Will Calhoun – Jazz Rhythms: Africa to the Bronx – at the Blue Note New York on March 18

Will Calhoun – Jazz Rhythms: Africa to the Bronx  – at the Blue Note New York at 8pm and 10:30pm on Monday, March 18th. The artists will include Will Calhoun on Drums, Christian McBride on bass, Kevin Eubanks on guitar, Marcus Strickland on saxophones with special guest Ethel Calhoun on vocals. The Blue Note New York is located at 131 W. 3rd St., New York NY  10012

Doors open at 6pm. Tickets are $20 for the bar and $35 at tables. Reserve by phone 212-475-8592 and in person after 6pm daily at the club. Click here for tickets.

Will Calhoun is a Two time Grammy winner/Drummer extraordinaire known for his Ground breaking Drumming/composing with The Great Living Colour. He has performed across multiple genres, working with everyone from Pharoah Sanders, Ron Carter, Wayne Shorter, Mick Jagger, McCoy Tyner, Public Enemy, Oumou Sangare, Mike Stern, Jack DeJohnette, Lauryn Hill, B.B. King, and Dr. John.

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

Carl Cofield to Helm Yale Rep’s TWELFTH NIGHT, March 15 – April 6

Yale Repertory Theatre (James Bundy, Artistic Director; Victoria Nolan, Managing Director) presents Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare, directed by Carl Cofield, at the University Theatre (222 York Street), March 15-April 6. Opening Night is Thursday, March 21.

The production features choreography by Byron Easley, music compositions and sound design by Frederick Kennedy, scenic design by Riw Rakkulchon, costumes by Mika H. Eubanks, lighting by Samuel Chan Kwan Chi, projections by Brittany Bland, dramaturgy by Molly FitzMaurice and Patrick Young, technical direction by David Phelps, dialect and vocal coaching by Beth McGuire, fight direction by Rick Sordelet, casting by Tara Rubin/Laura Schutzel CSA, stage management by Abigail Gandyand assistant stage manager Zachry J. Bailey.

The cast includes Abubakr Mohamed Ali, Erron Crawford, William DeMeritt, Denzel Fields, Allen Gilmore, Tiffany Denise Hobbs, Moses Ingram, Wesley T. Jones, Manu Netfa Heywot Kumsai, Chivas Michael, Ilia Isorelýs Paulino, Stephon Pettway, Jakeem Dante Powell, Raffeal A. Sears, Malenky Welsh, and Brit West.

Separated from her twin brother in a shipwreck, Viola disguises herself as a man and falls in love with her new employer Orsino, who dotes on OIivia, who falls for Cesario, who’s really Viola. And that’s before Sebastian washes ashore in search of his missing sister. In director Carl Cofield’s vibrant Afro-futurist production, Shakespeare’s most wonderful romantic comedy brims with music and dances to the heartbeat of unrequited love.

Twelfth Night is Yale Rep’s 2018-19 Will Power! production. The run includes three 10:15AM performances on April 2, 3, and 4, 2019, available to high school groups. For information on Will Power!, please call 203.432.9734 or email yalerep@yale.edu.

The National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest presents Shakespeare in American Communities. Yale Repertory Theatre is one of 40 professional theater companies selected to participate in bringing the finest productions of Shakespeare to middle- and high-school students in communities across the United States.

Tickets for Twelfth Night range from $12-99 and are available online at yalerep.org, by phone at (203) 432-1234, and in person at the Yale Rep Box Office (1120 Chapel Street). Student, senior, and group rates are also available.

CARL COFIELD directed One Night in Miami (New Drama; Rogue Machine Theater, world premiere; Denver Center Theatre Company; numerous awards from the Los Angeles NAACP, including Best Director, and L.A. Drama Critics Circle; Huffington Post: Best of L.A., 2013); A Raisin in the Sun (Two River Theater Company); Henry IV Part 2 (Oregon Shakespeare Festival); Disgraced (Denver Center); The Mountaintop (Cleveland Play House); the 50th-anniversary production of Dutchman (Classical Theatre of Harlem/National Black Theatre; AUDELCO nomination, Best Director); AntigoneThe TempestMacbeth (Classical Theatre of Harlem; AUDELCO nomination, Best Director). Additional credits: the world premieres of The White Card by Claudia Rankine directed by Diane Paulus (Associate Director, American Repertory Theater) and Camp David by Laurence Wright directed by Molly Smith (Assistant Director, Arena Stage). He also directed the reading of Camp David for President and First Lady Carter at the Carter Center retreat in Colorado. As an actor, he has been seen at Manhattan Theater Club (Ruined), Berkeley Rep, Alliance Theatre, Arena Stage, The Shakespeare Theater, Intiman Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Milwaukee Rep, Alabama Shakespeare, McCarter Theatre, The Acting Company, The Studio Theatre, and many others. Carl is the Associate Artistic Director of Classical Theatre of Harlem. He also teaches at New York University and The New School. Education: M.F.A., Columbia University. carlcofield.com

Producer Tom Kirdahy to Receive 2019 Robert Whitehead Award on May 22

Multiple Tony Award-nominated Broadway producer Tom Kirdahy will be presented The Commercial Theater Institute’s Robert Whitehead Award for “Outstanding Achievement In Commercial Theater Producing” at a reception at Sardi’s on Wednesday, May 22, 2019.

Terrence McNally and Tom Kirdahy. Photo by Lia Chang
Terrence McNally and Tom Kirdahy. Photo by Lia Chang

The award is inspired by the five-decade-long career of Tony Award-winning Broadway producer Robert Whitehead, who died in 2002. The Commercial Theater Institute (CTI) is the nation’s only formal program that professionally trains commercial theatre producers. The award honors a graduate of CTI for Outstanding Achievement in Commercial Theater Producing.

“Tom Kirdahy is just what a producer should be- passionate, smart, considerate, and persistent. His professionalism and kindness put him squarely in the footsteps of the legendary Robert Whitehead,” said Tom Viertel, Executive Director of CTI. “Tom’s explosive output in the last few years speaks to his vision and energy and make him a particularly worthy recipient of the Robert Whitehead Award.”

“Tom Kirdahy, like TDF’s founders, has a great interest in the production of new plays. He has a proven track record of first-rate productions of new plays and revivals,” said Victoria Bailey, TDF’s Executive Director. “Like Bob Whitehead, he is a gentleman with great taste, intelligence and empathy, not to mention that he possesses a keen business sense.”

“Tom Kirdahy is a dedicated and passionate producer who brings works to the stage that can move, entertain and connect with audiences. His ability to push the boundaries of live theatre in all its forms and produce plays and musicals that really have an impact on people makes him so deserving of the Robert Whitehead Award,” said Charlotte St. Martin, President of the Broadway League. “Beyond the stage, too, he is also a vital member of the theatre community and brings his insight and tireless commitment to ensuring the future success of the industry.”

Tom Kirdahy is currently producing Anastasia and the upcoming productions of Hadestown and Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune on Broadway. In 2018 he produced The Jungle and The Inheritance in the West End. In 2017, Kirdahy produced Edward Albee’s The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia? in the West End. He was the lead producer of the 2015 Broadway hit It’s Only a Play starring Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick, and the Tony Award nominated Kander and Ebb musical The Visit starring Chita Rivera. Off-Broadway he produced the NY Times Critic’s Pick White Rabbit Red Rabbit. Additional Tony nominations: Mothers and Sons, After Midnight, Ragtime and Master Class. He is a founding director of Berwin Lee London New York Playwrights, Inc.

