Bonnie Milligan, Christiane Noll, Nehal Joshi, Pamela Bob, EJ Zimmerman, Alan Ariano, Shea Renne and more set for Industry Presentation of Lynne Shankel’s New Musical POSTCARD AMERICAN TOWN on January 12

Lynne Shankel
Lynne Shankel
Lynne Shankel

The new musical POSTCARD AMERICAN TOWN will have its first industry presentation in New York City on January 12th. This timely new musical features a book by Crystal Skillman (Geek, Mary & Max) and music and lyrics by Lynne Shankel (Allegiance, Cry- Baby, bare: The Musical, Altar Boyz), with direction by Stafford Arima (Allegiance, Carrie, bare: the Musical, Altar Boyz), musical direction by Michael Gacetta (Groundhog Day, Matilda) and music supervision by Mary-Mitchell Campbell (Mean Girls, Tuck Everlasting, Finding Neverland, Company).

The cast features: Bonnie Milligan (Gigantic, Kinky Boots), Christiane Noll (Ragtime, Jekyll & Hyde), Zach Piser (Wicked), Nehal Joshi (Les Miserables Original Revival, School of Rock), Laura Jordan (Cry-Baby), Pamela Bob (A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder), Jodi Capeless (All About Me), Tally Sessions (Falsettos), EJ Zimmerman (Les Misérables), Alan Ariano (Miss Saigon) Shea Renne (Allegiance), Michael Buchanan (Book of Mormon), Chuck Ragsdale (A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, US Tour), Christian Whelan (“Blacklist”) and Melody Madarasz (Mad Libs Live).

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Russ Kaplan’s Bway Jazz Session: Holiday Show w/ Marva Hicks at The Green Room 42 on December 17

Marva Hicks

Marva Hicks (Motown; Caroline, or Change) will  be featured in the December 17th installment of “Russ Kaplan’s Broadway Jazz Session,” the popular monthly series which presents In Transit composer Kaplan’s innovative jazz interpretations of current Broadway favorites at The Green Room 42 (570 10th Ave, New York, NY 10036).

Marva Hicks
Marva Hicks

The band includes Eric Biondo (Trumpet), Christof Knoche (Saxes), Kyle Saulnier (Saxes), Moppa Elliott (Bass), Tom Gavin (Guitar), Brian Adler (Percussion), Wayan Zoey (Drums) and Russ Kaplan (Piano)

Showtime is 7:00 PM (doors are open at 5:30). Tickets are $20 – $40 and available here. There is no food and drink minimum.

More information is available at www.russkaplanmusic.com and www.greenfignyc.com/thegreenroom42.

Marva Hicks has appeared on Broadway in The Lion KingMotown the Musical, Lena Horne: The Lady and her Music and Caroline, or ChangeOff-Broadway: Little Shop of Horrors (City Center Encores! Off-Center), Cabin in the Sky (City Center Encores), Thunder Knocking on the Door (Minetta Lane) Caroline or Change (The Public) The First Breeze of Summer (The Signature Theatre). Regional: Arena Stage in Thunder Knocking on the Door (Helen Hayes Award), Cuttin Up, The Women of Brewster Place, co-produced with the Alliance Theatre (Suzi Award), Crowns, and Sophisticated Ladies. Bess (Austin Circle of Theatres B. Iden Payne Award) in the Zach Scott Theatre’s Jazz/Blues production of Porgy and Bess. TV: “Search Party,” “Dare Devil,” “House of Cards,” “One Life to Live,” “Mad About You,” “Star Trek: Voyager”. FILM: Labor Day, Assunder, Virtuosity, Preaching to the Choir. Marva has recorded on Polygram Records. TOURS: Whitney Houston, Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson.  She is currently touring in the symphony pops concert, Louis and Ella And All That Jazz. Currently playing the role of “Kruger” in The Front Page, Clarke Thorell made his Broadway debut in The Who’s Tommy. He originated the roles of “Corny Collins” in Hairspray, “Jim Farrell” in Titanic, and “Rooster” in the Broadway revival of ANNIE. As a vocalist, he has performed with Sting, Dave Brubeck, Liza Minnelli, ABBA, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Red Clay Ramblers, Pete Townshend, and is a proud member of Michael McElroy’s Broadway Inspirational Voices.

