AVENUE Q/Sesame Street’s Jennifer Barnhart Makes Cabaret Debut At The Laurie Beechman on March 31 and April 7

Jennifer Barnhart. Photo: Marissa Kohn
Jennifer Barnhart. Photo: Marissa Kohn
Jennifer Barnhart. Photo: Marissa Kohn

After years of playing well with others – whether singing backup for friends’ shows, or crooning alongside a cast of puppet characters – Jennifer Barnhart finally steps into the spotlight in her first solo cabaret, fittingly titled, “It’s About Time!” Alan Muraoka will direct two evenings of stories, silliness and song as Jennifer shares the journey that led her to two of the most famous streets in the world: Broadway and “Sesame Street”.

Performances will be on two consecutive Sunday evenings at 7:00 pm, March 31st and April 7th, at the Laurie Beechman Theatre, downstairs at the Westbank Cafe on 42nd Street. Jennifer will be accompanied by music director Gary Adler, bassist Mary AnnMcSweeney, and percussionist Michael Croiter, all of whom were in the original Avenue Q orchestra. There will be special appearances by some other Avenue Q residents as well.

Click here for tickets.

Jennifer Barnhart, Alan Muraoka and Pam Arciero at The Met's Lunar New Year Festival: Year of the Rooster. Photo by Lia Chang
Jennifer Barnhart, Alan Muraoka and Pam Arciero at The Met’s Lunar New Year Festival: Year of the Rooster. Photo by Lia Chang

Jennifer Barnhart (Performer) was an Original Broadway Company member (Outer Critics Circle Award) of the smash Tony Award-winning hit Avenue Q, and she remained with the show in the role she created for its entire six-year run on Broadway. As a puppeteer, Jennifer has performed on numerous children’s television shows, most notably “Between the Lions,” “Bear in the Big Blue House,” “Johnny & the Sprites,” “Julie’s Greenroom” (with Julie Andrews, for Netflix), and “Sesame Street”, where she plays Zoe. Some favorite ‘human’ roles include: Lady Macbeth, Goneril and Veronica in God of Carnage (Alabama Shakespeare Festival), and Officer Randy in Superior Donuts (The Arden Theatre). She has also appeared on “Law & Order: SVU” (once as a puppeteer) and was the Speaker of the House on Season 5 of House of Cards. Jennifer’s voice can be heard on various educational apps, and as a narrator for the YA novel The Adventures of a Girl Called Bicycle (Penguin/Random House). Website: www.jenniferbarnhart.com Follow on Instagram: #iamjenbarnhart

HADESTOWN Announces Digital Lottery, General Rush, and Standing Room

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

Hadestown begins previews on Friday, March 22 ahead of a Wednesday, April 17 opening night and has announced its digital lottery, general rush, and standing room policies.

The company of HADESTOWN. Photo by Lia Chang
The company of HADESTOWN. Photo by Lia Chang

The Hadestown digital lottery, hosted by Lucky Seat, is now accepting entries beginning for Friday’s first performance, and will be accepted until 11 AM ET on Thursday, the day before the performance. To enter, please visit: www.luckyseat.com/Hadestown-NewYork. Fans who have been selected will be notified daily via email or SMS message and can then purchase up to two tickets at $42.50 each. The lottery will then continue on a rolling basis for every performance of Hadestown. The digital lottery is limited to one entry per person and tickets must be purchased online with a credit card by 4 PM ET the day before the performance. Tickets may be picked up at the Walter Kerr box office (219 West 48th Street) starting two hours prior to the performance with a valid photo ID required.

Reeve Carney as Orpheus and Eva Noblezada as Eurydice. Photo by Lia Chang
Reeve Carney as Orpheus and Eva Noblezada as Eurydice. Photo by Lia Chang

The general rush for Hadestown will begin on Friday, March 22. Subject to availability, when the box office of the Walter Kerr Theatre opens, a limited number of rush tickets may be made available. General rush tickets are $42.50 each and can be purchased with cash or credit card. On two-show days, rush tickets for both the matinee and evening performances may be available when the box office opens.

Reeve Carney and the company of HADESTOWN. Photo by Lia Chang
Reeve Carney and the company of HADESTOWN. Photo by Lia Chang

The standing room policy will begin with the first performance immediately following Hadestown’s opening night. Standing room tickets will only be made available if the performance is sold out and will not be sold until the day of the performance. Standing room tickets will be priced at $39 per ticket. They can be purchased with cash or credit card at the Kerr box office and there is a limit of two tickets per person.

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

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

Written by celebrated singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell and developed with innovative director and Tony Award® nominee Rachel Chavkin, the cast of Hadestown is led by the acclaimed actors from its sold-out run at London’s National Theatre: Reeve Carney, André De Shields, Amber Gray, Eva Noblezada, and 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 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.

Amber Gray as Persephone and the company of HADESTOWN. Photo by Lia Chang
Amber Gray as Persephone and the company of HADESTOWN. 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.

Patrick Page, Anaïs Mitchell and the company of HADESTOWN. Photo by Lia Chang
Patrick Page, Anaïs Mitchell and the company of HADESTOWN. Photo by Lia Chang

Hadestown is produced by Mara Isaacs, Dale Franzen, Hunter Arnold, and Tom Kirdahy.

Eva Noblezada and the company of HADESTOWN. Photo by Lia Chang
Eva Noblezada and the company of HADESTOWN. Photo by Lia Chang

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

The company of HADESTOWN. Photo by Lia Chang
The company of HADESTOWN. Photo by Lia Chang

Hadestown electrified audiences with its 2016 world premiere at New York Theatre Workshop, which is the longest-running show in that celebrated theater’s 40-year history. The production then received its Canadian premiere at Edmonton’s Citadel Theatre in 2017 and then a sold-out engagement at the London’s National Theatre prior to Broadway. Hadestown was developed with funding from the Eli and Edythe Broad Stage at the Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center and was further developed by The Ground Floor at Berkeley Repertory Theatre. Hadestown was co-conceived by Ben t. Matchstick.

The Hadestown live original cast recording is available in stores and digitally. For more information on where to get the album and to sign up for email updates for Hadestown, please visit www.hadestown.com.

Reeve Carney, André De Shields, Amber Gray, Eva Noblezada, Patrick Page and More in Preview of Anaïs Mitchell’s HADESTOWN 

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

Reeve Carney, André De Shields, Amber Gray, Eva Noblezada, Patrick Page and More in Preview of Anaïs Mitchell’s HADESTOWN

André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang

The eagerly anticipated new Broadway musical Hadestown by celebrated singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell, developed with and directed by Tony Award® nominee Rachel Chavkin (Natasha, Pierre, and The Great Come of 1812), begins previews on Friday, March 22 ahead of a Wednesday, April 17 official opening night at the Walter Kerr Theatre (219 West 48thStreet). The cast met the press on the Walter Kerr stage on Monday afternoon and performed four numbers from the show.

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

Hadestown stars Reeve Carney stars as Orpheus, André De Shields as Hermes, Amber Gray as Persephone, Eva Noblezada as Eurydice and Patrick Page as Hades, fresh from the acclaimed National Theatre production in London.

Front Row: Reeve Carney, Eva Noblezada, André De Shields, Patrick Page, Amber Gray. Back Row: Afra Hines, Timothy Hughes, Ahmad Simmons, Jewelle Blackman, Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer, Kay Trinidad, John Krause, Kimberly Marable. Photo by Lia Chang
Front Row: Reeve Carney, Eva Noblezada, André De Shields, Patrick Page, Amber Gray. Back Row: Afra Hines, Timothy Hughes, Ahmad Simmons, Jewelle Blackman, Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer, Kay Trinidad, John Krause, Kimberly Marable. Photo by Lia Chang

The cast also includes Jewelle Blackman, Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer and Kay Trinidad as the Fates. The chorus of workers will be played by Afra Hines, Timothy Hughes, John Krause, Kimberly Marable and Ahmad Simmons. The full cast also include swings Malcolm Armwood, T. Oliver Reid, Jessie Shelton, and Khaila Wilcoxon.

