Rave Theater Festival: Meet the Cast of Joshua Turchin’s THE PERFECT FIT Set for World Premiere at Teatro LaTea, August 11 – 23

The Perfect Fit, a new family musical featuring book, music and lyrics by twelve-year-old musical sensation Joshua Turchin (The Little Mermaid Live-To-Film, Forbidden Broadway Salutes Carol Channing, A Christmas Story National Tour, TrevorLive, The Pill) will be making its world premiere this Summer in a staged developmental production that will run August 11 – 23 as part of the Rave Theater Festival. Directed by Broadway veteran Garth Kravits (Drowsy Chaperone, Gettin’ the Band Back Together), The Perfect Fit will run at Teatro LaTea, at The Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center, 107 Suffolk Street, 2nd Floor in New York.In addition to Joshua Turchin, the cast ofThe Perfect Fit features Natalie Venetia Belcon (Rent, Avenue Q, Matilda, Once On This Island Broadway National Tour), Julia Haubner (Les Mis, Amalia), Swayam Bhatia (“Really Rosie,” “Succession” (HBO), J.R. Bruno (West Side Story, Book of Mormon), Carlos Orlando Carreras (On Your Feet Broadway National Tour), Grace DeAmicis (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child), Daniel Dunlow (Finian’s Rainbow-Irish Repertory Theatre, The Songs of Lerner and Loewe), Malcom Durning, Carly Gendell (School of Rock), Areo Keller, Zoe Manarel (Matilda, The Dangerous Book for Boys, An American Girl Story: Friends for Life), Jenny Mollet (The Color Purple), Courtney Faith Mormino, Lily Brooks O’Briant (Matilda, Shark Lake), Avelina Sanchez (Corner of Bitter and Sweet).

Swayam Bhatia, Joshua Turchin, Garth Kravits, Grace DeAmicis. Photo by Lia Chang

The Perfect Fit follows Alexandra, an ambitious teen actor with a powerful voice who grows concerned that she is getting too old to play a child and too young to play an adult. While auditioning for a dynamic musical, Alexandra is sabotaged by a vindictive stage parent who would do anything for her daughter to succeed. Through the love and support of her mom, sister and friends, she learns how to move past the experience. The Perfect Fit spotlights that hard work often includes twists & turn and ups & downs, but rewards in unexpected ways.

Garth Kravits, Joshua Turchin, Swayam Bhatia, Grace DiAmicis, Daniel Dunlow. Photo by Lia Chang

The Perfect Fit features choreography by Anna Noble (Carousel, The Flamingo Kid, After Midnight), Stage Management by Richard Druther (Heathers, A Christmas Story National Tour, Radio City Christmas Spectacular), scenic/costume design by Jeremy Bailey-Smith; sound design by Nina Luther and casting by Arnold J. Mungioli, CSA, Mungioli Theatricals, Inc. The Music Director is Steven Cuevas (Once On This Island, Anastasia, Kinky Boots); Music Supervisor is Eric Fotre Leach (Come From Away); Vocal Supervisor is Julia Mendelsohn.

The Perfect Fit is produced by Perfectly Theatrical, LLC, whose team has invested in Hadestown, Be More Chill, The Secret Garden, On The Town, Rock Of Ages UK, Tuck Everlasting, On Your Feet UK, and more.

Garth Kravits and Joshua Turchin. Photo by Lia Chang

Joshua Turchin (book, music & lyrics) is a 12-year-old actor, singer, composer, musician, music director, accompanist, and dancer. He plays more than 10 instruments, including piano, drums, guitar and ukulele. Most recently, he performed as Flounder in Disney’s The Little Mermaid Live-To-Film at The Hollywood Bowl, and at Trevor LIVE LA as Trevor from Trevor the Musical (Beverly Hilton). Other professional credits include Forbidden Broadway (Young Gerard), two Broadway National Tours of A Christmas Story the Musical (Randy and u/s Ralphie, Swing), Caroline or Change @ Tantrum Theater (Noah), The Pill @ LaMaMa (Young Philip), School of Rock (Broadway Promo Team) and recently worked on the developmental lab of a new Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, Unmasked. He is a regular comedy personality heard throughout the US on iHeartRadio, and his voice has been heard throughout the world on various animated series and commercials including Nick Jr., and several Broadway cast recordings and developmental works, including the upcoming movie-musical, 13 Going On 30. He is the host and creator of The Early Night Show With Joshua Turchin (@theearlynightshow), founder of Broadway Kids Jam, and musical director, accompanist and host of the (YOUNG) Broadway Series at The Green Room 42, and Switched at 54 Below.

Garth Kravits (director) is a Broadway actor, director, filmmaker, singer, songwriter, composer and musician. Kravits was last seen on Broadway in Gettin’ the Band Back Together and the original cast of the Tony Award-winning show The Drowsy Chaperone, and Off-Broadway in Smart Blonde, Old Jews Telling Jokes and The Wild Party. He has guest-starred on the television shows “30 Rock” (NBC), “Divorce” (HBO), “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (AmazonPrime), “Mr. Robot” (USA) and “Happy!” (SyFy). Kravits has written and directed dozens of short films and his award-winning film “Hide and Seek” has played in 10 festivals around the globe.

Rave Theater Festival’s inaugural year will feature 20 new shows from across the country and internationally. The festival will run August 9-25th at Teatro SEA and Teatro LaTea Theatres at The Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center (107 Suffolk Street, New York, NY 10002). Spearheaded by Tony Award-winning Broadway Producer, Ken Davenport, the festival aims to provide theatre-makers with an outlet to get their shows up on a New York stage.

Performances of The Perfect Fit are on Sunday 8/11 at 4pm; Monday 8/12 at 6pm; Sunday 8/18 at 1:30pm; Monday 8/19 at 4pm; Friday 8/23 at 7pm.

The running time is approximately 110 minutes with no intermission. The show is recommended for children 4 and older.

Tickets are $25-$35 and can be purchased online.

Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits. Photo by 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 is also an internationally published and exhibited photographer, a multi-platform journalist, and a publicist. 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 and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.

