Tony Nominee Eva Noblezada To Perform At Kean Stage’s Enlow Recital Hall on February 1

Eva Noblezada
Eva Noblezada
Eva Noblezada. Photo by Gabriel Makake Photography

Kean Stage is presenting Tony nominee Eva Noblezada in concert at Kean University’s Enlow Recital Hall on Friday, February 1, 2019.

Patrick Page, Amber Gray, Eva Noblezada and Reeve Carney. Photo by Lia Chang
Patrick Page, Amber Gray, Eva Noblezada and Reeve Carney. Photo by Lia Chang

Ms. Noblezada is currently starring as Eurydice in Anais Mitchell’s Hadestown at the Royal National Theatre in London through January 26th.

Reeve Carney, Eva Noblezada and André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
Reeve Carney, Eva Noblezada and André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
Eva Noblezada. Photo by Lia Chang
Eva Noblezada. Photo by Lia Chang

She starred on Broadway in the title role of Cameron Mackintosh’s epic revival of the musical Miss Saigon last season and received a Tony Award nomination at the age of 21 for this role in her Broadway debut. She previously starred in the long-running London revival of the show, for which she received the WhatsOnStage Award for “Best Actress in a Musical.” She also played Eponine in the West End revival of the legendary musical Les Miserables. Noblezada was a high school student in Charlotte, NC, when she was discovered by casting director Tara Rubin at the 2013 Jimmy Awards in New York City. Rubin introduced her to Mackintosh and director Laurence Connor, who chose her to star in their long-awaited hit 2014 West End revival of Miss Saigon.

Eva Noblezada will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, February 1, 2019 at Enlow Recital Hall, 215 North Ave., Hillside, N.J. Tickets can be purchased at the Kean Stage Box Office in Wilkins Theatre at Kean University, 1000 Morris Ave., Union, N.J., by phone at 908-737-7469 or at www.keanstage.com.

Click here for tickets and more information on Hadestown in London, currently in rep at the Royal National Theatre. See remaining performances below:

January 22 @ 7:30pm
January 23 @ 7:30pm
January 24 @ 2 pm & 7:30pm
January 25 @ 7:30pm
January 26 @ 2pm & 7:30pm

Reeve Carney, André De Shields, Amber Gray, Eva Noblezada, Patrick Page and More Celebrate HADESTOWN Opening Night at National Theatre

Reeve Carney, André De Shields, Amber Gray, Eva Noblezada, Patrick Page and more Open in HADESTOWN at National Theatre on November 13 

Lia Chang
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

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Brian Kim Talks about AUBERGINE, THE BEACH HOUSE and THE KOREAN DRAMA ADDICT’S GUIDE TO LOSING YOUR VIRGINITY

Dana Lee and Brian Kim
Dana Lee and Brian Kim
Dana Lee and Brian Kim

Brian Kim is deep in rehearsal for the role of Ray in Julia Cho’s Aubergine at San Diego REP, a role that he has long coveted.

Last year, the award-winning actor, filmmaker, writer and producer performed onstage in Dinner with Georgette at New York Theatre Workshop (NYTW), May-Lee Yang’s The Korean Drama Addict’s Guide to Losing Your Virginity with Theatre Mu at Park Square in St Paul, Labour of Love at Olney, and The Emperor’s Nightingale with Pan Asian Rep in New York.

Gregory Yang, Yeej Moua, Brian Kim, and Clay Man Soo as F4. Photo by Rich Ryan
Gregory Yang, Yeej Moua, Brian Kim, and Clay Man Soo as F4 in Theater Mu’s production of May Lee-Yang’s “The Korean Drama Addict’s Guide to Losing Your Virginity”. Photo by Rich Ryan

Brian Kim is a Minnesota native who currently calls Brooklyn his home. He has appeared in Les Miserables, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Carousel, Flower Drum Song, and his personal favorite, Hair!  Other workshops include Great Wall, The Music of Time, Enter Laughing, and Jason Ma’s Gold Mountain.

Daniel J. Edwards, Brian Kim and Tyler Bunch in Jason Ma's GOLD MOUNTAIN. Photo by Lia Chang
Daniel J. Edwards, Brian Kim and Tyler Bunch in Jason Ma’s GOLD MOUNTAIN. Photo by Lia Chang

As a voiceover artist, he can be heard on Pokemon: Sun and Moon, Regal Academy, MCvs. Through his production company, Misfit Dog, he continues to explore the American-Asian narrative through film and theatre – including his debut short film, The Beach House, currently on the festival circuit. Kim won Best Actor at The Grove Film Festival.

Brian Jose, Lia Chang and Brian Kim at Pio Pio in New York on December 24, 2018. Photo by Lia Chang
Brian Jose, Lia Chang and Brian Kim at Pio Pio in New York on December 24, 2018. Photo by Lia Chang

During a Christmas Eve Orphan dinner at Pio Pio in New York organized by Brian Jose, Brian and I had a chance to catch up on his whirlwind year.

Lia: Is this the most that you’ve traveled since you moved to New York from Minnesota seven years ago?
Brian: Absolutely. I made a point that I was going to focus on staying in the city and not accept regional work. I hadn’t changed my stance on regional work but it was the piece, The Korean Drama Addict’s Guide to Losing Your Virginity that made me go, “Oh well, it’s an interesting title, it’s a Korean role and it was also back at home.” Accepting the offer continued to lead me to new opportunities and although a lot of them were out-of-town, I just let the universe point in the right direction.

Dexieng Yang (Gao Lee) and Brian Kim (Benedict). Photo by Rich Ryan
Dexieng Yang (Gao Lee) and Brian Kim (Benedict) in Theater Mu’s production of May Lee-Yang’s “The Korean Drama Addict’s Guide to Losing Your Virginity”. Photo by Rich Ryan

Lia: What were your favorite projects this year?
Brian: Benedict in The Korean Drama Addict’s Guide to Losing Your Virginity – that was an incredible experience. Playwright May Lee-Yang is topical. She’s not afraid to push buttons and push the envelope. She also did her homework. She is obsessed with Korean dramas. She had a lot of reference points to pull from and she made this beautiful character. To be able to do it at home where I haven’t done a show in seven years was an incredible homecoming. I had the opportunity to share it with family and friends. It was also the biggest role I had done to that point – the male romantic lead. When does that happen for Koreans or Asian Americans? Never! I felt like I was playing a role that was written for me. It was really fun.