Anaïs Mitchell. Photo by Lia Chang
Anaïs Mitchell. Photo by Lia Chang

Anaïs Mitchell kicked off the afternoon with “Why We Build The Wall,” and was joined by the full company.

André De Shields as Orpheus, Eva Noblezada as Eurydice, Patrick Page as Hades, Amber Gray as Persephone, Anaïs Mitchell and the company of HADESTOWN. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields as Orpheus, Jewelle Blackman, Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer and Kay Trinidad as the Fates, Eva Noblezada as Eurydice, Patrick Page as Hades, Amber Gray as Persephone, Anaïs Mitchell and the company of HADESTOWN. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields as Orpheus, Eva Noblezada as Eurydice, Patrick Page as Hades, Amber Gray as Persephone, Anaïs Mitchell and the company of HADESTOWN. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields as Orpheus, Jewelle Blackman, Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer and Kay Trinidad as the Fates, Eva Noblezada as Eurydice, Patrick Page as Hades, Amber Gray as Persephone, Anaïs Mitchell and the company of HADESTOWN. Photo by Lia Chang
Patrick Page, Anaïs Mitchell and the company of HADESTOWN. Photo by Lia Chang
Patrick Page, Anaïs Mitchell and the company of HADESTOWN. Photo by Lia Chang
Patrick Page as Hades. Photo by Lia Chang
Patrick Page as Hades. Photo by Lia Chang
Patrick Page as Hades. Photo by Lia Chang
Patrick Page as Hades. Photo by Lia Chang
Patrick Page as Hades. Photo by Lia Chang
Patrick Page as Hades. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields as Orpheus, Eva Noblezada as Eurydice, Patrick Page as Hades, Amber Gray as Persephone, Anaïs Mitchell and the company of HADESTOWN. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields as Orpheus, Jewelle Blackman, Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer and Kay Trinidad as the Fates, Eva Noblezada as Eurydice, Patrick Page as Hades, Amber Gray as Persephone, Anaïs Mitchell and the company of HADESTOWN. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields as Hermes. Photo by Lia Chang

Amber Gray led “Livin’ It Up,” with the cast.

André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
The company of HADESTOWN. Photo by Lia Chang
The company of HADESTOWN. Photo by Lia Chang
Eva Noblezada as Eurydice, Amber Gray as Persephone and the company of HADESTOWN. Photo by Lia Chang
Eva Noblezada as Eurydice, Amber Gray as Persephone and the company of HADESTOWN. Photo by Lia Chang
Amber Gray as Persephone and the company of HADESTOWN. Photo by Lia Chang
Amber Gray as Persephone and the company of HADESTOWN. Photo by Lia Chang
Eva Noblezada as Eurydice, Amber Gray as Persephone and the company of HADESTOWN. Photo by Lia Chang
Eva Noblezada as Eurydice, Amber Gray as Persephone and the company of HADESTOWN. Photo by Lia Chang
Eva Noblezada as Eurydice, Amber Gray as Persephone and the company of HADESTOWN. Photo by Lia Chang
Eva Noblezada as Eurydice, Amber Gray as Persephone and the company of HADESTOWN. Photo by Lia Chang
The company of HADESTOWN. Photo by Lia Chang
The company of HADESTOWN. Photo by Lia Chang
Eva Noblezada and the company of HADESTOWN. Photo by Lia Chang
Eva Noblezada and the company of HADESTOWN. Photo by Lia Chang
Eva Noblezada and the company of HADESTOWN. Photo by Lia Chang
Eva Noblezada and the company of HADESTOWN. Photo by Lia Chang
Eva Noblezada and the company of HADESTOWN. Photo by Lia Chang
Eva Noblezada and the company of HADESTOWN. Photo by Lia Chang
Eva Noblezada and the company of HADESTOWN. Photo by Lia Chang
Eva Noblezada and the company of HADESTOWN. Photo by Lia Chang
Eva Noblezada and the company of HADESTOWN. Photo by Lia Chang
Eva Noblezada and the company of HADESTOWN. Photo by Lia Chang
Amber Gray as Persephone and the company of HADESTOWN. Photo by Lia Chang
Amber Gray as Persephone and the company of HADESTOWN. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields, Amber Gray, Eva Noblezada, Reeve Carney and the company of HADESTOWN. Photo by Lia Chang
Amber Gray, Eva Noblezada, Reeve Carney and the company of HADESTOWN. Photo by Lia Chang
Amber Gray, Eva Noblezada, Reeve Carney and the company of HADESTOWN. Photo by Lia Chang
Amber Gray, Eva Noblezada, Reeve Carney and the company of HADESTOWN. Photo by Lia Chang
Amber Gray, Eva Noblezada, Reeve Carney and the company of HADESTOWN. Photo by Lia Chang
Amber Gray as Persephone, Eva Noblezada as Eurydice, Reeve Carney as Orpheus and the company of HADESTOWN. Photo by Lia Chang
Amber Gray as Persephone, Eva Noblezada as Eurydice, Reeve Carney as Orpheus and the company of HADESTOWN. Photo by Lia Chang
Amber Gray as Persephone, Eva Noblezada as Eurydice, Reeve Carney as Orpheus and the company of HADESTOWN. Photo by Lia Chang
Eva Noblezada as Eurydice, Amber Gray as Persephone, Timothy R. Hughes, Reeve Carney as Orpheus , Kimberly Marable and the company of HADESTOWN. Photo by Lia Chang
Eva Noblezada as Eurydice, Amber Gray as Persephone, Timothy R. Hughes, Reeve Carney as Orpheus , Kimberly Marable and the company of HADESTOWN. Photo by Lia Chang
Eva Noblezada as Eurydice, Amber Gray as Persephone, Timothy R. Hughes, Reeve Carney as Orpheus , Kimberly Marable and the company of HADESTOWN. Photo by Lia Chang

Reeve Carney and Eva Noblezada sang “All I’ve Ever Known”.

Eva Noblezada as Eurydice and Reeve Carney as Orpheus. Photo by Lia Chang
Eva Noblezada as Eurydice and Reeve Carney as Orpheus. Photo by Lia Chang
Eva Noblezada. Photo by Lia Chang
Eva Noblezada. Photo by Lia Chang
Reeve Carney. Photo by Lia Chang
Reeve Carney. Photo by Lia Chang
Reeve Carney as Orpheus and Eva Noblezada as Eurydice. Photo by Lia Chang
Reeve Carney as Orpheus and Eva Noblezada as Eurydice. Photo by Lia Chang
Eva Noblezada as Eurydice and Reeve Carney as Orpheus. Photo by Lia Chang
Eva Noblezada as Eurydice and Reeve Carney as Orpheus. Photo by Lia Chang
Eva Noblezada as Eurydice and Reeve Carney as Orpheus. Photo by Lia Chang
Eva Noblezada as Eurydice and Reeve Carney as Orpheus. Photo by Lia Chang
Eva Noblezada as Eurydice and Reeve Carney as Orpheus. Photo by Lia Chang
Eva Noblezada as Eurydice and Reeve Carney as Orpheus. Photo by Lia Chang
Reeve Carney as Orpheus and Eva Noblezada as Eurydice. Photo by Lia Chang
Reeve Carney as Orpheus and Eva Noblezada as Eurydice. Photo by Lia Chang
Reeve Carney as Orpheus and Eva Noblezada as Eurydice. Photo by Lia Chang
Reeve Carney as Orpheus and Eva Noblezada as Eurydice. Photo by Lia Chang
Reeve Carney and Eva Noblezada. Photo by Lia Chang
Reeve Carney and Eva Noblezada. Photo by Lia Chang
Reeve Carney as Orpheus and Eva Noblezada as Eurydice. Photo by Lia Chang
Reeve Carney as Orpheus and Eva Noblezada as Eurydice. Photo by Lia Chang

Director Rachel Chavkin introduced “Wait for Me” led by André De Shields and Reeve Carney.

