Production Photos: Paige Faure, Jordon Gelber, Ann Harada, Jeff Kready, Hayley Podschun, Nicholas Rodriguez and More in HOLIDAY INN At Paper Mill Playhouse through December 30

Ann Harada and Nicholas Rodriguez. Photo Credit: Jerry Dalia

Paper Mill Playhouse is presenting Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn, based on the film from Universal Pictures, with music and lyrics by Irving Berlin, and book by Gordon Greenberg and Chad Hodge. Performances began on Wednesday, November 21, 2018, and will continue through Sunday, December 30, 2018, at Paper Mill Playhouse (22 Brookside Drive, Millburn, NJ).

Jeff Kready and Paige Faure. Photo Credit: Jerry Dalia
Jeff Kready and Paige Faure. Photo Credit: Jerry Dalia

Directed by Mr. Greenberg (The Baker’s Wife, 1776 – Paper Mill), and with choreography by Denis Jones (Mary Poppins – Paper Mill, Holiday Inn – Broadway, Tony nomination), music direction by Shawn Gough (Annie, Paper Mill), the principal cast features Paige Faure (Honeymoon in Vegas – Paper Mill) as Lila Dixon, Jordon Gelber (Avenue Q) as Danny, Ann Harada (Avenue Q) as Louise, Jeff Kready (Thoroughly Modern Millie – Paper Mill) as Ted Hanover, Hayley Podschun (Peter Pan – Paper Mill) as Linda Mason, Nicholas Rodriguez (Tarzan) as Jim Hardy with Jian Harrell and Aidan Alberto alternating in the role of Charlie Winslow.

Jeff Kready, Hayley Podschun, Nicholas Rodriguez. Photo Credit: Jerry Dalia
Jeff Kready, Hayley Podschun, Nicholas Rodriguez. Photo Credit: Jerry Dalia

The cast also features Jordon Beall, Gene Biscontini, Colin Bradbury, Tricia Desario, Taylor Fields, Kelly Gleason, Juliane Godfrey, Berklea Going,Joshua Israel, Julie Kavanagh, Mallory Nolting, Clifton Samuels, JT Teeling, Karl Skylar Urban, Amy Van Norstrand, Scarlett Walker, Travis Ward-Osborne, and John T. Wolfe.

Ann Harada and Nicholas Rodriguez. Photo Credit: Jerry Dalia
Ann Harada and Nicholas Rodriguez. Photo Credit: Jerry Dalia

In this musical based on the beloved Bing Crosby/Fred Astaire film, Jim Hardy leaves behind the hustle and bustle of showbiz for a quiet life on a Connecticut farm. Jim’s agrarian efforts are a flop, but things start looking up when he falls for a talented schoolteacher, and together they infuse their sleepy rural setting with some Broadway razzle-dazzle. Fresh from a Broadway run, this heartwarming, toe-tapping production features more than 20 classic songs from the Berlin catalog, including “Easter Parade,” “Cheek to Cheek,” “Steppin’ Out with My Baby,” and “White Christmas.”

Hayley Podschun, Karl Skyler Urban, Jordan Beall, and Julie Kavanagh. Photo Credit: Jerry Dalia
Hayley Podschun, Karl Skyler Urban, Jordan Beall, and Julie Kavanagh. Photo Credit: Jerry Dalia

The production team includes set design by Anna Louizos, costume design by Alejo Vietti, lighting design by Jeff Croiter, sound design by Matt Kraus, hair and wig design by Charles G. LaPointe. The production stage manager is Victoria Navarro. Casting is by Telsey + Company, Laura Wade, CSA.

Hayley Podschun and Nicholas Rodriguez. Photo Credit: Jerry Dalia
Hayley Podschun and Nicholas Rodriguez. Photo Credit: Jerry Dalia

Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn will be performed at Paper Mill Playhouse eight times a week, Wednesday through Sunday. Performance schedule: Wednesday at 7:00pm, Thursday at 1:30pm and 7:00pm, Friday at 7:00pm, Saturday at 1:30pm and 7:00pm and Sunday at 1:30pm and 7:00pm. Please note: There are no performances on December 24 (Christmas Eve) and December 25 (Christmas Day). Tickets are on sale now starting at $34. Tickets may be purchased by calling 973.376.4343, at the Paper Mill Playhouse Box Office at 22 Brookside Drive in Millburn, or online at www.PaperMill.org.

Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn at Paper Mill Playhouse. Photo Credit: Jerry Dalia 
Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn at Paper Mill Playhouse. Photo Credit: Jerry Dalia
Jeff Kready, Hayley Podschun, Nicholas Rodriguez. Photo Credit: Jerry Dalia
Jeff Kready, Hayley Podschun, Nicholas Rodriguez. Photo Credit: Jerry Dalia
Nicholas Rodriguez and company. Photo Credit: Jerry Dalia
Nicholas Rodriguez and company. Photo Credit: Jerry Dalia
Nicholas Rodriguez, Ann Harada, and company. Photo Credit: Jerry Dalia
Nicholas Rodriguez, Ann Harada, and company. Photo Credit: Jerry Dalia
Nicholas Rodriguez and company. Photo Credit: Jerry Dalia
Nicholas Rodriguez and company. Photo Credit: Jerry Dalia
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Jason Ma, Ann Harada, Raymond J. Lee and More in NAAP’s INTO THE WOODS Rehearsal

The Company of INTO THE WOODS. Photo by Lia Chang
Ann Harada (the Witch). Photo by Lia Chang
Ann Harada (the Witch). Photo by Lia Chang

National Asian Artists Project and Prospect Theater Company will present a special one-night-only concert reading of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Into the Woods October 20 at 7:30 PM at The TimesCenter (242 W. 41st Street).

Steven Eng (Director). Photo by Lia Chang
Steven Eng (Director). Photo by Lia Chang

Directed by Steven Eng with music direction by Kristen Lee Rosenfeld, the cast will include Katie Mariko Murray (Passion) as Cinderella, Alex Chester (How the Grinch Stole Christmas) as Little Red Riding Hood, Joanna Carpenter as the Baker’s Wife, Karl Josef Co (CSC’s Pacific Overtures) as Cinderella’s Prince, Daniel J. Edwards (Anything Goes) as Rapunzel’s Prince, Lydia Gaston (The King and I) as Jack’s Mother, Ann Harada (Cinderella, Avenue Q) as the Witch, Kennedy Kanagawa (Dinner with Georgette) as Jack, Raymond J. Lee (Groundhog Day, Honeymoon in Vegas) as The Baker, and Jason Ma (writer/composer, Gold Mountain) as the Mysterious Man.

The Company of INTO THE WOODS. Photo by Lia Chang
The Company of INTO THE WOODS. Photo by Lia Chang

Other cast members include Rona Figueroa, Kimbirdlee Fadner, Rebecca Lee Lerman, Colin Miyamoto, David Shih, Laura Yen Solito, Virginia Wing, and Xiaoqing Zhang.

Raymond J. Lee (The Baker) and Joanna Carpenter (Baker's Wife). Photo by Lia Chang
Raymond J. Lee (The Baker) and Joanna Carpenter (Baker’s Wife). Photo by Lia Chang

The associate director is Cassey Kivnick, and the assistant musical director is Griffin Strout.

The Company of INTO THE WOODS. Photo by Lia Chang
The Company of INTO THE WOODS. Photo by Lia Chang

“NAAP is excited to bring together a remarkable ensemble of some of NYC’s finest actors—joining with the celebrated NAAP Broadway Community Chorus and the award-winning NAAP Kids—for a single night, to perform this rich, poignant, and very fun piece of theater,” said director Eng.

Kristen Lee Rosenfeld (Conductor/Music Director) and Griffin Strout (Associate Musical Director). Photo by Lia Chang
Kristen Lee Rosenfeld (Conductor/Music Director) and Griffin Strout (Associate Musical Director). Photo by Lia Chang

“Prospect is honored to continue our fruitful partnership with NAAP, bringing to life one of the great modern classics of American musical theater,” added Prospect Producing Artistic Director Cara Reichel.

Katie Mariko Murray (Cinderella), ReBecca Lee Lerman (Lucinda), Kimbirdlee Fadner (Florinda). Photo by Lia Chang
Katie Mariko Murray (Cinderella), ReBecca Lee Lerman (Lucinda), Kimbirdlee Fadner (Florinda). Photo by Lia Chang

This event is part of NAAP’s annual Rediscover Series, which explores classic musicals with professional artists of Asian descent, proving that great works of theatre speak to all communities. The event is also part of Prospect’s ongoing IGNITE concert series.

The Company of INTO THE WOODS. Photo by Lia Chang
The Company of INTO THE WOODS. Photo by Lia Chang

For tickets and more information, visit NAAProject.org or ProspectTheater.org or call (212) 352-3101.

The Company of INTO THE WOODS. Photo by Lia Chang
The Company of INTO THE WOODS. Photo by Lia Chang
Raymond J. Lee (The Baker), Joanna Carpenter (Baker's Wife) and Ann Harada (the Witch). Photo by Lia Chang
Raymond J. Lee (The Baker), Joanna Carpenter (Baker’s Wife) and Ann Harada (the Witch). Photo by Lia Chang
Katie Mariko Murray (Cinderella) and Steven Eng (Director). Photo by Lia Chang
Katie Mariko Murray (Cinderella) and Steven Eng (Director). Photo by Lia Chang

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

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

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Ann Harada, Raymond J. Lee, Cindy Cheung, Jason Ma, David Shih,Virginia Wing and More Set for NAAP’s INTO THE WOODS on October 20

National Asian Artists Project (NAAP) and Prospect Theater Company are proud to partner for a third year to present a special one-night-only concert reading of Into the Woods on Saturday, October 20 at 7:30pm at The TimesCenter (242 W. 41st Street).