As an attorney, Kirdahy spent nearly two decades providing free legal services to people living with HIV/AIDS and served for many years on the Executive Committee of the NYC LGBT Center. He currently serves as the Chairperson of the Broadway League Government Relations Committee. Upcoming Projects: The White Chip and Hood.

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

Peter Jay Fernandez, Teagle F. Bougere & More Join Cast of World Premiere of Tim Blake Nelson’s SOCRATES at The Public Theater, April 2 – May 19

Peter Jay Fernandez. Photo by Lia Chang R
Peter Jay Fernandez. Photo by Lia Chang

The Public Theater (Artistic Director, Oskar Eustis; Executive Director, Patrick Willingham) is presenting the world premiere of Socrates, written by acclaimed actor, director, and writer Tim Blake Nelson. Directed by Tony Award winner Doug Hughes and anchoring the Onassis Festival 2019: Democracy is Coming, Socrates will begin previews on Tuesday, April 2, with a Joseph Papp Free Preview performance on Wednesday, April 3 in The Public’s Martinson Hall. This powerful new play runs through Sunday, May 19, with an official press opening on Tuesday, April 16.

Joining the previously announced Dave Quay (Diokles/Meletus), Austin Smith (Alcibiades), Michael Stuhlbarg (Socrates), and Joe Tapper (Agathon/Meno), complete casting for Socrates includes David Aaron Baker (Anytus), Ro Boddie (Ensemble), Teagle F. Bougere (Plato), Niall Cunningham (A Boy), Peter Jay Fernandez (Thrasymachus/Polus), Karl Green (Lamprocles/Aenesidemos), Miriam A. Hyman (Xanthippe), Robert Joy (Crito/Chaerephon/Meletus), Alan Mendez (Andromachus/Aetios), Tom Nelis (Proxenus/Gorgias/Aristophanes), Daniel Reece (Ensemble), and Lee Wilkof (Megasthenes/The Archon).

Socrates is a witty and endlessly fascinating new drama about a complicated man who changed how the world thought. This powerful new play by actor, director, and writer Tim Blake Nelson is an intellectual thrill ride from the philosopher’s growing prominence in democratic Athens through the military and social upheavals that led to one of the most infamous executions in Western history. Tony Award winner Doug Hughes directs Socrates, a timely and timeless new work that serves as a passionate tribute to the man who continues to inspire us to question authority and defend freedom of belief.

The new play features scenic design by Scott Pask, costume design by Catherine Zuber, lighting design by Tyler Micoleau, and sound design/original music by Mark Bennett.

Socrates is made possible with the generous support of Onassis USA. Additional support for Socratesprovided by an Edgerton Foundation New Play Award.

The 19-day Onassis Festival is a festival of arts and ideas that celebrates, evaluates, and considers anew the concept of democracy – perhaps the most renowned Greek innovation. Through a multidisciplinary program of theater, music, talks, and more, The Public Theater and Onassis USA, two agitators of public curiosity-one Greek, one American-bring together artists and thinkers from both countries to offer artistic interpretations and embodiments of democracy.

Tim Blake Nelson (Playwright) is a veteran actor, playwright, and filmmaker who stars in the Coen Brothers’ western anthology film, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, released November 9 theatrically and November 16 on Netflix, which reunites him with the Coens for the first time since O Brother, Where Art Thou? He is also currently in production on HBO’s highly-anticipated “Watchmen.” His remarkable filmography spans over 80 features including films by legendary filmmakers Steven Spielberg, Ang Lee, and Terrence Malick, to name a few. He has appeared onstage at MTC, Playwrights Horizons, MCC, NYTW, Soho Rep, and The Public’s Delacorte Theater in Free Shakespeare in the Park. As a playwright, his works include Anadarko, The Grey Zone, and Eye of God, the latter two of which he also adapted and directed as feature films. His other film and TV directorial efforts include Lionsgate’s O, a modern retelling of Othello; Millennium’s Leaves of Grass; IFC’s Anesthesia; and Amazon’s “Z.”

Doug Hughes (Director). His Broadway productions include Junk, The Father, Outside Mullingar, The Big Knife, An Enemy of the People, Born Yesterday, Elling, Mrs. Warren’s Profession, Oleanna, the Tony-nominated revival of The Royal Family, A Man for All Seasons, Mauritius, the Tony-nominated revival of Inherit the Wind, A Touch of the Poet, Frozen (Tony nomination, Best Director), and Doubt, for which he won the Tony Award for Best Director. Off-Broadway productions include Dan Cody’s Yacht, Incognito, The City of Conversation, Death Takes a Holiday, The Whipping Man, An Experiment with an Air Pump, Flesh and Blood, and Defiance. In addition to the Tony, he has been awarded Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Lucille Lortel, Obie, and Callaway Awards for his productions.

David Aaron Baker (Anytus). The Public credits include Why Torture is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them; Public Forum: Talking About Race; and Richard III. His career includes numerous Broadway and Off-Broadway plays, multifarious films and television episodes, more than 50 audiobook narrations, a production atNYC Opera, and a performance at NYC Ballet.

Ro Boddie (Ensemble). Regional credits include Blueprints to Freedom, The Mountaintop, Skeleton Crew, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Seven Guitars, Three Sisters, Stupid Fucking Bird, King Hedley II, Hamlet, Every Brilliant Thing, Master Harold and the Boys, and The Agitators. TV credits include “The Good Wife,” “Person of Interest,” “Elementary,” “Unforgettable.” He won the San Diego Critics Circle Award.

Teagle F. Bougere (Plato) is currently co-starring with Catherine Zeta-Jones in “Queen America” (Facebook Watch). Broadway credits include The Crucible, A Raisin in the Sun, and The Tempest. Off-Broadway credits include Is God Is (Soho Rep), The Beast in the Jungle (Vineyard), and Julius Caesar (The Public’s Free Shakespeare in the Park). Television and film credits include “The Path,” “The Mist,” “The Big C,” “Cosby,” “Law & Order,” and Night at the Museum.

NIALL CUNNINGHAM (A Boy). Regional credits include Richard Miller in Ah, Wilderness at the Goodman Theater. Television and film credits include “Life in Pieces,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” and Okja.Cunningham is the co-founder and co-director of G45 Productions.

Peter Jay Fernandez (Thrasymachus/Polus). The Public credits include Othello; Father Comes Home from the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3); Coriolanus; etc. Broadway credits include Julius Caesar, All the Way, Cyrano de Bergerac, Henry IV, Jelly’s Last Jam, and The Merchant of Venice. He has appeared Off-Broadway in Red Speedo, CQ/CX, Richard III, Macbeth, The Pain and the Itch, Too Much Memory, etc. TV/film credits include “Luke Cage,” “Shades of Blue,” and more.

Karl Green (Lamprocles/Aenesidemos) has appeared at The Public in Eve’s Song. Regional credits includeAnne & Emmett, Revolution, Hero Worship, Un-American, and Veni-Vidi-Vici (Signature Theatre, D.C.). International credits include Sacred Sky, Sacred Earth (NYU Villa La Pietra, Italy).