André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
Reeve Carney. Photo by Lia Chang
Reeve Carney. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields as Hermes and Reeve Carney as Orpheus. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields as Hermes and Reeve Carney as Orpheus. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields and Reeve Carney. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields and Reeve Carney. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields and Reeve Carney. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields and Reeve Carney. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields as Hermes and Reeve Carney as Orpheus. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields as Hermes and Reeve Carney as Orpheus. Photo by Lia Chang
Reeve Carney and the company of HADESTOWN. Photo by Lia Chang
Reeve Carney and the company of HADESTOWN. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields and Reeve Carney. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields and Reeve Carney. Photo by Lia Chang
Reeve Carney and Kay Trinidad. Photo by Lia Chang
Reeve Carney and Kay Trinidad. Photo by Lia Chang
Reeve Carney and Kay Karns. Photo by Lia Chang
Reeve Carney and Kay Trinidad. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields and Reeve Carney. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields and Reeve Carney. Photo by Lia Chang
The company of HADESTOWN. Photo by Lia Chang
The company of HADESTOWN. Photo by Lia Chang
The company of HADESTOWN. Photo by Lia Chang
The company of HADESTOWN. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields as Hermes and Reeve Carney as Orpheus. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields as Hermes and Reeve Carney as Orpheus. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields and Reeve Carney. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields and Reeve Carney. Photo by Lia Chang
Reeve Carney and the company of HADESTOWN. Photo by Lia Chang
Reeve Carney and the company of HADESTOWN. Photo by Lia Chang
Reeve Carney and the company of HADESTOWN. Photo by Lia Chang
Reeve Carney and the company of HADESTOWN. Photo by Lia Chang
Reeve Carney and the company of HADESTOWN. Photo by Lia Chang
Reeve Carney and the company of HADESTOWN. Photo by Lia Chang
Reeve Carney and the company of HADESTOWN. Photo by Lia Chang
Reeve Carney and the company of HADESTOWN. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields as Hermes. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields as Hermes. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields as Hermes and Reeve Carney as Orpheus. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields as Hermes and Reeve Carney as Orpheus. Photo by Lia Chang
Kay Trinidad. Photo by Lia Chang
Kay Trinidad. Photo by Lia Chang

Preview performances for Hadestown begin Friday, March 22 ahead of a Wednesday, April 17 official opening night at the Walter Kerr Theatre.

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 woman in Broadway history to accomplish 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.

Reeve Carney as Orpheus and Eva Noblezada as Eurydice. Photo by Lia Chang
Reeve Carney as Orpheus and Eva Noblezada as Eurydice. 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.

David Neumann, Anaïs Mitchell and Rachel Chavkin. Photo by Lia Chang
David Neumann, Anaïs Mitchell and Rachel Chavkin. Photo by Lia Chang

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

Liam Robinson. Photo by Lia Chang
Liam Robinson. Photo by Lia Chang

Hadestown electrified audiences with its 2016 world premiere at New York Theatre Workshop before receiving its Canadian premiere at Edmonton’s Citadel Theatre in 2017. This winter’s sold-out engagement at the National Theatre in London recently ended its run at the Olivier Theatre. Hadestown was developed with funding from the Eli and Edythe Broad Stage at the Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center and was further developed by The Ground Floor at Berkeley Repertory Theatre. Hadestown was co-conceived by Ben t. Matchstick.

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

The Hadestown live original cast recording is available in stores and digitally. For more information on where to get the album and to sign up for email updates for Hadestown, please visit www.hadestown.com.

Lia Chang and André De Shields. Photo by Garth Kravits
Lia Chang and André De Shields. Photo by Garth Kravits
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

HADESTOWN Star Eva Noblezada Continues Solo Concert Residency at The Green Room 42 on March 17, March 31, April 7 and April 14  

Eva Noblezada. Photo by Lia Chang

Eva Noblezada, star of Hadestown on Broadway, and a Tony nominee for her star turn as Kim in the 2017 Miss Saigon revival, has returned to The Green Room 42 with her new show, Eva Noblezada: Ballad of a Broadway Twenty-Something.

Eva Noblezada. Photo by Lia Chang
Eva Noblezada. Photo by Lia Chang

Her show features a new selection of pop ballads, jazz standards and musical theater favorites. Rodney Bush serves as Music Director. After a record-breaking sell out run of her first solo show Girl No More, her current residency includes upcoming performances on Sunday, March 17, March 31, April 7 and April 14 at 7:00 P.M. Click here for tickets.

HADESTOWN stars Reeve Carney and Eva Noblezada begin previews at the Walter Kerr Theatre on March 22, 2019. Photo by Lia Chang
HADESTOWN stars Reeve Carney and Eva Noblezada begin previews at the Walter Kerr Theatre on March 22, 2019. Photo by Lia Chang

Eva is in tech for Anais Mitchell’s Hadestown, directed by Rachel Chavkin. She recently starred as Eurydice alongside Reeve Carney, Patrick Page, Amber Gray, and André De Shields in Anais Mitchell’s Hadestown at the Royal National Theatre in London and will reprise her role when Hadestown begins previews at the Walter Kerr Theatre on March 22, 2019.

HADESTOWN stars André De Shields, Amber Gray, Patrick Page, Eva Noblezada and Reeve Carney. Photo by Lia Chang
HADESTOWN stars André De Shields, Amber Gray, Patrick Page, Eva Noblezada and Reeve Carney. Photo by Lia Chang

Eva 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.

Jude Obermuller and Eva Noblezada. Photo by Lia Chang
Jude Obermuller and Eva Noblezada. Photo by Lia Chang
Eva Noblezada. Photo by Lia Chang
Eva Noblezada. Photo by Lia Chang
Eva Noblezada. Photo by Lia Chang
Eva Noblezada. Photo by Lia Chang
Eva Noblezada. Photo by Lia Chang
Eva Noblezada. Photo by Lia Chang
Eva Noblezada. Photo by Lia Chang
Eva Noblezada. Photo by Lia Chang
Eva Noblezada. Photo by Lia Chang
Eva Noblezada. Photo by Lia Chang
Eva Noblezada. Photo by Lia Chang
Eva Noblezada. Photo by Lia Chang
Eva Noblezada. Photo by Lia Chang
Eva Noblezada. Photo by Lia Chang
Eva Noblezada. Photo by Lia Chang
Eva Noblezada. Photo by Lia Chang
Jude Obermuller. Photo by Lia Chang
Jude Obermuller. Photo by Lia Chang
Eva Noblezada. Photo by Lia Chang
Eva Noblezada. Photo by Lia Chang
Eva Noblezada. Photo by Lia Chang
Eva Noblezada. Photo by Lia Chang
Eva Noblezada. Photo by Lia Chang
Eva Noblezada. Photo by Lia Chang
Eva Noblezada. Photo by Lia Chang
Eva Noblezada. Photo by Lia Chang

Eva Noblezada performs at The Green Room 42 (570 Tenth Avenue at 42nd Street, on the 4th Floor of Yotel) on March 17, March 31, April 7 and April 14 at 7:00 PM. The cover changes is $35-$85. There is no food and drink minimum. For tickets, please visit www.TheGreenRoom42.com.