The cast of Into The Woods features Viveca C. (Miss Saigon, Broadway) as Cinderella; Alex Chester (How the Grinch Stole Christmas, MSG) as Little Red Riding Hood; Cindy Cheung (“Thirteen Reasons Why,” High Maintenance) as the Baker’s Wife; Karl Josef Co (CSC’s Pacific Overtures) as Cinderella’s Prince; Daniel J. Edwards (Anything Goes, Broadway) as Rapunzel’s Prince; Lydia Gaston (The King and I, Broadway) as Jack’s Mother; Ann Harada (Broadway: Avenue Q, Cinderella) as the Witch; Kennedy Kanagawa (Dinner with Georgette, NYTW) as Jack; Raymond J. Lee (Broadway: Groundhog Day, Honeymoon in Vegas) as The Baker; and Jason Ma (writer / composer, Gold Mountain) as the Mysterious Man. Other cast members include: Rona Figueroa, Kimbirdlee Fadner, Rebecca Lee Lerman, Colin Miyamoto, David Shih, Laura Yen Solito, Virginia Wing, and Xiaoqing Zhang. The Associate Director is Cassey Kivnick, and the Assistant Musical Director is Griffin Strout. Julie Miller is the line producer.

Directed by Steven Eng and music directed by Kristen Lee Rosenfeld, NAAP brings a new and unique voice to interpret a modern classic. James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim’s Tony Award-winning book and score interweave favorite storybook characters, creating a timeless yet relevant piece on the power of story and the nature of family.

This event is part of NAAP’s annual Rediscover Series, which explores classic musicals with professional artists of Asian descent, proving that great works of theater speak to all communities. The event is also part of Prospect’s ongoing IGNITE concert series.

“NAAP is excited to bring together a remarkable ensemble of some of NYC’s finest actors — joining with the celebrated NAAP Broadway Community Chorus and the award-winning NAAP Kids — for a single night, to perform this rich, poignant, and very fun piece of theater,” said director Steven Eng. “Prospect is honored to continue our fruitful partnership with NAAP, bringing to life one of the great modern classics of American musical theater,” said Prospect’s Producing Artistic Director, Cara Reichel.

For tickets ($25 – $55) and more information, please visit http://www.NAAProject.org or www.ProspectTheater.org or call 212-352-3101.

 

The Micro-Musical Theatre Show Hosts 2018 Launch Party For THE NEW PEGGY

Devin Ilaw, Deb Radloff, Ann Harada, Rachel Hardin and Daniel Marcus. Photo by Lia Chang

The Micro-Musical Theatre Show is presenting its inaugural season of mico-musicals, featuring Drew Larimore & J. Oconer Navarro’s dark musical comedy, THE NEW PEGGY set to premiere August 1st.

Devin Ilaw, Deb Radloff, Ann Harada, Rachel Hardin and Daniel Marcus. Photo by Lia Chang
Devin Ilaw, Deb Radloff, Ann Harada, Rachel Hardin and Daniel Marcus. Photo by Lia Chang

The Micro-Musical Theatre Show is a series of new and original Broadway-style musical productions. It’s a front-row seat experience delivered every month to subscribers through an audio podcast.

With book and lyrics By Drew Larimore and music and lyrics by Larson Grant Recipient J. Oconer Navarro, THE NEW PEGGY chronicles Peggy, a very ordinary secretary, who has been stuck at her desk for the past 25 years, pining after her very ordinary boss. But at what cost? The consequences are bloody. Ann Harada, (Avenue Q, Cinderella, Pacific Overtures) takes on the title role. Includes Daniel Marcus (Urinetown, Adding Machine), Devin Ilaw (Miss Saigon, Les Miserables), Deb Radloff and Rachel Hardin.

Also featured in the summer 2018 Micro Musical season is TRAPPED IN THE CLOSET with book and lyrics by Sarah Naughton and music and lyrics by Jake Weinstein, as well as CRAYOLA IN LOVE by Kyle Robert Carter.

The Micro-Musical Theatre Show was created by Emmy Award-winning executive producer Alton Christensen. The co-producers are broadcaster, and resident composer of NY’s acclaimed Signature Theatre Company, Loren Toolajian. Multi-instrumentalist, composer, award-winning, and Emmy nominated sound designer, Ralph Kelsey. Both are co-owners of award-winning Sandblast Productions. The production was recorded at Bunker Studio in Brooklyn. It’s hosted by Julian Fleischer.

