HADESTOWN’s Malcolm Armwood, Afra Hines, Timothy Hughes, John Krause, Kimberly Marable, T. Oliver Reid, Jessie Shelton, Ahmad Simmons and Khaila Wilcoxon Receive 2019 ACCA Awards for Outstanding Broadway Chorus

Eva Noblezada and the company of HADESTOWN. Photo by Lia Chang
Ahmad Simmons, Afra Hines, John Krause, Eva Noblezada, Kimberly Marable, Timothy Hughes and Reeve Carney in HADESTOWN. Photo by Lia Chang

Actors’ Equity Association presented the ensemble of the 2019 Tony-winning musical Hadestown with the thirteenth annual ACCA Award for Outstanding Broadway Chorus on June 18, 2019 during Equity’s National Council meeting in New York.

2019 ACCA Award winners Malcolm Armwood, Afra Hines, John Hughes, Jessie Shelton Ahmad Simmons and Khailia Wilcoxon (not pictured – Timothy Hughes and T. Oliver Reid). Photo by Lia Chang

Presented by Equity’s Advisory Committee on Chorus Affairs (ACCA), the ACCA Award is the only industry accolade of its kind to honor the distinctive talents and contributions made by the original chorus members of a Broadway musical.

The nine individual recipients of the 2019 ACCA Award – all of whom were part of the Hadestown chorus on the musical’s April 17, 2019 Broadway opening night – are Malcolm Armwood, Afra Hines, Timothy Hughes, John Krause, Kimberly Marable, T. Oliver Reid, Jessie Shelton, Ahmad Simmons and Khaila Wilcoxon.

Reclining: 2019 Tony winner André De Shields. Row 1: Duncan Stewart, David Neumann, John Krause, Jessie Shelton, Benton Whitley. Row 2: Eva Noblezada, Kimberly Marable, Reeve Carney, Ahmad Simmons, Khaila Wilcoxon, Afra Hines, Malcolm Armwood, Kay Trinidad, 2019 Tony winner Mara Isaacs, Beverly, Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer. Photo by Lia Chang

Hadestown was the big winner at The American Theatre Wing’s 73rd Annual Tony Awards taking home eight awards including Best Musical, Best Director for Rachel Chavkin, Best Score for Anais Mitchell, Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical for André De Shields, Best Scenic Design for Rachel Hauck, Best Lighting Design for Bradley King, Best Sound Design for Jessica Paz and Nevin Steinberg, and Best Orchestrations for Michael Chorney and Todd Sickafoose.

Jennifer Cody, 2nd Vice President and ACCA Chair, Casting directors Benton Whitley and Duncan Stewart. Photo by Lia Chang

“When I saw Hadestown, I was transfixed by the chorus, said Jennifer Cody, 2nd Vice President and ACCA Chair.

Chorus members of HADESTOWN: (standing) Kimberly Marable, Ahmad Simmons, Khaila Wilcoxon, Afra Hines, Jessie Shelton & Malcolm Armwood; (kneeling) John Krause (not pictured Timothy Hughes and T. Oliver Reid). Photo by Lia Chang

“I believe they are pivotal to the storytelling. I think they are the emotional journey of Hadestown. How would the metaphor of Hell as a factory floor actually work without seeing the inhumanity of slave labor? What makes this ensemble so special is their ability to transform throughout the show. In some scenes, the chorus is asked to move as a unit, five actors representing a uniform emotion. And then the scene changes and this shadowy singular unit that we saw in the last scene becomes five completely individual performers, each with their own thoughts and back story and emotion. You basically tell the audience how we feel and how we got where we are.  They lead us from the highs of Persephone’s garden party to the lows and depths of hell. The costumes don’t change, the set doesn’t change. The only thing that changes is the ensemble’s perception. I was especially transfixed by the Tony performance. The simple fact that at the same time the ensemble acts as physical barriers that block the path to hell, they wear headlamps and literally light the way. They are the metaphor. They are the theme. They physicalize what happens when we give up our individuality to be taken care of. I think they are Hadestown. The casting directors called you unicorns. I think Hadestown found the perfect catch with their ensemble.”

Tony nominated choreographer David Neumann with his 2019 ACCA Award winning ensemble – counterclockwise: Afra Hines, John Krause, Malcolm Armwood, Ahmad Simmons, Kimberly Marable, Jessie Shelton and Khaila Wilcoxon. (not pictured: Timothy Hughes and T. Oliver Reid. Photo by Lia Chang

In reviewing the chorus of each Broadway musical that opened in the 2018-2019 theatrical season, ACCA considered the chorus requirements made by each production’s director, choreographer and musical director; the caliber of technical skill used to execute those requirements; and the unique contributions made by the entire chorus to the overall production. Members of the ACCA, all of whom have worked on a chorus contract and have seen all of the ACCA-nominated musicals during the season, cast their vote for the winning chorus.

David Neumann, Khaila Wilcoxon, Afra Hines, Ahmad Simmons, John Krause, Malcolm Armwood, Kimberly Marable, Jessie Shelton and 2019 Tony winner André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang

Past recipients of the ACCA award are the original chorus members of Legally Blonde (2007), In the Heights (2008), West Side Story (2009), Fela! (2010), The Scottsboro Boys (2011), Newsies (2012), Pippin (2013), Beautiful – The Carole King Musical (2014), An American in Paris (2015), Shuffle Along, Or The Making Of The Musical Sensation Of 1921 And All That Followed (2016), Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 (2017) and Once on This Island (2018).

2019 Tony winning Producer Mara Isaacs with casting directors Benton Whitley and Duncan Stewart. Photo by Lia Chang
David Neumann, Khaila Wilcoxon, Afra Hines, Ahmad Simmons, John Krause, Malcolm Armwood, Kimberly Marable, Jessie Shelton. Photo by Lia Chang
2019 Tony winner André De Shields and Tony nominee David Neumann. Photo by Lia Chang
Khaila Wilcoxon, Afra Hines, Ahmad Simmons, John Krause, Malcolm Armwood, Kimberly Marable, Jessie Shelton. Photo by Lia Chang
Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits. Photo by Lia Chang

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers,  musicians and corporations. Lia is also an internationally published and exhibited photographer, a multi-platform journalist, and a publicist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.

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

Multimedia: Tony Award Winner André De Shields Receives Actors’ Equity Foundation’s Richard Seff Award

Newly anointed Tony winner André De Shields culminated the 2019 theater award season by receiving the 2019 Richard Seff Award at Equity’s Eastern Regional Board meeting on June 11th at Equity’s office in New York.

2019 Richard Seff Award winner and 2019 Tony Award winner André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang

The Richard Seff award, administered by the Actors’ Equity Foundation, honors veteran stage actors’ best supporting performances of the year. Mr. De Shields was chosen to receive this year’s award by a panel of judges who were unanimous in their acclaim of his performance as Hermes in Hadestown.  The award consists of a check for $1,000 and a crystal trophy.

2019 Tony Award winner Rachel Chavkin. Photo by Lia Chang

Rachel Chavkin, 2019 Tony winner for Best Director of a Musical, introduced Mr. De Shields. During her remarks, Ms. Chavkin donned a hat imprinted with the phrase, “André De Shields is My Stage Fave.”

2019 Richard Seff Award winner and 2019 Tony Award winner André De Shields and his HADESTOWN family. Photo by Lia Chang

On cue, more than 20 members of the Hadestown company stood wearing the hats which were the brainchild of Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer, who plays one of the Fates in Hadestown.

2019 Richard Seff Award winner and 2019 Tony Award winner André De Shields and Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer. Photo by Lia Chang

In keeping with his flair for the dramatic, Mr. De Shields called out to his agent to bring his bag to the podium and pulled out his Tony Award.

