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

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

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

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

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

Photo Credit: Michael Kushner Photography

Happy Trails to Aladdin’s Telly Leung

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

Congratulations to Telly Leung, who ends his run as Aladdin in Disney’s Aladdin on Broadway at the New Amsterdam tonight. Leung joined the cast in June 2017.

Courtesy: Telly Leung Instagram
Courtesy: Telly Leung Instagram

Click here to read more about his upcoming concerts on Playbill.com.

Courtesy: Telly Leung Instagram
Courtesy: Telly Leung Instagram

In December, Leung appeared in the opening number of BC/EFA’s Red Bucket Follies which celebrated the 60th Anniversary of Flower Drum Song and honored the legacy of Asian-Americans on Broadway.

Telly Leung, Alvin Ing and Jose Llana. Photo by Lia Chang
Telly Leung, Alvin Ing and Jose Llana in rehearsal for BC/EFA’s Red Bucket Follies. Photo by Lia Chang
Telly Leung, Alvin Ing, Jodi Long and Jose Llana. Photo by Lia Chang
Telly Leung, Alvin Ing, Jodi Long and Jose Llana in rehearsal for BC/EFA’s Red Bucket Follies. Photo by Lia Chang
Downstage right and clockwise) - Aaron J. Albano, Minami Yusui, Yuka Takara, Jason Ignacio Garcia, Riza Takahashi, Joomin Hwang, Warren Yang, Kelli Youngman, Paul HeeSang Miller, Adrianne Chu, Sabrina Imamura, Telly Leung, Center - Ericka Hunter. Photo by Lia Chang
(Downstage right and clockwise) – Aaron J. Albano, Minami Yusui, Yuka Takara, Jason Ignacio Garcia, Riza Takahashi, Joomin Hwang, Warren Yang, Kelli Youngman, Paul HeeSang Miller, Adrianne Chu, Sabrina Imamura, Telly Leung, Center – Ericka Hunter in rehearsal for BC/EFA’s Red Bucket Follies. Photo by Lia Chang

2018 RED BUCKET FOLLIES’ FLOWER DRUM SONG Photo Diary 

BC/EFA’s RED BUCKET FOLLIES Celebrates Asian Americans on Broadway and the 60th Anniversary of FLOWER DRUM SONG

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

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

Telly Leung Joins the Cast of Broadway’s ALADDIN 

STC’s THE TAMING OF THE SHREW Opening Night with André De Shields, Maulik Pancholy, Telly Leung, Oliver Thornton and More 

Photos: Maulik Pancholy, Peter Gadiot, André De Shields, Telly Leung, Oliver Thornton and More in Ed Sylvanus Iskandar Helmed THE TAMING OF THE SHREW at Shakespeare Theatre Company (STC) 

ALLEGIANCE Stars Lea Salonga, George Takei, Telly Leung and Katie Rose Clarke at the Performance and CD Signing at Barnes and Noble

George Takei, Lea Salonga, Telly Leung, Michael K. Lee and More celebrate opening night of ALLEGIANCE

George Takei, Lea Salonga, Telly Leung, Michael K. Lee and more at the first preview of Broadway’s Allegiance; opens Nov. 8

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 2018 RED BUCKET FOLLIES’ FLOWER DRUM SONG Photo Diary

Lia Chang
Lia Chang

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 2018 RED BUCKET FOLLIES’ FLOWER DRUM SONG Photo Diary

Lia Chang
Lia Chang

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

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

Ethan Le Phong, Kristian Lei, Kathleen Stuart and More Set for Manoa Valley Theatre’s Production of ALLEGIANCE, March 28 – April 7

Ethan Le Phong
Ethan Le Phong
Ethan Le Phong

Manoa Valley Theatre is thrilled to announce a star-studded cast for Allegiance, the headliner of its 50th Anniversary season, presented at the Hawaii Theatre March 28th – April 7th, 2019. Allegiance, a musical drama by Marc Acito, Jay Kuo, and Lorenzo Thione, is about the Japanese American internment during WWII and one family’s extraordinarily divisive experience, was inspired by the true-life experience of its original star, George Takei. It tells the story of one family’s extraordinary experience suffering the wrongful imprisonment of Japanese Americans during World War II, creating familial turmoil in a troubling time of a nation at war.

George Takei, Lorenzo Thione, Jay Kuo and Marc Acito celebrate the release of the ALLEGIANCE Original Cast recording at the Barnes and Noble CD Signing event in New York on Feb. 5, 2016. Photo by Lia Chang
George Takei, Lorenzo Thione, Jay Kuo and Marc Acito celebrate the release of the ALLEGIANCE Original Cast recording at the Barnes and Noble CD Signing event in New York on Feb. 5, 2016. Photo by Lia Chang

Ticket buyers for Allegiance will be treated to a Black Friday offer as a celebration of the amazing cast. Customers who purchase tickets via any portal from November 23rd through November 26th will receive 5% off the price of admission for the Tuesday, April 2nd and Wednesday, April 3rd performances.

Broadway star Ethan Le Phong headlines the MVT cast in the role of Young Sammy. Most recently a company member of Disney’s Aladdin on Broadway and understudy for the title character, Ethan played Young Sammy in the highly celebrated East-West Players production of Allegiance last spring with George Takei. He has extensive credits from New York’s Broadway, London’s West End, U.S. Regional Theatres, national tours, film and television.

The role of Kei Kimura will be performed by Hawaii music composer, vocalist and producer, Kristian Lei. She has played the lead role of Kim in Miss Saigon in Germany, performed in Hong Kong Disneyland’s Festival of The Lion King, and starred in the Kristian Lei Show with Walt Disney Theatre on Disney Cruise Lines.

Nurse Hannah will be portrayed by Hawaii native daughter Kathleen Stuart who currently works professionally in New York theatre. She has had co-starring and lead roles in television and film such as “C’est Tout” and “Inside Llewyn Davis,” as well as lead roles on stage in The King & I and Evita.