MIRIAM A. HYMAN (Xanthippe) has appeared at The Public in Richard III. Off-Broadway credits include Three Musketeers (CTH), Tempest (LaMaMa), and Commons of Pensacola (MTC). Upcoming films include The Sun is Also a Star, The Laundromat, and Brittany Runs a Marathon. Television credits include “Grey’s Anatomy,” “NCIS,” “Blue Bloods,” “The Rookie,” “Blindspot,” “The OA Part II,” “High Maintenance,” “OITNB,” “SMILF,” and “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.” Awards: Princess Grace, Annenberg Fellow.

Robert Joy (Crito/Chaerephon/Meletus). The Public credits include Girl From the North Country, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Head of Passes. Broadway credits include Side Show, The Nerd, and Hay Fever. Off-Broadway credits include June Moon and Lydie Breeze. Regional credits include Hamlet, Tartuffe, King Charles III, and Baby Doll. Film/TV credits include Atlantic City, Ragtime, Desperately Seeking Susan, Land of the Dead, The Hills Have Eyes, Radio Days, The Goldfinch, “Law & Order,” and “CSI: NY.”

ALAN MENDEZ (Andromachus/Aetios). Regional credits include Once (Svec), Beauty and the Beast (Beast), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Oberon), and Hair (Claude). N.Y. bass credits are Wake You Up In Concert (Green Room 42), Taylor Pearlstein LIVE Album (Rockwood Music Hall), and When the Birds Wake You Up (Green Room 42).

Tom Nelis (Proxenus/Gorgias/Aristophanes). The Public credits include Girl From the North Country, Road Show, Richard III, Henry VI, The Merchant of Venice, Henry IV, and American Document. Broadway credits include Indecent, The Visit, Enron, The Caine Mutiny, and Aida. He has appeared Off-Broadway in The Lucky Ones. He performed for 25 years with Siti Company. Awards include Obie Irish Life Award (The Medium) and Elliott Norton Award (Prospero, A.R.T.).

Daniel Reece (Ensemble) has appeared Off-Broadway in The Infinite Hotel (Prototype Festival/HERE). Daniel has appeared regionally at Yale Repertory Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Old Globe Theatre, and Connecticut Repertory Theatre. TV credits include “Public Morals,” “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” “Elementary,” and “Modern Love.”

Dave Quay (Diokles/Meletus) has appeared at The Public in The Low Road and Row. His additional Off-Broadway credits include The Heir Apparent (Classic Stage) and Donogoo (Mint). Regionally, he has appeared at the Dorset Theatre Festival, Shakespeare Theatre Company, New Jersey Symphony, Chautauqua Theater Company, Georgia Shakespeare Festival, and Alliance Theatre. His film and television credits include The Unsilent Picture, Until Next Time (upcoming), “The Looming Tower,” “Bull,” “Gotham,” “Blindspot,” “House of Cards,” “Royal Pains,” “Unforgettable,” “Forever,” and “Drop Dead Diva.” He has also appeared at the Big Apple Circus.

Austin Smith (Alcibiades) has appeared on Broadway in Hamilton and Off-Broadway in Zürich (New York Theatre Workshop), How to Transcend a Happy Marriage (Lincoln Center Theater), and An Octoroon (Theatre for a New Audience). His television credits include “Random Acts of Flyness” and “Odd Mom Out.”

Michael Stuhlbarg (Socrates) has appeared in 10 plays with The Public, including title roles in Hamlet and Richard II, Measure For Pleasure, Twelfth Night, and The Winter’s Tale. His Broadway credits include The Pillowman (Tony nomination, Drama Desk Award), The Invention of Love, Cabaret, Taking Sides, Saint Joan, Timon of Athens, and The Government Inspector. He has appeared Off-Broadway in 10 plays including The Voysey Inheritance (Atlantic Theater-Obie, Callaway Awards). His film credits include The Shape of Water, Call Me by Your Name, The Post, Miss Sloane, Doctor Strange, Arrival, Miles Ahead, Trumbo, Steve Jobs, Cut Bank, Pawn Sacrifice, Blue Jasmine, Lincoln, Hitchcock, Seven Psychopaths, Hugo, Men In Black III, A Serious Man (Golden Globe nomination), and the upcoming Shirley. His television credits include “The Looming Tower” (Emmy nomination), “Fargo,” “Transparent,” “Boardwalk Empire,” and the upcoming “Jerusalem” (Netflix).

Joe Tapper (Agathon/Meno) has appeared at The Public in Henry V and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. He has appeared on Broadway in You Can’t Take It with You and Off-Broadway and regionally at Gym at Judson, Esperance Theater Company, Cherry Lane Theatre, Shakespeare & Company, Berkshire Playwrights Lab, 59E59 Theaters, Mabou Mines/La Mama, Studio 42, Huntington Theatre Company, Pioneer Theatre, Yale Repertory Theatre, and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. His television credits include “Chicago Med,” “Blue Bloods,” “Masters of Sex,” “American Odyssey,” “Taxi Brooklyn,” and “Law & Order: SVU.”

Lee Wilkof (Megasthenes/The Archon) has appeared on Broadway, Off-Broadway, resident, and regional theaters. He has been seen in over 100 films and television episodes, including three films written and directed by Tim Blake Nelson (The Gray Zone, Leaves of Grass, and Anesthesia). Awards include Obie Award, Tony Award nomination, and three Drama Desk Award nominations. He directed the film No Pay, Nudity.

THE PUBLIC is theater of, by, and for all people. Artist-driven, radically inclusive, and fundamentally democratic, The Public continues the work of its visionary founder Joe Papp as a civic institution engaging, both on-stage and off, with some of the most important ideas and social issues of today. Conceived over 60 years ago as one of the nation’s first nonprofit theaters, The Public has long operated on the principles that theater is an essential cultural force and that art and culture belong to everyone. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Oskar Eustis and Executive Director Patrick Willingham, The Public’s wide breadth of programming includes an annual season of new work at its landmark home at Astor Place, Free Shakespeare in the Park at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park, The Mobile Unit touring throughout New York City’s five boroughs, Public Forum, Under the Radar, Public Studio, Public Works, Public Shakespeare Initiative, and Joe’s Pub. Since premiering HAIR in 1967, The Public continues to create the canon of American Theater and is currently represented on Broadway by the Tony Award-winning musical Hamilton by Lin-Manuel Miranda. Their programs and productions can also be seen regionally across the country and around the world. The Public has received 59 Tony Awards, 170 Obie Awards, 53 Drama Desk Awards, 54 Lortel Awards, 32 Outer Critic Circle Awards, 13 New York Drama Critics’ Circle Awards, and 6 Pulitzer Prizes. publictheater.org

SOCRATES begins performances in The Public’s Martinson Hall on Tuesday, April 2 and will run through Sunday, May 19 with an official press opening on Tuesday, April 16.

Continuing The Public’s mission to make great theater accessible to all, the Joseph Papp Free Preview Initiative will continue this spring; free tickets to the preview on Wednesday, April 3 will be available beginning March 27 via TodayTix mobile lottery, and on April 3 via the lottery in the lobby of The Public Theater at Astor Place, with entries starting at 11 a.m. and winners drawn at 12 p.m. (noon).

Public Theater Partner, Public Supporter, and Member tickets are available now. Full price tickets, starting at $75, can be accessed by calling (212) 967-7555, visiting http://www.publictheater.org, or in person at the Taub Box Office at The Public Theater at 425 Lafayette Street.