Brian Kim (Benedict) and Dexieng Yang (Gao Lee). Photo by Rich Ryan
Brian Kim (Benedict) and Dexieng Yang (Gao Lee) in Theater Mu’s production of May Lee-Yang’s “The Korean Drama Addict’s Guide to Losing Your Virginity”. Photo by Rich Ryan

Lia: Did you kid her about that?
Brian: I told May-Lee Yang, the playwright, many times that had she gone with her original title, The Sun Embrace the Moon, I may have passed over the audition notice. It was some kind of kismet that brought me home – even as far back as the audition video, I’ve had my fair share of rejections and I always try to do my best. But I felt like I nailed this character and it was mine.

Dexieng Yang (Gao Lee), Katie Bradley (Gary Johnson), and Brian KIm (Benedict). Photo by Rich Ryan
Dexieng Yang (Gao Lee), Katie Bradley (Gary Johnson), and Brian KIm (Benedict) in Theater Mu’s production of May Lee-Yang’s “The Korean Drama Addict’s Guide to Losing Your Virginity”. Photo by Rich Ryan

Theater Mu Presents May Lee-Yang’s “The Korean Drama Addict’s Guide to Losing Your Virginity” 

The next one, I haven’t done it yet, would be Ray in Aubergine. I’ve been in love with this play since I saw it Off-Broadway. I never in a million years thought I would have the chance to actually do it. I’m always grateful for any project that I get to work on and to have it be a Korean story and a story about family relationships – it hits home right now in my life. As an adoptee, I’m trying to figure out that balance with my Korean roots and how much do I want to delve into that past and accepting the path that I have here in America and the great life and opportunities that have been given to me through my adoptive family. Getting to explore Korean tradition and family expectation through this play, I’m really looking forward to it and working with my fantastic cast – Dana Lee as my father and my friend Audrey, who is from Minnesota, is playing my girlfriend.

Ben Langhorst, Jermaine Golden & Brian Kim. Photo by Ryan Jensen
Ben Langhorst, Jermaine Golden & Brian Kim in NYTW’s DINNER WITH GEORGETTE. Photo by Ryan Jensen

Brian Kim in DINNER WITH GEORGETTE at Next Door at NYTW 

It’s a tie- Dinner with Georgette at New York Theatre Workshop where I played this weird character called Cactus Eyes – a Korean refugee taken away from Korea to a war base in Arizona. It was written by Rick Burkhardt and directed by Ellie Heyman. This was the start of my year-of-playing-Korean-characters!

Brian Kim, Kennedy Kanagawa, Ben Langhorst, Gianni Masi, Jessie Shelton. Photo by Lia Chang
Brian Kim, Kennedy Kanagawa, Ben Langhorst, Gianni Masi, Jessie Shelton. Photo by Lia Chang

Labour of Love at Olney. The play was about British Parliament and politics. It was so relevant to American politics and what we are going through with Xenophobia, feeling like we need to put America first and dealing with immigration and jobs. Being in DC, it was so timely and relevant. I spent a lot of my time off exploring the memorials. It was such a relief from today’s climate to be reminded of the great rhetoric from leaders past. In many ways, it made me a better American and not so despondent. I’ve been very fortunate that each project this year has been great as far as artistic progress and human growth.

Brian Kim, left, Emily Kester, M. Scott McLean and Julia Coffey in “Labour of Love,”  at Olney Theatre Center. (Teresa Castracane)
Brian Kim, left, Emily Kester, M. Scott McLean and Julia Coffey in “Labour of Love,”  at Olney Theatre Center. (Teresa Castracane)

Lia: How many times did you see Crazy Rich Asians?
Brian: 7 or 8 times.

Lia: How many times did you see it with other Asians?
Brian: 5 or 6.

Lia: How did the film speak to you as an Asian American man?
Brian: Going to it the first time, I knew it was a big deal as far as the historical context because of previous films like Joy Luck Club. But the movie started and within the first 15 minutes I had tears because I was part of this historic moment. Sometimes, you don’t realize how badly you need something in your life until it is right there in front of you. Seeing these Asian people be the majority cast of the movie was incredible. I saw it in Minnesota. At lot of my friends in New York were in Asian filled houses. I was in a White filled house. I might have been the loudest and laughed out loud the most, but they showed up and they were supporting it, liking it and really enjoying it. It meant a lot. I saw it a bunch to boost the box office sales but I also couldn’t get over it. Yes, it was about Asians but it was a good romantic comedy. The cast is phenomenal.

Lia: Do you feel like it has affected you as far as auditioning is concerned?
Brian: I’ve always been a believer that Asian American stories are really close to being told. Seeing this really made me believe it. It gave me a kick in the pants. Most people would say that I am a motivated person but this movie drove me even more. To pair it with Searching, starring John Cho. That was more incredible – Asian August – Asian Year. It’s brought a lot of pride, confidence and the knowledge that the audience is out their for our stories. Stay the course and amp it up. Don’t waste your time. Networks and houses are picking up new material all over the place. If you want to get on this ride, you have to act now because our peers are. It’s been a really good motivator.

Lia: What inspired you to make The Beach House
Brian:  In my first short film The Beach House, written and directed by Eric Elizaga, I play Max with Daniel J. Edwards as Jeremy, Jean Tree as Jamie, Daniel Klimek as Sean, Viet Vo as Luke, and Todd & Jan McCormick as Mr. and Mrs. Pillsbury. It was the most unexpected gift of a ride. The Beach House was produced by SMD Productions / Misfit Dog Productions with Charlie Muentes as Director of Photography. The Beach House tells the story of  Korean Adoptees Max and Jamie who discover they have a lot in common while bonding over similar experiences as American Asian kids who grew up in their white families.