MVT’s talent-packed cast also includes Dann Seki as Sam Kimura/Ojii-Chan, Brad Yamamoto as Tatsuo Kimura, Devon Nekoba as Mike Masaoka, Miguel Cadoy III as Frankie Suzuki, KoDee Martin as Dr. Hideo Tanaka/Ben Masaoka/Johnny Goto, Sharline Liu as Mrs. Natsumi Tanaka, Charles Mukaida as Mr. Masato Maruyama, Melani Carrié as Mrs. Kaori Maruyama/Sansei Woman, Austin Yoshida as Tom Muruyama, Shayna Yasunaga as Peggy Maruyama, Lauren Cabrera as Nan Goto, Kyle McNamara, and Dwayne Sakaguchi and Kailee Brandt as ensemble.

Guest directing the production is Paul Mitri. Guest musical director is Kip Wilborn. Guest choreographer is Christine Yasunaga. Assistant director is Ron Heller. The design team includes Michelle Bisbee as set designer, Janine Myers as lighting designer, Jennifer Hart and Trudy Hodnefield as co-costume designers, Lisa Ponce de Leon as hair/makeup designer, and Sara Ward as props designer.

The production will run March 28th – April 7th at the Hawaii Theatre. Show times are Thursday, March 28, 7:00 p.m., Friday, March 29 at 7:00 p.m., Saturday, March 30 at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, March 31 at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 02 at 7:00 p.m., Wednesday April 03 at 7:00 p.m., Thursday April 04 at 7:00 p.m., Friday, April 05 at 7:00 p.m., Saturday, April 06 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, April 07 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $75, $55, $35. Minimum age is 4. For more information call 988-6131 or visit manoavalleytheatre.com. Tickets can be purchased at the Hawaii Theatre Box Office by calling 528-0506 or at hawaiitheatre.com. The doors will open for seating 30 minutes prior to each performance. Beverages will be available for purchase on site. No outside food or drinks are allowed. The play is performed in 2 acts with one intermission. The running time is approximately 2hrs 45 min.

Play sponsors are ABC Stores, Alexander & Baldwin, Inc., First Hawaii Bank Foundation, HEMIC, HMSA, iHeart Media, Tom and Sally Ishii, Island Insurance, JACL, John and Kalowena Komeiji, Mary and Dexter Kubota, Edison Miyawaki, Jerry and Jane Mount, Mark Mugiishi, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, Jeffrey S. Portnoy in memory of Sandi Portnoy, Bob and Corinne Taylor and Territorial Savings Bank. The Golden Anniversary Season Sponsor is D. Suehiro Electric, Inc. The Season Benefactor Sponsor is Cades Schutte and the Cades Foundation. Season Presenter Sponsors are First Insurance Company of Hawaii Charitable Foundation, Honolulu Star-Advertiser and `Iolani School. Season Sponsors are Alexander & Baldwin, Inc. and Ramona Sayre In Memory of Jeff Sayre.

Sam Tanabe, Grace Yoo, Ron Domingo, Tyler Simahk, Michael Hisamoto and More in SpeakEasy Stage’s New England Premiere of ALLEGIANCE through June 2

Gary Thomas Ng, Grace Yoo, Ron Domingo and Sam Tanabe in SpeakEasy Stage's production of ALLEGIANCE. Photo by Nile Scott Studios

SpeakEasy Stage is presenting the New England Premiere of a new version of the acclaimed Broadway musical ALLEGIANCE through June 2, 2018, in the Roberts Studio Theatre in the Stanford Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts, 527 Tremont Street in Boston’s South End.

Gary Thomas Ng, Grace Yoo, Ron Domingo and Sam Tanabe in SpeakEasy Stage's production of ALLEGIANCE. Photo by Nile Scott Studios
Gary Thomas Ng, Grace Yoo, Ron Domingo and Sam Tanabe in SpeakEasy Stage’s production of ALLEGIANCE. Photo by Nile Scott Studios

Broadway castmember Sam Tanabe stars as Sammy Kimura, with Grace Yoo as Kei Kimura, Tyler Simahk as Frankie Suzuki, Michael Hisamoto as Mike Masaoka, Ron Domingo as Tatsuo Kimura, Gary Thomas Ng as Sam Kimura/Ojii-San and, and Melissa Geerlof as Hannah Campbell.

Grace Yoo and Sam Tanabe in SpeakEasy Stage's production of ALLEGIANCE. Photo by Nile Scott Studios
Grace Yoo and Sam Tanabe in SpeakEasy Stage’s production of ALLEGIANCE. Photo by Nile Scott Studios

The ensemble features Eymard Cabling, Paige Clark (Mrs. Natsumi Tanaka), Elaine Hom, Ryan Mardesich, Ben Oehlkers, Isaac Phaman Reynolds (Sammy u/s), Rachel Wirtz (Hannah Campbell (u/s), Micheline Wu, and Kendyl Yokoyama.

The cast of SpeakEasy Stage's production of ALLEGIANCE. Photo by Nile Scott Studios
The cast of SpeakEasy Stage’s production of ALLEGIANCE. Photo by Nile Scott Studios

Inspired by the true childhood experience of TV/film actor and social media icon George Takei (Mr. Sulu on “Star Trek”), ALLEGIANCE tells the story of the Kimura family, whose lives are upended when they and 120,000 other Japanese-Americans are forced to leave their homes following the events at Pearl Harbor. Sam Kimura seeks to prove his patriotism by fighting for his country in the war, but sister Kei fiercely protests the government’s treatment of her people. An uplifting testament to the power of the human spirit, ALLEGIANCE follows the Kimuras as they fight between duty and defiance, custom and change, family bonds and forbidden loves.