The performance schedule is Tuesday through Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. (There is no 1:30 p.m. performance on Saturday, April 6. The performance on April 16 is at 7:00 p.m. The performance on April 23 is at 8:00 p.m.)

On Thursday, April 18 following the 7:30 p.m. performance of Socrates, Public Forum will host a Speaker Series conversation. Audio of this Speaker Series conversation will also be available on the Public Forum’s website one week after the event. As a part of ongoing post-show programming at The Public, additional Public Forum programming includes events include Artist Talkbacks, Audience Conversations, and the online resource Digiturgy.

The open captioning performance will be at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 4. The audio described performance will be at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 18.

The Library at The Public is open nightly for food and drink, beginning at 5:30 p.m., and Joe’s Pub at The Public continues to offer some of the best music in the city. For more information, visit http://www.publictheater.org.

Tony Winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson in Self-Penned LACKAWANNA BLUES at the Mark Taper Forum through April 21

L-R: Chris Thomas King (background) and Ruben Santiago-Hudson in the Center Theatre Group production of “Lackawanna Blues.” Written and directed by Santiago-Hudson, “Lackawanna Blues” will play at the Mark Taper Forum through April 21, 2019. Photo by Craig Schwartz.
Ruben Santiago-Hudson. Composite photo by Benedict Evans.
Ruben Santiago-Hudson. Composite photo by Benedict Evans.

Acclaimed theatre artist Ruben Santiago-Hudson opens tonight with his powerful and touching solo play “Lackawanna Blues,” at the Mark Taper Forum. Performances will continue through April 21. Produced by Center Theatre Group, “Lackawanna Blues” is written, performed and directed by Santiago-Hudson with live music performed by Grammy-winning blues guitarist, composer and actor Chris Thomas King (who will be replacing formerly announced Bill Sims Jr.).

 Ruben Santiago-Hudson in the Center Theatre Group production of “Lackawanna Blues.” Written and directed by Santiago-Hudson, “Lackawanna Blues” will play at the Mark Taper Forum through April 21, 2019. Photo by Craig Schwartz.

Ruben Santiago-Hudson in the Center Theatre Group production of “Lackawanna Blues.” Written and directed by Santiago-Hudson, “Lackawanna Blues” will play at the Mark Taper Forum through April 21, 2019. Photo by Craig Schwartz.

Original music for the production is composed by Bill Sims Jr. with additional music composed by King. The design team includes scenic designer Michael Carnahan, costume designer Karen Perry, lighting designer Jen Schriever and sound designer Philip G. Allen. The production stage manager is David S. Franklin.

L-R: Chris Thomas King (background) and Ruben Santiago-Hudson in the Center Theatre Group production of “Lackawanna Blues.” Written and directed by Santiago-Hudson, “Lackawanna Blues” will play at the Mark Taper Forum through April 21, 2019. Photo by Craig Schwartz.
L-R: Chris Thomas King (background) and Ruben Santiago-Hudson in the Center Theatre Group production of “Lackawanna Blues.” Written and directed by Santiago-Hudson, “Lackawanna Blues” will play at the Mark Taper Forum through April 21, 2019. Photo by Craig Schwartz.
L-R: Chris Thomas King (background) and Ruben Santiago-Hudson in the Center Theatre Group production of “Lackawanna Blues.” Written and directed by Santiago-Hudson, “Lackawanna Blues” will play at the Mark Taper Forum through April 21, 2019. Photo by Craig Schwartz.
L-R: Chris Thomas King (background) and Ruben Santiago-Hudson in the Center Theatre Group production of “Lackawanna Blues.” Written and directed by Santiago-Hudson, “Lackawanna Blues” will play at the Mark Taper Forum through April 21, 2019. Photo by Craig Schwartz.

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

L-R: Chris Thomas King (background) and Ruben Santiago-Hudson in the Center Theatre Group production of “Lackawanna Blues.” Written and directed by Santiago-Hudson, “Lackawanna Blues” will play at the Mark Taper Forum through April 21, 2019. Photo by Craig Schwartz.
L-R: Chris Thomas King (background) and Ruben Santiago-Hudson in the Center Theatre Group production of “Lackawanna Blues.” Written and directed by Santiago-Hudson, “Lackawanna Blues” will play at the Mark Taper Forum through April 21, 2019. Photo by Craig Schwartz.

Tickets are available online at CenterTheatreGroup.org, by calling Audience Services at (213) 628-2772 or in person at the Center Theatre Group Box Office (at the Ahmanson Theatre at The Music Center in Downtown Los Angeles). Tickets range from $30 – $109 (ticket prices are subject to change). The Mark Taper Forum is located at The Music Center, 135 N. Grand Avenue in Downtown L.A. 90012.

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

BD Wong, Arye Gross, Tim Liu and Ruibo Qian in A.C.T.’s THE GREAT LEAP through March 31

Tim Liu, Ruibo Qian, BD Wong. Photo Credit: Kevin Berne

American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) is presenting award-winning Bay Area playwright Lauren Yee’s The Great Leap at A.C.T.’s Geary Theater (415 Geary St., San Francisco) through March 31, 2019.

Tim Liu, Arye Gross. Photo Credit: Kevin Berne
Tim Liu, Arye Gross. Photo Credit: Kevin Berne

When a college basketball team from San Francisco is invited to China for an exhibition game in 1989, a smack-talking American coach prepares to take on his protégé-now grown and bent on crushing the Westerners. But after a public high school star from Chinatown joins the American team, his actions in Beijing become the accidental focus of attention, escalating the fractured history between the coaches. Funny, urgent, and contemporary, this slam dunk of a sports drama from Yee-developed at A.C.T.’s New Strands Festival in 2017-explores cultural identity, global politics, and the collision of cultures and generations. Under the direction of two-time Obie Award winner Lisa Peterson, The Great Leap soars through time and leaps across continents from the hardball courts of San Francisco’s Chinatown to a Beijing on the brink of a revolution, building tension right up to the buzzer. Press night for The Great Leap will be held on Wednesday, March 13, 2019. Single tickets (ranging from $15-$110) are available at the A.C.T. Box Office at 415.749.2228 or online at www.act-sf.org. Ticket prices are subject to change without notice.

Arye Gross. Photo Credit: Kevin Berne
Arye Gross. Photo Credit: Kevin Berne

Following rave reviews and audience acclaim in The Great Leap at off-Broadway’s Atlantic Theater Company this past spring, Tony Award winner and San Francisco native BD Wong (The Orphan of Zhao at A.C.T.; “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”) will reprise his role as “Wen Chang.” Joining him are (in alphabetical order) Arye Gross (ABC’s “Castle”; Wild Oats at South Coast Repertory Theatre) as “Saul,” Tim Liu (A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey; Incident at Hidden Temple at Pan Asian Repertory Theatre) as “Manford,” and Ruibo Qian (Bull in a China Shop at Lincoln Center Theater; Water by the Spoonful at The Old Globe) as “Connie.”

BD Wong, Arye Gross. Photo Credit: Kevin Berne
BD Wong, Arye Gross. Photo Credit: Kevin Berne

The creative team for The Great Leap includes Robert Brill (Scenic Designer), Meg Neville (Costume Designer), Yi Zhao (Lighting Designer), Jake Rodriguez (Sound Designer), and Hana Sooyeon Kim (Video Designer).