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Teal Wicks, Daniel K. Isaac and More Set for THE BALLAD OF LITTLE JO Album Release Concert at Feinstein’s/54 Below on November 12

Eric William Morris, Daniel K. Isaac, Jane Bruce and Teal Wicks in THE BALLAD OF LITTLE JO. Photo by Amanda Crommett

THE BALLAD OF LITTLE JO played an acclaimed summer engagement at Two River Theater in Red Bank, NJ, starring Teal Wicks (Wicked, Finding Neverland), Eric William Morris (Be More Chill, Mamma Mia!), Jane Bruce (Elf, The Theory of Relativity), and Daniel K. Isaac (“According to My Mother,” “Billions”). The company also included Cole Burden, Brian Flores, Leenya Rideout, Christopher M. Russo, Perry Sherman, Kristin Stokes, Ian Michael Stuart, and Barbara Tirrell.

Daniel K. Isaac, Teal Wicks, Jane Bruce and Eric William Morris, in THE BALLAD OF LITTLE JO. Photo by Amanda Crommett
Daniel K. Isaac, Teal Wicks, Jane Bruce and Eric William Morris, in THE BALLAD OF LITTLE JO. Photo by Amanda Crommett

On Sunday, November 12th, Feinstein’s/54 Below, Broadway’s Supper Club, will present an album release concert featuring members of the cast and band at 9:30 PM. Tickets are $35, include a CD and are available here. Tickets on the day of performance after 4PM are only available by calling 646.476.3551.

Two River Theater's THE BALLAD OF LITTLE JO with Teal Wicks & More Gets Original Cast Recording

The Musical Company will release the original cast recording of the celebrated THE BALLAD OF LITTLE JO on November 10, 2017. The album is also on Amazon and iTunes For more information on the album’s release, visit here.

THE BALLAD OF LITTLE JO by Mike Reid (composer, co-bookwriter), Sarah Schlesinger (lyricist, co-bookwriter), and John Dias (co-bookwriter) is inspired by the real-life-story of Josephine Monaghan, a young woman from late 19th century Boston who made a new life in an Idaho mining town disguised as a man called Jo.

Grammy Award-winning, multi-Platinum songwriter Mike Reid (whose many hits include “I Can’t Make You Love Me”) and Sarah Schlesingertogether have received the Kleban Prize, Richard Rodgers Award, Gilman & Gonzalez Falla Theatre Foundation Award, and Chicago’s Jeff Award for Best Original Musical New Work for THE BALLAD OF LITTLE JO.

John Dias, Two River’s Artistic Director, made his Two River directorial debut with this production, which featured choreography by Marc Kimelman.

The album was produced by Sean Patrick Flahaven, CEO of The Musical Company and a producer on over two dozen cast albums for Stephen Sondheim and others, nine of which were Grammy-nominated, including the triple-Platinum, Grammy-winning Hamilton.

The band consists of John O’Neill (conductor/piano) and Martin Agee(violin),Troy Chang (cello), Philip Coiro (drums/percussion), Simon Hutchings(reeds), Justin Rothberg (guitar), and Joseph Wallace (bass).

Prior to the production at Two River Theater, Steppenwolf Theatre Company produced THE BALLAD OF LITTLE JO in 2000 as its first musical. It was subsequently produced at the Bridewell Theatre in London in 2003.

The creative team for Two River Theater’s production of THE BALLAD OF LITTLE JO included orchestrator Danny Larsen, music supervisor & vocal arranger Patrick Vaccariello, scenic designer Michael Carnahan, costume designer Jess Goldstein, lighting designer Jennifer Tipton, sound designerDrew Levy, wig designer Leah J. Loukas, and fight director Thomas Schall. The casting was by Jack Doulin + Sharky. The production stage manager was Amanda Michaels and the assistant stage manager was Denise Cardarelli.

The Musical Company has also announced that it represents live stage performance licensing of THE BALLAD OF LITTLE JO, available now to professional theatres, with subsequent amateur licensing coming soon.

THE MUSICAL COMPANY provides best-in-class, comprehensive service to creators and producers of musicals, including theatrical licensing, music publishing and cast recording. Our experienced, innovative, client-and customer-focused approach is designed to help bring theatre to a wide audience. Operating from our headquarters in New York, with offices in London and Los Angeles, we’re owned by two industry-leading, independent and like-minded music companies, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Really Useful Group and Concord Music. Visit themusicalcompany.com.