Grace Yoo and Gary Thomas Ng in SpeakEasy Stage's production of ALLEGIANCE. Photo by Nile Scott Studios
Grace Yoo and Gary Thomas Ng in SpeakEasy Stage’s production of ALLEGIANCE. Photo by Nile Scott Studios

This powerful and timely musical features a book by Marc Acito, Jay Kuo, and Lorenzo Thione, and music and lyrics by Jay Kuo.

Michael Hisamoto in SpeakEasy Stage's production of ALLEGIANCE. Photo by Nile Scott Studios
Michael Hisamoto in SpeakEasy Stage’s production of ALLEGIANCE. Photo by Nile Scott Studios

SpeakEasy Founder and Producing Artistic Director Paul Daigneault directs the New England premiere of ALLEGIANCE. The artistic team also includes Music Director Matthew Stern and Choreographer Ilyse Robbins.

The cast of SpeakEasy Stage's production of ALLEGIANCE. Photo by Nile Scott Studios
The cast of SpeakEasy Stage’s production of ALLEGIANCE. Photo by Nile Scott Studios

The design team includes Eric Levenson (scenic); Miranda Kau Giurleo (costumes); Daniel H. Jentzen (lighting); Andrew Duncan Will (sound); and Abby Shenker (props).

Ron Domingo, Gary Thomas Ng, Sam Tanabe and Grace Yoo in SpeakEasy Stage's production of ALLEGIANCE. Photo by Nile Scott Studios
Ron Domingo, Gary Thomas Ng, Sam Tanabe and Grace Yoo in SpeakEasy Stage’s production of ALLEGIANCE. Photo by Nile Scott Studios

L. Arkansas Light is the Production Stage Manager. Katie Humbert is the Assistant Stage Manager.

The cast of SpeakEasy Stage's production of ALLEGIANCE. Photo by Nile Scott Studios
The cast of SpeakEasy Stage’s production of ALLEGIANCE. Photo by Nile Scott Studios

Tickets prices start at $25, with discounts for students, seniors, and persons age 25 and under.

Sam Tanabe and Company in SpeakEasy Stage's production of ALLEGIANCE. Photo by Nile Scott Studios
Sam Tanabe and Company in SpeakEasy Stage’s production of ALLEGIANCE. Photo by Nile Scott Studios

For tickets or more information, the public is invited to call the box office at 617.933.8600 or visit www.SpeakEasyStage.com.

Grace Yoo and Tyler Simahk in SpeakEasy Stage's production of ALLEGIANCE. Photo by Nile Scott Studios
Grace Yoo and Tyler Simahk in SpeakEasy Stage’s production of ALLEGIANCE. Photo by Nile Scott Studios
Melissa Geerloff and Grace Yoo in SpeakEasy Stage's production of ALLEGIANCE. Photo by Nile Scott Studios
Melissa Geerloff and Grace Yoo in SpeakEasy Stage’s production of ALLEGIANCE. Photo by Nile Scott Studios
The cast of SpeakEasy Stage's production of ALLEGIANCE. Photo by Nile Scott Studios
The cast of SpeakEasy Stage’s production of ALLEGIANCE. Photo by Nile Scott Studios
The cast of SpeakEasy Stage's production of ALLEGIANCE. Photo by Nile Scott Studios
in SpeakEasy Stage’s production of ALLEGIANCE. Photo by Nile Scott Studios
Lia Chang. Photo by Lori Tan Chinn
Lia Chang. Photo by Lori Tan Chinn

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

Lea Salonga
Lea Salonga
Lea Salonga

Tony Award winner Lea Salonga will reteam with her Once on the Island director Michael Arden to star as Grace Farrell in Hollywood Bowl’s upcoming production of Annie, one of the longest-running shows in Broadway history, which will be this summer’s annual staged musical at the Bowl.

Charles Strouse, the Tony Award-winning composer of Annie (as well as Bye Bye Birdie, Applause, and some of the most popular music from the last 60 years of Broadway, film and television) turns 90 this June. To mark the occasion, a year-long celebration of events, including tributes, concerts, revivals and international productions, will take place across the United States and around the world. Strouse’s iconic songs – from “Tomorrow” and “Put on a Happy Face” to “Those Were the Days” (theme from “All in the Family”) – will be heard worldwide, from Abu Dhabi to Congo to Belgium, on television in “The Simpsons” and at the Hollywood Bowl with Annie.

Annie will be helmed by Tony Award-nominated director Michael Arden, conducted by Todd Ellison and choreographed by Eamon Foley. Annie’s book is by Thomas Meehan, music by Charles Strouse and lyrics by Martin Charnin.

Annie, the classic story of a young girl overcoming adversity, features a beloved score of hits (including “Tomorrow” and “It’s the Hard Knock Life”) and is a delightful experience for the entire family. Additional casting will be announced at a later date.

Annie will have three performances at the Hollywood Bowl this summer – Friday, July 27, at 8PM; Saturday, July 28, at 8PM; and Sunday, July 29, at 7:30PM, with single tickets on sale Sunday, April 29.

Lea Salonga is a singer and actress who is best known for her Tony Award-winning role in Miss Saigon. In addition to the Tony, she has won the Olivier, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Theatre World Awards, in the field of musical theatre. She was also the first Asian to play Eponine in the musical Les Misérables on Broadway and returned to the beloved show as Fantine in the 2006 revival, in addition to starring in the 10th and 25th Anniversary Concerts filmed and recorded for PBS. Ms. Salonga’s other Broadway appearances include Flower Drum Song and Allegiance. She is currently starring in the acclaimed Broadway revival of Once on This Island, which recently garnered 8 Tony nominations.

Alex Newell, Lea Salonga and Merle Dandridge. Photo: Joan Marcus
Alex Newell, Lea Salonga and Merle Dandridge in Once on this Island. Photo: Joan Marcus

Many fans of all ages recognize Lea as the singing voice of Princess Jasmine from Aladdin and Fa Mulan for Mulan and Mulan II. For her portrayal of the beloved princesses, the Walt Disney Company bestowed her with the honor of “Disney Legend” in August of 2011.

