Anniversary Season Sponsor is D. Suehiro Electric, Inc. The Season Benefactor Sponsor is Cades Schutte and the Cades Foundation. Season Presenter Sponsors are First Insurance Company of Hawaii Charitable Foundation, Honolulu Star-Advertiser and `Iolani School. Season Sponsors are Alexander & Baldwin, Inc. and Ramona Sayre In Memory of Jeff Sayre.

Lori Tan Chinn, Lawrence Leritz, Larry Ross, Virginia Seidel and Sharon Wendrow Set to Be Honored at Dancers Over 40’s 10th Annual Legacy Awards and Holiday Dinner on December 10

Lori Tan Chinn. Photo by Lia Chang
Lori Tan Chinn. Photo by Lia Chang
Lori Tan Chinn. Photo by Lia Chang

Dancers Over 40 continues its 25th Anniversary season with the 10th Annual Legacy Awards and Holiday Dinner on Monday, December 10, 2018.

This celebration honoring DO40 members will be held at LIPS Restaurant, 227 East 56th Street from 6 – 9pm and hosted by Drama Desk Award Winner Jim Brochu. The evening will feature guest speakers and performances by entertainer/activist and member of the NYC Nightlife Advisory Board Marti Gould Cummings.

Each honoree holds a special place in the world of dance and have all contributed to promoting Dancers over 40 and the History, Legacy and Lives of our community. DO40 members honored this year come from Broadway, Ballet, Television, Movies and the Radio City Music Hall Corps de Ballet: Lori Tan Chinn, Lawrence Leritz, Larry Ross Virginia Seidel and Sharon Wendrow. These five individuals whose careers span over 50 years in show business have worked with all the greats in the entertainment industry, and are always there for DO40 to share their History, their Legacy and their Lives, contributing numerous times to our panels and performances over the years.

Lori Tan Chinn was born and raised in Seattle, WA. Broadway: Lovely Ladies, Kind Gentlemen (Broadway and theatrical debut), G. R. Point, M. Butterfly. Off Broadway: The Primary English Class, G. R. Point, The Ballad of Soapy Smith. Regional: Arena Stage (South Pacific, Bloody Mary—Helen Hayes Award); Goodman Theatre (Peter Sellars’s The Merchant of Venice); Walnut Street Theatre (South Pacific); O’Neill National Playwrights Conference (seven seasons as an actor, five seasons as a reader to artistic director Lloyd Richards). Film: Mickey Blue EyesWhat About Bob?, Glengarry Glen Ross, She-Devil. Television: “Orange Is the New Black,” “Rodgers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific” (Bloody Mary), “Roseanne.”

Dancers Over 40 is an all-volunteer, membership-driven non-profit arts organization dedicated to preserving the History, Legacy and Lives of our mature creative community, while sharing the knowledge with the younger generation just beginning their careers. The event will be videotaped and donated to the Jerome Robbins Dance Collection at Lincoln Center’s Library for the Performing Arts.

Tickets on sale now on Telecharge and at the St. Luke’s Box Office: $55.00 for non-members $40.00 for members of Dancers Over 40 with discount code. Reservations: Telecharge, 212-239-6200 or www.telecharge.com; DO40 members call 212-947-8844 or www.telechargeoffers.com with discount code. St. Luke’s Box Office open 2 – 6pm daily, at 308 West 46th Street. For more information, call the DO40 Hotline at 212-330-7016.

Alvin Ing and Yuriko Kikuchi to be Honored at NAAP Gala 2018 Celebrating the 60th Anniversary of FLOWER DRUM SONG on December 2

National Asian Artists Project will hold its 2018 Gala entitled “The Corner of Chinatown and Broadway” a celebration of the 60th Anniversary of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Flower Drum Song, featuring Broadway’s Jose Llana (The King and I) and Yuka Takara (A Chorus Line), the award-winning Theatre Club from P.S. 124, alumni and NAAP kids, the NAAP Broadway Community Chorus, members from the original casts of the Broadway and 2002 revival productions of Flower Drum Song, as well as honorees Alvin Ing and Yuriko Kikuchi, on Sunday, December 2nd at The Golden Unicorn (18 East Broadway @ Catherine Street).

The evening will begin at 5:30pm with cocktails, followed at 6:30pm with dinner, a traditional 8-course Chinese Banquet. Throughout the evening will be entertainment informed by the rich history of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Flower Drum Song. Pros and “up and comers” will perform and some illustrious people will be recognized and honored. Viet Vo, a longtime NAAP member and the President of the NAAP Community Chorus, will serve as the emcee for the evening and Yan Li is the Musical Director. Möet-Hennessy is the Official Sponsor of the Gala. Tony Award winning playwright David Henry Hwang (M. Butterfly) is the Honorary Chairman.