All text, graphics, articles & photographs: © 2000-2019 Lia Chang Multimedia. All rights reserved. All materials contained on this site are protected by United States copyright law and may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, displayed, published or broadcast without the prior written permission of Lia Chang. You may not alter or remove any trademark, copyright or other notice from copies of the content. For permission, please contact Lia at liachangpr@gmail.com

Leslie Uggams, Kamilah Forbes, Pearl Cleage, Michele Shay, Art Evans, Marjorie Moon, Thembi Mtshali, Roscoe Orman, Frenchie La’Vern, Xavier Pierce, James V. Thomas, Femi Sarah Heggie, Idris Ackamoor, Herman LeVern Thompson-Jones, Rhodessa Jones, Dr. Elwanda Ingram and Black Spectrum Theatre Company Will Be Honored at the 2019 National Black Theatre Festival on July 29

The National Black Theatre Festival® (NBTF) will take place from Monday, July 29th – Saturday, August 3rd. The NCBRC is celebrating its 40th anniversary, while the NBTF celebrates its 30th. For additional information and a schedule of events, visit www.nbtf.org. Congrats to all of the 2019 National Black Theatre Festival honorees who will be feted at the Gala in Winston-Salem on July 29.

2019 NATIONAL BLACK THEATRE FESTIVAL® HONOREES
Sidney Poitier Lifelong Achievement Award
Leslie Uggams
Leslie Uggams
 
Larry Leon Hamlin Producer Award
Kamilah Forbes
Kamilah Forbes. Photo by Lia Chang
August Wilson Playwright Award
Pearl Cleage
Pearl Cleage
Lloyd Richards Director Award
Michele Shay
Living Legend Award
Art Evans ● Marjorie Moon
Thembi Mtshali ● Roscoe Orman
Outstanding Achievement in Costume Design
Frenchie La’Vern
Outstanding Achievement in Lighting Design
Xavier Pierce
Outstanding Achievement in Scenic Design
 James V. Thomas
Outstanding Achievement in Stage Management
 Femi Sarah Heggie
Theatre Longevity Award
Black Spectrum Theatre Company
New York, NY
Special Recognition Award
Idris Ackamoor ● Herman LeVern Thompson-Jones
Rhodessa Jones
Marvtastic Philanthrophy Award
Branch Banking & Trust Company (BB&T)
Theatre Arts & Humanitarian Award
Dr. Elwanda Ingram
The 2019 National Black Theatre Festival will be held July 29-August 3, 2019. For more information, please visit: www.ncblackrep.org.
NBTF is the international outreach program of the North Carolina Black Repertory Company, founded by the late Larry Leon Hamlin in 1979. The Festival, also founded by Hamlin, has been held biennially since 1989. The event attracts thousands of national and international patrons, theatre professionals and scholars to Winston-Salem, North Carolina. It was named one of the Top 100 events in North America by the American Business Association. For additional information and a schedule of events, visit us online at www.nbtf.org. You may also call the festival office at (336) 723-2266, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

2019 Tony Award Winners André De Shields and Harold Wheeler Among the Celebrity Guests at National Black Theatre Festival® Gala in Winston-Salem on July 29

André De Shields Receives Harlem Week Pride 50 Award and Certificate of Recognition from the New York City Mayor’s Office

Tony and Emmy Award winner André De Shields at Gracie Mansion in New York for Harlem Week reception on July 18, 2019. Photo by Lia Chang

Prior to Thursday night’s performance of Anais Mitchell’s Hadestown, Tony and Emmy Award winner André De Shields was being honored at the annual Harlem Week kick-off reception at Gracie Mansion in New York.

Marco Carrion, Commissioner of New York City’s Community Affairs Unit, Tony and Emmy Award winner André De Shields and Harlem Week Vice Chairman Voza Rivers at Harlem Week reception at Gracie Mansion in New York on July 18, 2019. Photo by Lia Chang
Tony and Emmy Award winner André De Shields with Former Mayor David Dinkins at Harlem Week kick-off reception at Gracie Mansion in New York on July 18, 2019. Photo by Lia Chang

This year’s Harlem Week theme is “Our Local History Creates A Global Impact.” Harlem Week is celebrating its 45th anniversary year from July 28 – August 31, 2019 and is joining forces with the City of Memphis for its bicentennial anniversary celebrating “A New Century of Soul.”  Click here for more information on Harlem Week.

Fox5-TV reporter Antwan Lewis greets Tony and Emmy Award winner André De Shields at Gracie Mansion on July 18, 2019 in New York City as Harlem, New York City and New York State honor Memphis’ 200th Anniversary celebrating “A New Century Of Soul” between two iconic communities during Harlem Week kick-off reception. Photo by Lia Chang

Fox 5 News reporter Antwan Lewis welcomed Mr. De Shields to the stage praising his incredible cultural contributions and ongoing commitment to service in the LGBTQ community.

Tony and Emmy Award winner André De Shields accepts his awards at Gracie Mansion on July 18, 2019 in New York City as Harlem, New York City And New York State honor Memphis’ 200th Anniversary celebrating “A New Century Of Soul” between two iconic communities. Photo by Lia Chang

Mr. De Shields received the inaugural Harlem Week Pride 50 Award and a Certificate of Recognition from the New York City Mayor’s Office which cited, “On the occasion of the Harlem Week reception at Gracie Mansion, for your contributions to the cultural landscape of the five boroughs, as a multi-talented and award-winning performer, you have enriched our vibrant theater community and uplifted and inspired diverse New Yorkers. You have also empowered the next generation of artists through your work as an educator. I am pleased to join with The Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce in applauding your achievements and wishing you continued success together, we are forging a brighter, more inclusive future for all.” -Bill de Blasio, Mayor

Tony and Emmy Award winner André De Shields accepts his awards at Gracie Mansion on July 18, 2019 in New York City as Harlem, New York City And New York State honor Memphis’ 200th Anniversary celebrating “A New Century Of Soul” between two iconic communities. Photo by Lia Chang
Tony and Emmy Award winner André De Shields accepts his awards at Gracie Mansion on July 18, 2019 in New York City as Harlem, New York City And New York State honor Memphis’ 200th Anniversary celebrating “A New Century Of Soul” between two iconic communities. Photo by Lia Chang
Tony and Emmy Award winner André De Shields accepts his awards at Gracie Mansion on July 18, 2019 in New York City as Harlem, New York City and New York State honor Memphis’ 200th Anniversary celebrating “A New Century Of Soul” between two iconic communities. Photo by Lia Chang
Antwan Lewis (Fox5-TV), Irene Gandy, André De Shields and Melissa Browne, Executive Director, Mayor’s Office of Special Projects and Community Events at Gracie Mansion on July 18, 2019 in New York City as Harlem, New York City and New York State honor Memphis’ 200th Anniversary celebrating “A New Century Of Soul” between two iconic communities. Photo by Lia Chang
Antwan Lewis (Fox5-TV), Irene Gandy, André De Shields and Melissa Browne, Executive Director, Mayor’s Office of Special Projects and Community Events at Gracie Mansion on July 18, 2019 in New York City as Harlem, New York City and New York State honor Memphis’ 200th Anniversary celebrating “A New Century Of Soul” between two iconic communities. Photo by Lia Chang
Tony and Emmy Award winner André De Shields accepts his Certificate of Recognition from Melissa Browne, Executive Director, Mayor’s Office of Special Projects and Community Events as Harlem, New York City And New York State honor Memphis’ 200th Anniversary celebrating “A New Century Of Soul” between two iconic communities at Gracie Mansion on July 18, 2019 in New York City. Photo by Lia Chang
Antwan Lewis (Fox5-TV), Voza Rivers, André De Shields, Joyous Pierce (Harlem Week Scholarship recipient) and Irene Gandy (Harlem Week Board Member) pose onstage as Harlem, New York City And New York State honor Memphis’ 200th Anniversary celebrating “A New Century Of Soul” between two iconic communities at Gracie Mansion on July 18, 2019 in New York City. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang

In a career spanning fifty years, André De Shields has distinguished himself as an unparalleled actor, director and educator. Mr. De Shields is the triple crown winner of the 2019 Awards Season, having won the prestigious Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk and Tony Awards in the category of Best Actor in a Featured Role for his performance as Hermes, Messenger To the Gods in Hadestown, which won as Best Musical. His other numerous accolades include the 2019 Actors’ Equity Foundation’s Richard Seff Award, honoring best performances by a veteran male and female actor, the 2018 Off Broadway Alliance Legend Award, the 2009 National Black Theatre Festival’s Living Legend Award, the 2007 Village Voice OBIE Award for Sustained Excellence of Performance, and eight AUDELCO Awards for Outstanding Performance, Direction and Choreography. He continues to be consistently acclaimed for his show stopping performances in four legendary Broadway musicals: The Full Monty (Tony Nomination), Play On! (Tony Nomination), Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Emmy Award) and The Wiz (Title Role). Mr. De Shields is proud a member of AEA, SAG-AFTRA and SDC. www.andredeshields.com

André De Shields receives the the inaugural Harlem Week Pride 50 Award as Harlem, New York City and New York State honor Memphis’ 200th Anniversary celebrating “A New Century Of Soul” between two iconic communities at Gracie Mansion on July 18, 2019 in New York City. Photo by Lia Chang
Tony and Emmy Award winner André De Shields receives the the inaugural Harlem Week Pride 50 Award and Certificate of Recognition from the New York Mayor’s Office at Harlem Week reception at Gracie Mansion in New York on July 18, 2019. Photo by Lia Chang
Lloyd Willams, President and CEO of The Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce (GHCC) and honoreé André De Shields at Gracie Mansion in New York on July 18, 2019. Photo by Lia Chang
Antwan Lewis (Fox5-TV), Michelle Scott (GHCC Board member), Tony and Emmy Award winner André De Shields, Irene Gandy, Harlem Week Board member and Marco Carrion, Commissioner of New York City’s Community Affairs Unit at Gracie Mansion in New York on July 18, 2019. Photo by Lia Chang
Antwan Lewis (Fox5-TV), Barbara Burwell (GHCC Board member), Tony and Emmy Award winner André De Shields, Patricia Ricketts (GHCC Board member), Marco Carrion, Commissioner of New York City’s Community Affairs Unit, Joyous Pierce (Recipient of Harlem Week Scholarship). Photo by Lia Chang

About HARLEM WEEK
HARLEM WEEK is an annual celebration of the best of Harlem which works to promote its rich African-American, African, Caribbean, Hispanic and European history, as well as arts, culture, religion, business, entertainment and sports.  HARLEM WEEK began in 1974 as HARLEM DAY, a one day event of encouragement and fellowship in Harlem for New Yorkers.  Given the huge success of the celebration, additional days were added to showcase the community’s rich economic, political and cultural history. HARLEM WEEK now offers over 110 events throughout the summer to over 2 million attendees, including participants and visitors from around the world.

André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang

HADESTOWN Celebrates 100th Broadway Performance; Tony Award Winner André De Shields Takes Party to Street When Blackout Engulfs Midtown Manhattan 

Photo Flash: André De Shields Receives Certificate Of Recognition From The New York City Mayor’s Office and Harlem Week Pride 50 Award

Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits. Photo by 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 is also an internationally published and exhibited photographer, a multi-platform journalist, and a publicist. 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 and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.

All text, graphics, articles & photographs: © 2000-2019 Lia Chang Multimedia. All rights reserved. All materials contained on this site are protected by United States copyright law and may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, displayed, published or broadcast without the prior written permission of Lia Chang. You may not alter or remove any trademark, copyright or other notice from copies of the content. For permission, please contact Lia at liachangpr@gmail.com

Avelina Sanchez Set for FEINSTEIN’S/54 BELOW Debut in Growing Up Broadway in Now and Then: Current AND Former Broadway Kids Take the Stage! on July 20

FEINSTEIN’S/54 BELOW, Broadway’s Supper Club, presents Growing Up Broadway in Now and Then: Current AND Former Broadway Kids Take the Stage! on Saturday, July 20th at 9:30 PM. Produced and conceived by former Broadway kid, Dara Paige Bloomfield and musical direction by Ben Boeker.

Avelina Sanchez. Photo by Lia Chang

This is the FEINSTEIN’S/54 BELOW debut of Avelina Sanchez, who will be featured in the Rave Theater Festival’s production of Joshua Turchin’s The Perfect Fit at Teatro LaTea, August 11 -23. She recently starred in the developmental reading of Lainie Sakakura (producer/book) and Paul Fujimoto’s (music/lyrics) CORNER OF BITTER AND SWEET, a musical adaptation of The New York Times Best Selling novel, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford.