Chatting with Steven Eng – 2018 Lucille Lortel Award Nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical for “Pacific Overtures”

Steven Eng. Photo by Lia Chang

Congratulations to Steven Eng on his first Lortel nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical for his role as Kayama Yesaemon in the Classic Stage Company’s revival of Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman’s Pacific Overtures, directed and designed by Tony Award winner John Doyle.

Orville Mendoza and Steven Eng, center, and the cast of "Pacific Overtures" by John Weidman and Stephen Sondheim, at Classic Stage Company. (Photo by Joan Marcus)
Orville Mendoza and Steven Eng, center, and the cast of “Pacific Overtures” by John Weidman and Stephen Sondheim, at Classic Stage Company. (Photo by Joan Marcus)

The production has garnered other nods including a Lortel nomination for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical for Thom Sesma, Outer Critics Circle and The Drama League  Outstanding Revival nods and Drama Desk Award nominations in the categories of Outstanding Revival of a Musical, Outstanding Orchestrations for Jonathan Tunick and Outstanding Sound Design in a Musical for Dan Moses Schreier.

2018 Lucille Lortel nominees Thom Sesma, Quincy Tyler Bernstine and Steven Eng. Photo by Lia Chang
2018 Lucille Lortel nominees Thom Sesma, Quincy Tyler Bernstine and Steven Eng. Photo by Lia Chang

Lucille Lortel Nominee Thom Sesma Talks Asian American Representation in the Performing Arts and all things Sondheim

CSC’s “Pacific Overtures” Nominated for Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Drama League and Lortel Awards 

PACIFIC OVERTURES - Steven Eng, Orville Mendoza, Thom Sesma, Kimberly Immanuel, Megan Masako Haley, Kelvin Moon Loh, Karl Josef Co. Photo by Lia Chang
PACIFIC OVERTURES – Steven Eng, Orville Mendoza, Thom Sesma, Kimberly Immanuel, Megan Masako Haley, Kelvin Moon Loh, Karl Josef Co. Photo by Lia Chang

Mr. Eng is an actor, singer, director, teacher, producer, and co-founder of the National Asian Artists Project (NAAP), a community of artists, educators, administrators, community leaders and professionals who recognize the need to bridge the work of artists of Asian descent to the many communities the work can serve, from underserved primary school students to seasoned arts patrons. He co-founded the organization with Baayork Lee and Nina Zoie Lam to address what they felt was a significant lack of opportunity for professional Asian-American theater artists to practice their craft and contribute on a broader level to the diversity of the American theater. NAAP seeks to showcase the work of professional theater artists of Asian descent through performance, education and outreach. For more information about NAAP, visit www.NAAProject.org.

Nina Zoie Lam, Baayork Lee and Steven Eng, the founders of NAAP onstage before the performance of Oliver!, at The Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre 
inside The Pershing Square Signature Center in New York on June 7, 2014. Photo by Lia Chang
Nina Zoie Lam, Baayork Lee and Steven Eng, the founders of NAAP onstage before the performance of Oliver!, at The Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre 
inside The Pershing Square Signature Center in New York on June 7, 2014. Photo by Lia Chang

I caught up with Steven at the 50th Birthday Bash for Classic Stage Company honoring John Doyle and Lynn Angelson.

Steven Eng. Photo by Lia Chang
Steven Eng. Photo by Lia Chang

Lia: How did you learn about the nomination and what was your reaction?
Steven: I must have been looking at Playbill.com right when the announcement happened, because I hadn’t heard anything. I saw that the nominations were announced, so I read it to see if there were friends who had been nominated. That’s when I saw my name. It was crazy and surreal to read it and not have heard anything. Sure enough, within a couple of hours, I was notified and receiving congratulations from friends and colleagues.

(L–R) Steven Eng, Megan Masako Haley (background), and Ann Harada in a scene from the Classic Stage Company’s production of “Pacific Overtures.” (Joan Marcus)
(L–R) Steven Eng, Megan Masako Haley (background), and Ann Harada in a scene from the Classic Stage Company’s production of “Pacific Overtures.” (Joan Marcus)

Lia: What is Kayama’s journey?
Steven: Kayama is a minor samurai who is quickly promoted through the ranks of the Japanese ruling class when American warships appear demanding Japan open its doors to international trade. Through unexpected circumstances and luck (bad or good is up to the audience), he evolves from a traditional Japanese samurai into a westernized bureaucrat.