“I am excited to welcome everyone to NAAP’s first Banquet fundraiser, celebrating the 60th Anniversary of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Flower Drum Song,” stated Executive Artistic Director and Co-Director of the event, Baayork Lee. “As a kid performing in this production on Broadway and now being able to honor Yuriko Kikuchi with a Life Time Achievement Award makes my heart swell with such love for her. She was my inspiration to become a dancer. I watched her dance Eliza in “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” in The King and I and again in the “Flower Boat” in Flower Drum Song and knew I wanted to be just like her – a dancer. This Banquet brings together everyone who believe in NAAP and our mission.”

“I am very excited about this year’s fund-raising gala,” exclaims Co-Director Richard Jay-Alexander. “It was a brilliant idea on Baayork’s part and I’ve worked in venues all over the world, but NEVER in a Chinese restaurant! Well, there’s a first time for everything. NAAP does great work and it needs our support – both in constituents and fiscally. Audiences and families need to know about them! The organization serves a “gap” in the community and that is why I happily “sign-on” when asked. Baayork is Broadway royalty, but a reluctant hero in the important work that she is doing here. Her recent Tony Award and other accolades are well deserved. She devotes herself to this organization and these young people 1000%! I’m proud to stand by her side and put on the best show possible, in addition to raising as much money and awareness as we can.”

Tickets are $150 and are available for purchase online here.

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.

Brittany Bellizeare, Harvy Blanks, Brian D. Coats, Elain Graham, Charlie Hudson III and Blake Morris in KING HEDLEY II at Two River Theater through December 16 

Charlie Hudson III (Mister) and Brian D. Coats (Stool Pigeon) in August Wilson's King Hedley II at Two River Theater. Photo Credit: T. Charles Erickson

Two River Theater (Artistic Director John Dias, Managing Director Michael Hurst) presents August Wilson’s King Hedley II, directed by Brandon J. Dirden. The extended five-week run opens tonight at 7pm and continues through Sunday, December 16 in Two River’s Marion Huber Theater, 21 Bridge Avenue, Red Bank, NJ. Tickets are available from 732.345.1400 or tworivertheater.org.

This production marks the halfway point in Two River Theater’s commitment to present all 10 plays of August Wilson’s American Century Cycle. For the first time, the theater will be presenting one of Wilson’s plays in its intimate 110-seat Marion Huber Theater.

The cast of King Hedley II includes Brittany Bellizeare (Tonya), Harvy Blanks (Elmore), Brian D. Coats (Stool Pigeon), Elain Graham(Ruby), Charlie Hudson III (Mister), and Blake Morris (King Hedley II).

The creative team includes scenic designer Michael Carnahan, costume designer Karen Perry, lighting designer Kathy A. Perkins, sound designer Kay Richardson, and hair & wig designer Erin Hicks. The fight direction is by UnkleDave’s Fight-House, the casting is by Heidi Griffiths & Kate Murray, and the stage manager is Laura Wilson.

Elain Graham (Ruby) in August Wilson's King Hedley II at Two River Theater. Photo Credit: T. Charles Erickson
Elain Graham (Ruby) in August Wilson’s King Hedley II at Two River Theater. Photo Credit: T. Charles Erickson
Charlie Hudson III (Mister) and Brian D. Coats (Stool Pigeon) in August Wilson's King Hedley II at Two River Theater. Photo Credit: T. Charles Erickson
Charlie Hudson III (Mister) and Brian D. Coats (Stool Pigeon) in August Wilson’s King Hedley II at Two River Theater. Photo Credit: T. Charles Erickson
 Brittany Bellizeare (Tonya) in August Wilson’s King Hedley II at Two River Theater. Photo Credit: T. Charles Erickson
Brittany Bellizeare (Tonya) in August Wilson’s King Hedley II at Two River Theater. Photo Credit: T. Charles Erickson
 Blake Morris (King Hedley II) in August Wilson's King Hedley II at Two River Theater. Photo Credit: T. Charles Erickson
Blake Morris (King Hedley II) in August Wilson’s King Hedley II at Two River Theater. Photo Credit: T. Charles Erickson
 Blake Morris (King Hedley II) and Harvy Blanks (Elmore) in August Wilson's King Hedley II at Two River Theater. Photo Credit: T. Charles Erickson
Blake Morris (King Hedley II) and Harvy Blanks (Elmore) in August Wilson’s King Hedley II at Two River Theater. Photo Credit: T. Charles Erickson

Production Photos: Reeve Carney, André De Shields, Amber Gray, Eva Noblezada, Patrick Page and More in HADESTOWN at National Theatre

André De Shields as Hermes in HADESTOWN. Photo by Helen Maybanks

Following record-breaking runs at New York Theatre Workshop and Canada’s Citadel Theatre, Hadestown opens at the National Theatre on November 13.