2019 Richard Seff Award winner and 2019 Tony Award winner André De Shields and 2019 Tony Award winner Rachel Chavkin. Photo by Lia Chang
2019 Richard Seff Award winner and 2019 Tony Award winner André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
2019 Richard Seff Award winner and 2019 Tony Award winner André De Shields with Judith Rice, President, Actors’ Equity Foundation. Photo by Lia Chang
2019 Richard Seff Award winner and 2019 Tony Award winner André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
2019 Richard Seff Award winner and 2019 Tony Award winner André De Shields and his HADESTOWN family. Photo by Lia Chang
2019 Richard Seff Award winner and 2019 Tony Award winner André De Shields and his HADESTOWN family. Photo by Lia Chang

In a career spanning 50 years, Mr. De Shields has distinguished himself as an unparalleled actor, director, and educator. He has intermittently portrayed Hermes in Hadestown since 2012, including the recent critically acclaimed production at London’s National Theatre. Mr. De Shields took home his first Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical on June 9th at Radio City Music Hall in New York and also received the 2019 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical, a 2019 Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical and a 2019 Drama League Award nomination for Distinguished Performance for his role as Hermes.

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In 2018, Mr. De Shields was the recipient of the 8th Annual Off-Broadway Alliance Legend Award and the 33rd Annual Bob Harrington Life Achievement Bistro Award. Among his other accolades are the 2009 National Black Theatre Festival’s Living Legend Award, and the 2007 Village Voice Obie Award for Sustained Excellence of Performance. A three-time Tony Award nominee, he is best known for his show-stopping performances in four legendary Broadway productions: The WizAin’t Misbehavin’  (Emmy Award), Play On!, and The Full Monty. Mr. De Shields is a proud member of AEA, SAG-AFTRA, and SDC.  www.andredeshields.com

Anais Mitchell, Mara Isaacs, Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer, Kimberly Marable and Afra Hines. Photo by Lia Chang
2019 Richard Seff Award winner and 2019 Tony Award winner André De Shields

The Actors’ Equity Foundation also presented the Richard Seff Award to Marylouise Burke and the Clarence Derwent Award to Sarah Stiles and Ephraim Sykes.

2019 Clarence Derwent Award winners Ephraim Sykes and Sarah Stiles with 2019 Richard Seff Award winner Mary Louise Burke and 2019 Richard Seff Award winner and 2019 Tony Award winner André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
Actors’ Equity Foundation honorees Ephraim Sykes, Sarah Stiles, Tony winner André De Shields and Marylouise Burke with Tony winners Santino Fontana and Sergio Trujillo. Photo by Lia Chang

Pulitzer Prize winning playwright David Lindsay-Abaire introduced Marylouise Burke who was honored for her role as Mom in True West. 

2019 Richard Seff Award winner Marylouise Burke with Playwright David Lindsay-Abaire. Photo by Lia Chang

Equity member Richard Seff, who was in the audience, established this award in 2003. It is considered a lifetime achievement award for an actor who is over the age of 50 and has been an Equity member for 25 years or more. Previous recipients include: Margo Martindale, Jayne Houdyshell, Dana Ivey, Kristine Nielsen, Patrick Page, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Bill Camp, and Michael Potts.

Richard Seff, Amber Gray, Rachel Chavkin and Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer. Photo by Lia Chang
Richard Seff, 2019 Richard Seff Award winner Marylouise Burke, 2019 Richard Seff Award winner and 2019 Tony Award winner André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
Julie Halston, Richard Seff, 2019 Richard Seff Award winner Marylouise Burke, Playwright David Lindsay-Abaire, 2019 Richard Seff Award winner and 2019 Tony Award winner André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang

Santino Fontana, 2019 Tony winner for Best Leading Actor in a Musical, introduced Sarah Stiles who was honored for her role as Sandy in Tootsie. Sarah was a 2019 Tony nominee, Outer Critics Circle nominee and Drama desk nominee this year as well.

2019 Clarence Derwent Award winner Sarah Stiles and TOOTSIE co-star and Tony winner Santino Fontana. Photo by Lia Chang

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Sergio Trujillo, 2019 Tony winner for Choreography introduced Ephraim Sykes who was honored for his role as David Ruffin in Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations. Ephraim was a 2019 TONY nominee, and Outer Critics Circle nominee this year as well.

2019 Tony winner Sergio Trujillo, 2019 Clarence Derwent Award winner Ephraim Sykes and Judith Rice, President of Actors’ Equity Foundation. Photo by Lia Chang
2019 Clarence Derwent Award winner Ephraim Sykes with his mom. Photo by Lia Chang
2019 Richard Seff Award winner and 2019 Tony Award winner André De Shields, with the Sykes family- Martina Sykes, Ephraim Sykes and his mother. Photo by Lia Chang

Both Sykes and Stiles are recipients of the Clarence Derwent Award which is presented to an actor who has shown the most promise this season. Previous recipients of this award include George C. Scott, Ann Reinking, Morgan Freeman, Dianne Weist, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Santino Fontana who was introducing one of this year’s winners.

2019 Clarence Derwent Award winners Ephraim Sykes and Sarah Stiles. Photo by Lia Chang
2019 Clarence Derwent Award winn Ephraim Sykes, 2019 Tony Winner Santino Fontana, 2019 Clarence Derwent Award winner Sarah Stiles, 2019 Tony winner Sergio Trujillo. Photo by Lia Chang

The judges’ panel includes Joe Dziemianowicz, Daily News; Adam Feldman, Time Out New York; Susan Haskins-Doloff, Theater Talk; Harry Haun, Playbill and David Rosenberg, The Hour Newspapers

2019 Richard Seff Award winner and 2019 Tony Award winner André De Shields, Judith Rice, President, Actors’ Equity Foundation, Reeve Carney, Eva Noblezada and Kimberly Marable. Photo by Lia Chang

The Actors’ Equity Foundation, a philanthropic and humanitarian nonprofit organization, was created in 1962 to aid and assist the members of the acting profession and to promote the theatre arts. It is separate from Actors’ Equity Association and is funded by estate bequests and individual donations.

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

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers,  musicians and corporations. Lia is also an internationally published and exhibited photographer, a multi-platform journalist, and a publicist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.

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

Tony Award Winner André De Shields to Receive the 2019 Richard Seff Award from the Actors’ Equity Foundation on June 11

André De Shields won his 1st Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical on June 9, 2019. Photo by Lia Chang

Three times the charm for André De Shields, who received his 1st Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical on June 9 at Radio City Music Hall in New York. He was previously nominated for Play On and The Full Monty.

Hadestown won eight awards including Best Musical,  Best Director for Rachel Chavkin, Best Score for Anais Mitchell, Best Scenic Design for Rachel Hauck, Best Light for Bradley King, Best Sound Design for Jessica Paz and Nevin Steinberg, and Best Orchestrations for Michael Chorney and Todd Sickafoose.

Mr. De Shields will receive the 2019 Richard Seff Award from the Actors’ Equity Foundation on Tuesday, June 11. The award honors veteran stage actors’ best supporting performances of the year.

Mr. De Shields was chosen to receive this year’s award by a panel of judges who were unanimous in their acclaim of his performance as Hermes in Hadestown.  The award consists of a check for $1,000 and a crystal trophy.

The ceremony will take place on Tuesday June 11 at the Actors Equity Offices at 165 West 46th Street on the 14th floor in the Council Room at 2 pm. The awards will be given out at the beginning of the regularly scheduled Eastern Regional Board meeting and will run about 45 minutes.

In a career spanning 50 years, Mr. De Shields has distinguished himself as an unparalleled actor, director, and educator. He has intermittently portrayed Hermes in Hadestown since 2012, including the recent critically acclaimed production at London’s National Theatre. Mr. De Shields also received the  2019 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical, a 2019 Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical and a 2019 Drama League Award nomination for Distinguished Performance for his role as Hermes.