This all-star cast also includes:

  • Alexander Bello (All My Sons)
  • Dara Paige Bloomfield (Ragtime, Founder of Growing Up Broadway)
  • Sydney Chan (The King and I National Tour)
  • Grace DeAmicis (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child)
  • Olivia DeAmicis (“Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings” on Netflix)
  • Bret Fox (A Christmas Carol at Madison Square Garden, The Full Monty National Tour)
  • Ellis Gage (James & the Giant Peach World Premiere)
  • Carly Gendell (School of Rock)
  • Gianna Harris (School of Rock National Tour)
  • Kaylin Hedges (Annie at the Hollywood Bowl)
  • Annabelle Kempf (Billy Elliot)
  • Emily Klein (Parade, The Sound of Music National Tour)
  • Cassidy Ladden (Annie, Annie Get Your Gun)
  • Julian Lerner (Les Miserables National Tour)
  • Jaclyn Neidenthal (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang)
  • Evan Jay Newman (A Christmas Carol at Madison Square Garden, The Capeman, Beauty and the Beast, Les Miserables)
  • Kara Oates (Mary Poppins)
  • Nirvaan Pal (School of Rock)
  • Levi Smith (A Bronx Tale, A Christmas Story National Tour)
  • Joshua Turchin (Little Mermaid at the Hollywood Bowl, Trevor: Live, A Christmas Story National Tour

Growing Up Broadway in Now and Then: Current and Former Broadway Kids Take the Stage! plays Feinstein’s/54 Below (254 West 54th Street) on Saturday, July 20th, 2019 at 9:30 PM. There is a $30-$40 cover charge and $25 food and beverage minimum. Tickets and information are available at www.54Below.com. Tickets on the day of performance after 4:00 are only available by calling (646) 476-3551.

Rave Theater Festival: 12-Year-Old Composer Joshua Turchin And Broadway Vet Garth Kravits Bridge Generations With THE PERFECT FIT at Teatro LaTea August 11 – 23 

Avelina Sanchez, Joshua Turchin and More Set for (YOUNG) Broadway Series at The Green Room 42 on April 21 

Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits. Photo by 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 is also an internationally published and exhibited photographer, a multi-platform journalist, and a publicist. 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 and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.

All text, graphics, articles & photographs: © 2000-2019 Lia Chang Multimedia. All rights reserved. All materials contained on this site are protected by United States copyright law and may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, displayed, published or broadcast without the prior written permission of Lia Chang. You may not alter or remove any trademark, copyright or other notice from copies of the content. For permission, please contact Lia at liachangpr@gmail.com

JELLY’S LAST JAM Opens The 2019 National Black Theatre Festival Starring Stanley Wayne Mathis, DeWitt Fleming, Jr. and Idella Johnson on July 29

The North Carolina Black Repertory Company (NC Black Rep) is presenting George C. Wolfe’s Tony Award Winning musical, Jelly’s Last Jam, and the show will be the opening night performance at the 2019 National Black Theatre Festival (NBTF). The performance will take place at the Stevens Center in downtown Winston-Salem on Monday, July 29 at 9pm following the Opening Night Celebrity Gala celebrating the 30th anniversary of the NBTF. Additional performances will run Tuesday July 30 through Saturday August 3 (no performances on Wednesday, July 31).

DeWitt Fleming, Jr.

Jelly’s Last Jam tells the story of Ferdinand Joseph La Mothe, a.k.a “Jelly Roll Morton,” the self-proclaimed “inventor of jazz.” Featuring explosive dance and an original score inspired by the best musical traditions of New Orleans, Jelly’s Last Jam explores the complexities of African-American life, while celebrating its creative genius.

Stanley Wayne Mathis

Stanley Wayne Mathis, who originated the role of “Jack the Bear” on Broadway, returns as “Chimney Man” in this production. Mathis shared, “First time in my career returning to a show where I originated a role. To explore the show through yet another character is magical. What a joy to revisit this story with a new family and to take once again this epic journey.”

Acclaimed tap dancer DeWitt Fleming, Jr. will star as Jelly Roll Morton. Fleming is thrilled to take on the iconic role stating, “To be able to play the same role as one of my biggest influences, Gregory Hines, is like a dream come true. Jelly’s Last Jam is one of those rare shows where as a performer and audience member you are completely fulfilled. The music is brilliant, the script is brilliant, and the message is timeless.”

Idella Johnson

New Orleans native, Idella Johnson, tackles the role of Anita for the second time in two years, having won a Best Actress award for her performance in Le Petit Theatre’s 2017 production of the musical. Johnson commented, “What an absolute honor it is to ‘Jam with Jelly’ again! I fell in love with Jelly Roll Morton and his story and playing Sweet Anita was a dream role of mine. I am so stoked to do it again!”

The Opening Night performance will also serve as a reunion of sorts for the Broadway production, with original cast members Keith David (Chimney Man), Tonya Pinkins (Anita), Savion Glover (Young Jelly), and Stanley Wayne Mathis (Jack the Bear), all scheduled to be in attendance.

Jelly’s Last Jam will be directed by NC Black Rep Artistic Director, Jackie Alexander, whose 2017 production of the play at Le Petit Theatre in New Orleans was awarded the city’s Big Easy Award for Best Musical of the Year. Morgan Hawkins will choreograph the show, with DeWitt Fleming, Jr. handling tap choreography. The Musical Director for the show is jazz pianist and New Orleans native Tyrone Jackson. The set design is by Patrice Davidson, with costumes by Frenchie La’Vern, and lighting by Arthur Reese.

The 2019 National Black Theatre Festival will be held July 29-August 3, 2019. For more information, please visit: www.ncblackrep.org.

Inside the CRAZY FIERCE ASIANS Concert with Billy Bustamante, Lady Celestina, Troy Iwata, Lianah Sta. Ana, Carol Angeli and More at The Green Room 42 

On Sunday night, Iris Productions and Broadway Barkada presented the CRAZY FIERCE ASIANS concert at The Green Room 42 in New York.

CRAZY FIERCE ASIANS: Jenna Lea Scott, Jim Diego, Brian Jose, Christae Chandini Evanson, EJ Zimmerman, Laura Dadap Gilmartin, Michelle Cabinian, Napat Mingkwanyuen, Lady Celestina, Billy Bustamante, Lianah Sta Ana, Carol Angeli with her son, London, Rose Van Dyne, Steven Tran, Michi Egger. Photo by Lia Chang

The concert is the latest exciting chapter of the YOUNG, GIFTED, AND BLACK series which began earlier last year in celebration of the rich cultural diversity of New York City.

Iris Productions’ Michael Hicks, Director of Outreach Olivia Griffin, Director of Production Blake Zolfo with Broadway Barkada’s co-founders Billy Bustamante and Brian Jose. Photo by Lia Chang

BROADWAY BARKADA, co-founded by Liz Casasola, Billy Bustamante, and Brian Jose in the fall of 2009, is an organization dedicated to bringing more Filipino artists to the forefront of performance and visibility. They are a  collective of professional artists whose mission is to provide a community for the Filipino artist, that CULTIVATES their talents, EDUCATES their  audiences, and ELEVATES their  global impact. www.broadwaybarkada.com

Broadway Barkada co-founder Billy Bustamante hosted the CRAZY FIERCE ASIANS concert. Photo by Lia Chang

The evening was hosted by Broadway Barkada co-founder Billy Bustamante, who also performed with Barkada co-founder Brian Jose and members Carol Angeli, Michelle Cabinian and Jim Diego.