André De Shields as Hermes in HADESTOWN. Photo by Helen Maybanks
André De Shields as Hermes in HADESTOWN. Photo by Helen Maybanks

In the warmth of summertime, songwriter Orpheus and his muse Eurydice are living it up and falling in love. But as winter approaches, reality sets in: these young dreamers can’t survive on songs alone. Tempted by the promise of plenty, Eurydice is lured to the depths of industrial Hadestown. On a quest to save her, Orpheus journeys to the underworld where their trust in each other is put to a final test.

André De Shields as Hermes and the company in HADESTOWN. Photo by Helen Maybanks
André De Shields as Hermes and the company in HADESTOWN. Photo by Helen Maybanks

The cast includes Sharif Afifi, Reeve Carney, André De Shields, Rosie Fletcher, Amber Gray, Beth Hinton-Lever, Carly Mercedes Dyer, Eva Noblezada, Seyi Omooba, Gloria Onitiri, Patrick Page, Aiesha Pease, Joseph Prouse, Jordan Shaw and Shaq Taylor.

André De Shields as Hermes and Patrick Page as Hades in HADESTOWN. Photo by Helen Maybanks
André De Shields as Hermes and Patrick Page as Hades in HADESTOWN. Photo by Helen Maybanks

Directed by Rachel Chavkin, with set design by Rachel Hauck, costume design by Michael Krass, lighting design by Bradley King, sound design by Nevin Steinberg and Jessica Paz, choreography by David Neumann, musical direction and vocal arrangements by Liam Robinson, orchestrations and arrangements by Michael Chorneyand Todd Sickafoose, with Ken Cerniglia as dramaturg.

Eva Noblezada. Photo Credit: Helen Maybanks
Eva Noblezada. Photo Credit: Helen Maybanks
Amber Gray. Photo Credit: Helen Maybanks
Amber Gray. Photo Credit: Helen Maybanks
Eva Noblezada, Carly Mercedes Dyer, Gloria Onitiri, Rosie Fletcher. Photo Credit: Helen Maybanks
Eva Noblezada, Carly Mercedes Dyer, Gloria Onitiri, Rosie Fletcher. Photo Credit: Helen Maybanks
Carly Mercedes Dyer, Gloria Onitiri, Rosie Fletcher. Photo Credit: Helen Maybanks
Carly Mercedes Dyer, Gloria Onitiri, Rosie Fletcher. Photo Credit: Helen Maybanks
Amber Gray and Nathaniel Cross. Photo Credit: Helen Maybanks
Amber Gray and Nathaniel Cross. Photo Credit: Helen Maybanks
Eva Noblezada and Reeve Carney. Photo Credit: Helen Maybanks
Eva Noblezada and Reeve Carney. Photo Credit: Helen Maybanks

Dr. H.M. Agnes Hsu-Tang, Jim Dale and Arthur Levine to be Honored at New-York Historical Society’s Annual History Makers Gala on November 6

The New-York Historical Society will present the 2018 History Makers Award to world-renowned entertainer and celebrated Harry Potter audiobook voice actor Jim Dale at its annual History Makers Gala, in recognition of the exhibition Harry Potter: A History of Magic, now on view at New-York Historical. The gala will take place on November 6, 2018, at 583 Park. Harry Potter editor Arthur A. Levine will receive the New-York Historical Society Distinguished Service Award, and New-York Historical Trustee Dr. H.M. Agnes Hsu-Tang will receive the New-York Historical Society Medal of Merit for Public Engagement.


“This is truly a magical year at New-York Historical, and it is an honor to recognize this trio of honorees who have been so instrumental in the world of Harry Potter as well as to the exhibition Harry Potter: A History of Magic,” said Dr. Louise Mirrer, president and CEO of New-York Historical. “Jim Dale’s outstanding international career, including voicing all the Harry Potter audiobooks, has delighted generations of fans. The course of children’s literature was forever altered when Arthur A. Levine single-handedly introduced J.K. Rowling to American audiences. H.M. Agnes Hsu-Tang’s impact on New-York Historical—as a member of our board and as a supporter of our exhibitions—is immeasurable, along with her scholarship and guidance regarding the ancient oracle bones that are featured in Harry Potter: A History of Magic.”

The funds raised at the History Makers Gala benefit education programs at New-York Historical that serve more than 200,000 New York City public school students. Past recipients of the History Makers Award include William J. Bratton and Rikki Klieman (2017), Ken Burns and Ric Burns (2016), Ron Chernow and Lin-Manuel Miranda (2015), Hillary Clinton (2014), David Petraeus (2013), Wynton Marsalis and Walter Isaacson (2012), and Henry Kissinger (2011), among others.