George Takei, Kelvin Moon Loh, Karl Josef Co, Ann Harada, Steven Eng, Marc Oka, Thom Sesma, Austin Ku, Megan Masako Haley Holmes, Kimberly Immanuel, Orville Mendoza and Marc de la Cruz at the sitzprobe at Carroll Music in New York on March 31, 2017. Photo: Karl Josef Co/Facebook
George Takei, Kelvin Moon Loh, Karl Josef Co, Ann Harada, Steven Eng, Marc Oka, Thom Sesma, Austin Ku, Megan Masako Haley Holmes, Kimberly Immanuel, Orville Mendoza and Marc de la Cruz at the sitzprobe at Carroll Music in New York on March 31, 2017. Photo: Karl Josef Co/Facebook

Lia: What did it mean to you to work with this cast and creative team?
Steven: Pacific Overtures was a project of a lifetime for me because of both the piece and the people involved. Firstly, Sondheim’s work has always been among the most influential to me in my career, inspiring and driving me to seek work that challenges and teaches me about humanity, and Pacific Overtures has been my favorite of all his works. So to have him watch the show several times and have his input is beyond what I could ever have imagined. Having John Weidman at rehearsals changing his smart and fascinating book was also an unbelievable privilege, and all of us guided by the brilliant director John Doyle was thrilling. And my cast, what can I say except that they were among the most generous and talented actors with whom I’ve ever shared a stage, and I felt the responsibility of bringing the very best I could to match the high level of their work.

Orville Mendoza, Kelvin Moon Loh, John Doyle and Steven Eng. Photo by Lia Chang
Orville Mendoza, Kelvin Moon Loh, John Doyle and Steven Eng. Photo by Lia Chang

Lia: This is a very diverse season for theater and the nominated shows. Have you seen a difference for you in casting over the years in the industry?
Steven: I can’t really say I’ve noticed a substantial difference in casting for me personally. I will say, though, that seasons of diversity are becoming more frequent, and this is certainly one of them. I’m not ready, just yet, to say that diversity is a regular occurrence. The unfortunate but truthful question is, diverse for whom? Even with diverse seasons and casts, there are still underrepresented groups.

Billy Bustamante, Jason Ma, Baayork Lee, Kristen Lee Rosenfeld, Alan Muraoka, Steven Eng and Cara Reichel. Photo by Lia Chang
Billy Bustamante, Jason Ma, Baayork Lee, Kristen Lee Rosenfeld, Alan Muraoka, Steven Eng and Cara Reichel onstage after the GOLD MOUNTAIN Concert on October 21, 2017. Photo by Lia Chang

Lia: Last October, NAAP and Prospect Theater Company produced a staged concert of Gold Mountain, a new musical written by Jason Ma, that you were featured in. You were delightful. It was such a celebration of the Asian American actor on stage. What was your experience? 
Steven: Thank you for that generous compliment! I think Jason Ma is so remarkably talented and it’s just a matter of time until someone with the influence and resources will invest in him and his work. Gold Mountain was such a gift, and to play that role was great fun as well as scary. It was so important to me to do justice to this character and the traditions he represented.

Lawrence Michael C. Arias, Eric Bondoc and Steven Eng in GOLD MOUNTAIN. Photo by Lia Chang
Lawrence Michael C. Arias, Eric Bondoc and Steven Eng in GOLD MOUNTAIN. Photo by Lia Chang

Lia: What did it feel like to be in the room of Lortel nominees recently, more specifically with all of your fellow Asian American colleagues?
Steven: It was quite special to be there, and among all those fine theater artists. And to see the wonderful Asian faces of not just colleagues, but friends who were also being recognized was so rewarding. While we all have our own paths that lead us there, we do share a common understanding of some similar challenges.

Lia: Where do you teach?
Steven: I teach at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in undergraduate drama in two specific studios: the New Studio on Broadway and the Atlantic Theater Company. I also teach at HB Studios. I teach voice and speech, which means spoken voice (not singing), text, articulation and accents/dialects.

Baayork Lee and Steven Eng.
Baayork Lee and Steven Eng.

Lia: What’s next for you?
Steven: I’m working on a couple of directing projects now that will occupy me for the summer and early fall. One is a brand new musical that’s being written by Jonathan and Kimbirdlee Fadner, based on the old Chinese legend of the Monkey King. I think it’s a great piece that takes a centuries-old story and gives it some fun modern twists, with great music and fun storytelling. And of course I’m finishing my classes as well as auditioning for my next acting gig. That never ends.

I’d also like to mention that National Asian Artists Project (NAAP) is still going strong. While I’m not ready to divulge specific upcoming projects, there are things in the works as we continue to try create opportunities for actors of Asian-descent to practice their craft. In just a year, we’ll be celebrating a decade of operation, and I’m still excited about all the things that are in store.