In 2018, Mr. De Shields was the recipient of the 8th Annual Off-Broadway Alliance Legend Award and the 33rd Annual Bob Harrington Life Achievement Bistro Award. Among his other accolades are the 2009 National Black Theatre Festival’s Living Legend Award, and the 2007 Village Voice Obie Award for Sustained Excellence of Performance. A three-time Tony Award nominee, he is best known for his show-stopping performances in four legendary Broadway productions: The WizAin’t Misbehavin’  (Emmy Award), Play On!, and The Full Monty. De Shields is a proud member of AEA, SAG-AFTRA, and SDC.  www.andredeshields.com

The judges’ panel includes Joe Dziemianowicz, Daily News; Adam Feldman, Time Out New York; Susan Haskins-Doloff, Theater Talk; Harry Haun, Playbill and David Rosenberg, The Hour Newspapers.

In 2003 the Actors’ Equity Foundation established the Richard Seff Award, an annual award to be given to a male and female character actor who is 50 years old or older and who has been a member of Actors’ Equity for 25 years or longer, for the best performance in a featured or unfeatured supporting role in a Broadway or Off Broadway production. An actor may only be the recipient of this award one time.

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Vinie Burrows, Tony Award winner André De Shields and Lia Chang at the 73rd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Musical Hall in New York on June 9, 2019. Photo by Lia 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

48 Hours with Three-Time Tony Nominee André De Shields at the Drama Desk Awards, Tony Honors Cocktail Party, HADESTOWN Original Broadway Cast Listening Party

Three-time Tony award nominee André De Shields is back on Broadway at the Walter Kerr Theatre as Hermes in Hadestown, the new musical by 2019 Tony award nominee Anaïs Mitchell, developed with and directed by 2019 Tony award nominee Rachel Chavkin.

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

André won the Drama Desk Award and the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical. On June 11, he’ll receive the 2019 Richard Seff Award from the Actors’ Equity Foundation, which honors veteran stage actors’ best supporting performances of the year.

HADESTOWN Star André De Shields to receive the 2019 Richard Seff Award from the Actors’ Equity Foundation on June 11 

Drama Desk winner André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang

Below is my 48 hours with André which includes a surprise guest after the Sunday matinee, the Drama Desk Awards, the Tony Honors cocktail reception and the listening party for the Original Broadway Cast Recording of Hadestown.

(June 2, 2019, 6:00 p.m.) A quick visit with the legendary Micki Grant and Lori Minor after the Sunday matinee.

André De Shields, Reeve Carney, Lori Minor and Micki Grant on the set of HADESTOWN at the Walter Kerr. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields, Micki Grant, Eva Noblezada, Reeve Carney, Lori Minor on the set of HADESTOWN at the Walter Kerr. Photo by Lia Chang
6:00 p.m. at the Walter Kerr Theatre – Lia Chang, André De Shields, Micki Grant, Eva Noblezada, Reeve Carney, Lori Minor and Amber Gray.

6:15 p.m. Scott Rudin’s Drama Desk Party at Aureole.

Drama Desk Winners and Tony Award nominees Santino Fontana (TOOTSIE), Celia Keenan-Bolger (TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD) and André De Shields (HADESTOWN). Photo by Lia Chang
Drama Desk winner André De Shields, Paige Davis and Patrick Page. Photo by Lia Chang
David Neumann, Drama Desk winners Rachel Chavkin and  André De Shields and Jake Heinrichs. Photo by Lia Chang
Lia Chang, Jewelle Blackman, Drama Desk winner André De Shields, Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer and Kay Trinidad attend the Drama Desk Awards.
Drama Desk winner André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang

“Hadestown in the house,” said Mr. De Shields in his speech at the 64th Annual Drama Desk Awards at Town Hall in New York on June 2. “Thank you Drama Desk. It only took 9 nominations. As you all can see, I am dressed tonight incognegro in order not be confused with my co-star Patrick Page who 8 times a week teaches me new lessons in how to create a character. Thank you Patrick. Anaïs Mitchell, Rachel Chavkin, Dale Frazen, Mara Isaacs, I want to thank you for let me be myself again (he sang). Goodnight.”

Co-Producer Mara Isaacs, Director Rachel Chavkin, André De Shields, Anais Mitchell and Co-Producer Dale Franzen at the opening party of HADESTOWN at the National Theatre in London on November 13, 2018. Photo by Lia Chang
Co-Producer Mara Isaacs, Director Rachel Chavkin, André De Shields, Anais Mitchell and Co-Producer Dale Franzen at the opening party of HADESTOWN at the National Theatre in London on November 13, 2018. Photo by Lia Chang

Hadestown also won in the categories of Outstanding Director of a Musical for Rachel Chavkin, Outstanding Lighting Design for Bradley King and Outstanding Sound Design for Nevin Steinberg and Jessica Paz.

June 3, 2019,  6:00 p.m. – Tony Honors cocktail party at Sofitel New York.

Tony Honor and Special Tony recipients with American Theatre Wing President and CEO Heather Hitchens, American Theatre Wing Chairman David Henry Hwang, the Broadway League Chairman Thomas Schumacher, and The Broadway League President and CEO Charlotte St. Martin at the Tony Honors cocktail party at Sofitel New York. Photo by Lia Chang

On June 3rd, the brightest lights of Broadway gathered at the Sofitel New York for the 2019 Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre Awards presented to Broadway industry Broadway Inspirational Voices founded by Michael McElroy; Broadway musical director and arranger Jason Michael Webb (Choir Boy) the late Marin Mazzie (accepted by her husband, Jason Daniely), Sonny Tilders and Creative Technology Company (King Kong) Peter Entin, retired Vice President of Theatre Operations for The Shubert Organization; Joseph Blakely Forbes, Founder and President, Scenic Art Studios, Inc. and FDNY Engine 54, Ladder 4, Battalion 9.

Tony Honor Recipient Michael McElroy, founder of Broadway Inspirational Voices, Tony nominee Dominique Morisseaui and Special Tony Award recipient Jason Michael Webb at the Tony Honors cocktail party at Sofitel New York. Photo by Lia Chang

As previously announced, Judith Light will receive this year’s Isabelle Stevenson Tony Award “for her impassioned advocacy to end HIV/AIDS and her support for LGBTQ+ and human rights.” Actress Rosemary Harris, playwright Terrence McNally and composer Harold Wheeler each will receive a Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre.

Harold Wheeler, 2019 Tony Award Recipient for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre, his wife, Hattie Winston Wheeler and Three-time Tony nominee André De Shields at the Tony Honors cocktail party at Sofitel New York. Photo by Lia Chang
HADESTOWN’s Mara Isaacs, Reeve Carney, Eva Noblezada, Rachel Chavkin, Rachel Hauck, Todd Sickafoose, Three-time Tony nominee André De Shields, Dale Franzen and Tom Kirdahy at the Tony Honors cocktail party at Sofitel New York. Photo by Lia Chang
Reeve Carney, Two-time Tony nominee Eva Noblezada and Three-time Tony nominee André De Shields at the Tony Honors cocktail party at Sofitel New York.

Hadestown has been nominated for 14 Tony awards including Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical for De Shields and his co-star Patrick Page, Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical and Best Original Score for Anaïs Mitchell, Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical for Eva Noblezada, Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical for Amber Gray, Best Scenic Design of a Musical for Rachel Hauck, Best Costume Design of a Musical for Michael Krass, Best Lighting Design of a Musical for Bradley King, Best Sound Design of a Musical for Nevin Steinberg and Jessica Paz, Best Direction of a Musical for Rachel Chavkin, Best Choreography for David Neumann and Best Orchestrations for Michael Chorney and Todd Sickafoose. The 2019 Tony Awards will be broadcast live from Radio City Music Hall in New York City, on Sunday, June 9th on CBS.

James Babcock, Telly Leung, Three-time Tony nominee André De Shields, Grace Hwang and American Theatre Wing Chairman David Henry Hwang at the Tony Honors cocktail party at Sofitel New York. Photo by Lia Chang

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

The Broadway League President and CEO Charlotte St. Martin, Kip Fagan, Tony nominee Heidi Schreck, Three-time Tony nominee André De Shields, Tony nominee Mara Isaacs at the Tony Honors cocktail party at Sofitel New York. Photo by Lia Chang

June 3, 2019, 7:45 p.m. The Hadestown Listening Party at The Royalton
The cast and creative team celebrated the Original Broadway Cast Recording of Hadestown at The Royalton on June 3rd, which is having a unique and unconventional release schedule. On Friday, June 7, 13 tracks from Hadestown, written by celebrated singer-songwriter and two-time 2019 Tony Award nominee Anaïs Mitchell, developed with innovative director and 2019 Tony Award nominee Rachel Chavkin, will be made available digitally. Three of those songs, “Way Down Hadestown,” “Our Lady of the Underground,” and “Wait for Me,” were released on June 4th 12:01 AM.