Since its founding in 1994, TWO RIVER THEATER has been committed to creating great American theater by developing and producing work by some of the country’s leading artists. We are proud to be viewed as a vital cultural resource in the community of Red Bank, New Jersey. Through 10 theatrical productions each year (including world premieres, musicals, classics and theater for young audiences) and 50+ annual events, we produce exceptional theater and cultivate engaged audiences. TWO RIVER THEATER is under the leadership of Artistic Director John Dias and Managing Director Michael Hurst. For more information, go to tworivertheater.org.

FEINSTEIN’S/54 BELOW, Broadway’s Supper Club & Private Event Destination, is a performance venue in the grand tradition of New York City nightlife. A few blocks from the heart of Times Square and just below the legendary Studio 54, FEINSTEIN’S/54 BELOW is a classically designed state-of-the art nightclub in the theatre district that hosts audiences with warmth and style. FEINSTEIN’S/54 BELOW presents iconic and rising stars from the worlds of Broadway and popular music and has set a new standard for culinary excellence worthy of the world-class entertainment on the stage. Located at 254 West 54th Street, FEINSTEIN’S/54 BELOW features up to three shows nightly with cover charges ranging from $5-$105.

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Lia Chang, Photo by Garth Kravits
Lia Chang, Photo by Garth Kravits

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: © 2000-2017 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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THE KING AND I Touring Cast Members Jose Llana, Joan Almedilla, Darren Lee, Manna Nichols, Michelle Liu Coughlin and More Set for ONE NIGHT IN BANGKOK to Benefit BC/EFA on August 14

Members of the Broadway National Touring cast of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I in conjunction with La Ti Do Productions will host “One Night in Bangkok” an evening of song and dance at Bistro Bistro DC on Monday, August 14th. Net proceeds will benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS (BC/EFA).

Doors open at 7:30 p.m., and the performance will begin at 8:00 p.m. Bistro Bistro DC is located at 1727 Connecticut Ave NW Washington, D.C.

Audiences are invited to the Royal Palace to take part in this exclusive evening as the Royal Court step out of their roles in the musical and perform some of their favorite non-Siamese material. ONE NIGHT IN BANGKOK is part of an ongoing series of performances by the touring company to support charitable causes, and it will be truly Something Wonderful.

The King and I cast members will perform songs by Stephen Sondheim, Maltby & Shire, William Finn, Sara Bareilles, Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga and will feature Joan Almedilla, Heather Botts, Amaya Braganza, Adriana Braganza, LaMae Caparas, Mindy Lai, Darren Lee, Michelle Liu Coughlin, Jose Llana, Michael Lomeka, Graham Montgomery, Manna Nichols, Marcus Shane, Riley Sickles, Sam Simahk, Kelli Youngman, plus other special guests to be announced. The evening will be co-hosted by the founders of La Ti Do Productions and local D.C. natives Don Michael Mendoza and Regie Cabico.

All proceeds from “One Night in Bangkok” will go to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS (BC/EFA).

The National Touring Company of the Lincoln Center Theater production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s THE KING AND I has raised more than $100,000 in donations for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS all over the country.

VIP admission is available for $40, which includes a pre-show reception with company members from the National Touring Company of THE Lincoln Center Theater PRODUCTION OF Rodgers & Hammerstein’S THE KING AND I from 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., preferred seating, and light hors d’oeuvres. Theatre doors open at 7:00 p.m. for VIP ticket holders.

Regular Admission tickets are available for $25.

A very limited number of rush tickets will be available day of, but securing your spot to this sell-out event is highly recommended. All proceeds benefit BC/EFA. The purchase of event tickets is tax deductible. Visit www.OneNightInBangkok.net or www.LaTiDoProductions.com.

The King and I runs July 18-August 20, 2017 in the Kennedy Center Opera House on the following schedule: Tuesday through Sunday at 7:30 p.m. with 1:30 p.m. matinees on Saturday and Sunday. For more information visit the Kennedy Center website, in-person at the Kennedy Center box office, or call (202) 467-4600 or (800) 444-1324.

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS helps men, women and children across the country receive lifesaving medications, health care, nutritious meals, counseling and emergency financial assistance. Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS (BC/EFA) is the nation’s leading industry-based, nonprofit AIDS fund raising and grant making organization. By drawing upon the talents, resources and generosity of the American theatre community, since 1988 Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS has raised more than $285 million for essential services for people with HIV/AIDS and other critical illnesses in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and Washington DC. Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, tax-exempt charitable organization. For more information, go to www.broadwaycares.org.