THE BEACH HOUSE cast members Viet Vo, Daniel Klimek, Jean Tree, Brian Kim and Daniel J. Edwards.
THE BEACHHOUSE cast members Viet Vo, Daniel Klimek, Jean Tree, Brian Kim and Daniel J. Edwards.

We were on Baayork Lee’s rooftop on the 4th of July. We decided we should make a movie when we heard about HBO’s “Asian Pacific American Visionaries Short Film Competition.. Months went by and then we only had two months left. We had plans that fell through but luckily we had this beach house so off we went to Westport by the ocean. Technology makes it so easy to just shoot something and as artists, we all know to a degree what is good and what is bad. We may have to work on some technical things but we’ve seen enough media. To work with your friends and tell a story that hasn’t been told – I’d be happy doing it forever. The exposure that we’ve been getting at festivals has been highly unexpected. We took it to 2018 Boston Asian American Festival. We took it the 2018 Grove Film Festival. We just got accepted to the DisOrient Asian American Film Festival. That was the launching point to realizing we can make films.

We made The Struggle for the 72 Hour Asian American Film Lab Shoot Out. We placed 2nd and won best actor, best director and best cinematographer, which connected me with people at ABC, NBC and some other amazing people. We’re really trying to parlay that into doing really good work. At the end of the day it is just about having fun with my friends.

You can catch Brian in Aubergine at San Diego Rep, January 24-February 17.

An unforgettable story of love, family and the healing power of food, performances for Aubergine run January 24 – February 17, 2019, in the Lyceum Space Theatre, 79 Horton Plaza in San Diego.

Helmed by San Diego REP Associate Artistic Director Todd Salovey, the cast of Aubergine also includes veteran actor of the stage and screen, Dana Lee (“Dr. Ken,” “Hawaii Five-O,” and “Rambo: First Blood, Part II,”) as Ray’s father, Minneapolis-based actor Audrey Park as Cornelia (Theatre Mu, Penumbra Theatre), San Diego local and Brown University/Trinity Rep graduate, Terrell Donnell Sledge as Lucien (Cygnet Theatre’s Wind and the Breeze), Yong Kim as Uncle (“Spa Night” and “Dog Bowl”) and San Diego REP favorite Amanda Sitton (REP’s The Oldest Boy, Road to Mecca, Doubt) as Diane.

Click here for tickets and more information.

Lia Chang
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

Ali Ewoldt to Star in Royal Family Productions’ World Premiere of ANNE OF GREEN GABLES: PART I, January 24 – February 11

Ali Ewoldt
Ali Ewoldt
Ali Ewoldt

After a successful workshop in 2017, Royal Family Productions is presenting  the World Premiere of Anne of Green Gables: Part I starring Broadway’s Ali Ewoldt (Phantom of the Opera, Les Mis) as Anne. Based on Lucy Maud Montgomery’s beloved novel, this production is adapted and directed by Chris Henry with choreography by Lorna Ventura and will begin performances on January 24th – February 11, 2019 with an opening night set for Monday, January 28 at 6:30pm. There will also be a workshop presentation of Anne of Green Gables: Part II (January 31 – February 10). Both shows will be performed at The Royal Family Performing Arts Space is located at 145 W 46th St, New York, NY 10036. Tickets are $29 – $59, $250 (VIP) and can be purchased by visiting www.royalfamilyproductions.org

Ms. Henry’s Anne of Green Gables is a one-woman, movement-fueled, theatrical experience for all-ages featuring dynamic choreography by Lorna Ventura. Anne of Green Gables: Part I stars Ali Ewoldt and shares the journey of Anne Shirley; an imaginative, red-headed, hot-tempered, eleven-year-old orphan, and what happens when she is accidentally brought to the home of quiet siblings Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert in Prince Edward Island. Ms. Ewoldt is joined by dancers Brooke Averi, Kiersten Foster, Mindy Lai,Kara Menendez, and Stephanie Young.

“As someone who was adopted, the story of a fiery, strong, imaginative orphan girl really resonated with me throughout my childhood and well into my college years. I am delighted to take this material and adapt Ms. Montgomery’s text for the Royal Family stage with my collaborator Lorna Ventura. We have stripped down the book to its essence and have broken it up into three parts. In January, we are excited to host this World Premiere of Anne of Green Gables: Part I as a one-woman movement-fueled piece starring the amazing Ali Ewoldt with four dynamic dancers. We are equally thrilled to develop Part II right in front of our audiences in order to give Royal Family’s patrons a unique chance to watch this work evolve. Anyone who has ever tried to find their place in the world will find the story of Anne of Green Gables inspiring, and we are so happy to bring Anne Shirley to life at Royal Family.” – Artistic Director, Chris Henry

Ali Ewoldt in her dressing room at The Majestic in New York. Photo by Lia Chang
Ali Ewoldt in her dressing room at The Majestic in New York. Photo by Lia Chang

Ali Ewoldt (Anne) Ali Ewoldt recently completed more than two years as Christine Daaé in The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway. She made her Broadway debut as Cosette in Les Miserables, a role she also played on the National Tour, and appeared in Lincoln Center’s recent Tony Award Winning revival of The King and I. Ali has played Maria in numerous productions of West Side Story across the nation and around the world, including in Houston on the 2009 Broadway Revival’s 1st National Tour. Her other credits include: The Fantasticks (Luisa) Off-Broadway, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Philia) at The Muny in St. Louis, Lyric Opera of Chicago’s The King and I (Tuptim), and McCarter Theatre’s A Christmas Carol (Fan/Mrs. Bonds). Ali performed her solo concert at Feinstein’s/54 Below in New York and has sung in Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, The Town Hall and at Canyon Ranch. Her symphony work includes The NY Pops Carnegie Hall at Carnegie Hall, The American Pops Orchestra, The Houston Symphony and The Boston Pops with Maestro Keith Lockhart. Ali’s TV/Film credits include “The Michael J. Fox Show,” “Yield, Drama: The Web Series” and the short film Mia. She has a BA in psychology from Yale University. www.aliewoldt.com

Anne of Green Gables: Part I‘s creative team includes Amanda Armstrong, Lars Jacobsen, and Bart Kuebler (Original Music), Cheyenne Sykes (Lighting, Scenic, and Costume Design), Chelsie McPhilimy (Projection Design), Chet Miller (Sound Design), Jessica Wu (Associate Director), Lorna Ventura (Choreographer), and Chris Henry (Writer/Director).