Eva Noblezada. Photo by Lia Chang

The rest of the double album which features 40 tracks spanning over two hours of music will be rolled out in three curated character-themed drops.

Anaïs Mitchell. Photo by Lia Chang

Anaïs Mitchell said, “A huge thanks to all of our friends for their patience as we take a little more time with our Original Broadway Cast Recording than originally anticipated! We got deep into editing and mixing these two-plus hours’ worth of beautiful performances and realized we didn’t have the heart to rush what feels like a very special recording that we hope will live for a long time! We’ve decided to release the entirety of the album in a few installments over the course of the next few weeks as ‘character drops.’ We hope this will give folks a chance to appreciate all over again the unique gifts of our unicorn company and give us the time we need to make sure we are creating the most magical recording possible!”

Schedule for the drops

Tuesday, June 4 at 12:01 AM

    • “Way Down Hadestown
    • “Wait For Me (“Hey, the big artiste…”) [Intro]”
    • “Wait For Me”
    • “Our Lady of the Underground”

Friday, June 7 – Additional highlights

    • “Livin’ It Up On Top”
    • “Hey, Little Songbird”
    • “When The Chips Are Down (“Songbird vs. rattlesnake…”) [Intro]”
    • “When The Chips Are Down”
    • “Gone, I’m Gone”
    • “Why We Build The Wall”
    • “Why We Build The Wall (“Behind closed doors…”) [Outro]”
    • “Flowers”
    • “Road to Hell (Reprise)”

Friday, June 28 – Character Drop 1: Hades and Persephone

Friday, July 12 – Character Drop 2: Hermes, the Fates, and the Workers Chorus

Friday, July 26 – Character Drop 3: Orpheus and Eurydice

Anaïs Mitchell, Michael Chorney and Todd Sickafoose. Photo by Lia Chang
Tom Kirdahy, Mara Isaacs, Dale Franzen and Hunter C. Arnold. Photo by Lia Chang

The Hadestown Original Broadway Cast Recording is produced by David Lai, Todd Sickafoose, and Mitchell, co-produced by Mara Isaacs and Hunter Arnold, and executive produced by Dale Franzen, Tom Kirdahy, Craig Balsam, and Thomas M. Neff. The album is distributed by ADA Worldwide in partnership with Arts Music.

Kay Trinidad, Rachel Chavkin, Jordan Roth, a guest, Michael Krass, Anais Mitchell and Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer at the Drama League Awards. Photo by Lia Chang

The current awards tally for Hadestown includes the 2019 Drama League Award for Outstanding Production of a Musical, the 2019 Chita Rivera Award for Outstanding Choreography in a Broadway Show for David Neumann, and 6 Outer Critics Circle Awards in the categories of Outstanding New Broadway Musical, André De Shields for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical, Amber Gray for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical, Anaïs Mitchell for Outstanding New Score, Rachel Chavkin for Outstanding Director of a Musical and Bradley King for Outstanding Lighting Design.

Team HADESTOWN: Danielle Long King, Dale Franzen, André De Shields, Montego Glover, Mara Isaacs, Noah Hahn, Bradley King, Rachel Chavkin, Tom Kirdahy, Anaïs Mitchell and Hunter C. Arnold. Photo by Lia Chang

Inside the 2019 Outer Critics Circle Awards with HADESTOWN’s André De Shields, Amber Gray, Anaïs Mitchell and Rachel Chavkin 

 

HADESTOWN’s Reeve Carney Returns to The Green Room 42 on June 30 

Diane Paragas’ YELLOW ROSE Starring Eva Noblezada, Lea Salonga to Open Asian American International Film Festival on July 25 

HADESTOWN Garners 12 Outer Critics Circle Award Nominations and Sets Release Date for Original Broadway Cast Recording 

Anaïs Mitchell’s HADESTOWN Nominated for 3 Drama League Awards, 7 Drama Desk Awards, 3 Chita Rivera Awards, 12 Outer Critics Circle Awards

Inside the Opening Night Afterparty of HADESTOWN with André De Shields 

André De Shields, Eva Noblezada, Amber Gray, Patrick Page and More Among 14 Tony Nominations for HADESTOWN including Best Musical; Full List of Nominees

HADESTOWN Star André De Shields to receive the 2019 Richard Seff Award from the Actors’ Equity Foundation on June 11 

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

The Cast of HADESTOWN Will Perform Tonight on The 73rd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Musical Hall

Awards season has been a whirlwind for the company of Hadestown, who have been nominated for 14 Tony Awards, the most this season.

The company of HADESTOWN. Photo by Lia Chang

The categories Hadestown has been nominated include Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical for André De Shields and his co-star Patrick Page, Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical and Best Original Score for Anaïs Mitchell, Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical for Eva Noblezada, Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical for Amber Gray, Best Scenic Design of a Musical for Rachel Hauck, Best Costume Design of a Musical for Michael Krass, Best Lighting Design of a Musical for Bradley King, Best Sound Design of a Musical for Nevin Steinberg and Jessica Paz, Best Direction of a Musical for Rachel Chavkin, Best Choreography for David Neumann and Best Orchestrations for Michael Chorney and Todd Sickafoose. The 2019 Tony Awards will be broadcast live from Radio City Music Hall in New York City, tonight on CBS. and hosted by James Cordon featuring an incredible line up of celebrity presenters and musical performances for Broadway’s biggest night.

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

In addition to Hadestown, the Tony Awards telecast will feature performances by the casts of Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of the Temptations; Beetlejuice; The Cher Show; Choir Boy; Kiss Me, Kate; Oklahoma!; The Prom and Tootsie. The evening will also feature a special performance by Tony Award winning-actress Cynthia Erivo.

Celebrity Presenters

The evening will feature appearances by Sara Bareilles, Laura Benanti, Abigail Breslin, David Byrne, Vanessa Carlton, Kristin Chenoweth, Darren Criss, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Tina Fey, Sutton Foster, Josh Groban, Danai Gurira, Jake Gyllenhaal, Christopher Jackson, Samuel L. Jackson, Shirley Jones, Regina King, Jane Krakowski, Isabelle Stevenson Award recipient Judith Light, Laura Linney, Lucy Liu, Aasif Mandvi, Audra McDonald, Sienna Miller, Catherine O’Hara, Tony Nominee Kelli O’Hara, Ben Platt, Billy Porter, Anthony Ramos, Andrew Rannells, LaTanya Richardson Jackson, Michael Shannon, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Marisa Tomei, Samira Wiley and BeBe Winans.

Karen Olivo, Aaron Tveit and Danny Burstein will co-host the pre-telecast Creative Arts Awards, sponsored by City National Bank.

How to Watch

James Corden will return to host the American Theatre Wing’s 2019 Tony Awards, which will be broadcast live from Radio City Music Hall in New York City on CBS. The three-hour program will air on Sunday, June 9th 8:00 – 11:00 p.m. (ET/PT time delay). The Tony Awards are presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing.

The 2019 Tony Awards Live from the Red Carpet will be hosted by Montego Glover and Denny Directo on Sunday, June 9th, beginning at 5:00 PM ET, LIVE on Twitter at @CBS and on ET LIVE at ETonline.com/live.

You can also watch the Tony Awards online with CBS All Access. More info at cbs.com/all-access.

View the database of past Tony Awards ceremonies to learn more about each year’s ceremony, from 1947 to the present.