Steven Tran, Jim Diego, Michelle Cabinian, Billy Bustamante, Iris Production’s Director of Outreach Olivia Griffin, Carol Angeli, Brian Jose. Photo by Lia Chang

Also on the bill – Be More Chill‘s Troy Iwata, New Jersey Drag Queen Lady Celestina, Napat Mingkwanyuen, Jenna Lea Scott, Rose Van Dyne and Christae Chandini Evanson, Lianah Sta Ana, EJ Zimmerman and comedienne Jes Tom. Scroll down for coverage of the night.

Check out the artists and the evening’s set list below: 

Napat Mingkwanyuen – “Do You Remember” by Pasek & Paul

Napat Mingkwanyuen. Photo by Lia Chang

Lady Celestina- “No Way” from the musical Six

Lady Celestina. Photo by Lia Chang
Lady Celestina. Photo by Lia Chang
Lady Celestina. Photo by Lia Chang

Jenna Lea Scott- “Times Like This” from Lucky Stiff

Jenna Lea Scott. Photo by Lia Chang

Rose Van Dyne/Christae Chandini Evanson “Dark I Know Well” from Spring Awakening

Rose Van Dyne and Christae Chandini Evanson. Photo by Lia Chang

Lianah Sta. Ana- “Satisfied” from Hamilton

Jes Tom- Stand Up Comedy Set

Comedienne Jes Tom. Photo by Lia Chang

Troy Iwata- “Better Version Of You”

Troy Iwata. Photo by Lia Chang

Billy Bustamante- “Your Texas” from Giant

Billy Bustamante. Photo by Lia Chang
Steven Tran, Michi Eggers, Billy Bustamante, Laura Dadap Gilmartin and Shinya Miyamoto. Photo by Lia Chang

EJ Zimmerman- “Bird Set Free” by Sia

EJ Zimmerman. Photo by Lia Chang

Broadway Barkada members Billy Bustamante, Jim Diego, Carol Angeli, Brian Jose, Michelle Cabinian – “Wait ‘Til You See What’s Next” by Jason Robert Brown

Jim Diego, Michelle Cabinian, Billy Bustamante, Carol Angeli and Brian Jose. Photo by Lia Chang

Ted Arthur served as Music Director with Steven Tran on Piano, Laura Dadap Gilmartin on Bass, Shinya Miyamoto on Drums and Michi Egger on Guitar.

Shinya Miyamoto, Laura Dadap Gilmartin, Steven Tran, Music Director Ted Arthur, Michi Egger. Photo by Lia Chang
Marc delaCruz, Lianah Sta Ana, Brian Jose and Billy Bustamante. Photo by Lia Chang
Billy Bustamante and Troy Iwata. Photo by Lia Chang
Jim Diego, Marc delaCruz, Lianah Sta. Ana, Brian Jose, Billy Bustamante, Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits
Carol Angeli, Brian Jose, Jim Diego, Sacha Iskra and Michelle Cabinian. Photo by Lia Chang
HAMILTON’s Marc delaCruz and Lianah Sta Ana. Photo by Lia Chang
Troy Iwata and Lady Celestina. Photo by Lia Chang
Brian Jose, Billy Bustamante, Lia Chang, Napat Mingkwanyuen. Photo by Garth Kravits
Carol Angeli and EJ Zimmerman. Photo by Lia Chang
Shinya Miyamoto, Michi Egger, Laura D, adap Gilmartin, Steven Tran, Jenna Lea Scott, Napat Mingkwanyuen, EJ Zimmerman, Jim Diego, Lianah Sta Ana, Carol Angeli with her son, London, Michelle Cabinian, Brian Jose, Billy Bustamante, Rose Van Dyne, Christae Chandini Evanson, Lady Celestina. Photo by Lia Chang
Front Row: Brian Jose, Lianah Sta Ana, Carol Angeli with her son, London, Jenna Lea Scott, Michi Egger, Steven Tran, Lady Celestina, Billy Bustamante, Laura Dadap Gilmartin, Michelle Cabinian, EJ Zimmerman, Shinya Miyamoto.
Back Row: Christae Chandini Evanson, Jim Diego, Rose Van Dyne, Napat Mingkwanyuen. Photo by Lia Chang
Daniel Dunlow at The Green Room 42. Photo by Lia Chang

Iris Productions is a community of working artists who prioritize diversity and inclusivity in the projects they create and commercially produce. A company dedicated to exploring where arts and media intersect and interact. Monthly Programming: “Incubate” – a community of artist/producers who come together bi-monthly to advance their passion projects, learn real-world producing skills, and connect with top-tier professionals in our field. “Interactive” – a free, casual networking event to introduce new creatives to the New York Theatre Market. www.iris.productions @IrisProdNYC

BroadwayWorld: Photo Flash: Inside The CRAZY FIERCE ASIANS Concert With Billy Bustamante, Lady Celestina, Troy Iwata And More

Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits. Photo by 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 is also an internationally published and exhibited photographer, a multi-platform journalist, and a publicist. 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 and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.

All text, graphics, articles & photographs: © 2000-2019 Lia Chang Multimedia. All rights reserved. All materials contained on this site are protected by United States copyright law and may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, displayed, published or broadcast without the prior written permission of Lia Chang. You may not alter or remove any trademark, copyright or other notice from copies of the content. For permission, please contact Lia at liachangpr@gmail.com

HADESTOWN Celebrates 100th Broadway Performance; Tony Award Winner André De Shields Takes Party to Street When Blackout Engulfs Midtown Manhattan

Hadestown, the winner of eight Tony Awards including Best Musical, celebrated 100 performances on Broadway with today’s matinee at The Walter Kerr Theatre in New York. The company gathered on the stage of the Walter Kerr to pose with their fabulous cake created by Marissa Gonzales.

The company of HADESTOWN celebrated 100 performances on the stage of The Walter Kerr Theatre in New York on July 13, 2019. Photo by Lia Chang

Update- Blackout Blues July 14, 2019 #oohitsablackout

As the cast prepared for their evening performance, Halle Kiefer of Vulture.com reported “a large power outage hit Manhattan Saturday evening, affecting parts of midtown Manhattan into the Upper West Side as of 7p.m. According to Con Edison, approximately 42,000 customers have lost power, including the paying customers attending tonight’s Broadway performances.