What Annual History Makers Gala
When Tuesday, November 6, 2018
Cocktails: 6 pm | Dinner and Program: 7 pm
Where Annual History Makers Gala
Tickets $1,250 Illusionist Ticket
$2,500 Professor Ticket
$5,000 Oracle Ticket
$12,500 Sorcerer’s Table
$25,000 Vice Chair Table
$50,000 Co-Chair Table
$100,000 Chairman’s Table

For more information or to purchase tickets, contact: 212-744-0799 or barbi@barbizakinevents.com.

2018 Honorees
As an actor, singer, dancer, author, lyricist, comedian, narrator, and raconteur, Jim Dale is one of the world’s great stage entertainers. He has recorded all seven Harry Potter books for the U.S. and Canadian market, creating more than 200 different character voices and winning two Grammy Awards. For his stage work, he earned a Tony Award for Best Actor for his role in Barnum, and he was honored by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II with the Member of the Order of the British Empire for his contribution to education.

Children’s book editor and founder of Arthur A. Levine Books, Arthur A. Levine’s determination to bring a diverse selection of “The Best of the World’s Literature for Young People” to American readers has been the guiding principle of his career. He famously took a chance on an author named Joanne Rowling in 1997. It was through Arthur A. Levine Books that Scholastic purchased the U.S. publication rights to Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, released in the United States as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone20 years ago.

H.M. Agnes Hsu-Tang. Photo by Lia Chang
Dr. H.M. Agnes Hsu-Tang. Photo by Lia Chang

H.M. Agnes Hsu-Tang chairs New-York Historical’s Exhibitions Committee and serves as a member of its Board of Trustees. She is an archaeologist and an acting faculty director at Columbia University and an international cultural heritage policy advisor, having conducted fieldwork in Central Asia, including three UNESCO missions to Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, and Western China. Dr. Hsu-Tang has provided critical research and guidance on the oldest artifacts on view in the exhibition Harry Potter: A History of Magic—Chinese oracle bones that are more than 3,000 years old, on loan from the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Gala chairs include Anonymous, Helen and Robert Appel, Diana and Joe DiMenna, Pam and Scott Schafler, Bernard L. Schwartz, Oscar Tang, and Leah and Michael Weisberg. Co-chairs include Norman S. Benzaquen, Ravenel B. Curry III, Elizabeth B. Dater, Buzzy Geduld, Ahuva and Martin J. Gross, Susan and Roger Hertog, Helen and Edward R. Hintz, Patricia D. Klingenstein, Paula and Tom McInerney, Suzanne Peck and Brian Friedman, Jean Margo Reid, Richard Reiss, Michelle Smith, Laurie and Sy Sternberg, Ann and Andrew Tisch, Sue Ann Weinberg, and Barbara and David Zalaznick. Vice chairs include Judy and Howard Berkowitz, Franci Blassberg and Joseph Rice, Blavatnik Family Foundation, Lois Chiles and Richard Gilder, Betsy and Ed Cohen/Arete Foundation, Shelley and Steven Einhorn, Leslie Himmel and Alan Shuch, Ruth and Sid Lapidus, Leni and Peter W. May, Joseph C. McNay, Jennifer and John Monsky, Abby and Jonathan Moses, Joan and Joel I. Picket, Donna and Marvin Schwartz, Paul E. Singer, Daria and Eric Wallach, and Anita and Byron Wien.

About the New-York Historical Society
Founded in 1804, the New-York Historical Society has a mission to explore the richly layered history of New York City, state, and the country, as well as to serve as a national forum for the discussion of issues surrounding the making and meaning of history. New-York Historical is recognized for engaging the public with deeply researched and far-ranging exhibitions, such as Alexander Hamilton: The Man Who Made Modern America; Slavery in New York; Nueva York; The Armory Show at 100: Modern Art and Revolution; Chinese American: Exclusion/InclusionSuperheroes in GothamThe Vietnam War: 1945 – 1975; and Walk This Way: Footwear from the Stuart Weitzman Collection of Historic Shoes. Supporting these exhibitions and related education programs is one of the world’s greatest collections of historical artifacts, works of American art, and other materials documenting the history of the United States and New York. New-York Historical is also home to one of the oldest, most distinguished libraries in the nation—the Patricia D. Klingenstein Library, which contains more than three million books, pamphlets, maps, newspapers, music sheets, manuscripts, prints, photographs, and architectural drawings.

This fall, New-York Historical presents Harry Potter: A History of Magic (through January 27, 2019), a British Library exhibition that captures the traditions of folklore and magic at the heart of the Harry Potter stories with centuries-old treasures including rare books, manuscripts, and magical objects from the British Library and New-York Historical Society collections as well as original material from Harry Potter publisher Scholastic and J.K. Rowling’s own archive; and Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow (through March 3, 2019), exploring the struggle for citizenship and racial equality that unfolded in the years after the Civil War.

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