Daniel Dunlow and Eva Noblezada. Photo by Lia chang
Daniel Dunlow and Eva Noblezada. Photo by Lia chang
Eva Noblezada. Photo by Lia Chang
Claire Ortuzar, Jude Obermuller, Eva Noblezada and Leo Roberts. Photo by Lia Chang
Claire Ortuzar, Jude Obermuller, Eva Noblezada and Leo Roberts. Photo by Lia Chang
Reeve Carney, Leo Roberts, Eva Noblezada, Devin Ilaw, Jude Obermuller, and Claire Ortuzar. Photo by Lia Chang
Reeve Carney, Leo Roberts, Eva Noblezada, Devin Ilaw, Jude Obermuller, and Claire Ortuzar. Photo by Lia Chang

London’s National Theatre Cast of HADESTOWN including Reeve Carney, André De Shields, Amber Gray, Eva Noblezada, and Patrick Page to Reprise Roles on Broadway 

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

“Closing Distances,” An Exhibition Featuring Paintings by Arlan Huang and Costumes Curated by Mee Mee Chin on View at Pearl River Mart through March 17

Mee Mee Chin, Arlan Huang and Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits
Founder Ming Yi Chen, Curator Mee Mee Chin, Artist Arlan Huang, founder Ching Yeh Chen and Joanne Kwong, Pearl River's president and daughter-in-law of the Chens. Photo by Lia Chang
Founder Ming Yi Chen, Curator Mee Mee Chin, Artist Arlan Huang, founder Ching Yeh Chen and Joanne Kwong, Pearl River’s president and daughter-in-law of the Chens. Photo by Lia Chang

I kicked off my Lunar New Year celebration on February 2nd at the opening reception of “Closing Distances,” an exhibition featuring paintings by Arlan Huang and costumes curated by Mee Mee Chin at Pearl River Mart in Chinatown.

What better place to bridge the complexities of being 1st generation and 3rd generation Asian American than Pearl River.

Mee Mee Chin and Arlan Huang's "Closing Distances" exhibition at Pearl River in New York. Photo by Lia Chang
Mee Mee Chin and Arlan Huang’s “Closing Distances” exhibition at Pearl River in New York. Photo by Lia Chang

Pearl River’s president Joanne Kwong shared, “An exploration of family, memory, identity and community with a healthy dose of color, culture and bling! Though cousins, Arlan and Mee Mee grew up 180 degrees differently from each other and actually grew to know each other and their family better by bridging Arlan’s paintings and Mee Mee’s love for fashion and Chinese opera.”

Arlan Huang. Photo by Lia Chang
Arlan Huang. Photo by Lia Chang
Arlan Huang and Mee Mee Chin. Photo by Lia Chang
Arlan Huang and Mee Mee Chin. Photo by Lia Chang

I had the opportunity to model a vintage Peking Opera costume circa 1930, from Mee Mee’s collection.

Mee Mee Chin, Arlan Huang and Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits
Lia Chang in Peking Opera costume at opening reception of Mee Mee Chin and Arlan Huang’s “Closing Distances” exhibition at Pearl River in New York on February 2, 2019. Photo by Lia Chang
Mee Mee Chin, Arlan Huang and Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits
Mee Mee Chin, Arlan Huang and Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits
Cousins Mee Mee Chin and Arlan Huang. Photo by Lia Chang
Cousins Mee Mee Chin and Arlan Huang. Photo by Lia Chang
Painting by Arlan Huang
Painting by Arlan Huang
Painting by Arlan Huang
Painting by Arlan Huang
Painting by Arlan Huang
Painting by Arlan Huang

Below are photos from the reception.

Keilin Huang, Mee Mee Chin, Lauren Hom, Arlan Huang, Kira Eng Wilmot and Lillian Huang. Photo by Lia Chang
Cousins Keilin Huang, Mee Mee Chin, Lauren Hom, Arlan Huang, Kira Eng Wilmot and Lillian Huang. Photo by Lia Chang

Last night, cousins from Florida  came to see the exhibition and we headed to Cafe Hong Kong for a feast.

Scott and Ping McLauchlin, Chuck and Debbie Huang, Arlan Huang and Lillian Ling, Bruce and Judy Blackton. Photo by Lia Chang
Scott and Ping McLauchlin, Chuck and Debbie Huang, Arlan Huang and Lillian Ling, Bruce and Judy Blackton. Photo by Lia Chang
A feast at Cafe Hong Kong. Photo by Lia Chang
A feast at Cafe Hong Kong. Photo by Lia Chang

Pearl River Mart is located at 395 Broadway at the corner of Walker St., in New York. The exhibition closes on March 17th.

Lia Chang and Arlan Huang. Photo by Garth Kravits
Lia Chang and Arlan Huang. Photo by Garth Kravits

Click here to learn more about the artists.

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

Ruben Santiago-Hudson Celebrates LACKAWANNA BLUES Opening Night at Mark Taper Forum

Obba Babatundé, KiKi Shepard, J, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Wren T. Brown and Jason Dirden. Photo courtesy of Facebook

Ruben Santiago-Hudson’s powerful and touching solo play “Lackawanna Blues” opened at the Mark Taper Forum on March 13th and has performances through April 21st.

From left, creator/performer Ruben Santiago-Hudson, actors Ben Vereen, Sally Struthers, Blair Underwood and Roz Ryan. Photo Credit: Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging
From left, creator/performer Ruben Santiago-Hudson, actors Ben Vereen, Sally Struthers, Blair Underwood and Roz Ryan. Photo Credit: Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging
Obba Babatundé, KiKi Shepard, J, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Wren T. Brown and Jason Dirden. Photo courtesy of Facebook
Obba Babatundé, KiKi Shepard, Jeannie Brittan, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Wren T. Brown and Jason Dirden. Photo courtesy of Facebook

Produced by Center Theatre Group, Lackawanna Blues” is written, performed and directed by Santiago-Hudson with live music performed by Grammy-winning blues guitarist, composer and actor Chris Thomas King. Original music for the production is composed by Bill Sims Jr. with additional music composed by King. The design team includes scenic designer Michael Carnahan, costume designer Karen Perry, lighting designer Jen Schriever and sound designer Philip G. Allen. The production stage manager is David S. Franklin.

From left, scenic designer Michael Carnahan, creator/performer Ruben Santiago-Hudson and guitarist Chris Thomas King. Photo Credit: Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging
From left, scenic designer Michael Carnahan, creator/performer Ruben Santiago-Hudson and guitarist Chris Thomas King. Photo Credit: Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging

A magical, musical and deeply personal work by Tony Award winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson, “Lackawanna Blues” is a reminiscence of his 1950s childhood in a small town on the banks of Lake Erie. Santiago-Hudson takes on more than 20 colorful characters-from would-be philosophers and petty hustlers to lost souls and abandoned lovers-in a brilliant celebration of the eccentric boardinghouse he grew up in. Santiago-Hudson returns to his roots in this tour de force performance accompanied throughout by live blues music