Curated and hosted by La Ti Do co-founders Filipino Americans Don Michael Mendoza and Regie Cabico, the pair are thrilled to support their fellow Asian American artists by co-producing this benefit concert with cast members of The King and I. La Ti Do Productions made its debut to a full house in Washington, DC on January 23, 2012 at The Black Fox Lounge in Dupont Circle. Since then, La-Ti-Do became DC’s premiere musical theatre cabaret and spoken word series to serve the artistic community. On June 9, 2013, the show then opened a touring chapter in New York City and also made a special appearance at Feinstein’s/54 Below. In 2016, La Ti Do became a program of a parent company: Winters Lane Productions under the direction of Founder/Artistic Director Anya Randall Nebel. Currently, the DC chapter remains in Dupont Circle housed at Bistro Bistro restaurant and the NYC chapter at the Dramatists Guild Fund, Inc.

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Lia Chang, Photo by Garth Kravits
Lia Chang, Photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang is an award-winning filmmaker, a Best Actress nominee, a photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. 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: © 2000-2017 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 lia@liachang.com

Jaygee Macapugay, Eric Badique, Jennifer Blood, Marc De La Cruz, Priya Mahendra, Nic Rouleau, Remy Zaken, EJ Zimmerman and Kelvin Moon Loh to Perform THE SONGS OF Timothy Huang at Feinstein’s/54 Below on August 8

Timothy Huang, award-winning composer, lyricist, and creator of Costs of Living, (2016 Richard Rodgers Award, New American Musical Award) and the one-person musical The View From Here, returns to Feinstein’s/54 Below in The Songs of Timothy Huang. Featuring the songs “Dying to Know,” “Director’s Lament,” and “Rules of Engagement,” as well as a selection of tunes from Costs of Living, LINES: A Song Cycle, Peter and the Wall, and The View From Here, Huang will take to the stage with songs, stories, and support by some of the greatest friends Broadway has to offer.

Featuring Eric Badique (Miss Saigon, Anything Goes), Jennifer Blood (Matilda, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder), Marc De La Cruz (Pacific Overtures, If/Then), Jaygee Macapugay (School of Rock, Here Lies Love), Priya Mahendra (Twisted), Nic Rouleau (The Book of Mormon), Remy Zaken (Dear Evan Hansen, Spring Awakening), EJ Zimmerman (Les Mis, Avenue Q), and Kelvin Moon Loh (SpongeBob SquarePants, Sideshow).

To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.54Below.com/Feinsteins or call (646) 476-3551. $25-35 cover charge. Use code THUANG for $5 off main dining room cover charge. $60 premium seating. $25 food and beverage minimum.

Feinstein’s/54 Below, Broadway’s Supper Club & Private Event Destination, is a performance venue in the grand tradition of New York City nightlife. A few blocks from the heart of Times Square and just below the legendary Studio 54, Feinstein’s/54 Below is a classically designed state-of-the art nightclub in the theatre district that hosts audiences with warmth and style. Feinstein’s/54 Below presents iconic and rising stars from the worlds of Broadway and popular music and has set a new standard for culinary excellence worthy of the world-class entertainment on the stage. Located at 254 West 54th Street, Feinstein’s/54 Below features up to three shows nightly with cover charges ranging from $5-$105.

Click here for the Lia Chang Articles Archive and here for the Lia Chang Photography Website.

Lia Chang, Photo by Garth Kravits
Lia Chang, Photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang is an award-winning filmmaker, a Best Actress nominee, a photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. 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: © 2000-2017 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 lia@liachang.com

Photos: Garth Kravits, Farah Alvin, Meredith Inglesby, Jenny Lee Stern and More in Scott Siegel’s BROADWAY BY THE TEAR at Feinstein’s/54 Below

The cast of Broadway by the Tear Photo by Lia Chang

BROADWAY BY THE TEAR, a special evening of torch songs, produced, written, and hosted by NY’s critically acclaimed impresario, Scott Siegel at Feinstein’s/54 Below on July 29th, featured Garth Kravits (The Drowsy Chaperone),  Farah Alvin, (Nine, Saturday Night Fever, It Shoulda Been You), Mia Gerachis, Hunter Ryan Herdlicka (A Little Night Music), Meredith Inglesby (Beauty and the Beast), Philippa Lynas (Australian singing star), Pepe Nufrio (54 Sings Broadway’s Greatest Hits!), Jenny Lee Stern (Forbidden Broadway, Rocky: The Musical, Spamilton), Morissa Trunzo (Occasion for Sin), Remy Zaken and Rashad Naylor, with Ryan Shirar on the keys.