Tim Liu. Photo Credit: Kevin Berne
Tim Liu. Photo Credit: Kevin Berne

In connection with The Great Leap, A.C.T. will offer numerous InterACT events-many of which are presented free of charge-that will give patrons opportunities to get closer to the action while having an entire night out at the theater. Visit act-sf.org/interact to learn more about subscribing to these events throughout the season: Bike to the Theater Night:

Prologue:
Tuesday, March 12, 5:30 p.m.
Before the curtain goes up, get a sneak peek at the artistic process at this fascinating preshow discussion with the director and artistic staff.

Audience Exchanges:
Tuesday, March 19, 7 p.m. | Sunday, March 24, 2 p.m. | Wednesday, March 27, 2 p.m.
After the show, stick around for a lively Q&A session with the actors and artists who create the work onstage.

OUT with A.C.T.:
Wednesday, March 20, following the 8 p.m. performance
The best LGBT night in town! Mingle with the cast and enjoy free drinks and treats at this popular after-party.

Wente Vineyards Wine Series:
Tuesday, March 26, 7 p.m.
Before the show, raise a glass at this wine-tasting event featuring the Bay Area’s hottest local winery.

PlayTime:
Saturday, March 30, 12:45 p.m.
Before this matinee performance, get hands-on with the artists who make it happen at this interactive theater workshop. A.C.T.’s production of The Great Leap is made possible by executive producers The Milledge and Patti Hart Family; Jo S. Hurley; and Fred M. Levin and Nancy Livingston, The Shenson Foundation; and producers Lloyd and Janet Cluff; and David and Carla Riemer.

A.C.T.’s production of The Great Leap is made possible by executive producers Kevin and Celeste Ford; The Milledge and Patti Hart Family; Jo S. Hurley; and Fred M. Levin and Nancy Livingston, The Shenson Foundation; and producers Lloyd and Janet Cluff; and David and Carla Riemer.

Tim Liu, Ruibo Qian. Photo Credit: Kevin Berne
Tim Liu, Ruibo Qian. Photo Credit: Kevin Berne
Tim Liu, Arye Gross. Photo Credit: Kevin Berne
Tim Liu, Arye Gross. Photo Credit: Kevin Berne
Tim Liu, Ruibo Qian. Photo Credit: Kevin Berne
Tim Liu, Ruibo Qian. Photo Credit: Kevin Berne
Arye Gross. Photo Credit: Kevin Berne
Arye Gross. Photo Credit: Kevin Berne
Arye Gross, BD Wong. Photo Credit: Kevin Berne
Arye Gross, BD Wong. Photo Credit: Kevin Berne
Tim Liu, BD Wong. Photo Credit: Kevin Berne
Tim Liu, BD Wong. Photo Credit: Kevin Berne
BD Wong. Photo Credit: Kevin Berne
BD Wong. Photo Credit: Kevin Berne
Tim Liu, Ruibo Qian. Photo Credit: Kevin Berne
Tim Liu, Ruibo Qian. Photo Credit: Kevin Berne
Tim Liu, BD Wong, Arye Gross, Ruibo Qian. Photo Credit: Kevin Berne
Tim Liu, BD Wong, Arye Gross, Ruibo Qian. Photo Credit: Kevin Berne
Tim Liu, Ruibo Qian, BD Wong. Photo Credit: Kevin Berne
Tim Liu, Ruibo Qian, BD Wong. Photo Credit: Kevin Berne
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

Broadway’s KING KONG Made Accessible for Chinese Audiences

(Back Row L-R): Ava Zhou (Global Director of Communications, Harmonia Holdings), Warren Yang, Ken Dingledine (President of Harmonia), Harley Jay, Eric William Morris, Erik Lochtefeld, Jonathan Lowet (Senior Director for Leadership Initiatives, National Committee of US-China), Meredithe Mastrella (Vice President of Administration, National Committee of US-China Relations); (Middle Row L-R): Christopher Hampton Grant, Eliza Ohman, James Heimowitz (President, China Institute), Christiani Pitts, Sophie Qi (CEO, Harmonia Holdings), Mary Luke (President of US Committee for UN Women Metropolitan New York Chapter), Danny Miller; (Front Row L-R): Lauren Yalango-Grant, Jon Hoche, David Yijae, Kristen Faith Oei, Brittany Marcell Monachino, Jennifer Noble. Photo by Gail Schulman
Christiani Pitts and King Kong. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Christiani Pitts and King Kong. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

Last Thursday, I attended an Asian Press Night performance of the new musical King Kong starring Christiani Pitts (A Bronx Tale) as Ann Darrow, Eric William Morris (Mamma Mia!) as Carl Denham, and Erik Lochtefeld (Misery, Metamorphoses) as Lumpy, at the Broadway Theatre (1681 Broadway).  The Broadway production began previews on October 5, opened on November 8 and recently celebrated 100 performances.

(L-R): Eric William Morris, Erik Lochtefeld, Christiani Pitts, Ava Zhou, Jon Hoche, David Yijae, Christopher Hampton Grant, Lauren Yalango-Grant. Photo by Gail Schulman
(L-R): Eric William Morris, Erik Lochtefeld, Christiani Pitts, Ava Zhou, Jon Hoche, David Yijae, Christopher Hampton Grant, Lauren Yalango-Grant. Photo by Gail Schulman

Harmonia Holdings’ Global Director of Communications Ava Zhou moderated a talkback after the performance with Christiani Pitts, Eric William Morris, Erik Lochtefeld; ensemble members Christopher Hampton Grant, Eliza Ohman, Danny Miller, Lauren Yalango-Grant, Brittany Marcell Monachino, Jennifer Noble; and 4 of the 5 Asian American cast members Jon Hoche, Kristen Faith Oei, Warren Yang, David Yijae.

(Back Row L-R): Ava Zhou (Global Director of Communications, Harmonia Holdings), Warren Yang, Ken Dingledine (President of Harmonia), Harley Jay, Eric William Morris, Erik Lochtefeld, Jonathan Lowet (Senior Director for Leadership Initiatives, National Committee of US-China), Meredithe Mastrella (Vice President of Administration, National Committee of US-China Relations); (Middle Row L-R): Christopher Hampton Grant, Eliza Ohman, James Heimowitz (President, China Institute), Christiani Pitts, Sophie Qi (CEO, Harmonia Holdings), Mary Luke (President of US Committee for UN Women Metropolitan New York Chapter), Danny Miller; (Front Row L-R): Lauren Yalango-Grant, Jon Hoche, David Yijae, Kristen Faith Oei, Brittany Marcell Monachino, Jennifer Noble. Photo by Gail Schulman
(Back Row L-R): Ava Zhou (Global Director of Communications, Harmonia Holdings), Warren Yang, Ken Dingledine (President of Harmonia), Harley Jay, Eric William Morris, Erik Lochtefeld, Jonathan Lowet (Senior Director for Leadership Initiatives, National Committee of US-China), Meredithe Mastrella (Vice President of Administration, National Committee of US-China Relations); (Middle Row L-R): Christopher Hampton Grant, Eliza Ohman, James Heimowitz (President, China Institute), Christiani Pitts, Sophie Qi (CEO, Harmonia Holdings), Mary Luke (President of US Committee for UN Women Metropolitan New York Chapter), Danny Miller; (Front Row L-R): Lauren Yalango-Grant, Jon Hoche, David Yijae, Kristen Faith Oei, Brittany Marcell Monachino, Jennifer Noble. Photo by Gail Schulman.