From left, guitarist Chris Thomas King and creator/performer Ruben Santiago-Hudson. Photo Credit: Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging
From left, guitarist Chris Thomas King and creator/performer Ruben Santiago-Hudson. Photo Credit: Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging
From left, guitarist Chris Thomas King and creator/performer Ruben Santiago-Hudson. Photo Credit: Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging
From left, guitarist Chris Thomas King and creator/performer Ruben Santiago-Hudson. Photo Credit: Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging
From left, creator/performer Ruben Santiago-Hudson, his wife, Jeannie Brittan and their son, actor Trey Santiago-Hudson. Photo Credit: Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging
From left, creator/performer Ruben Santiago-Hudson, his wife, Jeannie Brittan and their son, actor Trey Santiago-Hudson. Photo Credit: Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging
From left, creator/performer Ruben Santiago-Hudson, actors Ben Vereen, Sally Struthers, Blair Underwood and Roz Ryan. Photo Credit: Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging
From left, creator/performer Ruben Santiago-Hudson, actors Ben Vereen, Sally Struthers, Blair Underwood and Roz Ryan. Photo Credit: Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging
From left, actor Ben Vereen, actor Blair Underwood, Desiree DaCosta, Center Theatre Group Artistic Director Michael Ritchie and creator/performer Ruben Santiago-Hudson. Photo Credit: Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging
From left, actor Ben Vereen, actor Blair Underwood, Desiree DaCosta, Center Theatre Group Artistic Director Michael Ritchie and creator/performer Ruben Santiago-Hudson. Photo Credit: Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging
Creator/performer Ruben Santiago-Hudson. Photo Credit: Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging
Creator/performer Ruben Santiago-Hudson. Photo Credit: Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging
From left, filmmaker Adam Davidson and creator/performer Ruben Santiago-Hudson. Photo Credit: Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging
From left, filmmaker Adam Davidson and creator/performer Ruben Santiago-Hudson. Photo Credit: Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging
From left, actor Jennifer Leigh Warren and creator/performer Ruben Santiago-Hudson. Photo Credit: Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging
From left, actor Jennifer Leigh Warren and creator/performer Ruben Santiago-Hudson. Photo Credit: Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging
From left, Jeannie Brittan, creator/performer Ruben Santiago-Hudson and actor Jodi Lyn O'Keefe at the party for the opening night performance of "Lackawanna Blues" at Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum on March 13, 2019, in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging)
From left, Jeannie Brittan, creator/performer Ruben Santiago-Hudson and actor Jodi Lyn O’Keefe at the party for the opening night performance of “Lackawanna Blues” at Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum on March 13, 2019, in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging)
From left, actors Blair Underwood, Sally Struthers and Trey Santiago-Hudson. Photo Credit: Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging
From left, actors Blair Underwood, Sally Struthers and Trey Santiago-Hudson. Photo Credit: Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging
From left, scenic designer Michael Carnahan and creator/performer Ruben Santiago-Hudson. Photo Credit: Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging
From left, scenic designer Michael Carnahan and creator/performer Ruben Santiago-Hudson. Photo Credit: Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging
From left, guitarist Chris Thomas King and creator/performer Ruben Santiago-Hudson. Photo Credit: Ryan Miller/Capture ImagingFrom left, actor Blair Underwood and Center Theatre Group Artistic Director Michael Ritchie. Photo Credit: Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging
From left, guitarist Chris Thomas King and creator/performer Ruben Santiago-Hudson. Photo Credit: Ryan Miller/Capture ImagingFrom left, actor Blair Underwood and Center Theatre Group Artistic Director Michael Ritchie. Photo Credit: Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging
From left, actors Blair Underwood, Roz Ryan and Center Theatre Group Artistic Director Michael Ritchie. Photo Credit: Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging
From left, actors Blair Underwood, Roz Ryan and Center Theatre Group Artistic Director Michael Ritchie. Photo Credit: Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging
From left, creator/performer Ruben Santiago-Hudson and actor Blair Underwood. Photo Credit: Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging
From left, creator/performer Ruben Santiago-Hudson and actor Blair Underwood. Photo Credit: Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging
Actor James Pickens Jr. attends the opening night performance of "Lackawanna Blues." Photo by Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging.
Actor James Pickens Jr. attends the opening night performance of “Lackawanna Blues.” Photo by Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging.
Actor Jonathan Adams. Photo Credit: Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging
Actor Jonathan Adams. Photo Credit: Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging
Actor Okieriete Onaodowan. Photo Credit: Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging
Actor Okieriete Onaodowan. Photo Credit: Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging
Actor Aaron Takahashi. Photo Credit: Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging
Actor Aaron Takahashi. Photo Credit: Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging
From left, actors Loni Love and Jackee Harry. Photo Credit: Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging
From left, actors Loni Love and Jackee Harry. Photo Credit: Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging
Actor Erica Ash. Photo Credit: Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging
Actor Erica Ash. Photo Credit: Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging
From left, actors Suzanne Cryer and Amy Aquino. Photo Credit: Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging
From left, actors Suzanne Cryer and Amy Aquino. Photo Credit: Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging
Actor Shoniqua Shandai attends the opening night performance of "Lackawanna Blues." Photo by Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging.
Actor Shoniqua Shandai attends the opening night performance of “Lackawanna Blues.” Photo by Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging.

Below, Ruben dedicated the show to the memory of Bill Sims, Jr.
IN MEMORIAM: ‘LACKAWANNA BLUES’ COMPOSER BILL SIMS JR.

Bill Sims, Jr. and his wife Karen Wilson. Photo by Lia Chang
Bill Sims, Jr. and his wife Karen Wilson. Photo by Lia Chang
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

Essential Theater: Zainab Jah, Sahr Ngaujah and Thomas Silcott Extend in Signature Theatre’s Revival of BOESMAN AND LENA through March 24

Thomas Silcott, Zainab Jah, Sahr Ngaujah. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Thomas Silcott, Zainab Jah. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Thomas Silcott, Zainab Jah. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

Signature Theatre’s critically acclaimed revival of Boesman and Lena by Athol Fugard, helmed by Yaël Farber has been extended through March 24, 2019 in The Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre at The Pershing Square Signature Center (480 West 42nd Street between 9th and 10th Avenues).  Tickets, priced at $35 thanks to the Signature Ticket Initiative, are on sale now for the production. To purchase tickets for all Signature Productions, call Ticket Services at 212-244-7529 (Tues. – Sun., 11am – 6pm) or visit www.SignatureTheatre.org.

Thomas Silcott, Zainab Jah, Sahr Ngaujah. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Thomas Silcott, Zainab Jah, Sahr Ngaujah. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

The cast of Boesman and Lena includes Zainab Jah (Signature’s Venus) as Lena, Tony Award nominee Sahr Ngaujah (Signature’s Master Harold… and the Boys) as Boesman and Thomas Silcott (“Luke Cage”) as Old African.

Thomas Silcott, Zainab Jah, Sahr Ngaujah. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Thomas Silcott, Zainab Jah, Sahr Ngaujah. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

The creative team includes Susan Hilferty (Scenic & Costume Design), Amith Chandrashaker (Lighting Design), Matt Hubbs (Sound Design), UnkleDave’s Fight-House (Fight Direction), and Barbara Rubin (Dialect Coach). The Production Stage Manager is Cherie B. Tay and Casting is by Caparelliotis Casting.

Thomas Silcott, Zainab Jah, Sahr Ngaujah. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Thomas Silcott, Zainab Jah, Sahr Ngaujah. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

Legacy playwright Athol Fugard has made a home at Signature since being the inaugural Residency 1 playwright at the Center, and his South African-set stories, with themes of complex identities, racial tension, and social protest, remain as relevant as ever. In this new production of the “prophetic and brilliant” (The New York Times) Boesman and Lena, the human need for kindness, hope and compassion is on display in the struggles of abusive Boesman and his long-suffering wife Lena, who encounter a stranger while wandering the South African wastelands.

Zainab Jah, Sahr Ngaujah. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Zainab Jah, Sahr Ngaujah. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

The groundbreaking Signature Ticket Initiative: A Generation of Access is a program that guarantees affordable tickets to every Signature production through 2031. Serving as a model for theatres and performing arts organizations across the country, the Initiative was founded in 2005 and is made possible by lead partner The Pershing Square Foundation with additional support provided by the Jerome L. Greene Foundation, the Howard Gilman Foundation, Margot Adams, The SHS Foundation, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, Unlikely Collaborators, Consolidated Edison Company of New York, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and City Council Speaker Corey Johnson.