Royal Family will also offer a glimpse into Anne of Green Gables: Part II with its workshop presentation taking place between January 31 – February 10. Anne of Green Gables: Part II continues the journey with Anne as she navigates her new life in Avonlea – by going to school, making new friends, and trying to control her temper. Cast TBA.

Anne of Green Gables marks the first time that Royal Family has adapted a pre-existing work as well as their first-ever production for a multi-generational, family-friendly audience.

Lia Chang
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

Kate Baldwin, Bryce Pinkham, Thom Sesma, Julia Abueva and More Begin Previews for John Logan and Tom Kitt’s SUPERHERO at Second Stage on January 31 

Thom Sesma. Photo by Lia Chang

Continuing its 40th Anniversary Season, Second Stage Theater is presenting the world premiere musical, Superhero. Directed by Jason Moore, the production features a book by John Logan and music and lyrics by Tom Kitt.

Thom Sesma. Photo by Lia Chang
Thom Sesma. Photo by Lia Chang

Julia Abueva (Rachel), JAKE LEVY (Dwayne), Salena Qureshi (Vee), Thom Sesma (Vic) and Nathaniel Stampley (Dean Fulton) will join previously announced stars Kate Baldwin (Charlotte), Bryce Pinkham (Jim) and newcomer Kyle McArthur (Simon).

SUPERHERO will begin previews January 31, 2019 at the Tony Kiser Theater (305 West 43rd Street) and will officially open on February 28, 2019. Click here for more information and tickets. Subscriptions are available now starting at $255 by calling the Second Stage Box Office at 212-246-4422.

Before we can save the world, we have to save each other. From the Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer of Next to Normal and the Tony Award-winning writer of Red comes a deeply human new musical about a fractured family, the mysterious stranger in apartment 4-B, and the unexpected hero who just might save the day.

BIOGRAPHIES

Julia Abueva (Rachel) made her New York stage debut in the critically acclaimed production of KPOP at Ars Nova. West End: Miss Saigon (Kim u/s). Other stage credits include: Cinderella (Newport Performing Arts Theater); Singapore premieres of Next to Normal(Natalie) and Spring Awakening (Wendla); Manila premieres of Into the Woods (Little Red Riding Hood) and Aspects of Love (Young Jenny); and Philippine Repertory’s production of The Fantasticks (Luisa). Julia co-starred in the Amazon comedy pilot “Making Friends.” Upcoming film: Stella’s Last Weekend (opp. Nat Wolff).

Kate Baldwin (Charlotte) recently appeared in the Tony Award winning Broadway revival of Hello, Dolly! for which she received Tony Award, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award nominations. Other Broadway credits include Finian’s Rainbow (Tony Award, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Award nominations), Big Fish, Wonderful Town, Thoroughly Modern Millie and The Full Monty. Off-Broadway, she received Drama Desk nominations for her work in The Keen Company’s production of John & Jen and The Public Theatre’s production of Michael John LaChuisa’s Giant. Also off-Broadway: Songbird at 59E59 Street Theaters. Film: Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best. TV: “Law & Order: SVU”. PBS: “First You Dream: The Music of Kander & Ebb” and “Live From Lincoln Center: Stephen Sondheim’s Passion.” Concerts: Chicago Humanities Festival, NSO, PSO and the American Songbook Series. Recording: Let’s See What Happens and She Loves Him: Live at Feinstein’s (PS Classics).

JAKE LEVY (Dwayne) is thrilled to make his Second Stage Theater debut. He earned his BA from the UCLA Ray Bolger Musical Theater Program in 2018. Favorites: Carrie (Tommy Ross), Carousel (Jigger), Pippin (Pippin) and Dogfight (Fector). Regional: 13 The Musical, Rent, Les Misérables and Hairspray. @Jlevy31

Kyle McArthur (Simon) will be making his professional theatrical debut with this production after playing Simon in the O’Neill NMTC reading of Superhero. Other readings include Disney’s Freaky Friday (Adam), Rapture (Andy), Stuck (Rayce), and The America Project (Cam).

Bryce Pinkham (Jim) is most widely known for originating the role of ‘Monty Navarro’ in the Tony Winning Musical A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder on Broadway, for which he was nominated for Tony, Grammy, and Drama Desk awards. He soon after appeared in the Broadway revival of The Heidi Chronicles and was nominated for an Outer Critics Circle Award and a Drama League Award for Distinguished Performance in 2015. His other Broadway credits include Holiday Inn, Ghost the Musical, and Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. He most recently starred in Benny and Joon, a new musical adaptation of the 1993 movie starring Johnny Depp at The Old Globe Theater. His latest onscreen appearances include Baz Luhrmann’s Netflix series The Get Down, Robert De Niro’s The Comedian, and as a series regular on PBS’s Civil War drama series Mercy Street. His other TV credits include Blindspot, The Good Wife and Person of Interest.

Salena Qureshi (Vee). Second Stage debut! Film: Draupadi Unleashed, My Cousin Sister’s Wedding, All These Small Moments (Tribeca FF), Friends and Romans. TV: Recurring on “Madam Secretary” (CBS). Also seen on “The Brave” (NBC), “The Path” (Hulu), “Girls” (HBO). Theater: Evita (Mistress, Maine State).