As a concert artist Lea has toured the world, performing sold-out concerts in some of the world’s most iconic venues, including the Sydney Opera House, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Singapore’s Esplanade, Hong Kong Cultural Center, Carnegie Hall, and London’s O2 Arena.

Subscriptions and single tickets for performances during the Hollywood Bowl 2018 summer season are available at hollywoodbowl.com, or via credit card phone order at 323 850 2000, and in person from Sunday, April 29 at the Hollywood Bowl Box Office.

For further details or questions, call 323.850.2000 from 10AM – 6PM daily, or visit laphil.com.

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Sam Tanabe, Grace Yoo, Ron Domingo, Tyler Simahk, Michael Hisamoto and More Set for SpeakEasy Stage’s New England Premiere of ALLEGIANCE, May 4 – June 2

Sam Tanabe
Sam Tanabe
Sam Tanabe

SpeakEasy Stage is presenting the New England Premiere of a new version of the acclaimed Broadway musical ALLEGIANCE from May 4 through June 2, 2018, in the Roberts Studio Theatre in the Stanford Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts, 527 Tremont Street in Boston’s South End.

Broadway castmember Sam Tanabe stars as Sammy Kimura, with Grace Yoo as Kei Kimura, Tyler Simahk as Frankie Suzuki, Michael Hisamoto as Mike Masaoka, Ron Domingo as Tatsuo Kimura, Gary Thomas Ng as Sam Kimura/Ojii-Sanand, and Melissa Geerlof as Hannah Campbell.

The ensemble features Eymard Cabling, Paige Clark (Mrs. Natsumi Tanaka), Elaine Hom, Ryan Mardesich, Ben Oehlkers, Isaac Phaman Reynolds (Sammy u/s), Rachel Wirtz (Hannah Campbell (u/s), Micheline Wu, and Kendyl Yokoyama. 

Inspired by the true childhood experience of TV/film actor and social media icon George Takei (Mr. Sulu on “Star Trek”), ALLEGIANCE tells the story of the Kimura family, whose lives are upended when they and 120,000 other Japanese-Americans are forced to leave their homes following the events at Pearl Harbor. Sam Kimura seeks to prove his patriotism by fighting for his country in the war, but sister Kei fiercely protests the government’s treatment of her people. An uplifting testament to the power of the human spirit, ALLEGIANCE follows the Kimuras as they fight between duty and defiance, custom and change, family bonds and forbidden loves.

George Takei, Lorenzo Thione, Jay Kuo and Marc Acito celebrate the release of the ALLEGIANCE Original Cast recording at the Barnes and Noble CD Signing event in New York on Feb. 5, 2016. Photo by Lia Chang
George Takei, Lorenzo Thione, Jay Kuo and Marc Acito celebrate the release of the ALLEGIANCE Original Cast recording at the Barnes and Noble CD Signing event in New York on Feb. 5, 2016. Photo by Lia Chang

This powerful and timely musical features a book by Marc Acito, Jay Kuo, and Lorenzo Thione, and music and lyrics by Jay Kuo.

SpeakEasy Founder and Producing Artistic Director Paul Daigneault will direct the New England premiere of ALLEGIANCE. The artistic team also includes Music Director Matthew Stern and Choreographer Ilyse Robbins.

The design team includes Eric Levenson (scenic); Miranda Kau Giurleo (costumes); Daniel H. Jentzen (lighting); Andrew Duncan Will (sound); and Abby Shenker (props).

L. Arkansas Light is the Production Stage Manager. Katie Humbert is the Assistant Stage Manager.

Tickets prices start at $25, with discounts for students, seniors, and persons age 25 and under.

For tickets or more information, the public is invited to call the box office at 617.933.8600 or visit www.SpeakEasyStage.com.

Click here for more information.

Lia Chang. Photo by Lori Tan Chinn
Lia Chang. Photo by Lori Tan Chinn

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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Five Questions for Marcus Choi – George Washington in Second National Tour of HAMILTON

Marcus Choi
Marcus Choi
Marcus Choi

Congratulations to Marcus Choi, who has been cast as George Washington in the second national tour of Hamilton. Performances begin February 6, 2018 at the Paramount Theatre in Seattle for a six week limited engagement before touring North America.

Choi has been rehearsing for Hamilton while appearing in the Broadway revival of Miss Saigon. He has appeared in the Original Broadway companies of Flower Drum SongWicked,  The Times They Are A-Changin’, Allegiance, Christina Applegate’s Broadway production of Sweet Charity and the City Center Encores’ productions of Kismet. He has performed in the NY workshops of Bruce Lee: Journey to the West,  Frank Wildhorn’s Tears of Heaven and Hadestown. His regional credits include Mysterious Skin (Broadwayworld.com Best Supporting Actor nomination) and Pippin at East West Players, Dangerous Beauty, and most recently the US premier of Waterfall at Pasadena Playhouse.

Greg Watanabe, Marcus Choi, Lea Salonga, Michael K. Lee and Telly Leung at the closing night party of ALLEGIANCE in New York on February 14, 2016. Photo by Lia Chang
Greg Watanabe, Marcus Choi, Lea Salonga, Michael K. Lee and Telly Leung at the closing night party of ALLEGIANCE in New York on February 14, 2016. Photo by Lia Chang

Most recent guest star and recurring appearances on TV are: Netflix’s “Luke Cage” “The OA” and “Project Mc2” NBC’s “Chicago PD ,“Blind Spot”, Showtime’s “Homeland”, TNT’s “The Last Ship,” ABC Family’s “The Fosters,” Disney XD’s “Jessie,”.” Film: Isn’t It Romantic (2019), Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) Enchanted, Adopting Terror, The Novack Murders.

Marcus took the time to answer a few questions via email on New Year’s Day.