Special guests in the audience included Ken Dingledine (President of Harmonia), Jonathan Lowet (Senior Director for Leadership Initiatives, National Committee of US-China), Meredithe Mastrella (Vice President of Administration, National Committee of US-China Relations),  James Heimowitz, Sophie Qi (CEO, Harmonia Holdings) and Mary Luke (President of US Committee for UN Women Metropolitan New York Chapter). The evening was presented in connection with Harmonia Holdings泓洋国际, a  co-producer of King Kong and live entertainment producer and presenter on Broadway and in Asia.

Christiani Pitts and Eric William Morris. Photo Credit: Matthew Murphy
Christiani Pitts and Eric William Morris in King Kong. Photo Credit: Matthew Murphy
Christiani Pitts, Eric William Morris, and Erik Lochtefeld. Photo Credit: Matthew Murphy
Christiani Pitts, Eric William Morris, and Erik Lochtefeld. Photo Credit: Matthew Murphy

Written by Jack Thorne (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) with a score by Marius de Vries (La La Land and Moulin Rouge!) and songs by Eddie Perfect (Beetlejuice), King Kong is directed and choreographed by Drew McOnie (Strictly Ballroom The Musical).

Christiani Pitts and King Kong. Photo Credit: Matthew Murphy
Christiani Pitts and King Kong. Photo Credit: Matthew Murphy

King Kong comes alive through an innovative mix of robotics, puppetry and stagecraft.

Christiani Pitts and King Kong. Photo Credit: Matthew Murphy
Christiani Pitts and King Kong. Photo Credit: Matthew Murphy

Based on the 1932 novel, the stage production of King Kong is a contemporary take on the classic tale of beauty and the beast. The story follows a young actress, Ann Darrow, and a maverick filmmaker, Carl Denham, as they voyage from the bustling streets of 1930s New York to an uncharted island to capture the world’s greatest wonder.

Cast of King Kong. Photo Credit: Matthew Murphy
Cast of King Kong. Photo Credit: Matthew Murphy

At the center of this 21st-century reimagining: a 20-foot high, 2,000-pound gorilla brought to life by a team of seamlessly integrated artists and technicians. Roaring with action, King Kong is a gripping and spectacular story of unlikely friendship, unshakable courage, and breaking free from the cages others put us into.

Christiani Pitts and King Kong. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Christiani Pitts and King Kong. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

The diverse King Kong ensemble includes Ashley Andrews (Broadway Debut), Mike Baerga (Miss Saigon), Rhaamell Burke-Missouri (Broadway Debut, Cinderella National Tour), Chloë Campbell (Tuck Everlasting), Leroy Church (Broadway Debut, The Lion King National Tour), Peter Chursin (On The Town, West Side Story), Jovan Dansberry (Broadway Debut), Kayla Davion (Waitress), Rory Donovan (NBC’s “Jesus Christ Superstar,” Finding Neverland), Casey Garvin (Miss Saigon, Disaster!), Christopher Hampton Grant (Broadway Debut), Jon Hoche (Broadway Debut, War Horse National Tour), Gabriel Hyman (Broadway Debut), Harley Jay (Rent). James T. Lane (The Scottsboro Boys, A Chorus Line), Marty Lawson (How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying; Promises, Promises), Jonathan Christopher MacMillan (War Horse), Danny Miller (Broadway Debut), Brittany Marcell Monachino (Broadway Debut), Jennifer Noble (Ghost The Musical), Kristen Faith Oei (M. Butterfly, The King and I), Eliza Ohman (Hamilton), Roberto Olvera (Broadway Debut), Jaquez André Sims (Motown The Musical), Khadija Tariyan (Broadway Debut, “The Wiz Live!,”), Jena VanElslander (Broadway Debut), Scott Austin Weber (M. Butterfly), Jacob Williams (Broadway Debut), Lauren Yalango-Grant (Broadway Debut), Warren Yang (Miss Saigon) and David Yijae (Broadway Debut).

Filipino American Jon Hoche is the voice of King Kong, an ensemble member and a voodoo puppeteer who controls Kong’s head and neck motions;  Korean American David Yijae is part of the King’s Company; Chinese Canadian Warren Yang and Scott Austin Webber are swings.

Kristen Faith Oei
Kristen Faith Oei

Chinese American cast member and San Francisco native Kristen Faith Oei has appeared in the Broadway productions of M. Butterfly, The King and I and Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. “I grew up singing with my parents and harmonizing in church with them,” shared Miss Oei. “They put me in dance as a really young child as well. Being from the Bay Area, I was very lucky to have many opportunities. I was fortunate that my parents were always encouraging me to pursue my dream and as a dancer, they knew time was of the essence.  I was more concerned about going to college. I’ve performed since I was 18 and felt very lucky to do a lot of shows that have not just been Asian inspired shows, like King Kong.”

King Kong Cast. Photo Credit: Matthew Murphy
King Kong Cast. Photo Credit: Matthew Murphy

The show’s official website, show description at the theater, and show flyers have been translated into Simplified Chinese 简体中文, Japanese, Portuguese and Spanish. Also, Gala Pro App is available in the theater, which allows for a patron to view subtitles on their phone in other languages including Simplified Chinese in real time. King Kong tickets are now available for purchase on major travel websites in China,  including Ctrip, Mafengwo, Fliggy, Wannar, Klook, and more.

King Kong offers a digital lottery which is open for all Monday through Friday performances. A limited number of tickets are available for $49 each and are sold the day of the performance. To enter, visit KingKongLottery.com. An in-person rush is also available at the Broadway Theatre for all performances, including weekends. Seats may be partial view and are subject to availability.

Christiani Pitts and Eric William Morris. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Christiani Pitts and Eric William Morris. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Christiani Pitts and King Kong. Photo Credit: Matthew Murphy
Christiani Pitts and King Kong. Photo Credit: Matthew Murphy

Tickets to King Kong are now on sale through by phone at 212-239-6200 and online at www.Telecharge.com. Tickets for groups of ten or more are available by calling 866-302- 0995 or by email at info@broadwayinbound.com.

King Kong Cast. Photo Credit: Matthew Murphy
King Kong Cast. Photo Credit: Matthew Murphy
King Kong. Photo Credit: Matthew Murphy
King Kong. Photo Credit: Matthew Murphy
Asian Press Night at KING KONG was presented in connection with Harmonia Holdings泓洋国际, a co-producer of King Kong and live entertainment producer and presenter on Broadway and in Asia. Photo by Gail Schulman
Asian Press Night at KING KONG was presented in connection with Harmonia Holdings泓洋国际, a co-producer of King Kong and live entertainment producer and presenter on Broadway and in Asia. Photo by Gail Schulman
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

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

Costume Designer Gail Brassard, Director Andre De Shields, Choreographer Kimberly Schafer, Tommy Scrivens, Wesley Barnes, Lamont Brown, C.K. Edwards with Musical Director Nat Adderley, Jr. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields in front of the Walter Kerr Theatre in New York, where HADESTOWN begins previews on March 22, 2019. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields in front of the Walter Kerr Theatre in New York, where HADESTOWN begins previews on March 22, 2019. Photo by Lia Chang

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Video: Tony Winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson in Self-Penned LACKAWANNA BLUES at the Mark Taper Forum

Ruben Santiago-Hudson. Composite photo by Benedict Evans.
Ruben Santiago-Hudson. Composite photo by Benedict Evans.
Ruben Santiago-Hudson. Composite photo by Benedict Evans.