Rather than let their audiences shuffle home in silence, however, casts from musicals like Hadestown, Come From Away and Waitress, as well as performers who practiced all the way to Carnegie Hall, decided the show must go on and took their talents to the street.”

Tony Award winner André De Shields celebrated 100 performances on the stage of The Walter Kerr Theatre in New York on July 13, 2019. Photo by Lia Chang

Tony Award winner André De Shields and the company of Hadestown took  audience members to church singing the “Blackout Blues,” improvised on the sidewalk in front of The Walter Kerr Theatre. Check out the video below posted by cast member Kimberly Marable.

Vulture​.com: Hadestown, Waitress the Musical, Come From Away Casts Serenade the Streets During New York City Blackout 

pagesix.com: Broadway’s ‘Hadestown’ hosts impromptu show after blackout

People.com: Performers Took Broadway Musicals to the Streets During the N.Y.C. Blackout

Grammy.com: The Show Must Go On: “Hadestown” & “Waitress” Casts Take To The Streets Amid NYC Blackout

HADESTOWN's cast members T. Oliver Reid, Afra Hines, André De Shields, Khaila Wilcoxon, Tim Hughes, Jessie Shelton, John Krause, Kimberly Marable, Kay Trinidad, Jewelle Blackman, Ahmad Simmons, Malcolm Armwood and producer Mara Isaacs celebrated 100 performances on the stage of The Walter Kerr Theatre in New York on July 13, 2019. Photo by Lia Chang
HADESTOWN’s cast members T. Oliver Reid, Afra Hines, André De Shields, Khaila Wilcoxon, Tim Hughes, Jessie Shelton, John Krause, Kimberly Marable, Kay Trinidad, Jewelle Blackman, Ahmad Simmons, Malcolm Armwood and producer Mara Isaacs celebrated 100 performances on the stage of The Walter Kerr Theatre in New York on July 13, 2019. Photo by Lia Chang

Tickets are now on sale through July 5, 2020 at the Walter Kerr Theatre (219 West 48th Street) and can be purchased through Ticketmaster.com, by calling (877) 250-2929, or visiting the Kerr box office.

HADESTOWN Releases New Block of Tickets Through July 2020

The acclaimed new musical by celebrated singer-songwriter and Tony Award winner Anaïs Mitchell and developed with innovative director and Tony Award winner Rachel Chavkin is led by Outer Critics Circle Award nominee Reeve Carney, Tony Award winner André De Shields, Tony Award nominee Amber Gray, two-time Tony Award nominee Eva Noblezada, and Tony Award nominee Patrick Page. They are joined by Jewelle Blackman, Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer, and Kay Trinidad as the Fates. The Workers Chorus is played by Afra Hines, Timothy Hughes, John Krause, Kimberly Marable, and Ahmad Simmons. The full cast also includes swings Malcolm Armwood, T. Oliver Reid, Jessie Shelton, and Khaila Wilcoxon.

Front Row: HADESTOWN Choreographer David Neumann, Director Rachel Chavkin and Creator Anaïs Mitchell with the company. Photo by Lia Chang
Front Row: HADESTOWN Choreographer David Neumann, Director Rachel Chavkin and Creator Anaïs Mitchell with the company. Photo by Lia Chang

Hadestown is the most honored show of the 2018-2019 season. In addition to the show’s eight Tony Awards, it has been honored with four Drama Desk Awards, six Outer Critics Circle Awards including Outstanding New Broadway Musical and the Drama League Award for Outstanding Production of a Musical. The show is already the highest-grossing musical in the history of the Walter Kerr Theatre and continues to sell out nightly.

The company of HADESTOWN celebrated 100 performances on the stage of The Walter Kerr Theatre in New York on July 13, 2019. The cake was created by Marissa Gonzales. Photo by Lia Chang

Hadestown marks the first time in over a decade that a woman has been the solo author of a musical: writing the music, lyrics, and book, and is the fourth time in Broadway history a woman has accomplished this creative feat. The show originated as Mitchell’s indie theater project that toured Vermont which she then turned into an acclaimed album. With Chavkin, her artistic collaborator, Hadestown has been transformed into a genre-defying new musical that blends modern American folk music with New Orleans-inspired jazz to reimagine a sweeping ancient tale.

The company of HADESTOWN celebrated 100 performances on the stage of The Walter Kerr Theatre in New York on July 13, 2019. The cake was created by Marissa Gonzales. Photo by Lia Chang

Following two intertwining love stories – that of young dreamers Orpheus and Eurydice, and that of King Hades and his wife Persephone – Hadestown invites audiences on a hell-raising journey to the underworld and back. Mitchell’s beguiling melodies and Chavkin’s poetic imagination pit industry against nature, doubt against faith, and fear against love. Performed by a vibrant ensemble of actors, dancers, and singers, Hadestown delivers a deeply resonant and defiantly hopeful theatrical experience.

The creative team for Broadway features Tony Award winner Rachel Hauck (set design); four-time Tony Award nominee Michael Krass (costume design); two-time Tony Award winner Bradley King (lighting design); Tony Award winners Nevin Steinberg and Jessica Paz (sound design); Chita Rivera Award winner and three-time Bessie Award winner David Neumann (choreography); Liam Robinson (music direction and vocal arrangements); Tony Award winners Michael Chorney and Todd Sickafoose (arrangements and orchestrations); Ken Cerniglia (dramaturgy); and Stewart/Whitley (casting).

Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits. Photo by 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 is also an internationally published and exhibited photographer, a multi-platform journalist, and a publicist. 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 and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.

All text, graphics, articles & photographs: © 2000-2019 Lia Chang Multimedia. All rights reserved. All materials contained on this site are protected by United States copyright law and may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, displayed, published or broadcast without the prior written permission of Lia Chang. You may not alter or remove any trademark, copyright or other notice from copies of the content. For permission, please contact Lia at liachangpr@gmail.com

Rave Theater Festival: 12-Year-Old Composer Joshua Turchin And Broadway Vet Garth Kravits Bridge Generations With THE PERFECT FIT at Teatro LaTea August 11 – 23

The Perfect Fit, a new family musical featuring book, music and lyrics by twelve-year-old musical sensation Joshua Turchin (The Little Mermaid Live-To-Film, Forbidden Broadway Salutes Carol Channing, A Christmas Story National Tour, TrevorLive, The Pill) will be making its world premiere this Summer in a staged developmental production that will run August 11 – 23 as part of the Rave Theater Festival. Directed by Broadway veteran Garth Kravits (Drowsy Chaperone, Gettin’ the Band Back Together), The Perfect Fit will run at Teatro LaTea, at The Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center, 107 Suffolk Street, 2nd Floor in New York.