Hunter Ryan Herdlicka, Rashad Naylor, Garth Kravits, Jenny Lee Stern, Meredith Inglesby, Remy Zaken, Scott Siegel, Farah Alvin, Mia Gerachis, Morissa Trunzo, Pepe Nufrio, Ryan Shirar, Philippa Lynas Photo by Lia Chang
Hunter Ryan Herdlicka, Rashad Naylor, Garth Kravits, Jenny Lee Stern, Meredith Inglesby, Remy Zaken, Scott Siegel, Farah Alvin, Mia Gerachis, Morissa Trunzo, Pepe Nufrio, Ryan Shirar, Philippa Lynas Photo by Lia Chang

Set List:

I, Who Have Nothing (Smokey Joe’s Café) – Farah Alvin

Farah Alvin Photo by Lia Chang
Farah Alvin
Photo by Lia Chang

Empty Chairs at Empty Tables (Les Miz) – Hunter Ryan Herdlicka

Hunter Ryan Herdlicka Photo by Lia Chang
Hunter Ryan Herdlicka
Photo by Lia Chang

Another Suitcase in Another Hall (Evita) – Jenny Lee Stern

Jenny Lee Stern Photo by Lia Chang
Jenny Lee Stern
Photo by Lia Chang

A House is Not a Home (Promises, Promises) – Philippa Lynas

Philippa Lynas Photo by Lia Chang
Philippa Lynas
Photo by Lia Chang

Being Alive (Company) – Garth Kravits

Garth Kravits Photo by Lia Chang
Garth Kravits
Photo by Lia Chang

Another Life (Bridges of Madison County) – Morissa Trunzo

Morissa Trunzo Photo by Lia Chang
Morissa Trunzo
Photo by Lia Chang

My Funny Valentine (Babes in Arms) – Farah Alvin

Farah Alvin, Garth Kravits and Jenny Lee Stern Photo by Lia Chang
Farah Alvin, Garth Kravits and Jenny Lee Stern
Photo by Lia Chang

Burn (Hamilton) – Jenny Lee Stern

Never Never Land (Peter Pan) – Hunter Ryan Herdlicka

Sonya Alone (Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812) – Morissa Trunzo

Softly, As in a Morning Sunrise (The New Moon) – Pepe Nufrio

Pepe Nufrio Photo by Lia Chang
Pepe Nufrio
Photo by Lia Chang

One Hand, One Heart (West Side Story) — Garth Kravits & Meredith Inglesby

Meredith Inglesby and Garth Kravits Photo by Lia Chang
Meredith Inglesby and Garth Kravits
Photo by Lia Chang

Maybe This Time (Cabaret) – Mia Gerachis

Mia Gerachis Photo by Lia Chang
Mia Gerachis
Photo by Lia Chang

The I Love You Song (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee) – Farah Alvin, Remy Zaken & Rashad Naylor

Rashad Naylor, Remy Zaken and Farah Alvin. Photo by Lia Chang
Rashad Naylor, Remy Zaken and Farah Alvin.
Photo by Lia Chang

Scott Siegel has created more than 300 major concerts around the world, including Town Hall’s signature series, Broadway by the Year. He has also written, directed, and produced concerts for Michael Feinstein. Siegel is the creator of the long-running smash hit series, 54 Sings Broadway’s Greatest Hits.

The cast of Broadway by the Tear Photo by Lia Chang
The cast of Broadway by the Tear
Photo by Lia Chang
The cast of Broadway by the Tear Photo by Lia Chang
The cast of Broadway by the Tear
Photo by Lia Chang
Scott Siegel and Garth Kravits in rehearsal Photo by Lia Chang
Scott Siegel and Garth Kravits in rehearsal
Photo by Lia Chang
Ryan Shirar and Scott Siegel. Photo by Lia Chang
Ryan Shirar and Scott Siegel. Photo by Lia Chang
Rick Hinkson and Jenny Lee Stern Photo by Lia Chang
Rick Hinkson and Jenny Lee Stern
Photo by Lia Chang
Garth Kravits and Lori Tan Chinn Photo by Lia Chang
Garth Kravits and Lori Tan Chinn
Photo by Lia Chang
Garth Kravits, Lori Tan Chinn and Scott Siegel Photo by Lia Chang
Garth Kravits, Lori Tan Chinn and Scott Siegel Photo by Lia Chang
Mia Gerachis, Pepe Nufrio, Scott Siegel and Philippa Lynas Photo by Lia Chang
Mia Gerachis, Pepe Nufrio, Scott Siegel and Philippa Lynas
Photo by Lia Chang