The company of GOLD MOUNTAIN. Photo by Lia Chang
The company of GOLD MOUNTAIN. Photo by Lia Chang
Steven Eng. Photo by Lia Chang
Steven Eng. Photo by Lia Chang

Steven Eng has been acting professionally as a member of Actors Equity since 1995. His work onstage has included New York City and all across the United States in some of the country’s most respected theaters. He was most recently seen Off-Broadway at Classic Stage Company in the NYC revival of Pacific Overtures, directed by John Doyle with reworking by original creators John Weidman and Stephen Sondheim, with new orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick. He’s also performed on London’s West End and in Germany and Cambodia. He has played leading roles from Shakespeare to Sondheim and continually enjoys the challenge of creating roles in new works, most recently Maltby & Shire’s Waterfall. Career highlights have included productions of Henry IV Part 1 and Part 2, Richard II, As You Like It, King John, Miss Saigon, Paint Your Wagon, Honor, and numerous developing works. He’s done some film (released as well as to-be-released), TV (cop shows, soap operas, kid shows), commercials (beer, anyone?), voiceovers, industrials, and is always grateful to be challenged in new mediums. Steven is also a tenor, having sung in both large concert halls as well as intimate cabaret venues. He holds an MFA in Classical Acting from the George Washington University’s Academy for Classical Acting (Shakespeare Theatre Company in DC). He also holds a BFA in Theatre Studies from Southern Methodist University with a minor in music (vocal performance).

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

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

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CSC’s “Pacific Overtures” Nominated for Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Drama League and Lortel Awards

Some of the Drama League nominated cast of Classic Stage Company's PACIFIC OVERTURES - Steven Eng, Orville Mendoza, Thom Sesma, Kimmy Immanuel, Megan Masako Haley, Kelvin Moon Loh, Karl Josef Co. Photo by Lia Chang

Classic Stage Company’s revival of Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman’s Pacific Overtures, directed and designed by Tony Award winner John Doyle, has received 2018 Drama Desk Award nominations in the categories of Outstanding Revival of a Musical, Outstanding Orchestrations for Jonathan Tunick and Outstanding Sound Design in a Musical for Dan Moses Schreier.

Kelvin Moon Loh, Austin Ku, George Takei, Marc Oka, and Thom Sesma in “Pacific Overtures” at Classic Stage Company. Photo by Joan Marcus
Kelvin Moon Loh, Austin Ku, George Takei, Marc Oka, and Thom Sesma in “Pacific Overtures” at Classic Stage Company. Photo by Joan Marcus

The cast of Pacific Overtures features Karl Josef Co, Marc dela Cruz, Steven Eng, Megan Masako Haley, Ann Harada, Kimberly Immanuel, Austin Ku, Kelvin Moon Loh, Orville Mendoza, Marc Oka, Thom Sesma, and George Takei.

PACIFIC OVERTURES - Steven Eng, Orville Mendoza, Thom Sesma, Kimberly Immanuel, Megan Masako Haley, Kelvin Moon Loh, Karl Josef Co. Photo by Lia Chang
PACIFIC OVERTURES – Steven Eng, Orville Mendoza, Thom Sesma, Kimberly Immanuel, Megan Masako Haley, Kelvin Moon Loh, Karl Josef Co. Photo by Lia Chang

2018 Lucille Lortel nods include Outstanding Lead Actor for Steven Eng and Outstanding Featured Actor for Thom Sesma.

Lucille Lortel Nominee Thom Sesma Talks Asian American Representation in the Performing Arts and all things Sondheim

2018 Lucille Lortel nominees Thom Sesma, Quincy Tyler Bernstine and Steven Eng. Photo by Lia Chang
2018 Lucille Lortel nominees Thom Sesma, Quincy Tyler Bernstine and Steven Eng. Photo by Lia Chang

The production has also been nominated for Outstanding Revival by the Outer Critics Circle and The Drama League.

Orville Mendoza and Steven Eng, center, and the cast of "Pacific Overtures" by John Weidman and Stephen Sondheim, at Classic Stage Company. (Photo by Joan Marcus)
Orville Mendoza and Steven Eng, center, and the cast of “Pacific Overtures” by John Weidman and Stephen Sondheim, at Classic Stage Company. (Photo by Joan Marcus)

In the ground-breaking Pacific Overtures, Commodore Matthew Perry sails to Japan in 1853 on a U.S mission to open up trade relations at any cost. The musical tells the tale of a samurai and a fisherman who are caught up in the Westernization of the East. With Pacific Overtures, which first premiered on Broadway in 1976 (directed by Hal Prince), John Doyle continues his highly-acclaimed and award-winning exploration of Sondheim’s work, having directed the legendary composer’s Sweeney Todd and Company on Broadway, and Passion at CSC.