Swayam Bhatia, Joshua Turchin, Garth Kravits, Grace DeAmicis. Photo by Lia Chang

In addition to Joshua Turchin, the cast of The Perfect Fit features Natalie Venetia Belcon (Rent, Avenue Q, Matilda, Once On This Island Broadway National Tour), Julia Haubner (Les Mis, Amalia), Swayam Bhatia (“Really Rosie,” “Succession” (HBO), J.R. Bruno (West Side Story, Book of Mormon), Carlos Orlando Carreras (On Your Feet Broadway National Tour), Grace DeAmicis (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child), Daniel Dunlow (Finian’s Rainbow-Irish Repertory Theatre, The Songs of Lerner and Loewe), Malcom Durning, Carly Gendell (School of Rock), Areo Keller, Zoe Manarel (Matilda, The Dangerous Book for Boys, An American Girl Story: Friends for Life), Jenny Mollet (The Color Purple), Courtney Faith Mormino, Lily Brooks O’Briant (Matilda, Shark Lake), Avelina Sanchez (Corner of Bitter and Sweet).

Garth Kravits, Joshua Turchin, Swayam Bhatia, Grace DiAmicis, Daniel Dunlow. Photo by Lia Chang

The Perfect Fit follows Alexandra, an ambitious teen actor with a powerful voice who grows concerned that she is getting too old to play a child and too young to play an adult. While auditioning for a dynamic musical, Alexandra is sabotaged by a vindictive stage parent who would do anything for her daughter to succeed. Through the love and support of her mom, sister and friends, she learns how to move past the experience. The Perfect Fit spotlights that hard work often includes twists & turn and ups & downs, but rewards in unexpected ways.

The Perfect Fit features choreography by Anna Noble (Carousel, The Flamingo Kid, After Midnight), Stage Management by Richard Druther (Heathers, A Christmas Story National Tour, Radio City Christmas Spectacular), scenic/costume design by Jeremy Bailey-Smith; sound design by Nina Luther and casting by Arnold J. Mungioli, CSA, Mungioli Theatricals, Inc. The Music Director is Steven Cuevas (Once On This Island, Anastasia, Kinky Boots); Music Supervisor is Eric Fotre Leach (Come From Away); Vocal Supervisor is Julia Mendelsohn.

The Perfect Fit is produced by Perfectly Theatrical, LLC, whose team has invested in Hadestown, Be More Chill, The Secret Garden, On The Town, Rock Of Ages UK, Tuck Everlasting, On Your Feet UK, and more.

Garth Kravits and Joshua Turchin. Photo by Lia Chang

Joshua Turchin (book, music & lyrics) is a 12-year-old actor, singer, composer, musician, music director, accompanist, and dancer. He plays more than 10 instruments, including piano, drums, guitar and ukulele. Most recently, he performed as Flounder in Disney’s The Little Mermaid Live-To-Film at The Hollywood Bowl, and at Trevor LIVE LA as Trevor from Trevor the Musical (Beverly Hilton). Other professional credits include Forbidden Broadway (Young Gerard), two Broadway National Tours of A Christmas Story the Musical (Randy and u/s Ralphie, Swing), Caroline or Change @ Tantrum Theater (Noah), The Pill @ LaMaMa (Young Philip), School of Rock (Broadway Promo Team) and recently worked on the developmental lab of a new Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, Unmasked. He is a regular comedy personality heard throughout the US on iHeartRadio, and his voice has been heard throughout the world on various animated series and commercials including Nick Jr., and several Broadway cast recordings and developmental works, including the upcoming movie-musical, 13 Going On 30. He is the host and creator of The Early Night Show With Joshua Turchin (@theearlynightshow), founder of Broadway Kids Jam, and musical director, accompanist and host of the (YOUNG) Broadway Series at The Green Room 42, and Switched at 54 Below.

Garth Kravits (director) is a Broadway actor, director, filmmaker, singer, songwriter, composer and musician. Kravits was last seen on Broadway in Gettin’ the Band Back Together and the original cast of the Tony Award-winning show The Drowsy Chaperone, and Off-Broadway in Smart Blonde, Old Jews Telling Jokes and The Wild Party. He has guest-starred on the television shows “30 Rock” (NBC), “Divorce” (HBO), “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (AmazonPrime), “Mr. Robot” (USA) and “Happy!” (SyFy). Kravits has written and directed dozens of short films and his award-winning film “Hide and Seek” has played in 10 festivals around the globe.

Rave Theater Festival’s inaugural year will feature 20 new shows from across the country and internationally. The festival will run August 9-25th at Teatro SEA and Teatro LaTea Theatres at The Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center (107 Suffolk Street, New York, NY 10002). Spearheaded by Tony Award-winning Broadway Producer, Ken Davenport, the festival aims to provide theatre-makers with an outlet to get their shows up on a New York stage.

Performances of The Perfect Fit are on Sunday 8/11 at 4pm; Monday 8/12 at 6pm; Sunday 8/18 at 1:30pm; Monday 8/19 at 4pm; Friday 8/23 at 7pm.

The running time is approximately 110 minutes with no intermission. The show is recommended for children 4 and older.

Tickets are $25-$35 and can be purchased online.

Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits. Photo by 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 is also an internationally published and exhibited photographer, a multi-platform journalist, and a publicist. 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 and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.

All text, graphics, articles & photographs: © 2000-2019 Lia Chang Multimedia. All rights reserved. All materials contained on this site are protected by United States copyright law and may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, displayed, published or broadcast without the prior written permission of Lia Chang. You may not alter or remove any trademark, copyright or other notice from copies of the content. For permission, please contact Lia at liachangpr@gmail.com

Carol Angeli, Brian Jose, Lianah Sta Ana, EJ Zimmerman and Michelle Cabinian Join Billy Bustamante, Troy Iwata, Lady Celestina, Rose Van Dyne and More for CRAZY FIERCE ASIANS Concert at Green Room 42 on July 14

CRAZY FIERCE ASIANS Concert Comes to Green Room 42Green Room 42 will present CRAZY FIERCE ASIANS, the next exciting chapter of the YOUNG, GIFTED, AND BLACK series started earlier last year in celebration of the rich cultural diversity of New York City. On Sunday, July 14th at 7:00 PM, join artists from all walks of life to raise up the vibrant talents and stories of the Asian American Community.