Acclaimed theatre artist Ruben Santiago-Hudson is currently in previews for his powerful and touching solo play “Lackawanna Blues,” at the Mark Taper Forum, with opening set for March 13 at 8 p.m. Performances will continue through April 21. Produced by Center Theatre Group, “Lackawanna Blues” is written, performed and directed by Santiago-Hudson with live music performed by Grammy-winning blues guitarist, composer and actor Chris Thomas King (who will be replacing formerly announced Bill Sims Jr.).

Original music for the production is composed by Bill Sims Jr. with additional music composed by King. The design team includes scenic designer Michael Carnahan, costume designer Karen Perry, lighting designer Jen Schriever and sound designer Philip G. Allen. The production stage manager is David S. Franklin.

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

Tickets are available online at CenterTheatreGroup.org, by calling Audience Services at (213) 628-2772 or in person at the Center Theatre Group Box Office (at the Ahmanson Theatre at The Music Center in Downtown Los Angeles). Tickets range from $30 – $109 (ticket prices are subject to change). The Mark Taper Forum is located at The Music Center, 135 N. Grand Avenue in Downtown L.A. 90012.

INTO THE WOODS Star Ali Ewoldt talks GOLD MOUNTAIN, PHANTOM OF THE OPERA & ANNE OF GREEN GABLES

Ali Ewoldt. Photo by Justin Patterson
Ali Ewoldt. Photo by Justin Patterson
Ali Ewoldt. Photo by Justin Patterson

Ali Ewoldt is appearing as Cinderella in Patchogue Theatre’s “INTO THE WOODS IN CONCERT” tonight at 8 p.m. and March 9 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Grammy and Emmy Award winner John McDaniel will direct and conduct.

In addition to Ms. Ewoldt, the cast stars Tony Award winner Alice Ripley as the Witch, Tony nominee Melissa Errico as the Baker’s Wife, Tony nominee Constantine Maroulis as Cinderella’s Prince and the Wolf, Alan Muraoka as the Narrator and Mysterious Man, Ayla Schwartz as Little Red Riding Hood, Jim Stanek as The Baker, Tyler Jones as Jack, and Darren Ritchie as Rapunzel’s Prince.

Ticket prices for “INTO THE WOODS IN CONCERT” range between $39 – $69, plus applicable fees, and are available online, by phone or at the box office. For more information, visit PatchogueTheatre.org, call the Patchogue Theatre Box Office at 631-207-1313, or stop by 71 East Main Street, Patchogue, NY.

Ali Ewoldt, Alan Muraoka, Alice Ripley, Melissa Errico, Constantine Maroulis and More Set for INTO THE WOODS Concert at Patchogue Theatre, March 8-9 

Ms. Ewoldt recently completed more than two years starring as Christine Daaé in The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway, and made history as the first Asian American to play Christine on Broadway.

James Barbour and Ali Ewoldt in "The Phantom Of The Opera." (photo credit: Matthew Murphy)
James Barbour and Ali Ewoldt in “The Phantom Of The Opera.” (photo credit: Matthew Murphy)

In the Dressing Room with PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Star Ali Ewoldt 

She made her Broadway debut as Cosette in the 1st Broadway Revival of Les Miserables, has starred as Maria in the 1st National Tour of West Side Story, and played Luisa in the The Fantasticks Off-Broadway, the world’s longest running musical.

Nichole Forde, Ali Ewoldt, Brooke Averi and company in ANNE OF GREEN GABLES. Photo by Russ Rowland
Nichole Forde, Ali Ewoldt, Brooke Averi and company in ANNE OF GREEN GABLES. Photo by Russ Rowland

In January, Ms. Ewoldt was a joy to watch in her solo tour-de-force performance as Anne Shirley in Anne of Green Gables: Part I. Based on Lucy Maud Montgomery’s beloved novel, this production was adapted and directed by Chris Henry with choreography by Lorna Ventura. She seamlessly embodied the other characters of Mrs. Lynde, Marilla Cuthbert,  Matthew Cuthbert, Mrs. Spencer, Mrs. Blewett, Mrs. Berry and Diana Berry with great aplomb.

Ali Ewoldt Stars in Royal Family Productions’ ANNE OF GREEN GABLES

Renowned actors Ali Ewoldt and Jonny Lee Jr. in Gold Mountain at The TimesCenter in New York City. Photo by Lia Chang
Jonny Lee Jr. and Ali Ewoldt in GOLD MOUNTAIN at The TimesCenter in New York City. Photo by Lia Chang

In May, Ms. Ewoldt will star in concert presentations of Jason Ma’s musical, Gold Mountain, with a cast that includes Jonny Lee Jr., Alan Ariano, Raymond J. Lee (Groundhog Day), Lawrence-Michael Arias, Steven Eng (CSC’s Pacific Overtures), Eric Bondoc (Pacific Overtures, 2004 revival), Daniel May (Soft Power), Alex Hsu, Eric Elizaga and Viet Vo, as part of the Spike 150 celebration of the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad.

Kristen Lee Rosenfeld, Alan Ariano, Jonny Lee, Jr., Ali Ewoldt and Jason Ma. Photo by Lia Chang
Kristen Lee Rosenfeld, Alan Ariano, Jonny Lee, Jr., Ali Ewoldt and Jason Ma. Photo by Lia Chang

Direction will be provided by Alan Muraoka, choreography by Billy Bustamante, and music direction by Kristen Lee Rosenfeld. Performances in Salt Lake City are currently set for the Regent Street Black Box at The Eccles Theater on Wednesday, May 8 and Thursday, May 9, both at 8:00 p.m. Performances in Ogden will take place in partnership with Ogden Musical Theatre at Peery’s Egyptian Theater at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 10 and at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 11.

She took the time to answer a few questions via email in the midst of her rehearsal for Into the Woods.

Rodney Ingram and Ali Ewoldt in THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA on Broadway. Photo by Matthew Murphy
Rodney Ingram and Ali Ewoldt in THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA on Broadway. Photo by Matthew Murphy

Lia: You’ve just ended a two year run as Christine in Phantom of the Opera. What did you enjoy the most about your time with the show?
Ali: The people. Onstage and off. And meeting people at the stage door whose lives had been changed for the better because of Phantom. I know that sounds a little odd when referring to a dark, sometimes violent show, but Phantom really has introduced the world of musical theater to so many people and fosters communities among its “phans.”

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

Lia: What was the most challenging aspect about the show?
Ali: Everything! The scope of the role was very challenging– Christine is really in the vast majority of the show (or changing costume), so it required a lot of stamina. And I had to be very disciplined in my off hours to make sure I was equipped to do the shows.

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

Lia: Have you ever done Into the Woods?
Ali: I did a reading of it once in college at Yale University many moons ago. Some of it is coming back to me…?

Ali Ewoldt. Photo by Lia Chang
Ali Ewoldt. Photo by Lia Chang

Lia: How did Anne of Green Gables: Part I come to your attention?
Ali: My amazing friend Jessica Wu invited me to its previous workshop production in 2017. I grew up on the books and the mini-series and am a huge fan of the story and when I saw Christine Henry and Lorna Ventura’s interpretation I was blown away.