Diane Paragas’ YELLOW ROSE Starring Eva Noblezada, Lea Salonga to Open Asian American International Film Festival on July 25

The 42nd Asian American International Film Festival (AAIFF42), presented by Asian CineVision, will open with the timely immigration drama YELLOW ROSE on Thursday, July 25, 2019 at Asia Society (725 Park Ave, New York, NY 10021), with Director Diane Paragas and other members of the cast and crew scheduled to attend.

Eva Noblezada. Photo by Lia Chang

YELLOW ROSE is the deeply personal narrative feature debut from Filipina American writer and director Diane Paragas. Rose, played by Two-time Tony Award Nominee Eva Noblezada (Hadestown, Miss Saigon), an undocumented Filipino girl, dreams of one day leaving her small Texas town to pursue her country music dreams. Her world is shattered when her mom (Princess Punzalan) is suddenly detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Rose, facing this new realty, is forced to flee the scene, leaving behind the only life she knows, and embarks on a journey of self-discovery as she searches for a new home in the honky-tonk world of Austin, Texas. Also featured in the film are Tony Award-winning actress Lea Salonga and country music star Dale Watson. Set to a poignant soundtrack featuring original songs by Paragas, Noblezada, Watson and the cast, this coming-of-age story brings forth the power of music and art to provide strength in the face of the harsh plight confronting countless immigrant families across the country.

Director of "Yellow Rose"  Diane Paragas  - Photo courtesy of Yellow Rose
Director of “Yellow Rose”  Diane Paragas  – Photo courtesy of Yellow Rose

“This film is about home – the home you build for yourself and the people you welcome into it,” says Paragas. “Yellow Rose is a story for everyone trying to find their place in this world and we’re honored to share it at New York City at AAIFF.”

Yellow Rose has its world premiere at the 35th Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival and won the Grand Jury award for outstanding North American narrative feature and a special jury award for actress Eva Noblezada for her breakthrough performance. Other awards include the Comcast narrative award at the 37th center for Asian American Media Festival, also known as CAAMFest and the Best Narrative film at the Bentonville Film Festival.

Asian CineVision is a fiscal sponsor for the film and is proud to celebrate its New York premiere at this year’s edition of Asian American International Film Festival. “Having been a partner on this project for the last 6 years, ACV has watched the film evolve with the times and is excited to finally bring it to our hometown audience,” says John Woo, ACV Executive Director.

Gold Passes, which grant priority admission to all screenings, panels, workshops, and special events, including Opening, Centerpiece, and Closing, are currently on sale at goelevent.com/AAIFF/Package/Sale/. The 42nd Asian American International Film Festival will run July 25 – August 3 with full lineup for sale on Wednesday, June 26, 2019.

Tony Award winners David Henry Hwang and Jeanine Tesori’s SOFT POWER Set for New York Premiere at The Public, September 24 – November 3 

Sam Pinkleton, Jeanine Tesori, Francis Jue, Leigh Silverman, David Henry Hwang, Conrad Ricamora, Alyse Alan Louis. Photo by Lia Chang
Jeanine Tesori and David Henry Hwang. Photo by Lia Chang
Jeanine Tesori and David Henry Hwang. Photo by Lia Chang

The Public Theater is presenting the New York premiere of Tony Award winners David Henry Hwang (Book and Lyrics) and Jeanine Tesori’s (Music and Additional Lyrics) SOFT POWER, September 24 – November 3 in a co-commission and co-production with Center Theatre Group.

Sam Pinkleton, Jeanine Tesori, Francis Jue, Leigh Silverman, David Henry Hwang, Conrad Ricamora, Alyse Alan Louis. Photo by Lia Chang
Sam Pinkleton, Jeanine Tesori, Francis Jue, Leigh Silverman, David Henry Hwang, Conrad Ricamora, Alyse Alan Louis. Photo by Lia Chang

Helmed by Leigh Silverman and featuring choreography by Sam Pinkleton, initial casting includes Billy Bustamante (Xue Xing Standby), Kendyl Ito (Jing/Ensemble), Francis Jue (DHH), Austin Ku (Bobby Bob), Raymond J. Lee (Randy Ray/VEEP/Ensemble), Alyse Alan Louis (Zoe/Hillary), Jaygee Macapugay (Campaign Manager/Ensemble), Daniel May (Ensemble), Paul HeeSang Miller (Ensemble), Geena Quintos (Ensemble), Conrad Ricamora (Xue Xing), Trevor Salter (Ensemble), Kyra Smith (Ensemble), Emily Stillings (Female Swing), Emily Trumble (Zoe/Hillary Understudy), and John Yi (Male Swing).

Hwang and Tesori’s groundbreaking new musical-within-a-play, SOFT POWER, one of the most exciting theatrical collaborations in recent memory, is an exploration of America’s current place in the world, told through an East-West musical from China’s point of view, in which a theater producer from Shanghai forges a powerful bond with Hillary Clinton. SOFT POWER is a fever dream of modern American politics amidst global conversations, asking us all-why do we love democracy? And should we?

Conrad Ricamora, Austin Ku, Francis Jue, Geena Quintos, Billy Bustamante and Raymond J. Lee. Photo Credit: Craig Schwartz
Conrad Ricamora, Austin Ku, Francis Jue, Geena Quintos, Billy Bustamante and Raymond J. Lee. Photo Credit: Craig Schwartz
Conrad Ricamora and Francis Jue. Photo Credit: Craig Schwartz
Conrad Ricamora and Francis Jue. Photo Credit: Craig Schwartz
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

Edward Chin-Lyn, Kimiye Corwin, Bruce McKenzie, David Shih, James Seol, Karoline Xu, and Aaron Yoo Set for NAATCO’s World Premiere of Gordon Dahlquist’s [VEIL WIDOW CONSPIRACY], June 8 – July 6

The OBIE Award-winning NAATCO, National Asian American Theatre Company, kicks off their 29th season with the World Premiere of Gordon Dahlquist’s [Veil Widow Conspiracy]. Aneesha Kudtarkar directs a cast that will include Edward Chin-Lyn, Kimiye Corwin, Bruce McKenzie, David Shih, James Seol, Karoline Xu, and Aaron Yoo. This Off-Broadway limited engagement at Next Door at New York Theatre Workshop (79 East 4th Street) will begin June 8th with Opening Night set for June 15th (7pm). Performances continue through July 6th only.

Paul Juhn, David Huynh, Anna Ishida, Mia Katigbak, Michelangelo Hyeon, Vanessa Kai and John Haggerty. Photo by William P. Steele
Paul Juhn, David Huynh, Anna Ishida, Mia Katigbak, Michelangelo Hyeon, Vanessa Kai and John Haggerty. Photo by William P. Steele

NAATCO was just nominated for a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Revival of a Play, as well as Outstanding Costume Design for a Play for last season’s acclaimed production of Henry VI: Shakespeare’s Trilogy in Two Parts. Additionally, NAATCO founder and Artistic Producing Director Mia Katigbak will receive a Special Drama Desk Award: “the backbone of the Off-Broadway scene, we acclaim her for her performances this season in Henry VI: Shakespeare’s Trilogy in Two Parts, The Trial of the Catonsville Nine, Peace for Mary Frances and Recent Alien Abductions. This award also recognizes her vital presence as the artistic director of NAATCO and her sustained excellence as a performer and mentor.”

[VEIL WIDOW CONSPIRACY] is built around nested versions of a story from 1922 Xinjiang in Western China: a political murder mystery dramatized in a 2010 big budget Hollywood film, then amended via DVD extra interviews with the cast and crew, in censorship negotiations with the Chinese government, and finally by two lovers in a futuristic, dystopian Brooklyn, without the means to watch the film, one describing it to the other by memory in the dark. [VWC] explores the slippery tension around what we call the truth, knowing reality and fiction each have an angle, and no metaphor comes without an agenda.