Marcus Choi. Photo by Karen Huie
Marcus Choi. Photo by Karen Huie

Lia: What was it like to be back on Broadway with this company of Miss Saigon?
Marcus: It was such a joy to join this company. I’ve never done Miss Saigon, so it was an honor to be able to do the show at this level. The attention to detail and the sheer grandness of the show was breath taking.

Lia: What did you do when you heard the news you were cast in Hamilton?
Marcus: I was on the 7 train going out to Queens with a couple of friends. I think we screamed and group hugged while jumping in a circle.

The cast of MISS SAIGON at the closing night party at the Dream Hotel in New York on January 14, 2018. Photo by Lia Chang
The cast of MISS SAIGON at the closing night party at the Dream Hotel in New York on January 14, 2018. Photo by Lia Chang

Lia: Has this been a goal for you?
Marcus: Yes, Hamilton has always been on my radar. I think whenever a new show comes out and is a hit, we always wonder if there’s something “right” for me in it. I think one of the genius things about the show and the way it’s constructed is that anyone can live in this world and tell this story.

Lia: What have you been up to this year?
Marcus: I feel like the first half of 2017 was a blur. I was trying to audition as much as I could and I was fortunate enough to shoot a few tv shows like and work on a couple of films. One of the thing’s I love about working in NY is that there are always readings and developmental workshops going on. I love the creative process of building something from the ground floor. So when I wasn’t working, I tried to do as many of those as I could.

Lia: Any directors or shows that you are interested in working with or on?
Marcus: I’m a big fan of Alex Timbers and John Doyle, I’d love to work with them someday. I also saw Once on This Island and was completely blown away by Michael Arden’s direction. I did The Times They are A-Changin’ with him as an actor, but I’d love to work with him as a Director.

I’m just consumed with double duty right now, but there’s something that I’ve been feeling while in rehearsals. I feel so fortunate to be able to play this role. I know it’s such a great opportunity for me, but I can’t help but feel like it’s a big win for our community. Asian Americans are the most under represented ethnic group in entertainment and I am so grateful to Hamilton for taking the chance and casting Asians in principal roles for this tour. Joseph Morales and Shoba Narayan along with myself!

SECOND NATIONAL TOUR OF HAMILTON
Joseph Morales and Nik Walker will lead the second national tour of Hamilton as Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr, respectively. In addition to Choi as George Washington, other principal roles in Hamilton will be played by Ta’Rea Campbell as Angelica Schuyler; Elijah Malcomb as John Laurens/Phillip Schuyler; Shoba Narayan as Eliza Hamilton; Fergie L. Philippe as Hercules Mulligan/James Madison; Kyle Scatliffe as Marquis de Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson; Danielle Sostre as Peggy Schuyler/Maria Reynolds and Jon Patrick Walker as King George.

The second national tour also includes Tia Altinay, Amber Ardolino, Conroe Brooks, Cameron Burke, Evan S. Cochran, Phil Colgan, Desmond Sean Eillington, Hope Endrenyi, Lili Froehlich, Daniel Gaymon, Camden Gonzales, Jennie Harney, Stephen Hernandez, Kristen Hoagland, Abby Jaros, Emily Jenda, Wonza Johnson, King David Jones, Carina-Kay Louchiey, Brandt Martinez, Taeko McCarroll, Tyler McKenzie, Justice Moore, Antuan Magic Raimone, Julian Ramos, Jen Sese, Willie Smith III, and Julius Thomas III.

This new company continues the remarkable run of Hamilton productions that have rolled out since the musical first opened on Broadway in 2015. A Chicago company opened in September 2016; the first national tour began performances in San Francisco on March 10, 2017; and the West End engagement began December 6, 2017 at London’s Victoria Palace Theatre.

With book, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, direction by Thomas Kail, choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler and musical supervision and orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire, Hamilton is based on Ron Chernow’s biography of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton.

Hamilton is the story of America’s Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington’s right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and was the new nation’s first Treasury Secretary. Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and Broadway, Hamilton is the story of America then, as told by America now.

The Hamilton creative team previously collaborated on the 2008 Tony Award ® Winning Best Musical IN THE HEIGHTS.

Hamilton features scenic design by David Korins, costume design by Paul Tazewell, lighting design by Howell Binkley, sound design by Nevin Steinberg, hair and wig design by Charles G. LaPointe, and casting by Telsey + Company, Bethany Knox, CSA.

The musical is produced by Jeffrey Seller, Sander Jacobs, Jill Furman, and The Public Theater.

www.marcuschoi.net www.nycreel.com

Tour Cities

Costa Mesa, CA @ Segerstrom Center for the Arts – May 8 – May 27

Atlanta, GA @ Fox Theatre — May 22 – June 10

Las Vegas, NV @ The Smith Center — May 29 – June 2

Washington, DC @ The Kennedy Center — June 12 – Sept. 16

Des Moines, Iowa @ Des Moines Performing Arts Center — June 27 – July 15

Boston, MA @ Boston Opera House — Sept. 18 – No. 18

Charlotte, NC @ Belk Theater — Oct. 10- Nov. 4

Click here for further information

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Marcus Choi Makes Broadway Principal Debut as Frankie Suzuki at Today’s Matinee of ‘Allegiance’

Lia Chang. Photo by Lori Tan Chinn
Lia Chang. Photo by Lori Tan Chinn

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

All text, graphics, articles & photographs: © 2000-2018 Lia Chang Multimedia. All rights reserved. All materials contained on this site are protected by United States copyright law and may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, displayed, published or broadcast without the prior written permission of Lia Chang. You may not alter or remove any trademark, copyright or other notice from copies of the content. For permission, please contact Lia at liachangpr@gmail.com

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Paul Nakauchi, Masi Oka, Willem Dafoe, Nat Wolff, Margaret Qualley, LaKeith Stanfield Attend NY Premiere of “Death Note”

Paul Nakauchi attends the 'Death Note' New York premiere at AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 theater on August 17, 2017 in New York City. Photo by Lia Chang
Paul Nakauchi and Willem Dafoe attend the 'Death Note' New York premiere at AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 theater on August 17, 2017 in New York City. Photo by Lia Chang
Paul Nakauchi and Willem Dafoe attend the ‘Death Note’ New York premiere at AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 theater on August 17, 2017 in New York City. Photo by Lia Chang

Paul Nakauchi (The Great Raid), currently appearing in Guthrie’s production of Sunday in the Park with George through August 20th, attended the New York premiere of the NetFlix original film “Death Note” at AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 theater on August 17, 2017 in New York City.