Zainab Jah, Sahr Ngaujah. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Zainab Jah, Sahr Ngaujah. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Zainab Jah, Sahr Ngaujah. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Zainab Jah, Sahr Ngaujah. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Thomas Silcott, Zainab Jah, Sahr Ngaujah. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Thomas Silcott, Zainab Jah, Sahr Ngaujah. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Zainab Jah. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Zainab Jah. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Zainab Jah, Sahr Ngaujah. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Zainab Jah, Sahr Ngaujah. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Zainab Jah, Sahr Ngaujah. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Zainab Jah, Sahr Ngaujah. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Zainab Jah, Sahr Ngaujah. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Zainab Jah, Sahr Ngaujah. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
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

Telly Leung in Concert at Vitello’s Supper Club in “Sing Happy” on March 18

Telly Leung. Photo Credit: Michael Kushner Photography
Telly Leung. Photo Credit: Michael Kushner Photography
Telly Leung. Photo Credit: Michael Kushner Photography

Beloved Broadway (Aladdin, In Transit, Allegiance, Godspell, Rent, Wicked, Pacific Overtures, Flower Drum Song) and television star (“Glee”), Telly Leung, is coming to Los Angeles to present a brand-new show, “Sing Happy” on March 18th at Vitello’s Supper Club. The eclectic evening of music takes an intimate and revealing look at the ups and downs of what it takes to be a professional singer, from joyful Broadway openings to a career-threatening event that almost ended it all. For additional information, and to purchase tickets, please visit: HERE.

“Sing Happy” is directed by Alan Muraoka (“Sesame Street,” Pacific Overtures, Miss Saigon). The concert will include Broadway standards from shows including Aladdin, If/Then and Rent, and recognizable songs from recording artists Whitney Houston, Kelly Clarkson, John Denver, and Florence and the Machine.

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 Aladdin, 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.” Leung 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.

Photo Credit: Michael Kushner Photography

Art Acuna, Pinky Amador, Angeli Bayani, Topper Fabregas, Cherie Gil, Nelsito Gomez, Andoy Ranay, and Markki Stroem in Bobby Garcia Helmed ANGELS IN AMERICA: MILLENNIUM APPROACHES, March 22 to April 7

Art Acuna. Photo credit: Atlantis Theatrical Entertainment Group

To kick off its 20th anniversary, Atlantis Theatrical Entertainment Group is presenting the Manila production of Tony Kushner’s ANGELS IN AMERICA: MILLENNIUM APPROACHES with some of the most critically-acclaimed Filipino actors: Art Acuna as Roy Cohn, Pinky Amador as the Angel, Angeli Bayani as Harper Pitt, Topper Fabregas as Prior Walter, Cherie Gil as Hannah Pitt, Nelsito Gomez as Louis Ironson, Andoy Ranay as Belize, and Markki Stroem as Joe Pitt.

Pinky Amador. Photo credit: Atlantis Theatrical Entertainment Group
Pinky Amador. Photo credit: Atlantis Theatrical Entertainment Group

The first part of Kushner’s epic, set in 1980s New York City, zooms in on the lives of two couples: Prior Walter is abandoned by his lover, Louis, as he contracts the AIDS virus, while a closeted gay lawyer named Joe Pitt struggles in his marriage to his pill-popping wife, Harper. Their fates intertwine as they explore the questions of love, justice, identity, and change.

Andoy Ranay. Photo credit: Atlantis Theatrical Entertainment Group
Andoy Ranay. Photo credit: Atlantis Theatrical Entertainment Group

Among the 20th century’s defining works of dramatic art, ANGELS IN AMERICA is the most Tony Award-nominated play, breaking records in Broadway’s history with 10 Tony Awards including Best Play and Best Revival of a Play. It has also won a Pulitzer Prize for Drama, proving Kushner’s work remains as transcendent and as potent and timely in its concerns as when it premiered on Broadway over 25 years ago.

Art Acuna. Photo credit: Atlantis Theatrical Entertainment Group
Art Acuna. Photo credit: Atlantis Theatrical Entertainment Group

Having worked on the play before, Director Bobby Garcia says, “We have what is really a dream cast for ANGELS IN AMERICA. It’s a cast I would not have thought I could assemble in the same room.

Markki Stroem, Cherie Gil. Photo credit: Atlantis Theatrical Entertainment Group
Markki Stroem, Cherie Gil. Photo credit: Atlantis Theatrical Entertainment Group

ANGELS IN AMERICA: MILLENNIUM APPROACHES runs from March 22 to April 7, 2019, at the Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza, Makati. For tickets, visitTicketWorld.com.ph.

Nelsito Gomez, Topper Fabregas. Photo credit: Atlantis Theatrical Entertainment Group
Nelsito Gomez, Topper Fabregas. Photo credit: Atlantis Theatrical Entertainment Group

The show contains strong language and mature content; it is strongly recommended to ages 17 years old and above.

Angeli Bayani, Markki Stroem. Photo credit: Atlantis Theatrical Entertainment Group
Angeli Bayani, Markki Stroem. Photo credit: Atlantis Theatrical Entertainment Group
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

Multimedia: André De Shields Helmed SOPHISTICATED LADIES at NJPAC, March 21 – 24

Director André De Shields with his SOPHISTICATED LADIES cast (Seated) C.K. Edwards, Tommy Scrivens, Lamont Brown and Wesley J. Barnes. (Standing) Jenny Laroche, Johmaalya Adelekan, Jacqueline B. Arnold, Lianne Marie Dobbs, Ken Ard, N’Kenge, Danielle Kelsey and Kaleigh Cronin. Photo by Lia Chang.
André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang

Two-time Tony nominee and Emmy winner André De Shields, currently in rehearsal for the Broadway production of Anais Mitchell’s Hadestown, is simultaneously at the helm of Crossroads Theatre Company and New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC)’s co-production of Duke Ellington’s Sophisticated Ladies at NJPAC, 1 Center Street in Newark, Thursday, March 21 – Sunday, March 24, 2019. Click here to purchase tickets.

Costume Designer Gail Brassard, Director Andre De Shields, Choreographer Kimberly Schafer, Tommy Scrivens, Wesley Barnes, Lamont Brown, C.K. Edwards with Musical Director Nat Adderley, Jr. Photo by Lia Chang
Costume Designer Gail Brassard, Director Andre De Shields, Choreographer Kimberly Schafer, Tommy Scrivens, Wesley Barnes, Lamont Brown, C.K. Edwards with Musical Director Nat Adderley, Jr. Photo by Lia Chang

The high-style music of “The Duke” is the heart and soul of this 1981 Tony-winning Broadway hit, featuring choreography by Kimberly Schafer and musical direction by Nat Adderley, Jr.

Kimberly Schafer and André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
Kimberly Schafer and André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang

Presented in the year marking the 120th anniversary of Ellington’s birth, Sophisticated Ladies is a first-class excursion back to the heyday of Harlem’s swanky Cotton Club. According to legend, the great bandleader and composer Duke Ellington once told his musicians that they had to play their best because they were about to open in Newark. All those glorious numbers – “Satin Doll,” “It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing),” “Cotton Tail,” “Take the A Train” and “Mood Indigo” – return to the city in full swing with the arrival of Duke Ellington’s Sophisticated Ladies, a co-production of NJPAC and Crossroads Theatre Company.