Steven Eng, Megan Masako Haley, and Ann Harada in “Pacific Overtures” at Classic Stage Company. Photo by Joan Marcus
Steven Eng, Megan Masako Haley, and Ann Harada in “Pacific Overtures” at Classic Stage Company. Photo by Joan Marcus
Austin Ku, Kimberly Immanuel, Karl Josef Co, Ann Harada, George Takei, Thom Sesma, Orville Mendoza, Steven Eng and Kelvin Moon Loh. Photo by Lia Chang
Austin Ku, Kimberly Immanuel, Karl Josef Co, Ann Harada, George Takei, Thom Sesma, Orville Mendoza, Steven Eng and Kelvin Moon Loh. Photo by Lia Chang
CSC's PACIFIC OVERTURES family photo with Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman. Photo courtesy of Facebook
CSC’s PACIFIC OVERTURES family photo with Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman. Photo courtesy of Facebook

The production received a 2017 Off Broadway Alliance Award nomination for Best Revival.

Arrivals: John Doyle and Lynn Angelson Feted at Classic Stage Company’s 50th Birthday Celebration

Outer Critics Circle Award Nominees Announced; “SpongeBob SquarePants,” “Pacific Overtures,” “Mlima’s Tale,” “Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train,” and “School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play” Among Nominated

2018 Lucille Lortel Award Nominations Announced including KPOP, “Bella: An American Tall Tale,” “Mary Jane,” “The Lucky Ones,” “Pipeline,” “School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play” and “Pacific Overtures” 

SKELETON CREW, PACIFIC OVERTURES, TURN ME LOOSE and More Among 2017 Off Broadway Alliance Award Nominees

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 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.

Jonathan Kite, Ann Harada, Colin Hanlon, Kate Reinders, Zach Shaffer, Stephen Wallem and Hayden Bercy Set for Larry Shue’s THE NERD at George Street Playhouse, April 24 – May 20, 2018

Ann Harada. Photo by Lia Chang

Ann Harada. Photo by Lia Chang
Ann Harada. Photo by Lia Chang

George Street Playhouse is presenting Larry Shue’s The Nerd starring Jonathan Kite (TV’s “2 Broke Girls”), Ann Harada (TV’s “Smash”), Colin Hanlon (TV’s “Modern Family,” Broadway’s Falsettos), Kate Reinders (Broadway’s Wicked and Something Rotten), Zach Shaffer (TV’s “Six Feet Under,” Broadway’s A View From the Bridge) and Stephen Wallem (Showtime’s “Nurse Jackie”), April 24 – May 20, 2018. Hayden Bercy (National Tour, A Christmas Story, The Musical) rounds out the cast as 8-year-old Thor Waldgrave.

Kevin Cahoon, who has appeared in many Broadway productions, including The Wedding Singer and The Lion King, will direct the popular comedy, which closes out GSP’s mainstage season.

The Nerd takes place during Willum’s (Hanlon) birthday party, which gets a jolt of hilarious excitement when Rick Steadman (Kite), a fellow ex-soldier who saved Willum’s life, stops by for a visit. Upon realizing that Rick will overstay his welcome with a vengeance, Willum puts together an outrageous plan to rid himself of this wacky GI who came to dinner. It’s a rollicking farce from the author of the award-winning comedy The Foreigner.

Ann Harada (Clelia) played Christmas Eve in the Broadway and West End productions of Avenue Q and stepsister Charlotte in Rodgers+Hammerstein’s Cinderella. Other Broadway: Madame Thenardier in Les Miserables (Revival), 9 to 5, Seussical the Musical, and M. Butterfly. Film credits include Sisters, Trouble, Youth in Oregon, Admission, Hope Springs, Feel, and Happiness. She has appeared in the television series “Smash” (as Linda, the Stage Manager), “Lipstick Jungle,” “30 Rock,” “Doubt,” “The Good Wife,” “House of Cards,” “Master of None,” “The Jim Gaffigan Show” and “Search Party.”

Colin Hanlon (Willum) returns to George Street Playhouse, where he played Jon in 2004’s Tick, Tick…Boom! He has also appeared in the Falsettos revival, In Transit, and Rent on Broadway. Hanlon also played Fiyero in the first national tour of Wicked. He played Adam in the New York premiere of Dot by Colman Domingo, directed by Susan Stroman (Vineyard Theatre). Hanlon was in the original casts of I Love You Because and Edges. He played Pete in the world premiere of The 12 by Robert Schenkkan and Neil Berg (Denver Center for the Performing Arts Theatre Company) and Luke in the regional premiere of Next Fall at The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis. Hanlon’s television credits include Steven on the Emmy Award-winning “Modern Family” on ABC, “Difficult People” on Hulu, and “The Sinner” on USA Network. He also starred in and produced “Submissions Only.”