LaKeith Stanfield, Willem Dafoe, Paul Nakauchi, director Adam Wingard, Shea Whigham, Nat Wolff, Margaret Qualley attend the 'Death Note' New York premiere at AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 theater on August 17, 2017 in New York City. Photo by Lia Chang
LaKeith Stanfield, Willem Dafoe, Paul Nakauchi, director Adam Wingard, Shea Whigham, Nat Wolff, Margaret Qualley attend the ‘Death Note’ New York premiere at AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 theater on August 17, 2017 in New York City. Photo by Lia Chang

Nakauchi, who plays Watari in the film, was joined on the black carpet by cast members Nat Wolff (Paper Towns) as Light Turner, Margaret Qualley (The Leftovers) as Mia Sutton, Scott Stuber, Shea Whigham (American Hustle) as James Turner, LaKeith Stanfield (Get Out) as L, Willem Dafoe (Spider-Man) as the voice of Ryuk, director Adam Wingard (Blair Witch, You’re Next);  producers Masi Oka, Roy Lee, Dan Lin and Jason Hoffs, and executive producers Miri Yoon and Jonathan Eirich.

Co-writer Charlie Parlapanides, actors Willem Dafoe, Paul Nakauchi, Nat Wolff, Margaret Qualley, director Adam Wingard, actor Shea Whigham, producers Roy Lee, Jason Hoffs and Masi Oka, actor LaKeith Stanfield and co-writer Vlas Parlapanides attend the 'Death Note' New York premiere at AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 theater on August 17, 2017 in New York City. Photo by Lia Chang
Co-writer Charlie Parlapanides, actors Willem Dafoe, Paul Nakauchi, Nat Wolff, Margaret Qualley, director Adam Wingard, actor Shea Whigham, producers Roy Lee, Jason Hoffs and Masi Oka, actor LaKeith Stanfield and co-writer Vlas Parlapanides attend the ‘Death Note’ New York premiere at AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 theater on August 17, 2017 in New York City. Photo by Lia Chang

Based on the famous Japanese manga written by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata, Death Note follows a high school student who comes across a supernatural notebook, realizing it holds within it a great power; if the owner inscribes someone’s name into it while picturing their face, he or she will die. Intoxicated with his new godlike abilities, the young man begins to kill those he deems unworthy of life.

“Death Note” launches globally on NetFlix on August 25th and will screen in select theaters in New York and LA.

Paul Nakauchi attends the 'Death Note' New York premiere at AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 theater on August 17, 2017 in New York City. Photo by Lia Chang
Paul Nakauchi attends the ‘Death Note’ New York premiere at AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 theater on August 17, 2017 in New York City. Photo by Lia Chang

Nakauchi’s film credits include The Great Raid and Dark Metropolis. He has been seen on television in “Deadbeat,” “ER,” “The Young and the Restless,” “General Hospital,” “Saturday Night Live,” “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,” and “Knots Landing.” He is a sought after veteran voice over artist and his voice inhabits characters in the animated features The Invincible Iron ManDoctor Strange, Legend of Korra, Star Wars the Clone Wars and Alpha and Omega; the television cartoons “Avatar: The Last Airbender” and “Batman: The Brave and the Bold,” as well as numerous video games including Cars 2, Call of Duty: World at War and Lost Planet 3 and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, to name a few.  Click here for clips of Nakauchi’s voice work.

Nakauchi played the Kralahome and understudied The King in Lincoln Center Theater’s Tony Award- winning production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I  at the Vivian Beaumont Theater, directed by Bartlett Sher.

Ken Watanabe as The King, Paul Nakauchi as the Kralahome and company. Photo by Paul Kolnik
Ken Watanabe as The King, Paul Nakauchi as the Kralahome and company. Photo by Paul Kolnik

In 2012, Nakauchi performed the role of Tatsuo Kimura in the world premiere production of Allegiance at The Old Globe in San Diego, opposite George Takei, Telly Leung, Lea Salonga and Michael K. Lee.

Lea Salonga as Kei Kimura, Telly Leung as Sammy Kimura, George Takei as Ojii-san, and Paul Nakauchi as Tatsuo Kimura in the premiere of Allegiance – A New American Musical at the Old Globe Theatre, before its Broadway run. Photo by Henry DiRocco
Lea Salonga as Kei Kimura, Telly Leung as Sammy Kimura, George Takei as Ojii-san, and Paul Nakauchi as Tatsuo Kimura in the premiere of Allegiance – A New American Musical at the Old Globe Theatre, before its Broadway run. Photo by Henry DiRocco

Nakauchi began his theater career in the National Tour of The King and I with Yul Brynner. He understudied and performed the role of The King of Siam on Broadway in the 1996 revival opposite Donna Murphy. He also played The King on London’s West End with Elaine Paige, and has toured Asia in the Broadway Asia production of The King and I, recreating the same role. He toured the U.S. in the First National Tour of Miss Saigon understudying and playing the role of The Engineer. Other Broadway credits include Chu Chem.