Thom Sesma (Vic) recently appeared as Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street in the off-Broadway revival at Barrow Street Theatre. He was nominated for a Lucille Lortel Award for his portrayal of roles in John Doyle’s acclaimed 2017 revival of another Sondheim classic, Pacific Overtures. Broadway credits include The Times They Are A-Changin’, Man of La Mancha, Search and Destroy, Chu Chem, and national tours of The Lion King, Miss Saigon and Titanic. Other appearances off-Broadway: Discord (Primary Stages), Awake and Sing! (NAATCO/Public Theatre), Othello (Public Theatre), Cymbeline (NYSF). Regional credits include the McCarter, Yale Rep, Arena Stage, Old Globe, Cincinnati Playhouse, Signature Theatre, Centre Stage, Music Theatre Wichita and more. Television guest appearances include “Instinct,” “Madam Secretary,” “The Good Wife,” “Gotham,” “Jessica Jones,” “Person of Interest” and others. Previous credits at Second Stage: Eric Overmyer’s In a Pig’s Valise and Baba Goya by Steve Tesich, both in 1989. Instagram @thsesma; Twitter @ThomSesmaNYC.

Nathaniel Stampley (Dean Fulton). Broadway: Cats, The Color Purple (original and revival), The Lion King, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess. Off-Broadway: Big Love, Signature Theatre; Fiorello! and Lost in the Stars, NY City Center’s Encores!; The First Noel, Classical Theatre of Harlem. Regional: Lempicka, Williamstown Theatre Festival; Man of La Mancha (Jeff Award), The Bridges of Madison County (Jeff nomination), Ragtime, Marriott Theatre; Hatuey: Memory of Fire, Music-Theatre Group. Concerts: Candide(Carnegie Hall); West Side Story, Bernstein’s MASS (Philadelphia Orchestra). Ten Chimneys Fellow, UW-Madison alum.nathanielstampley.com

Lia Chang
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

Lea Salonga Returns as Erzulie in the Tony Award-winning Revival of a Musical ONCE ON THIS ISLAND, December 27 – January 6

Lea Salonga as Erzulie in ONCE ON THIS ISLAND. Photo by Joan Marcus

Tony And Olivier Award-winning actress Lea Salonga will reprise her role role as Erzulie in the Tony Award-winning Revival of a Musical Once On This Island on December 27, and will perform through the final show on January 6.

Lea Salonga as Erzulie in ONCE ON THIS ISLAND. Photo by Joan Marcus
Lea Salonga as Erzulie in ONCE ON THIS ISLAND. Photo by Joan Marcus

Earlier this month, Ms. Salonga received her first Grammy nomination when the cast recording of Once on This Island was nominated for Best Musical Theater Album. She also garnered two ALIW Awards including Entertainer of the Year award and Best Major Concert (Female) award for her sold-out, two-night anniversary concert celebrating 40 years of performing.  In October 2019, she’ll star as Ms. Lovett opposite Jett Pangan as Sweeney Todd in Atlantis Theatrical Entertainment Group’s production of Stephen Sondheim’s classic musical Sweeney Todd, helmed by Bobby Garcia. Click here for more information.

Lea Salonga and Director Michael Arden. Photo by Lia Chang
Lea Salonga and Director Michael Arden. Photo by Lia Chang 

The new production of Once on This Island is directed by Tony nominee Michael Arden, and choreographed by the critically-acclaimed Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, and Chita Rivera Award nominee Camille A. Brown.

The cast of Once On This Island includes Tamyra Gray (Papa Ge), Quentin Earl Darrington (Agwe), and Alex Newell (Asaka), who are joined by newcomer and Tony Nominee, Hailey Kilgore (Ti Moune) with Juliet Benn (Little Girl), Phillip Boykin (Tonton Julian) Courtnee Carter (Storyteller), Cicily Daniels (Storyteller), Tyler Hardwick (Storyteller), David Jennings (Armand), Kenita R. Miller (Mama Euralie), Isaac Powell (Daniel), T. Oliver Reid (Storyteller), Anna Uzele (Storyteller), Allan K. Washington (Storyteller), Aurelia Williams (Storyteller), Mia Williamson (Little Girl), and Daniel Yearwood (Storyteller).

Quentin Earl Darrington, Aurelia Williams, Lea Salonga, Kenita R. Miller. Photo by Lia Chang
Quentin Earl Darrington, Aurelia Williams, Lea Salonga, Kenita R. Miller. Photo by Lia Chang

Once On This Island is written by the Tony Award-winning team Lynn Ahrens (Book and Lyrics) and Stephen Flaherty (Music), and based on the novel “My Love, My Love” by Rosa Guy. This production features new orchestrations by original orchestrator Michael Starobin who is joined by AnnMarie Milazzo.

Clint Ramos and Lea Salonga. Photo by Lia Chang
Clint Ramos and Lea Salonga. Photo by Lia Chang

The creative team also includes Dane Laffrey (Scenic Design), Clint Ramos (Costume Design), Jules Fisher and Peggy Eisenhauer (Lighting Designers), Peter Hylenski (Sound Designer), John Bertles/Bash The Trash (Unusual Instruments), Cookie Jordan (Hair/Wig & Makeup Designer), Chris Fenwick (Music Supervisor), Alvin Hough, Jr. (Music Director), David Perlow (Associate Director), Nikki M. James (Assistant Director), Rickey Tripp (Associate Choreographer) and Telsey + Co / Craig Burns, CSA (Casting Agent).

Once On This Island is the tale of Ti Moune, a fearless peasant girl who falls in love with a wealthy boy from the other side of the island. When their divided cultures keep them apart, Ti Moune is guided by the powerful island gods, Erzulie, Asaka, Papa Ge, and Agwe, on a remarkable quest to reunite with the man who has captured her heart.

This production transforms the reality of a tropical village devastated by a storm into a fantastical world alive with hope.

The new Broadway production of Once On This Island won the 2018 Tony Award® for Best Musical Revival and received seven additional nominations. The production was also nominated seven Drama Desk Award nominations, six Outer Critics Circle nominations and three Chita Rivera Award nominations.

Once On This Island premiered at Playwrights Horizons in May of 1990. The Broadway production opened in October of that year and ran for 469 performances garnering eight Tony nominations including Best Featured Actress (LaChanze), Best Original Score, Best Book of a Musical and Best Musical. The 1994 West End production won the Olivier Award for Best New Musical.