Choreographer Lorna Ventura, Royal Family Productions' Artistic Director Chris Henry, Ali Ewoldt and Associate Director Jessica Wu. Photo by Lia Chang
ANNE OF GREEN GABLES: PART I Choreographer Lorna Ventura, Royal Family Productions’ Artistic Director Chris Henry, Ali Ewoldt and Associate Director Jessica Wu. Photo by Lia Chang

Lia: What connection do you have to Anne?
Ali: I’m not sure I realized this at the time I was reading the books in my childhood, but Anne is incredibly diligent and passionate about her studies and I am sure that inspired me. I was talking about it with some of my Yale classmates and we think it was critical for us to have read a story about a girl who loved to read and study and excel in school at a young age. Anne’s resilience and optimism is also incredibly inspiring to me– I think we could all use a little of her life outlook!

Ali Ewoldt, Kara Menendez, A. Nichole Forde, Brooke Averi, and Stephanie Young in ANNE OF GREEN GABLES. Photo by Russ Rowland
Ali Ewoldt, Kara Menendez, A. Nichole Forde, Brooke Averi, and Stephanie Young in ANNE OF GREEN GABLES: Part I. Photo by Russ Rowland

Lia: What spoke to you about the show?
Ali: The incredible heart of it. And how the story focuses on a variety of different people and different types of people who change each others lives for the better.

Kara Menendez and Ali Ewoldt in ANNE OF GREEN GABLES. Photo by Russ Rowland
Kara Menendez and Ali Ewoldt in ANNE OF GREEN GABLES Part I. Photo by Russ Rowland

Lia: I found the form of storytelling very refreshing. How did you prepare for the role?
Ali: So much homework! I recorded myself saying all of the lines and listened to that over and over. Really, getting the words down was the biggest challenge. Thankfully because of my long-standing love of the story, I understood who the various characters were immediately.

Ali Ewoldt and GOLD MOUNTAIN creator Jason Ma. Photo by Lia Chang
Ali Ewoldt and GOLD MOUNTAIN creator Jason Ma. Photo by Lia Chang

Jason Ma, the creator of Gold Mountain shared, “Gold Mountain had been entombed in a box under my bed for years, when I first met Ali at a rehearsal for a concert. It was during that rehearsal that I first heard her sing, whereupon I went home, found that box, and opened it up.  Soon after, I had my first table read, where she read the role of Mei.”

Jonny Lee, Jr., Jason Ma and Ali Ewoldt. Photo by Lia Chang
Jonny Lee, Jr., Jason Ma and Ali Ewoldt. Photo by Lia Chang

Lia: Jason said that you own the role of Mei. What has it been like to participate in the development of this show and the character?
Ali: Jason Ma is one of the kindest, most supportive people I have ever met– I am so grateful to him for letting me playing this part! It is so wonderful to originate a role and feel like I am a collaborator in the show’s creation.

Lia: Who have been your inspirations over the years?
Ali: Oh goodness– so many! Of course, growing up half-Filipino, Lea Salonga was a huge inspiration. I am inspired by incredible women/sopranos like Rebecca Luker and Kelli O’Hara. And really all of my friends and colleagues. I find that every time I watch or work on a show I learn so much.

Ali Ewoldt (Cosette), Adam Jacobs (Marius) and Lea Salonga (Fantine) backstage at LES MIS.
Ali Ewoldt (Cosette), Adam Jacobs (Marius) and Lea Salonga (Fantine) backstage at LES MIS.

Lia: Who are your favorite directors and composers?
Ali: Why Alan Muraoka and Jason Ma, of course! But again, it’s impossible to only name a few. Every experience I have is my favorite at the time. Currently I am obsessed with Stephen Sondheim…and singing his brilliant music properly….

Director Alan Muraoka, PHANTOM OF THE OPERA star Ali Ewoldt and author Jason Ma. Photo by Lia Chang
Director Alan Muraoka, PHANTOM OF THE OPERA star Ali Ewoldt and author Jason Ma. Photo by Lia Chang

Lia: What have been your favorite roles/shows and why?
Ali: Please see above. Obviously Christine in Phantom was a big check on the wishlist and has brought me many wonderful gifts in my career. Playing Cosette in Les Miserables was also a childhood dream come true. As was Luisa in the Fantasticks. And Cinderella in Into the Woods… etc, etc, etc….

Lia: Are there any roles on your wish list?
Ali: I would love to originate a role (Gold Mountain on Broadway??). But really, there are so many challenges out there I am excited to tackle. I have been very fortunate with dream roles so far, so I am looking forward to seeing what else is in store!

Lia: What is your upcoming concert schedule?
Ali: I’m singing at 54 Below sing Andrew Lloyd Webber on March 25th. Gold Mountain in Utah in May. And some fun stuff this summer I can’t announce yet!

Jonny Lee, Jr. and Ali Ewoldt. Photo by Lia Chang
Jonny Lee, Jr. and Ali Ewoldt. Photo by Lia Chang

Patchogue Theatre’s “In Concert” series is a branch of its Broadway series and is comprised of concert versions of classic Broadway musicals; these performances only run for a limited time and showcase all the music from the show with dialogue in between, a few set pieces, and some scripts in-hand!

Sitting: Ali Ewoldt, Alan Muraoka, Jim Stanek, Madi Wyatt, Alexandra Imbrosci-Viera. Standing: Amy Jane Finnerty, Darren Ritchie, Constantine Maroulis, J. William McDaniel, Alice Ripley, Melissa Ericco, James Schultz in the rehearsal room. Photo: Facebook
Sitting: Ali Ewoldt, Alan Muraoka, Jim Stanek, Ayla Schwartz, Madi Wyatt, Alexandra Imbrosci-Viera. Standing: Amy Jane Finnerty, Darren Ritchie, Constantine Maroulis, J. William McDaniel, Alice Ripley, Melissa Ericco, James Schultz, Jonathan Fluck in the rehearsal room. Photo: Facebook

The second production in the series is a concert version of the Broadway musical “INTO THE WOODS.” With music and lyrics written by Stephen Sondheim and book written by James Lapine, “INTO THE WOODS” has earned numerous awards, including Tony Awards, Drama Desk Awards, and Olivier Awards, as well as having numerous revivals and a film version made in 2014. The musical plays with storylines from The Brothers Grimm and Charles Perrault fairy tales with characters from other classics such as “Little Red Riding Hood”, “Jack and the Beanstalk”, and “Rapunzel”.

GOLD MOUNTAIN Creator Jason Ma, Leah Anolin Ewoldt, Ali Ewoldt, Bob Ewoldt, Greg Ewoldt. Photo by Lia Chang
GOLD MOUNTAIN Creator Jason Ma, Leah Anolin Ewoldt, Ali Ewoldt, Bob Ewoldt, Greg Ewoldt. Photo by Lia Chang

Ali Ewoldt, Jonny Lee, Jr. and Alan Ariano Featured in Jason Ma’s Gold Mountain The Musical at MOCA 2019 Lunar New Year Soirée 

Interview with GOLD MOUNTAIN Creator Jason Ma; Ali Ewoldt, Jonny Lee, Jr. and Alan Ariano to Perform Excerpts at MOCA Lunar Soirée on February 20

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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