Broadwayworld.com: Photo Flash: Garth Kravits, Farah Alvin, Meredith Inglesby, Jenny Lee Stern and More in BROADWAY BY THE TEAR at Feinstein’s/54 Below

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Lia Chang, Photo by Garth Kravits
Lia Chang, Photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang is an award-winning filmmaker, a Best Actress nominee, a photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. 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.

Garth Kravits, Meredith Inglesby, Farah Alvin, Jenny Lee Stern and More Set for Scott Siegel’s BROADWAY BY THE TEAR at Feinstein’s/54 Below on July 29

Garth Kravits Photo by Lia Chang
Garth Kravits Photo by Lia Chang
Garth Kravits
Photo by Lia Chang

Broadway by the Tear featuring Garth Kravits (The Drowsy Chaperone),  Farah Alvin (Nine, Saturday Night Fever, It Shoulda Been You), Mia Gerachis, Hunter Ryan Herdlicka (A Little Night Music), Meredith Inglesby (Beauty and the Beast), Philippa Lynas (Australian singing star), Pepe Nufrio (54 Sings Broadway’s Greatest Hits!).
Jenny Lee Stern (Forbidden Broadway, Rocky: The Musical, Spamilton),
Morissa Trunzo (Occasion for Sin) at Feinstein’s/54 Below on Saturday, July 29th at 9:30 PM is produced, written, and hosted by NY’s critically acclaimed impressario, Scott Siegel, who has created more than 300 major concerts around the world, including Town Hall’s signature series, Broadway by the Year. Siegel has also written, directed, and produced concerts for Michael Feinstein. Siegel is the creator of the long-running smash hit series, 54 Sings Broadway’s Greatest Hits.

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There is nothing like a great torch song. The reason: we’ve all been there! We know what those emotions feel like and Broadway’s great composers take you back to that volcanic emotional moment when life and love combine in a tear-jerking chord that resonates with your soul. And we’ve got a whole show of those sensational songs! You’ll hear songs like Gershwin’s “But Not for Me,” Irving Berlin’s “What’ll I Do?, Jerry Herman’s “I Won’t Send Roses,” Stephen Sondheim’s “Losing My Mind,” and so many others from across the history of Broadway. And what great torch songs require are equally great performers and they will be drawn from the first ranks of our Broadway and nightclub stars.

Feinstein’s/54 Below is located at 254 W 54th St. Cellar, NYC 10019

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Lia Chang, Photo by Garth Kravits
Lia Chang, Photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang is an award-winning filmmaker, a Best Actress nominee, a photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. 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.

Chita Rivera and Tommy Tune Kick Off ‘TWO FOR THE ROAD’ Tour in September

Chita Rivera and Tommy Tune. Photos by Joseph Sinnott/THIRTEEN Productions LLC, Peter Glebo
Chita Rivera and Tommy Tune. Photos by Joseph Sinnott/THIRTEEN Productions LLC, Peter Glebo
Chita Rivera and Tommy Tune. Photos by Joseph Sinnott/THIRTEEN Productions LLC, Peter Glebo

Chita Rivera & Tommy Tune have announced their Fall 2017 and early 2018 concert dates for CHITA & TUNE – Two For The Road.

Fans of the iconic duo will now have the opportunity of seeing these acclaimed performers in New Jersey, Oklahoma, Texas, New York, Florida, Arizona and California beginning September 16.

Aptly titled, CHITA & TUNE – Two For The Road is a unique concert event that pairs two of Broadway’s most revered legends. Chita Rivera and Tommy Tune collectively have won 12 Tony Awards and this iconic Broadway coupling is guaranteed to razzle dazzle audiences everywhere.

“I am thrilled to be joining my dear friend, the incomparable Tommy Tune on this concert tour” said Ms. Rivera. “When we performed together in my benefit concert for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS in 2013, we knew then that we had something special.”

Tommy Tune says, “I love Chita Rivera. This is a dream come true!”