A National Tour of Once On This Island will launch in fall 2019, with cities, dates, and casting to be announced at a later date.

Tickets for Once On This Island are on sale through Telecharge.

Tony Award Winner Lea Salonga to Star as Grace Farrell in ANNIE at the Hollywood Bowl, July 27 – 29 

Casts of “The Band’s Visit,” “Carousel,” “Frozen,” “Mean Girls,” “My Fair Lady,” “Once on This Island,” “SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical,” “SUMMER: The Donna Summer Musical,” and “Dear Evan Hansen” to Perform on 2018 Tony Awards 

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Lia Chang
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: © 2000-2018 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

Telly Leung’s New Holiday Single ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ Benefits ASTEP

Telly Leung as Aladdin. Photo by Matthew Murphy
Telly Leung as Aladdin. Photo by Matthew Murphy

Telly Leung, currently starring as the title role in Disney’s Aladdin on Broadway through Sunday, February 17, 2019, has released a new digital single, an updated version of the holiday classic “All I Want for Christmas Is You” to benefit ASTEP (Artists Striving to End Poverty) from Yellow Sound Label.  The song, arranged by Lynne Shankel, is available on iTunes, and Amazon, as well as all streaming platforms.

“ASTEP connects performing and visual artists with underserved youth,” says Leung, “to awaken their imaginations, foster critical thinking, and help them break the cycle of poverty. We wanted to spread some holiday cheer while raising money and awareness for this fantastic organization. All proceeds from the digital downloads will go to ASTEP, and it’s our hope it inspires others to use the talents they were given to make the world a better place. My dear friend and colleague, Lynne Shankel – who was the musical supervisor and orchestrator of Allegiance – is committed to ASTEP and she originally arranged this version of the song for her annual benefit at Joe’s Pub. Lynne and I love this organization, originally founded by Broadway musical director Mary-Mitchell Campbell, and we wanted to echo the mission of ASTEP and use our artistic expression to put something positive in the universe.”

Telly Leung is a New York City native who was recently named one of the “Out 100” by Out Magazine and “Faces To Watch” by The Los Angeles Times. His Broadway and national touring credits include In Transit, Allegiance (with George Takei and Lea Salonga), Godspell, Rent (final Broadway company), Wicked (Boq, original Chicago company), Pacific Overtures, and Flower Drum Song. In 2010, he starred as Angel in Rent at the Hollywood Bowl opposite Wayne Brady, directed by Neil Patrick Harris. Television audiences will remember him as Wes the Warbler on “Glee,” as well as his guest star appearances on “Instinct,” “Odd Mom Out,” “Deadbeat,” and “Law and Order: Criminal Intent.” Telly is featured on many original Broadway cast recordings and he has released two solo albums, I’ll Cover You (2012) and Songs for You (2016) on Yellow Sound Label. For more information, please visit www.TellyLeung.com.

ASTEP (Artists Striving to End Poverty) was conceived by Broadway musical director Mary-Mitchell Campbell and Juilliard students to transform the lives of underserved youth using the most powerful tool they had – their art. Today, ASTEP delivers after-school workshops and summer camps for young people affected by refugee and unaccompanied minor status, the justice system, homelessness, HIV/AIDS and systemic poverty. ASTEP Volunteer Teaching Artists create a safe space for students to use the arts to build leadership skills, strengthen their capacity for self-expression, learn to collaborate, and develop the confidence to make healthy life choices. With these skills, ASTEP students learn they have what it takes to succeed no matter the obstacles, which is key to breaking cycles of intergenerational poverty. For more information, visit ASTEP.org.

YELLOW SOUND LABEL is an Emmy Award-winning and Grammy Award-nominated, cutting-edge company that produces established performers, up-and-coming artists and original cast recordings. The boutique label takes a hands-on approach in nurturing and producing passionate, focused performers and composers who create quality, noteworthy recordings. www.YellowSoundLabel.com

 2018 RED BUCKET FOLLIES’ FLOWER DRUM SONG Photo Diary

Lia Chang
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

MOCATalks: Chinese Almanac- Year of the Pig with Joanna C. Lee and Ken Smith on February 21

Ken Smith and Joanna C. Lee. Photo by Lia Chang
Ken Smith and Joanna C. Lee. Photo by Lia Chang
Ken Smith and Joanna C. Lee. Photo by Lia Chang

On Thursday, February 21st , authors Joanna C Lee and Ken Smith return for their annual MOCATalks: Chinese Almanac to translate and decode the almanac’s predictions with daily listings for 2019, the Year of the Pig from 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM. The traditional Chinese almanac, also known as the Tong Sing or Huang Li, is a centuries-old repository of cultural information from household tips to general medical remedies. But it’s the almanac’s predictions of which days are auspicious or ominous for a wide range of activities that has made the annual publication a mainstay in Chinese homes.

Tickets are $15 and include wine and Museum admission. Members receive complimentary tickets. Not a Member? Join today here: https://tinyurl.com/y8fqf865

The Museum of Chinese in America is located at 215 Centre St. in New York. Click here for more information and tickets.

Founded in 1980, Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) is dedicated to preserving and presenting the history, heritage, culture and diverse experiences of people of Chinese descent in the United States. The greatly expanded MOCA at 215 Centre Street will continue to be a national home for the precious narratives of diverse Chinese American communities, while striving to be a model among interactive museums.

Lia Chang
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

Stage Door Records Releases Pat Suzuki: ‘The Complete Album Series’ and ‘Singles And Rarities 1958-1967’

I spent Christmas morning listening to the Stage Door Records CD debut release of Broadway actress and singer Pat Suzuki’s back catalogue of solo recordings.

Released this year across two albums, ‘The Complete Album Series’ (2 CD Set) and ‘Singles And Rarities 1958-1967’ is a treasure trove representing Pat Suzuki’s complete discography as a solo recording artist.

Click here to read a review of the CDs.