Originally conceived by Iris Productions, the creatives have now partnered with Broadway Barkada, a Filipino organization dedicated to bringing more Filipino artists to the forefront of performance and visibility.

The evening will feature singers from Broadway and top-billed entertainers from around the tri-state area – Broadway Veteran Billy Bustamante (Soft Power, Miss Saigon), Troy Iwata (Be More Chill), New Jersey Drag Queen Lady Celestina, Rose Van Dyne (Spring Awakening, Argyle Theatre), Carol Angeli (Miss Saigon), Brian Jose (Miss Saigon), Jenna Lea Scott, Christae Chandini Evanson, Lianah Sta Ana (Miss Saigon), Napat Mingkwanyuen, EJ Zimmerman (Les Mis), Michelle Cabinian and Jim Diego.

Michelle Cabinian, Jim Diego, Brian Jose and Carol Angeli.

The band includes Ted Arthur on Piano, Laura Dadap Gilmartin on Bass, Shinya Miyamoto on Drums and Michi Egger on Guitar.

Tickets start at $20 and no food/beverage minimum. Click here for tickets and information.

BROADWAY BARKADA was co-founded by Liz Casasola, Billy Bustamante, and Brian Jose in the fall of 2009. We are a collective of professional artists whose mission is to provide a community for the Filipino artist, that CULTIVATES our talents, EDUCATES our audiences, and ELEVATES our global impact.

Broadway Barkada co-founders Brian Jose, Liz Casasola and Billy Bustamante. Photo by Lia Chang
Broadway Barkada co-founders Brian Jose, Liz Casasola and Billy Bustamante. Photo by Lia Chang

Iris Productions is a community of working artists who prioritize diversity and inclusivity in the projects they create and commercially produce. A company dedicated to exploring where arts and media intersect and interact. Monthly Programming: “Incubate” – a community of artist/producers who come together bi-monthly to advance their passion projects, learn real-world producing skills, and connect with top-tier professionals in our field. “Interactive” – a free, casual networking event to introduce new creatives to the New York Theatre Market. www.iris.productions @IrisProdNYC

The Green Room 42 is Broadway’s newest urban entertainment cabaret club, that since its opening on Valentine’s day has featured Broadway names like Alice Ripley, Telly Leung, Josh Groban, Eva Noblezada, Lillias White, James Snyder, The Skivvies (Lauren Molina & Nick Cearley), Matt Doyle, Constantine Maroulis, and many more. Located on the fourth floor of YOTEL NYC, The Green Room 42 boasts a funky new vibe, and no food or beverage minimum– opening up the cabaret industry to an affordable, relaxed atmosphere, perfect for theatre people and theatre fans alike.

Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits. Photo by 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 is also an internationally published and exhibited photographer, a multi-platform journalist, and a publicist. 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 and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.

All text, graphics, articles & photographs: © 2000-2019 Lia Chang Multimedia. All rights reserved. All materials contained on this site are protected by United States copyright law and may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, displayed, published or broadcast without the prior written permission of Lia Chang. You may not alter or remove any trademark, copyright or other notice from copies of the content. For permission, please contact Lia at liachangpr@gmail.com

HADESTOWN Releases New Block of Tickets Through July 2020

Front Row: HADESTOWN Choreographer David Neumann, Director Rachel Chavkin and Creator Anaïs Mitchell with the company. Photo by Lia Chang

Tickets for Hadestown, the winner of eight Tony Awards including Best Musical, are now on sale through July 5, 2020 at the Walter Kerr Theatre (219 West 48th Street).

Front Row: HADESTOWN Choreographer David Neumann, Director Rachel Chavkin and Creator Anaïs Mitchell with the company. Photo by Lia Chang
Front Row: HADESTOWN Choreographer David Neumann, Director Rachel Chavkin and Creator Anaïs Mitchell with the company. Photo by Lia Chang

Tickets can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com, by calling (877) 250-2929, or visiting the Kerr box office.

The acclaimed new musical by celebrated singer-songwriter and Tony Award winner Anaïs Mitchell and developed with innovative director and Tony Award winner Rachel Chavkin is led by Outer Critics Circle Award nominee Reeve Carney, Tony Award winner André De Shields, Tony Award nominee Amber Gray, two-time Tony Award nominee Eva Noblezada, and Tony Award nominee Patrick Page. They are joined by Jewelle Blackman, Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer, and Kay Trinidad as the Fates. The Workers Chorus is played by Afra Hines, Timothy Hughes, John Krause, Kimberly Marable, and Ahmad Simmons. The full cast also includes swings Malcolm Armwood, T. Oliver Reid, Jessie Shelton, and Khaila Wilcoxon.

Hadestown is the most honored show of the 2018-2019 season. In addition to the show’s eight Tony Awards, it has been honored with four Drama Desk Awards, six Outer Critics Circle Awards including Outstanding New Broadway Musical and the Drama League Award for Outstanding Production of a Musical. The show is already the highest-grossing musical in the history of the Walter Kerr Theatre (219 West 48th Street) and continues to sell out nightly.

Hadestown marks the first time in over a decade that a woman has been the solo author of a musical: writing the music, lyrics, and book, and is the fourth time in Broadway history a woman has accomplished this creative feat. The show originated as Mitchell’s indie theater project that toured Vermont which she then turned into an acclaimed album. With Chavkin, her artistic collaborator, Hadestown has been transformed into a genre-defying new musical that blends modern American folk music with New Orleans-inspired jazz to reimagine a sweeping ancient tale.

Following two intertwining love stories – that of young dreamers Orpheus and Eurydice, and that of King Hades and his wife Persephone – Hadestown invites audiences on a hell-raising journey to the underworld and back. Mitchell’s beguiling melodies and Chavkin’s poetic imagination pit industry against nature, doubt against faith, and fear against love. Performed by a vibrant ensemble of actors, dancers, and singers, Hadestown delivers a deeply resonant and defiantly hopeful theatrical experience.

The creative team for Broadway features Tony Award winner Rachel Hauck (set design); four-time Tony Award nominee Michael Krass (costume design); two-time Tony Award winner Bradley King (lighting design); Tony Award winners Nevin Steinberg and Jessica Paz (sound design); Chita Rivera Award winner and three-time Bessie Award winner David Neumann (choreography); Liam Robinson (music direction and vocal arrangements); Tony Award winnersMichael Chorney and Todd Sickafoose (arrangements and orchestrations); Ken Cerniglia (dramaturgy); and Stewart/Whitley (casting).