Current 2017 tour dates*:
September 16 – Enlow Hall/Kean University, Union, NJ – 7:30 PM
September 17 – Enlow Hall/Kean University, Union, NJ – 3:00 PM
September 19 – Kristen Chenoweth Theatre, Broken Arrow, OK – 7:30 PM
September 22 – Eisemann Center, Richardson, TX – 8:00 PM
September 23 – The Grand 1894 Opera House, Galveston Island, TX – 8:00 PM
October 8 – Queensboro Performing Arts Center, Queens, NY – 3:00 PM

2018 tour dates*:
January 17 – Van Wezel PAC, Sarasota, FL – 8:00 PM
January 19 – Parker Playhouse, Ft. Lauderdale, FL – 8:00 PM
January 25 – McCallum Theatre, Palm Desert, CA – 8:00 PM
January 26 – Arizona Music Festival, Scottsdale, AZ – 7:30 PM
January 27 – Irvine Barclay Theatre, Irvine, CA – 8:00 PM
March 24 – Mayo Performing Arts Center, Morristown, NJ – 8:00 PM

Additional tour dates to be announced.
*Please note tour schedule subject to change. Check with local venues to purchase tickets.

Chita Rivera has won two Tony Awards as Best Leading Actress in a Musical and received eight additional Tony nominations for an exceptional 10 Tony nominations. Her career is highlighted by starring roles in West Side Story, Bye Bye Birdie, The Rink (Tony Award), Chicago, Jerry’s Girls, Kiss of the Spider Woman (Tony Award), The Visit and the original Broadway casts of Guys and Dolls, Can-Can, Seventh Heaven and Mr. Wonderful. She was presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2009 by President Barack Obama. In 2002 she received the coveted Kennedy Center Honor becoming the first Hispanic woman ever chosen to receive this award.

Tommy Tune has enchanted audiences for decades with his charisma, vision, and innovation. He has been honored with 10 Tony Awards recognizing him as an outstanding performer, choreographer, and director: Best Actor in a Musical for My One and Only, Best Featured Actor in a Musical for Seesaw, Best Choreography for A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine, My One and Only, Grand Hotel and The Will Rogers Follies, and Best Direction of a Musical for Nine, Grand Hotel and The Will Rogers Follies. In 2015 he was the recipient of the Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre.

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MISS SAIGON Cast Performs at BROADWAY SESSIONS on June 1

Photo credit: KennyHolcombDesigns.com
Photo credit: KennyHolcombDesigns.com
Photo credit: KennyHolcombDesigns.com

BROADWAY SESSIONS is described as an evening of musical performances, games and open mic featuring a new Broadway guest each week. The show is created and hosted by Ben Cameron (Bway Wicked, Aida and Footloose) and features musical director Joshua Stephen Kartes on piano. This Thursday night, June 1st, Broadway Sessions welcomes cast members from the hit Tony nominated revival of Miss Saigon and more.

  • Miss Saigon cast members scheduled to perform include Antoine L. Smith, Kei Tsurutarahani, Billy Bustamante, Robert Pendilla, Paul HeeSang Miller, Mike Baerga, Nkrumah Gatling, Lina Lee, Julian DeGuzman, Travis Ward-Osborne, Anna-Lee Wright, Viveca Chow, Graham Scott Fleming, Carol Angeli, Casey Garvin, Kimberly Ann Truong and more!
  • The evening will also feature performances by vocalist Amy Weaver

Broadway Sessions takes place every Thursday evening at The Laurie Beechman Theater inside The West Bank Café located at 407 west 42nd street (corner of 42nd street and 9th avenue). Reservations strongly recommended at www.bencameron.nyc Doors open at 10pm for pre show open mic. Showtime at 11. $5 drink specials all night. $10 cover includes a donation to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids. Broadway Sessions is proud of it’s collaboration with BroadwayWorld.com which offers an exclusive look at Broadway Sessions every Monday. Past performances can be viewed on Broadway Sessions YouTube channel,  www.youtube.com/bwaysessionswww.BroadwaySessions.net.

Eva Noblezada, John Douglas Thompson, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Richard Thomas, Ali Ewoldt, Rodney Ingram, Telly Leung and More Set for STARS IN THE ALLEY Concert on June 2

Tituss Burgess
Tituss Burgess

Tituss Burgess is hosting STARS IN THE ALLEY on Friday, June 2 at 1 PM in Shubert Alley, between Broadway and 8th Avenue and 44th and 45th Streets.