Paul Nakauchi and husband David Mateo attend the 'Death Note' New York premiere at AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 theater on August 17, 2017 in New York City. Photo by Lia Chang
Paul Nakauchi and husband David Mateo attend the ‘Death Note’ New York premiere at AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 theater on August 17, 2017 in New York City. Photo by Lia Chang

I caught up with Paul and his husband David Mateo over lunch at La Bonne Soupe. The interview below is edited for clarity.

Lia: Who is Watari?
Paul: I would describe him as a character similar to Alfred in Batman, he’s a bit enigmatic, a fatherly caretaker, but with a mysterious edge. Adam had given me a book to read which was about several people who claimed they had been subjects of government sponsored mind control, and the techniques that were used to turn them into Manchurian Candidates of a sort for various covert activities. Often these subjects were trained from a very early age, and familiar childhood tunes were used in the process as a trigger to place them into a hypnotic state, so they would then carry out their assigned task. That’s how the Wizard of Oz song I sing to L plays into the story, and then when I’m in a trance like state, driving in the car, going to look for L’s actual name in the orphanage, I sing the same tune.

Paul Nakauchi as Watari and LaKeith Stanfield as L in NetFlix's
Paul Nakauchi as Watari and LaKeith Stanfield as L in NetFlix’s “Death Note”.

Lia: Where did you shoot the film?
Paul: I was in Vancouver for a month. I shot about 5 weeks. I had a nice trailer with a fireplace.

Lia: How did you land the job?
Paul: I auditioned for it when I was in The King and I in New York. I put myself on tape and did a Skype session with Adam the director. In the audition they wanted me to sing a song. I sang the Sounds of Silence. I thought it fit with the theme.

Lia: Were you familiar with “Death Note” before? 
Paul: No, but Anime is so interesting. Prior to our film, the versions of “Death Note” included Manga, a cartoon, a live action-tv show, a musical and several films.

Lia: You are finishing your run in a non-traditionally cast production of Sunday in the Park with George at the Guthrie. What has it been like?
Paul: All of the theater that I have done has always been Asian musicals- The King and I, Miss Saigon, Allegiance. I never thought I would play a 19th century French artist. Joe Haj the new artistic director at the Guthrie is a big champion of diversity and the plays he chooses and as well as the casts and creative staff he hires reflect that vision. With the huge success of Hamilton, I think theaters across the country are realizing that diversity onstage can bring into the theater a whole new audience and be profitable as well. In our production we have four people of color, Christine Toy Johnson, Mychael T Rambo, Justin Lee Miller and myself, and the audiences have been very enthusiastic!

Randy Harrison, Emily Gunyou Halaas, Christine Toy Johnson, Paul Nakauchi, Ann Michels, Sasha Andreev and Erin Mackey. Photo by T Charles Erickson.
Randy Harrison, Emily Gunyou Halaas, Christine Toy Johnson, Paul Nakauchi, Ann Michels, Sasha Andreev and Erin Mackey. Photo by T Charles Erickson.

The Guthrie is one of the best theater complexes in the country and I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to work there. It’s a lovely community of extremely talented artists, truly the jewel of the Midwest. Next year’s musical is West Side Story, and under Joe Haj’s direction it is sure to be wonderfully innovative. He plans to use a more modern dance vocabulary so it should be exciting.

Guthrie’s SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE Featuring Randy Harrison, Erin Mackey, Christine Toy Johnson, Paul Nakauchi and More, Ends Run on August 20 

Paul Nakauchi backstage at the Vivian Beaumont Theater in New York on Mar. 5, 2016. Photo by Lia Chang
Paul Nakauchi backstage at the Vivian Beaumont Theater in New York on Mar. 5, 2016. Photo by Lia Chang

Lia: What was your experience at Lincoln Center in The King and I?
Paul: Every actor dreams of working at Lincoln Center, and doing the The King & I there was a dream come true. Bartlett Sher is a brilliant director, who does everything from straight plays, musicals and opera, and everyone and everything there is top notch, as well as having the best dressing rooms of any theater I’ve ever worked in!

Paul Nakauchi as The King in Lincoln Center Theater’s Tony Award- winning production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s THE KING AND I 

Lia: In 2012, you appeared in the world premiere of George Takei’s legacy project Allegiance at The Old Globe. What are your remembrances of working with George?
Paul: George Takei is an amazing man. I had a wonderful time working with on Allegiance. He’s been involved in Civil Rights activism for a long time. He actually ran for City Council is LA. He’s been a tireless advocate for LGTB rights. I admire him greatly. The Legacy project of Allegiance is something he is still doing, in fact he is going to do it in Los Angeles (2018). I feel fortunate to have worked with and to have met him. He’s the last generation of interment camp survivors. He’s really keeping that remembrance alive in terms of how it references today.

Paul Nakauchi and George Takei at the opening night party of Broadway's ALLEGIANCE at Bryant Park Grill on November 8, 2017 in New York. Photo by Lia Chang
Paul Nakauchi and George Takei at the opening night party of Broadway’s ALLEGIANCE at Bryant Park Grill on November 8, 2017 in New York. Photo by Lia Chang

Lia: How long have you been doing voice work for animation?
Paul: I’m the voice of Hanzo in the Blizzard Overwatch Games and recently attended Bliz Con- the Comic Con for Blizzard. It amazed me what a huge audience it has. It’s enormous. They had people from all over the world coming to that Bliz Con event in Anaheim. Gamers playing the games, panels, talking about new characters. Blizzard is a huge game and Overwatch recently won the 2017 Young People’s Choice Award for Favorite Game. I started doing that about 10 years ago.

I started doing voiceover for animation beginning with Marvel with Ironman and Dr. Strange. I actually did the animated version for Dr. Strange. I’m also doing a new NetFlix animated series – “Carmen Sandiego”. I play Shadowsan who is one of Carmen Sandiego’s teachers at the Spy Academy. That will be coming out in 2018. I’ve recorded about 6 episodes for that.

Gaming and “Death Note” tie in really well because it is a similar audience and similar age range.