Gordon Dahlquist is an acclaimed playwright and best selling novelist. His first novel,The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters, was a New York Times bestseller and has been published in 30 countries. His other novels include The Dark Volume, The Chemickal Marriage and his most recent, The Different Girl. His next play, Red Chariot, will have its world premiere at Undermain Theatre in Dallas in September. His plays have been performed in New York, Los Angeles, Dallas, Minneapolis, and Portland. His plays includeTomorrow Come Today (2015 James Tait Black Drama Prize, Edinburgh; Undermain Theatre, Dallas), Stella (Radio play: The Organist/WKCR), Tea Party (Bay Area Playwrights Festival, San Francisco), Messalina (Evidence Room, Los Angeles; Garland Award; SPF, New York), Babylon is Everywhere: A Court Masque [text] (CINE, Schaeberle Theatre; Theatre Magazine), Delirium Palace (Evidence Room, Los Angeles; Garland Award; published in Breaking Ground), The Secret Machine (Walker Space),Vortex Du Plaisir (Ohio Theatre; WKCR), and Island of Dogs (4th Street Theatre). He has been a member of New Dramatists, and is a New York Theatre Workshop Usual Suspect.

Aneesha Kudtarkar is a New York-based theatre director. She is currently completing her final year of study in the MFA Directing program at the Yale School of Drama. While at Yale, she has directed Locusts, Trouble in Mind, Perfectly Timed Photos Taken Before a Disaster, and The Winter’s Tale. Her other credits include The Purple Flower, The Quonsets (Yale Cabaret); Mud, Charlotte’s Web (The Hangar Theatre); and Gruesome Playground Injuries (Studio @ 620). She holds a BFA in Theatre Studies from Southern Methodist University, where she received the Garland Wright Award for Excellence in Directing. Aneesha is a proud alumna of the Drama League Director’s Project.
Edward Chin-Lyn is making his NAATCO debut. Small Mouth Sounds National Tour (Long Wharf, A.C.T., Broad Stage; dir. Rachel Chavkin), True West (Curious Frog), The Brig (The Living Theatre), Reconstruction (International Wow). Film: Set It up (Netflix). TV: “Manifest”, “Elementary”, “Jessica Jones”, “Person of Interest”, “Limitless”, “The Mysteries of Laura”, “Feed the Beast.” edwardchinlyn.com

Kimiye Corwin’s New York theater credits include: The Changeling (Red Bull Theater),Fruiting Bodies (Ma-Yi Theater), Martyrs (La Mama), Wasted: An Historical Burlesque(Ars Nova), Gaslit (Virago), Fire Throws (Ripe Time), Kate’s Chink-O-Rama (Joe’s Pub). Regional: Sense and Sensibility (Guthrie), Hedda Gabler (Studio Theatre), A Christmas Carol (McCarter), Love’s Labour’s Lost (Actors Theater of Louisville), Midsummer Night’s Dream (Syracuse Stage), Now Circa Then (TheatreWorks Palo Alto), Snow Falling on Cedars (Hartford Stage), Twelfth Night, Hamlet (Shakespeare Festival St. Louis). TV/Film: “The Blacklist,” “The Family,” “The Following,” “The Michael J. Fox Show,” “One Life to Live,” Five Dances (film by Alan Brown). Kimiye trained as a dancer at Juilliard and danced with the Jose Limon Dance Company for five years before expanding her career with acting. She also enjoys working as a teacher, choreographer and movement consultant for theater. Training: BFA Juilliard, MFA Brown/Trinity. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two daughters. http://www.kimiyecorwin.com.

Bruce McKenzie Broadway: The Farnsworth Invention. Selected Off-Broadway: Stanley in Ivo van Hove’s production of A Streetcar Named Desire (NY Theatre Workshop). 10 Out of 12 (Soho Rep); Big Love, Glory of the World (BAM Harvey), Weisses Rauschen(Ruhrfestspiele Recklingshausen; Theatre Freiburg). Some favorite Regional Theatre:Three Sisters (Yale Rep); Polaroid Stories, Stage Manager in Our Town, title role inHamlet (Actors Theatre of Louisville); Angelo in Measure For Measure, Iago in Othello(California Shakespeare Theatre); Krapp’s Last Tape (Dallas Theatre Center); Other leading roles at La Jolla Playhouse, Berkeley Rep, Long Wharf Theatre, Huntington Theatre, Magic Theatre, Wilma Theatre, others. Film: Your Name Here; Miss This at Your Peril; Blood Sand and Gold. Television: “Breaking Bad,” “House,” “The Unit.”

James Seol’s Off-Broadway credits include: Henry VI (NAATCO); American Morning (Prospect Theater Company; KPOP (Lucille Lortel Nomination; Ars Nova/Ma-Yi/Woodshed Collective); Small Mouth Sounds (Ars Nova). Broadway: A Naked Girl on the Appian Way (Roundabout Theatre Company). Regional: Vietgone and The Orphan of Zhao (American Conservatory Theatre); The Four Immigrants and Tokyo Fish Story (TheatreWorks Silicon Valley); Thoroughly Modern Millie (Goodspeed Musicals and Paper Mill Playhouse); Zombie: the American (Woolly Mammoth); Hamlet (Hartford Stage); Timon of Athens (Shakespeare Theatre Company). TV: Living with Yourself (Netflix). Juilliard, University of Virginia

David Shih previously appeared with NAATCO in Henry VI, Awake and Sing!, and A Dream Play. Off-Broadway: KPOP (Ars Nova/Ma-Yi/Woodshed), Somebody’s Daughter(Second Stage), The World of Extreme Happiness (MTC), Bike America (Ma-Yi), Dojoji(Pan Asian), Crane Story (Playwrights Realm). Regional: Tiger Style! (La Jolla), The King and I (Maltz Jupiter). TV/Film: “Billions,” “City on a Hill,” “The Hunt,” “The Path,” “Blindspot,” “Elementary,” “Madam Secretary,” “The Blacklist,” “Unforgettable,” “Blue Bloods,” “Law & Order: SVU,” Mr. Sushi, Eighth Grade, The Amazing Spider-Man 2,Saving Face. Performs with Only Make Believe for kids in hospitals and care facilities.

Karoline Xu’s Off-Broadway credits include Tom Stoppard’s The Hard Problem (LCT). Select credits: You Across From Me (Humana Festival), Angels in America, Six, A Christmas Carol, Maggie and Winnie (Actors Theatre of Louisville); Hamlet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Santa Cruz Shakespeare); A Language to Hear Myself (American Repertory); Hitting Bedrock (La MaMa); Ready Made Cabaret (Judson Church). BA: Harvard College. karolinexu.com
Aaron Yoo’s career began Off-Broadway appearing at The Vineyard, Ma-Yi, The Flea and LAByrinth. He is grateful to be returning to NAATCO. Aaron has starred in over 20 films including Disturbia, 21, Killing Gunther, Money Monster, Rocket Science, Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, Friday the 13th, Someone Else, Everything Before Us, The Wackness, and Kid Cannabis. TV credits include “Goliath,” “Hawaii Five-O,” “The Tomorrow People,” “StartUp,” “The Blacklist,” “Mysteries of Laura,” “The Closer” and “ER.”

[VEIL WIDOW CONSPIRACY] will have scenic design by Yu-Hsuan Chen, costume design by Mariko Ohigashi, and lighting design by Reza Behjat. Peter Kim is Associate Producer for NAATCO.

Under the leadership of Founding Artistic Producing Director Mia Katigbak and co-founder Richard Eng, NAATCO was founded in 1989 to assert the presence and significance of Asian American theatre in the United States, demonstrating its vital contributions to the fabric of American culture by offering European and American classics as written with all Asian American casts; adaptations of these classics by Asian American Playwrights; and new plays – preferably world premieres – written by non-Asian Americans, not for or about Asian Americans, but realized by all-Asian American casts. NAATCO puts into service its total commitment to Asian American theatre artists to more accurately represent onstage the multi- and inter-cultural dynamics of our society. By doing so, they demonstrate a rich tapestry of cultural difference bound by the American experience. The enrichment accrues to each different culture as well as to America as a whole. NAATCO was the recipient of the Obies’ Ross Wetzsteon Award, the Lucille Lortel Award from the League of Professional Theatre Women for their work “highlighting the multi- and intercultural dynamics of our society” and the Rosetta LeNoire Award from Actors’ Equity Association in recognition of its contribution toward increasing diversity and non-traditional casting in American theatre. For more information, visit http://www.naatco.org.