(Seated) C.K. Edwards, Tommy Scrivens, Lamont Brown and Wesley J. Barnes. (Standing) Jenny Laroche, Johmaalya Adelekan, Jacqueline B. Arnold, Lianne Marie Dobbs, Ken Ard, N’Kenge, Danielle Kelsey and Kaleigh Cronin. Photo by Lia Chang
(Seated) C.K. Edwards, Tommy Scrivens, Lamont Brown and Wesley J. Barnes. (Standing) Jenny Laroche, Johmaalya Adelekan, Jacqueline B. Arnold, Lianne Marie Dobbs, Ken Ard, N’Kenge, Danielle Kelsey and Kaleigh Cronin. Photo by Lia Chang

A glamorous cast of Broadway veterans and bright young stars performs with an onstage band versed in the tradition of the orchestras of Duke Ellington and his son, Mercer. The cast features Johmaalya Adelekan, Ken Ard, Jacqueline B. Arnold, Wesley J. Barnes, Lamont Brown, Kaleigh Cronin, Lianne Marie Dobbs, C.K. Edwards, Danielle Kelsey, Jenny Laroche, N’Kenge, and Tommy Scrivens.

André De Shields in front of the Walter Kerr Theatre in New York, where HADESTOWN begins previews on March 22, 2019. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields in front of the Walter Kerr Theatre in New York, where HADESTOWN begins previews on March 22, 2019. Photo by Lia Chang

André De Shields made his NJPAC debut six years ago in Prudential Hall as Zeus during an orchestral performance of The Creatures of Prometheus. He returned in 2017 to direct and choreograph the first co-production between NJPAC and The Crossroads Theatre Company, the critically acclaimed Ain’t Misbehavin’. In his half-century artistic career, Mr. De Shields has distinguished himself as an unparalleled actor, director, choreographer and educator. His numerous accolades include an OBIE Award for Sustained Excellence of Performance, the 2009 National Black Theatre Festival’s Living Legend Award, the Black Theatre Network’s 2016 Winona Lee Fletcher Award, and many more. His body of work includes Broadway, Off-Broadway, regional theatre, feature films, television, and cabaret. Mr. De Shields is best known for his show stopping performances in four legendary Broadway musicals: The Full Monty, Play On!, Ain’t Misbehavin’, and The Wiz (title role). De Shields heads back to Broadway in March as Hermes in Anais Mitchell’s Hadestown at the Walter Kerr.

Seated: Costume Designer Gail Brassard, Kayla Votapek, Production Stage Manager Rick Steiger. Standing: Choreographer Kimberly Schafer, Crossroads Producing Artistic Director Marshall Jones, III, Director André De Shields, Lighting and Set Designer Burke Wilmore and Chelsea. Photo by Lia Chang
Seated: Costume Designer Gail Brassard, Associate Producer Kayla Kim Votapek, Production Stage Manager Rick Steiger. Standing: Choreographer Kimberly Schafer, Crossroads Producing Artistic Director Marshall Jones, III, Director André De Shields, Lighting and Set Designer Burke J. Wilmore and Assistant Stage Manager Chelsea Olivia Friday. Photo by Lia Chang

Mr. De Shields’ creative team also includes Burke J. Wilmore (Set and Lighting Design), Gail Brassard (Costume Design), Production Stage Manager Rick Steiger and Assistant Stage Manager Chelsea Olivia Friday.

Johmaalya Adelekan, Jacqueline B. Arnold, Lianne Marie Dobbs, Ken Ard, N’Kenge. Photo by Lia Chang
Johmaalya Adelekan, Jacqueline B. Arnold, Lianne Marie Dobbs, Ken Ard, N’Kenge. Photo by Lia Chang

Performances for Sophisticated Ladies are on Thursday, March 21st @ 7pm, Friday, March 22 @ 7pm, Saturday, March 23rd @ 2pm and 7pm and Sunday, March 24 @ 2pm. Click here to purchase tickets.

Seated: Wesley J. Barnes, Kaleigh Cronin, Ken Ard, Lamont Brown. Standing C.K. Edwards, Jenny Laroche, Danielle Kelsey and Tommy Scrivens. Photo by Lia Chang
(Seated) Wesley J. Barnes, Kaleigh Cronin, Ken Ard, Lamont Brown. (Standing) C.K. Edwards, Jenny Laroche, Danielle Kelsey and Tommy Scrivens. Photo by Lia Chang

Below De Shields reveals his vision for Sophisticated Ladies.

André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang

Q: How was Sophisticated Ladies relevant in 1981?
In terms of cultural agency, the 1980s in America are remembered as The Golden Decade, when bigger was better: big television, big Rock & Roll, big Wall Street, big hair, big soul . . . big fame, big film and–yes– big Broadway musicals. Duke Ellington’sSophisticated Ladies was one of those opulent productions that ruled The Great White Way during the 80s. I still have vivid, visceral recollection of the spring of 1981. I was returning from having performed a six-month engagement of Ain’t Misbehavin’ in Paris. Once in New York, I discovered The Grapevine alight with rapturous acclaim for the lavish and glamorous Ellington revue. Inspired by the discography of Edward Kennedy Ellington–later to adopt the moniker “Duke”–Sophisticated Ladies played its first preview on February 16, 1981, at The Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, opened on March 1, 1981, and closed on January 2, 1983, having run a total of 767 performances. Arguably the greatest American composer of the Twentieth century, Duke Ellington had finally become a player on America’s main stage for live theatre. Audiences and critics alike were hard-pressed to find the adjective that possessed just the right amount of panache and gravitas to describe the lavish production that was Sophisticated Ladies. The word “fabulous” would soon acquire an even more prodigious connotation.

N'Kenge, Jacqueline B. Arnold, Johmaalya Adelekan, Lianne Marie Dobbs, Jenny LaRoche, Danielle Kelsey and Kaleigh Cronin. Photo by Lia Chang
N’Kenge, Jacqueline B. Arnold, Johmaalya Adelekan, Lianne Marie Dobbs, Jenny Laroche, Danielle Kelsey and Kaleigh Cronin. Photo by Lia Chang
Johmaalya Adelekan, Lianne Marie Dobbs, N'Kenge and Jacqueline B. Arnold. Photo by Lia Chang
Johmaalya Adelekan, Lianne Marie Dobbs, N’Kenge and Jacqueline B. Arnold. Photo by Lia Chang
Johmaalya Adelekan, Lianne Marie Dobbs, N'Kenge and Jacqueline B. Arnold. Photo by Lia Chang
Johmaalya Adelekan, Lianne Marie Dobbs, N’Kenge and Jacqueline B. Arnold. Photo by Lia Chang
Lianne Marie Dobbs, Johmaalya Adelekan, Lianne Marie Dobbs, Jacqueline B. Arnold, and N'Kenge. Photo by Lia Chang
Lianne Marie Dobbs, Johmaalya Adelekan, Lianne Marie Dobbs, Jacqueline B. Arnold, and N’Kenge. Photo by Lia Chang

Q: And what is your vision for making it relevant to 2019?
Fast forward nearly another two decades to 2019, and the culture has gone through a tectonic shift. No longer made solely of the solidly impervious fabric of male dominance, contemporary American culture has been stretched to the point of porosity. And those porous imperfections are currently being mended by the stitch work of twenty-first century, self-empowered womanhood. Flipping the script has become a necessary tool of the postmodern female. And since it is the responsibility of my generation to explain to the prior and succeeding generations how we got from There to Here, I searched for a piece of entertainment that could be unpacked for its implicit information regarding the psychological, emotional and intellectual relationships between men and women. It occurred to me that Duke Ellington’s Sophisticated Ladies was ripe for the picking. The title alone begs to be parsed. For example, have we actually ever heard from the sophisticated ladies referenced in the title? Isn’t it about time that we get to better know the women that the Duke and his collaborators apotheosized in song for sixty years? One of the several definitions of “sophisticated” is “enlightened.” I suggest that we all lean forward, and open our eyes, ears, hearts and minds to the perspective of the enlightened woman, wherever she is encountered. I am convinced that we will find her revelations “beyond category.”