Pat Suzuki and dancers (“Fan Tan Fanny”) (Photo: Friedman-Abeles)
Pat Suzuki and dancers in the Broadway production of FLOWER DRUM SONG. (“Fan Tan Fanny”) (Photo: Friedman-Abeles)

Pat Suzuki, best known for starring in the original Broadway production of ‘Flower Drum Song’ and originating the Rodgers & Hammerstein standard ‘I Enjoy Being A Girl’, enjoyed great success as a solo recording artist (receiving a Grammy nomination for Best Vocal Album in 1960), issuing four solo albums for RCA Records between 1958-1960. For the first time ever, all four of Pat Suzuki’s solo albums ‘The Many Sides Of Pat Suzuki’ (1958), ‘Miss Pony Tail’ (1958), ‘Broadway ’59’ (1959) and ‘Looking At You’ (1960) now make their debut on CD as the Deluxe 2CD set ‘Pat Suzuki – The Complete Album Series’.

Source: The Official Masterworks Broadway Site

The retrospective collection features 50 tracks including Suzuki’s haunting interpretation of ‘How High The Moon’ (later featured in the 1988 film ‘Biloxi Blues’) and her solo recording of ‘I Enjoy Being A Girl’ which became a Top 50 hit in the United Kingdom when issued as a single in April 1960.

The release of ‘The Complete Album Series’ is a joint collaboration between Pat Suzuki and Stage Door Records. Also available is the limited edition release ‘Singles And Rarities’ featuring all Suzuki’s non album singles and unreleased tracks recorded between 1958-1967. Click here to for more information and here to purchase the CDs.

Click below to learn more about Pat Suzuki.  https://masterworksbroadway.com/artist/pat-suzuki/

DISC ONE
THE MANY SIDES OF PAT SUZUKI (MONO)
1. From This Moment On (from ‘Out Of This World’) [LISTEN]
2. Fine And Dandy
3. A Sunday Kind Of Love
4. Something’s Gotta Give (from ‘Daddy Long Legs’)
5. Solitude
6. Poor Butterfly
7. Just One Of Those Things (from ‘Jubilee’)
8. I Had The Craziest Dream
9. The Song From Moulin Rouge / Hi-Lili, Hi-Lo
10. Always True To You In My Fashion (from ‘Kiss Me Kate’)
11. Don’t Get Around Much Anymore
12. Lazy Afternoon (from ‘The Golden Apple’) [LISTEN]

PAT SUZUKI – MISS PONY TAIL (STEREO)
13. The Song Is You (from ‘Music In The Air’) [LISTEN]
14. Star Dust
15. Black Coffee [LISTEN]
16. Anything Goes (from ‘Anything Goes’)
17. I’ve Grown Accustomed To His Face (from ‘My Fair Lady’)
18. Daddy
19. My Heart Belongs To Daddy (from ‘Leave It To Me!’)
20. As Time Goes By
21. How High The Moon [LISTEN]
22. The Lady Is A Tramp (from ‘Babes In Arms’) [LISTEN]
23. Be My Love
24. I’ll Never Smile Again

DISC TWO
BROADWAY ’59 (STEREO)
1. I Enjoy Being A Girl (from ‘Flower Drum Song’) [LISTEN]
2. Love Look Away (from ‘Flower Drum Song’)
3. Sunday (from ‘Flower Drum Song’)
4. Two Faces In The Dark (from ‘Redhead’) [LISTEN]
5. Just for Once (from ‘Redhead’) [LISTEN]
6. Tonight (from ‘West Side Story’)
7. On The Street Where You Live (from ‘My Fair Lady’)
8. The Party’s Over (from ‘Bells Are Ringing’)
9. Just In Time (from ‘Bells Are Ringing’)
10. Not Like Me (from ‘First Impressions’) [LISTEN]
11. I Feel Sorry for the Boy (from ‘First Impressions’)
12. Till There Was You (from ‘The Music Man’)
LOOKING AT YOU (STEREO)
13. Looking At You
14. Small World (from ‘Gypsy’) [LISTEN]
15. Cheek To Cheek (from ‘Top Hat’)
16. He’s My Guy
17. My Funny Valentine (from ‘Babes In Arms’) [LISTEN]
18. You Better Go Now
19. You Brought A New Kind Of Love To Me
20. I See Your Face Before Me
21. I Didn’t Know About You
22. Easy Living
23. Don’t Look At Me That Way!
24. Let Me Love You
FLOWER DRUM SONG (ORIGINAL BROADWAY CAST ALBUM)
25. I Enjoy Being A Girl (from ‘Flower Drum Song’ – Bonus Track)
26. Grant Avenue (from ‘Flower Drum Song’ – Bonus Track)

2018 RED BUCKET FOLLIES’ FLOWER DRUM SONG Photo Diary 

Lia Chang
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: © 2000-2018 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

Deborah S. Craig Stars in Abracadeborah’s “F**k Christmas” Music Video

Deborah S. Craig
Deborah S. Craig
Deborah S. Craig

Happy Panda Productions has released the music video for Abracadeborah’s satirical hip hop holiday song “F**k Christmas.”  Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Harris Doran (Beauty Mark) and written by and starring Broadway, tv vet and viral video sensation Deborah S. Craig (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, “The Blacklist,” “Yoga for Black People”) the video was shot in Brooklyn, NY

“Deborah S. Craig is fearless in her comedic ability to bring light to the consumerism that has taken over our all of our lives” – Harris Doran

Deborah S. Craig has been featured as a writer/director/actor/producer on the homepage of FunnyorDie.comHuffpo.comBuzzfeed.com,TheBlush.com and ChannelApa.com for her original comedy content. Her original song “I’m a L-L-L-L Lesbian for you” was her fifth video to go viral on youtube. Craig starred in the original Broadway cast of “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” for which she received a Drama Desk Award.  Her expansive tv resume includes “Workaholics”, “Better Things, “”Bull”, “Instinct”, “The Blacklist”, “Transparent”, “Son of Zorn”, “Hart of Dixie”, “Six Degrees” and recently wrapped the film “A Nice Girl Like You” starring Lucy Hale with The Brothers Riedell.