Lia: What are the challenges of doing voice work?
Paul: It takes an enormous amount of imagination, because you record the voice first and they design the animation around your VO tracks, plus keeping the scripts secret is big priority, so you only see the dialogue when you get to the studio on the day of your session, so you have to have the character fully emotionally realized in a cold reading. It’s daunting, challenging, fun and rewarding all at the same time!

Celebrating with Jose Llana, Ruthie Ann Miles, Kelli O’Hara and Company after THE KING AND I’s Special Performance for The Actors Fund 

George Takei, Lea Salonga, Telly Leung, Michael K. Lee and More celebrate opening night of ALLEGIANCE 

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

Lia Chang is an award-winning filmmaker, a Best Actress nominee, a photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek, which will screen at Asians on Film on March 10th, The Women’s Film Festival in Philadelphia on March 13th and the Disorient Film Festival in Eugene Oregon in April. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.

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

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Telly Leung as Aladdin and Major Attaway as Genie in Broadway’s ALADDIN

Telly Leung as Aladdin and Major Attaway as Genie in Broadway's ALADDIN. Photo by Matthew Murphy

Disney’s Aladdin, the hit Broadway musical, recently welcomed new Broadway cast members Telly Leung (Aladdin) and Major Attaway (Genie) to the New Amsterdam Theatre, 214 West 42nd St. in New York. Click here for tickets.

Telly Leung as Aladdin. Photo Credit: Matthew Murphy
Telly Leung as Aladdin. Photo Credit: Matthew Murphy

Aladdin opened to critical acclaim on March 20th, 2014 and quickly established itself as one of the biggest new blockbusters in recent years; last year only the smash musicalWicked was seen by more people on Broadway. Since its opening, Aladdin has set 12 New Amsterdam Theatre house records and welcomed over 4 million people worldwide. Its global footprint has expanded to include productions in Tokyo, Hamburg, London and Melbourne, along with a North American tour.

Major Attaway as Genie. Photo Credit: Matthew Murphy
Major Attaway as Genie. Photo Credit: Matthew Murphy

Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions, the show features music by Tony Award and eight-time Oscar winner Alan Menken(Beauty and the Beast, Newsies, Sister Act), lyrics by two-time Oscar winner Howard Ashman (Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid), three-time Tony Award and three-time Oscar winner Tim Rice (Evita, Aida) and four-time Tony Award nominee Chad Beguelin (The Wedding Singer), with a book by Beguelin, and is directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon).

Telly Leung as Aladdin and Major Attaway as Genie in Broadway's ALADDIN. Photo by Matthew Murphy
Telly Leung as Aladdin and Major Attaway as Genie in Broadway’s ALADDIN. Photo by Matthew Murphy

Aladdin stars Broadway veteran Telly Leung (Allegiance, Rent, TV’s “Glee”) in the title role, Courtney Reed (In the Heights, Mamma Mia) as Jasmine, Major Attaway in his Broadway debut as Genie, and, as Jafar, Tony Award nominee Jonathan Freeman (Mary Poppins, The Producers, She Loves Me) brings to the stage the role he indelibly created in the animated film. The show also features Steel Burkhardt, Brian Gonzales and Brad Weinstock as Aladdin’s sidekicks Kassim, Babkak and Omar, Clifton Davis as Sultan and Don Darryl Rivera as Iago. Juwan Crawley, James Moye and Deonté L. Warren stand by for several principals.

Telly Leung as Aladdin and Courtney Reed as Jamine. Photo Credit: Matthew Murphy
Telly Leung as Aladdin and Courtney Reed as Jamine. Photo Credit: Matthew Murphy

In a cast of 38, Aladdin also features Tia Altinay, Netanel Bellaishe, Mike Cannon, Andrew Cao, Damian Chambers, Alicia Charles, Lauryn Ciardullo, Joshua Dela Cruz, Josh Drake, Tiffany Evariste, Gaby Gamache, Adrianna Hicks, Adam Hyndman, Ethan Le Phong, Nathan Lucrezio, Stanley Martin, Michael Mindlin, Amber Owens, Jamie Kasey Patterson, Bobby Pestka, Aleks Pevec, Ariel Reid, Trent Saunders, Angelo Soriano, Dennis Stowe and Kathryn Terza.

Aladdin, adapted from the Disney film and centuries-old folktales including “One Thousand and One Nights,” is brought to fresh theatrical life in this bold new musical. Aladdin’s journey sweeps audiences into an exotic world of daring adventure, classic comedy and timeless romance. This new production features a full score, including the five cherished songs from the Academy Award-winning soundtrack and more written especially for the stage.

Telly Leung Joins the Cast of Broadway’s ALADDIN 

STC’s THE TAMING OF THE SHREW Opening Night with André De Shields, Maulik Pancholy, Telly Leung, Oliver Thornton and More 

Photos: Maulik Pancholy, Peter Gadiot, André De Shields, Telly Leung, Oliver Thornton and More in Ed Sylvanus Iskandar Helmed THE TAMING OF THE SHREW at Shakespeare Theatre Company (STC) 

ALLEGIANCE Stars Lea Salonga, George Takei, Telly Leung and Katie Rose Clarke at the Performance and CD Signing at Barnes and Noble

George Takei, Lea Salonga, Telly Leung, Michael K. Lee and More celebrate opening night of ALLEGIANCE

George Takei, Lea Salonga, Telly Leung, Michael K. Lee and more at the first preview of Broadway’s Allegiance; opens Nov. 8

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

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

Lia Chang is an award-winning filmmaker, a Best Actress nominee, a photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in  Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.

All text, graphics, articles & photographs: © 2000-2017 Lia Chang Multimedia. All rights reserved. All materials contained on this site are protected by United States copyright law and may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, displayed, published or broadcast without the prior written permission of Lia Chang. You may not alter or remove any trademark, copyright or other notice from copies of the content. For permission, please contact Lia at lia@liachang.com