Ken Ard and N'Kenge. photo by Lia Chang
Ken Ard and N’Kenge. photo by Lia Chang

Q: What can the audience expect from this new production of Sophisticated Ladies?
From this new production of Duke Ellington’s Sophisticated Ladies, NJPAC audiences can expect dynamic entertainment, sparkling enlightenment and nuanced ecstasy. My creative team and I have not changed any lyric or adulterated any melody. We have great respect for the integrity of the original Broadway show. What we have done is made the choice of not drenching the production in luxury. A simple yet elegant set with Art Deco highlights has been designed by Burke J. Wilmore, who also serves as lighting designer. Our choreographer, Kimberly Schafer, has created a palette of dance genres, featuring tap, to keep the audience’s feet patting, fingers snapping and shoulders shaking. And costume designer Gail Brassard has taken the approach of not anchoring the production in a singular historical period, but rather to allow the costume design to subtly reflect the changing status of the female over various windows if time. The entire physical production is meant to reveal a minimalist set of core design values in order to emphasize our investigation into the seed of the seed: what the authentic sophisticated lady has to say about herself?

Jenny LaRoche, Kaleigh Cronin and Danielle Kelsey. Photo by Lia Chang
Jenny Laroche, Kaleigh Cronin and Danielle Kelsey. Photo by Lia Chang

Q: What are four words that best describe this newly conceptualized production?
The four words that best describe this newly conceptualized production are original, imaginative, unpredictable and inventive.

Wesley J. Barnes, C.K. Edwards and Kaleigh Cronin. Photo by Lia Chang
Wesley J. Barnes, C.K. Edwards and Kaleigh Cronin. Photo by Lia Chang
Lianne Marie Dobbs, Lamont Brown, C.K. Edwards, Jacqueline B. Arnold, Danielle Kelsey, Ken Ard and Kaleigh Cronin. Photo by Lia Chang
Lianne Marie Dobbs, Lamont Brown, C.K. Edwards, Jacqueline B. Arnold, Danielle Kelsey, Ken Ard and Kaleigh Cronin. Photo by Lia Chang
Jacqueline B. Arnold, Lamont Brown and Johmaalya Adelekan. Photo by Lia Chang
Jacqueline B. Arnold, Lamont Brown and Johmaalya Adelekan. Photo by Lia Chang
Jacqueline B. Arnold, Lamont Brown and Johmaalya Adelekan. Photo by Lia Chang
Jacqueline B. Arnold, Lamont Brown and Johmaalya Adelekan. Photo by Lia Chang
Jacqueline B. Arnold, Lamont Brown and Johmaalya Adelekan. Photo by Lia Chang
Jacqueline B. Arnold, Lamont Brown and Johmaalya Adelekan. Photo by Lia Chang

Q: What most excites you about returning to NJPAC following a successful run of Ain’t Misbehavin’ last season?
Following last season’s successful run of Ain’t Misbehavin’, that which most excites me about returning to NJPAC is the opportunity to continue expanding and solidifying the network of collaborators dedicated to the mission of Crossroads Theatre Company: To create and present professional theatre of the highest standards of artistic excellence that celebrates the culture, history, spirit and voices of the entire African Diaspora.

C.K. Edwards, Lamont Brown, Tomm Scrivens and Wesley J. Barnes. Photo by Lia Chang
C.K. Edwards, Lamont Brown, Tomm Scrivens and Wesley J. Barnes. Photo by Lia Chang
Wesley J. Barnes. Photo by Lia Chang
Wesley J. Barnes. Photo by Lia Chang

About Crossroads Theatre Company
Crossroads Theatre Company continues to lead the nation with its commitment to literary works that examine the African American experience so that it may be understood and appreciated by all people. When co-founders Ricardo Khan and L. Kenneth Richardson envisioned a space where, as actors, the two young men could work on substantive, non-stereotypical roles, little did they realize that their vision would grow into the major institution that it is today. Crossroads has filled an otherwise empty space on the cultural canvas of the country and the world, with a collective body of work that remains unparalleled by any other of culturally-specific theater in the nation by presenting over 50 world premieres. Crossroads forged its vision into reality through the development, production and touring of new works from throughout the African Diaspora where positive images of African American life, history and culture is celebrated. These honest theatrical portrayals helped move the consciousness of the nation forward. Crossroads continues to lead twenty-first century story-telling by building bridges of understanding and veracity between people of all backgrounds in this society and the world. Find out more at CrossroadsTheatreCompany.org.

About NJPAC
New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), located in downtown Newark, N.J., is America’s most diverse performing arts center, and the artistic, cultural, educational and civic center of New Jersey, where great performances and events enhance and transform lives every day. NJPAC brings diverse communities together, providing access to all and showcasing the state’s and the world’s best artists while acting as a leading catalyst in the revitalization of its home city. Through its extensive Arts Education programs, NJPAC is shaping the next generation of artists and arts enthusiasts. NJPAC has attracted more than 9 million visitors (including over 1.7 million children) since opening its doors in 1997, and nurtures meaningful and lasting relationships with each of its constituents.

Director André De Shields with his SOPHISTICATED LADIES cast (Seated) C.K. Edwards, Tommy Scrivens, Lamont Brown and Wesley J. Barnes. (Standing) Jenny Laroche, Johmaalya Adelekan, Jacqueline B. Arnold, Lianne Marie Dobbs, Ken Ard, N’Kenge, Danielle Kelsey and Kaleigh Cronin. Photo by Lia Chang.
Director André De Shields with his SOPHISTICATED LADIES cast (Seated) C.K. Edwards, Tommy Scrivens, Lamont Brown and Wesley J. Barnes. (Standing) Jenny Laroche, Johmaalya Adelekan, Jacqueline B. Arnold, Lianne Marie Dobbs, Ken Ard, N’Kenge, Danielle Kelsey and Kaleigh Cronin. Photo by Lia Chang.
Jacqueline B. Arnold, Johmaalya Adelekan, Ken Ard, N'Kenge, Lianne Marie Dobbs. Photo by Lia Chang
Jacqueline B. Arnold, Johmaalya Adelekan, Ken Ard, N’Kenge, Lianne Marie Dobbs. Photo by Lia Chang
C.K. Edwards, Wesley J. Barnes, Lamont Brown and Tommy Scrivens. Photo by Lia Chang
C.K. Edwards, Wesley J. Barnes, Lamont Brown and Tommy Scrivens. Photo by Lia Chang
Lamont Brown, C.K. Edwards, Wesley J. Barnes and Tommy Scrivens. Photo by Lia Chang
Lamont Brown, C.K. Edwards, Wesley J. Barnes and Tommy Scrivens. Photo by Lia Chang

Location and Directions: NJPAC is located at 1 Center Street, Newark, New Jersey; a short walk from the Newark Penn Station stop by Newark-bound PATH Train or Amtrak.

Detailed instructions on approaching the venue by car, by bus, by foot or by rail:
NJPAC directions
NJPAC public transportation
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C.K. Edwards, Lamont Brown, Wesley J. Barnes and Tommy Scrivens. Photo by Lia Chang
C.K. Edwards, Lamont Brown, Wesley J. Barnes and Tommy Scrivens. Photo by Lia Chang

Nat Adderley, Jr. Joins NJPAC and Crossroads Theatre Co-production of SOPHISTICATED LADIES as Musical Director 

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.

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