Next Door at NYTW provides a home for companies and artists who are producing their own work. This initiative provides each project with subsidized resources and space for development and performance in the Fourth Street Theatre. As part of an ongoing effort to expand support for artists at every stage of their careers, this series served nearly 100 additional artists in the first year alone.

Performances for [Veil Widow Conspiracy] will be Monday through Saturday evenings at 7pm, with matinees Saturday at 3pm. No performance Monday, June 10th and no matinees on June 8th and 15th; added performance on Sunday June 9th at 7pm.

Ticket prices are $35 (General Admission) or $45 (Reserved Seat). Tickets can be purchased by phone at 212-460-5475, online at NYTW.org, or in-person at the NYTW Box Office (79 east 4th Street).

For more information about [Veil Widow Conspiracy] or any of NAATCO’s programs, visit www.naatco.org

The 64th Annual Drama Desk Awards at Town Hall on June 2; Complete List of Nominations and Special Awards

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

Drama Desk Award-winning actor Michael Urie (Torch Song, Buyer and Cellar, “Ugly Betty”) will host The 64th Annual Drama Desk Awards, Sunday, June 2 at 8PM at The Town Hall in New York City. This marks Urie’s fourth consecutive time hosting the ceremony.

The Drama Desk Awards, which are presented annually, honor outstanding achievement by professional theater artists on Broadway, Off-Broadway and Off-Off Broadway. What sets Drama Desk Awards apart is that they are voted on and bestowed by theater critics, journalists, editors and publishers covering theater. For this reason, Drama Desk Awards reflect enthusiasm for all aspects of New York’s professional theater.

2019 Drama Desk Award Nominations

Outstanding Play
Fairview, by Jackie Sibblies Drury, Soho Rep
The Ferryman, by Jez Butterworth
Lewiston/Clarkston, by Samuel D. Hunter, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater
Usual Girls, by Ming Peiffer, Roundabout Theatre Company
What the Constitution Means to Me, by Heidi Schreck, New York Theatre Workshop and Broadway

Outstanding Musical
Be More Chill
The Hello Girls, Prospect Theater Company
The Prom
Rags Parkland Sings the Songs of the Future, Ars Nova
Tootsie

Outstanding Revival of a Play
Fabulation, or the Re-Education of Undine, Signature Theatre
Henry VI: Shakespeare’s Trilogy in Two Parts, National Asian American Theatre Company
Our Lady of 121st Street, Signature Theatre
Summer and Smoke, Classic Stage Company/Transport Group
The Waverly Gallery
Uncle Vanya, Hunter Theater Project

Quincy Tyler Bernstine, Hill Harper, & Deirdre Friel. Photo Credit: Monique Carboni
Quincy Tyler Bernstine, Hill Harper and Deirdre Friel. Photo Credit: Monique Carboni

Outstanding Revival of a Musical
Carmen Jones, Classic Stage Company
Fiddler on the Roof, National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene and Off-Broadway
Kiss Me, Kate, Roundabout Theatre Company
Merrily We Roll Along, Fiasco Theater/Roundabout Theatre Company
Oklahoma!, Bard Summerscape/St. Ann’s Warehouse and Broadway

Outstanding Actor in a Play
Jeff Biehl, Life Sucks
Edmund Donovan, Lewiston/Clarkston
Raúl Esparza, The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui
Russell Harvard, I Was Most Alive With You
Jay O. Sanders, Uncle Vanya

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

Outstanding Actress in a Play
Midori Francis, Usual Girls
Zainab Jah, Boesman and Lena
Elaine May, The Waverly Gallery
Laurie Metcalf, Hillary and Clinton
Heidi Schreck, What the Constitution Means to Me

Outstanding Actor in a Musical
Brooks Ashmanskas, The Prom
Andrew R. Butler, Rags Parkland Sings the Songs of the Future
Damon Daunno, Oklahoma!
Santino Fontana, Tootsie
Steven Skybell, Fiddler on the Roof

Outstanding Actress in a Musical
Stephanie J. Block, The Cher Show
Beth Leavel, The Prom
Rebecca Naomi Jones, Oklahoma!
Anika Noni Rose, Carmen Jones
Stacey Sargeant, Rags Parkland Sings the Songs of the Future

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play
Charles Browning, Fairview
Arnie Burton, Lewiston/Clarkston
Hampton Fluker, All My Sons
Tom Glynn-Carney, The Ferryman
Brandon Uranowitz, Burn This

Harriett D. Foy and Michelle Wilson. Photo by Joan Marcus
Harriett D. Foy and Michelle Wilson. Photo by Joan Marcus

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play
Harriett D. Foy, The House That Will Not Stand
Megan Hill, Eddie and Dave
Celia Keenan-Bolger, To Kill A Mockingbird
Ruth Wilson, King Lear
Alison Wright, Othello

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical
Corbin Bleu, Kiss Me, Kate
André De Shields, Hadestown
Sydney James Harcourt, Girl from the North Country
George Salazar, Be More Chill
Patrick Vaill, Oklahoma!

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

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical
Stephanie Hsu, Be More Chill
Leslie Kritzer, Beetlejuice
Soara-Joye Ross, Carmen Jones
Sarah Stiles, Tootsie
Ali Stroker, Oklahoma!
Mary Testa, Oklahoma!

Outstanding Director of a Play
Sarah Benson, Fairview
Stephen Daldry and Justin Martin, The Jungle
Sam Mendes, The Ferryman
Tyne Rafaeli, Usual Girls
Taylor Reynolds, Plano
Jeff Wise, Life Sucks

Outstanding Director of a Musical
Noah Brody, Merrily We Roll Along
Rachel Chavkin, Hadestown
Scott Ellis, Tootsie
Daniel Fish, Oklahoma!
Joel Grey, Fiddler on the Roof

Outstanding Choreography
Camille A. Brown, Choir Boy
Warren Carlyle, Kiss Me, Kate
Denis Jones, Tootsie
Lorin Latarro, Twelfth Night
Rick and Jeff Kuperman, Alice by Heart
David Neumann, Hadestown

Outstanding Music
Andrew R. Butler, Rags Parkland Sings the Songs of the Future
Joe Iconis, Be More Chill
Peter Mills, The Hello Girls
Mark Sonnenblick, Midnight at the Never Get
Shaina Taub, Twelfth Night
David Yazbek, Tootsie

Outstanding Lyrics
Chad Beguelin, The Prom
Andrew R. Butler, Rags Parkland Sings the Songs of the Future
Joe Iconis, Be More Chill
Peter Mills, The Hello Girls
David Yazbek, Tootsie

Outstanding Book of a Musical
Scott Brown and Anthony King, Beetlejuice
Andrew R. Butler, Rags Parkland Sings the Songs of the Future
Robert Horn, Tootsie
Bob Martin and Chad Beguelin, The Prom
Dominique Morisseau, Ain’t Too Proud

Outstanding Orchestrations
Larry Blank, Fiddler on the Roof
Simon Hale, Girl from the North Country
Daniel Kluger, Oklahoma!
Charlie Rosen, Be More Chill
Daryl Waters, The Cher Show

Outstanding Music in a Play
Paul Castles and Jongbin Jung, Wild Goose Dreams
Justin Ellington, Mrs. Murray’s Menagerie
Justin Ellington, The House That Will Not Stand
Nick Powell, The Lehman Trilogy
Jason Michael Webb and Fitz Patton, Choir Boy

Outstanding Set Design of a Play
Miriam Buether, The Jungle
Es Devlin, Girls & Boys
Maruti Evans, The Peculiar Patriot
Mimi Lien, Fairview
Matt Saunders, Daddy