STARS IN THE ALLEY is a free outdoor concert with live music, produced by the Broadway League and sponsored by United Airlines, that celebrates the end of the 2016-2017 Broadway season and adds to the festivities leading up to the 2017 Tony Awards. The event will consist of performances from 21 musicals, including shows from this season as well as numbers from current long-running shows, all accompanied by a 12-piece live orchestra.

2017 Tony Award Nominee for Falsettos Brandon Uranowitz will serve as social media correspondent.

MISS SAIGON'S Allistar Brammer and Eva Noblezada. Photo by Lia Chang
MISS SAIGON’S Allistar Brammer and Eva Noblezada. Photo by Lia Chang

The end of season celebration will also include scheduled appearances by even more 2017 Tony Award nominated performers including: Jenn Colella (Come From Away), Rachel Bay Jones (Dear Evan Hansen), Dave Malloy (Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812), John Douglas Thompson and Ruben Santiago-Hudson (August Wilson’s Jitney), Richard Thomas (The Little Foxes), Eva Noblezada (Miss Saigon), Corey Hawkins (Six Degrees of Separation), Johanna Day and Michelle Wilson (Sweat) as well as performances from 2017 Tony Award-nominated musicals including: Anastasia, Bandstand, Come From Away, Dear Evan Hansen, Groundhog Day the Musical, Miss Saigon, and Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812.

PARTICIPATING MUSICALS* INCLUDE:
Aladdin, Anastasia, Bandstand, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, A Bronx Tale, CatsCharlie and the Chocolate Factory, Chicago, Come From Away, Dear Evan HansenGroundhog Day the Musical, Kinky Boots, Miss Saigon, Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812On Your Feet! The Story of Emilio and Gloria Estefan, The Phantom of the OperaSchool of Rock – The Musical, Sunset Boulevard, Waitress, Wicked

WITH ADDITIONAL APPEARANCES* FROM:
August Wilson’s Jitney, The Little Foxes, The Play That Goes Wrong, Present Laughter, Six Degrees of Separation, Sweat, War Paint

PHANTOM'S Ali Ewoldt and Rodney Ingram. Photo by Lia Chang
PHANTOM’S Ali Ewoldt and Rodney Ingram. Photo by Lia Chang
ALADDIN'S Telly Leung. Photo by Lia Chang
ALADDIN’S Telly Leung. Photo by Lia Chang

INCLUDING PERFORMANCES OR APPEARANCES BY*:
Christy Altomare, Alistair Brammer, Nick Cordero, Trista Dollison, Barrett Doss, John Dossett, Ali Ewoldt, Christopher Fitzgerald, Alyssa Fox, J. Harrsion Ghee, Alan H. Green, Ellen Harvey, John Benjamin Hickey, Caitlin Houlahan, Rodney Ingram, Allison Janney, Telly Leung, Kristolyn Lloyd, Bianca Marroquín, Tedra Millan, Sean Montgomery, Abby Mueller, Laura Osnes, Mamie Parris, Will Roland, Charlie Russell, Athan Sporek, Douglas Sills, Ana Villafañe, Michelle Wilson, Michael Xavier, Nancy Zamit

*(subject to change)
For more details about STARS IN THE ALLEY or for Broadway information in NYC as well as for shows on tour across North America and internationally, visit Broadway.org.

The concert will come just nine days before the American Theatre Wing’s 71st Annual Tony Awards. The ceremony will air on the CBS Television Network on Sunday, June 11, 2017 (8:00-11:00 PM, ET/delayed PT) live from Radio City Music Hall in New York City, hosted by Tony Award-winner Kevin Spacey. The Tony Awards, which honor theatre professionals for distinguished achievement on Broadway, have been broadcast on CBS since 1978. The Tony Awards are presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing.

For more information on the Tony Awards, visit TonyAwards.com and Facebook.com/TheTonyAwards and follow @TheTonyAwards on Instagram and Twitter.

The event is produced by The Broadway League. United Airlines is the title sponsor of Stars in the Alley and is the official airline of The Broadway League and the Tony Awards. Live music sponsored by The Recording Industry’s Music Performance Trust Fund and The Film Funds. The official hospitality partner is Junior’s Restaurant. The official media partner is The New York Times. Additional support is provided by The Shubert Organization and SL Green Realty Corporation.

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Lia Chang, Photo by Garth Kravits
Lia Chang, Photo by Garth Kravits

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 Examiner.comJade Magazine and Playbill.com.

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