Deborah S. Craig
Deborah S. Craig

Harris Doran wrote and directed the award winning film Beauty Mark, and This Movie Will Get Into Sundance as well as the upcoming satirical webseries The Ivanka Diaries, and has written for Lifetime’s “I Love You… But I Lied” and “Reenact” for TWST.

Written by Deborah S. Craig; beats by Gustavo “JustGoose” Figueroa; directed by Harris Doran and Deborah S. Craig; edited by Harris Doran; Cinematography by Rene Auguste; Mixed by George Shaw; Produced by Deborah S. Craig, Harris Doran and Nicholas Holmes; A Happy Panda Production / Happy Panda Records.

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Jose Llana Set for American Songbook in The Appel Room on February 1 and Will Lead UK Tour of THE KING AND I

Annalene Beechey (Anna) and Jose Llana (The King) in THE KING AND I.
Jose Llana. Photo by Billy Bustamante
Jose Llana. Photo by Billy Bustamante

Broadway vet Jose Llana returns for the 20th season of American Songbook, four years after his sold-out appearance at the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse. He’ll be performing in The Appel Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center on Friday, February 1, 2019 at 8:30 pm. Click here for tickets.

Two decades since the teenaged Jose Llana made his Broadway debut as Lun Tha in the 1996 revival of The King and I, the classically trained tenor has retained his boyish charm and “youthful bravado” (New York Times), now enhanced with the gravitas of a seasoned star. His standout performance as Ferdinand Marcos in the 2013 David Byrne and Fatboy Slim musical Here Lies Love, directed by Alex Timbers, earned Llana a host of rave reviews, along with a Lucille Lortel Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical. As a recording artist, the “charismatic and then some” singer (Showbiz 411) has released two solo albums, Altitude and Jose—both best sellers in his native Philippines—and been featured on numerous cast albums.

Jose llana as The King of Siam in THE KING AND I. Photo by Paul Kolnik
Jose llana as The King of Siam in THE KING AND I. Photo by Paul Kolnik

In 2015 Llana returned to his Broadway roots, taking over the role of the King of Siam in Bartlett Sher’s Tony Award–winning revival of The King and I at Lincoln Center Theater and its subsequent touring production.

Annalene Beechey (Anna) and Jose Llana (The King) in THE KING AND I.
Annalene Beechey (Anna) and Jose Llana (The King) in THE KING AND I.

In Spring 2019, Llana will lead the UK tour of The King and I as The King, with Annalene Beechey as Anna, fresh from her West End success at the London Palladium.

The majestic production will open in Manchester in April 2019, and then visit Dublin, Sunderland, Edinburgh, Leeds, Birmingham, Cardiff, Glasgow, Hull, Milton Keynes, Liverpool, Bristol, Woking and Southampton.  Click here for the touring schedule and to book tickets.

The news of the tour comes hot off the heels of the cinema release of the live production of The King and I: From the London Palladium, which has become the biggest live event in cinemas of 2018 following last week’s first global screenings. The production in cinemas has taken in excess of $2.5m at the box office already. In the UK the film reached the number one spot, with more than double the box office of the next film, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. More than 135,000 movie goers packed cinemas across the globe for the initial performance to watch The King and I: From the London Palladium – filmed on stage at the iconic London Palladium. Such has been the demand for tickets, Trafalgar Releasing has scheduled encore screenings both in the UK and globally throughout December and into 2019. The film has already broken all equivalent records.

The West End critics heaped praise on The King and I, the Daily Mail “left the London Palladium on a bright cloud of music”, while the The Times awarded the show “Five stars for a sumptuous King and I” declaring it “a hit”. Daily Express hailed it “London’s theatrical event of 2018” whilst The Daily Telegraph concurred proclaiming the show “looks and sounds ravishing”. Another five stars were awarded from the Sunday Express and the Financial Times called it “simply spellbinding”.

Acclaimed Tony Award-winning Bartlett Sher will once again direct the production and be reunited with the celebrated creative team that brought this majestic production of The King and I to life at the Palladium earlier this year.

Also joining the cast will be Kok-Hwa Lie in the role of Kralahome and Aaron Teoh as Prince Chulalongkorn. Edward Baker-Duly will take on the dual roles of Orton and Ramsay and William M Lee will play Phra Alack. The female ensemble will include Yuki Abe, Miiya Alexandra, Aiko Kato, Misa Koide, Ela Lisondra and Ena Yamaguchi. The male ensemble will include Irvine Ray Abesamis, Cletus Chan, Steven Hardcastle, Eu Jin Hwang, Jesse Milligan, Prem Rai and Joaquin Pedro Valdes. The Swings will be Rachel Jayne Picar, Nick Len and Jasmine Leung.

Set in 1860s Bangkok, the musical tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna Leonowens, a British schoolteacher whom the modernist King, in an imperialistic world, brings to Siam to teach his many wives and children. With one of the finest scores ever written including: Whistle a Happy Tune, Getting to Know You and Shall We Dance, featuring a company of over 50 world-class performers, and full scale orchestra, The King and I is a testament to the lavish heritage of gloriously romantic musical theatre – it is the greatest musical from the golden age of musicals.

THE KING AND I UK TOUR

26 April – 11 May 2019
Manchester Opera House
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26 April – 11 May 2019
Bord Gais Energy Theatre Dublin
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5 – 15 June 2019
Sunderland Empire
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16 – 26 October 2019
Edinburgh Playhouse
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29 October – 9 November 2019
Leeds Grand Theatre

10 December 2019 – 4 January 2020
New Alexandra Theatre Birmingham
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8 – 18 January 2020
Cardiff Millenium Centre

28 January – 8 February 2020
King’s Theatre Glasgow
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11 – 22 February 2020
New Theatre Hull

25 February – 7 March 2020
Milton Keynes Theatre
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10 – 21 March 2020
Liverpool Empire Theatre
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24 March – 4 April 2020
Bristol Hippodrome
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7 – 18 April 2020
New Victoria Theatre Woking
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21 April – 2 May 2020
Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

Lia Chang
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: © 2000-2018 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