Outstanding Set Design for a Musical
Rachel Hauck, Hadestown
Laura Jellinek, Oklahoma!
Laura Jellinek, Rags Parkland Sings the Songs of the Future
David Korins, Beetlejuice
Rae Smith, Girl from the North Country

Outstanding Costume Design for a Play
Dede M. Ayite, By the Way, Meet Vera Stark
Dede M. Ayite, If Pretty Hurts Ugly Must Be a Muhfucka
Ásta Bennie Hostetter, Mrs. Murray’s Menagerie
Toni-Leslie James, Bernhardt/Hamlet
Nicole Slaven, Henry VI: Shakespeare’s Trilogy in Two Parts

Outstanding Costume Design for a Musical
William Ivey Long, Beetlejuice
William Ivey Long, Tootsie
Bobby Frederick Tilly II, Be More Chill
Michael Krass, Hadestown
Bob Mackie, The Cher Show
Paloma Young, Alice by Heart

Outstanding Lighting Design for a Play
Amith Chandrashaker, Boesman and Lena
Amith Chandrashaker, Fairview
Jiyoun Chang, Slave Play
Jon Clark, The Jungle
Simon Cleveland, Spaceman
Yi Zhao, The House That Will Not Stand

Outstanding Lighting Design for a Musical
Adam Honoré, Carmen Jones
Bradley King, Hadestown
Jamie Roderick, Midnight at the Never Get
Barbara Samuels, Rags Parkland Sings the Songs of the Future
Scott Zielinski, Oklahoma!

Outstanding Projection Design
Peter England, King Kong
Katherine Freer, By the Way, Meet Vera Stark
Luke Halls, The Lehman Trilogy
Alex Basco Koch, Be More Chill
Peter Nigrini, Beetlejuice
Joshua Thorson, Oklahoma!

Outstanding Sound Design in a Play
Tyler Kieffer, Plano
Fitz Patton, Choir Boy
Nick Powell, The Ferryman
Jane Shaw, I Was Most Alive With You
Mikaal Sulaiman, Fairview

Outstanding Sound Design in a Musical
Simon Baker, Girl from the North Country
Drew Levy, Oklahoma!
Brian Ronan, Tootsie
Nevin Steinberg and Jessica Paz, Hadestown
Mikaal Sulaiman, Rags Parkland Sings the Songs of the Future

Outstanding Wig and Hair Design
Campbell Young Associates, Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus
Cookie Jordan, Eddie and Dave
Paul Huntley, Tootsie
Charles G. LaPointe, Beetlejuice
Charles G. LaPointe, The Cher Show

Outstanding Solo Performance
Mike Birbiglia, The New One
Carey Mulligan, Girls & Boys
Liza Jessie Peterson, The Peculiar Patriot, National Black Theatre/Hi-Arts
Erin Treadway, Spaceman, Loading Dock Theatre
Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Fleabag

Unique Theatrical Experience
All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914, Theater Latté Da/Laura Little Theatrical Productions / Sheen Center
Love’s Labor’s Lost, Shake & Bake
The B-Side: “Negro Folklore from Texas State Prisons, The Wooster Group
What to Send Up When it Goes Down, The Movement Theatre Company

Outstanding Fight Choreography
U. Jonathan Toppo, The Tragedy of Julius Caesar
Claire Warden, Daddy
Claire Warden, Slave Play

Outstanding Puppet Design
Michael Curry, Beetlejuice
Sonny Tilders, King Kong
Tschabalala Self, Daddy

Special Awards:
Ensemble Award: To the uncanny ensemble of Dance Nation for their pointed portrait of a dance troupe driven by competition but fused by the experiences of youth: Purva Bedi, Eboni Booth, Camila Canó-Flaviá, Dina Shihabi, Ellen Maddow, Christina Rouner, Thomas Jay Ryan, Lucy Taylor, and Ikechukwu Ufomadu.

Sam Norkin Award: To Montana Levi Blanco, who enriched this season with his vibrant and detailed costumes for Fairview, The House That Will Not Stand, Fabulation, Or the Re-Education of Undine, Eddie and Dave, Daddy, and Ain’t No Mo’. If a picture is worth a thousand words, a Blanco costume is worth considerably more, telling us a complete story about its wearer while giving us something fabulous to look at.

Paul Juhn, David Huynh, Anna Ishida, Mia Katigbak, Michelangelo Hyeon, Vanessa Kai and John Haggerty. Photo by William P. Steele
Paul Juhn, David Huynh, Anna Ishida, Mia Katigbak, Michelangelo Hyeon, Vanessa Kai and John Haggerty. Photo by William P. Steele

To Mia Katigbak, the backbone of the Off-Broadway scene, we acclaim her for her performances this season in Henry VI: Shakespeare’s Trilogy in Two Parts, The Trial of the Catonsville Nine, Peace for Mary Francis and Recent Alien Abductions. This award also recognizes her vital presence as the artistic director of NAATCO and her sustained excellence as a performer and mentor.

To Repertorio Español for presenting a year-round rotating repertory of new and classic Spanish-language plays in its intimate Gramercy venue. For the past 51 years, Repertorio has been an indispensable theater for Spanish-speaking audiences, while inviting non-Spanish-speaking theatergoers to discover the delights of the Spanish-language canon and introducing New York audiences to the work of actors like Zulema Clares and Germán Jaramillo.

 

2019 Drama League Award Winners: HADESTOWN, THE FERRYMAN, THE WAVERLY GALLERY, KISS, ME KATE, Bryan Cranston, Kelli O’Hara, Taylor Mac and Alex Timbers

André De Shields, Beth Leavel and John Lithgow. Photo by Lia Chang

The 85th Annual Drama League Awards were held at the Marriott Marquis Times Square on Friday, May 17.

André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang

First awarded in 1922 and formalized in 1935, The Drama League Awards are the oldest theatrical honors in America. They are the only major theater awards chosen by a cross-section of the theatre community – specifically, by the industry professionals, producers, artists, audiences, and critics who are Drama League members nationwide.

Kay Trinidad, Rachel Chavkin, Jordan Roth, a guest, Michael Krass, Anais Mitchell and Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer. Photo by Lia Chang

2019 Drama League awards were presented to Hadestown for Outstanding Production of a Musical, Kiss Me, Kate for Outstanding Revival of a Musical, The Ferryman for Outstanding Production of a Play and The Waverly Gallery for Outstanding Revival of a Play.

Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus stars Julie White and Kristine Nielsen co-hosted the festivities.

Bryan Cranston, who is Tony-nominated for his role as Howard Beale in Network,  took home the Distinguished Performance Award. Cranston received a Drama League nomination in 2014 for his Broadway debut in All the Way, and won the Tony Award for his performance as Lyndon B. Johnson.

Special Recognition Awards were presented to Tony® Award winner Kelli O’Hara (Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theater Award),  director Alex Timbers (The Founders Award for Excellence in Directing) and Taylor Mac (Unique Contribution to the Theater Award).

Alex Timbers and the creative team of MOULIN ROUGE! Photo by Lia Chang
AIN’T TOO PROUD: Sergio Trujillo, Derrick Baskin, Dominique Morisseau, Jeremy Pope, Jawan M. Jackson. Photo by Lia Chang
The cast and creative team of OAKLAHOMA. Photo by Lia Chang
BY THE WAY, MEET VERA STARK: Lynn Nottage, Jessica Frances Dukes, Kamilah Forbes. Photo by Lia Chang
Jessica Frances Dukes, Kamilah Forbes. Photo by Lia Chang
The cast and creative team of BE MORE CHILL. Photo by Lia Chang
The 2019 Drama League fellows. Photo by Lia Chang
The 2019 Drama League Awards. Photo by Lia Chang
The 2019 Drama League Awards. Photo by Lia Chang

André De Shields, Eva Noblezada, Amber Gray, Patrick Page and More Among 14 Tony Nominations for HADESTOWN including Best Musical; Full List of Nominees

HADESTOWN Star André De Shields to receive the 2019 Richard Seff Award from the Actors’ Equity Foundation on June 11 

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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