Jonathan Kite (Rick) is best known as Oleg, the hilarious, sex-crazed Ukrainian cook opposite Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs in the CBS comedy hit “2 Broke Girls.” Kite appeared in more than 100 episodes of the Emmy Award-nominated comedy. Kite also does voice work for animated series, such as Adult Swim’s “Black Dynamite,” and FOX’s “Family Guy” and “American Dad.” He is an expert impressionist, boasting over 100 celebrity impressions.

Kate Reinders (Tansy) has appeared on Broadway in Something Rotten!, Wicked, Gypsy (with Bernadette Peters, directed by Sam Mendes), Good Vibrations, Into the Woods (2002 revival), and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Her regional theatre credits include Party Come Here (Williamstown Theatre Festival), Nerds (New York Stage & Film), Hair (Bay Street). Reinders was a series regular on “Work It” (ABC) and “Sherri” (Lifetime), and a guest star on “Anger Management,” “Modern Family,” and “Ugly Betty.” She has appeared in the films Russell Madness, Grudge Match, Such Good People, Certainty, and Kinsey. Reinders is also part of the singing/songwriting duo TASTiSKANK (with Sarah Litzsinger), recipient of the 2007 Breakout Award at the HBO Comedy Arts Festival).

Zach Shaffer (Axel) has appeared in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (u/s Nick), A View From The Bridge, The Man Who Came to Dinner on Broadway. Other New York credits include Taking Care of Baby (MTC) The Wii Plays, Playlist (Ars Nova) Mine, Brown, Love is Deaf (EST), Down the Drain, Til the Rapture Comes. Regional theater includes shows at Guthrie Theater, Hartford Stage, Portland Center Stage, etc. His film and television credits include “Smash,” “Chicago Justice” (NBC) Salt (Columbia Pictures), “Black Box,” “Strangers With Candy, ” “The Black Donnellys,” “Six Feet Under,” “XX/XY,” “Law & Order,” “Gayby.” Shaffer also co-directed and produced the documentary Squeezebox!, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival before going on to tour film festivals around the world.

Ann Harada, Devin Ilaw, Daniel Marcus, Deb Radloff and Rachel Hardin Set for Concert Reading of THE NEW PEGGY at the Green Room 42 on July 16

Ann Harada and Devin Ilaw.

THE NEW PEGGY, the new musical by Drew Larimore (Book & Lyrics) and Jonathan Larson Award Winner J. Oconer Navarro (Music & Lyrics) will be performed at Manhattan’s Green Room 42 during a July 16 concert reading.

Ann Harada, (AVENUE Q, CINDERELLA, PACIFIC OVERTURES) takes on the title role and leads the cast which also includes Daniel Marcus (URINETOWN, ADDING MACHINE), Devin Ilaw (MISS SAIGON, LES MISERABLES), Deb Radloff and Rachel Hardin.

Based on the original play by Larimore, THE NEW PEGGY chronicles Peggy, a very ordinary secretary, who has been stuck at her desk for the past 25 years, pining after her very ordinary boss, Harry. This particular Monday starts as any other … but something is wrong: Harry is running away with Velna, the gold-digging Latvian vamp from Accounting. With the assistance of her best friends — Rita, a manila envelope, and Eugene, a rusty stapler — and armed with her daily, frozen baked potato, Peggy decides to take matters into her own hands. But at what cost?

The evening is directed by Helen Hayes Award Winner Jessica Beth Redish. Composer/Lyricist Navarro, well known for his music direction (FIRST DAUGHTER SUITE, IOWA), will be behind the piano leading the cast and small ensemble which includes instrumentalists E. Zoe Hassman (Cello) and Justin Vance (Reeds).

Tickets, priced at $15, are available here. The Green Room 42 is located on the fourth floor of the Yotel Hotel (570 10th Avenue). More information on THE NEW PEGGY can be found at thenewpeggy.com.

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

CSC’s PACIFIC OVERTURES Featuring George Takei, Ann Harada, Thom Sesma, Orville Mendoza, Steven Eng and More, Ends Extended Run on June 18

CSC's PACIFIC OVERTURES family photo with Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman. Photo courtesy of Facebook
Kelvin Moon Loh, Austin Ku, George Takei, Marc Oka, and Thom Sesma in “Pacific Overtures” at Classic Stage Company. Photo by Joan Marcus
Kelvin Moon Loh, Austin Ku, George Takei, Marc Oka, and Thom Sesma in “Pacific Overtures” at Classic Stage Company. Photo by Joan Marcus

Final week to catch Classic Stage Company’s new production of Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman’s Pacific Overtures, directed and designed by Tony Award winner at CSC (136 East 13th Street), which ends its extended run   Sunday, June 18th. The production recently received a 2017 Off Broadway Alliance Award nomination for Best Revival.

Orville Mendoza and Steven Eng, center, and the cast of "Pacific Overtures" by John Weidman and Stephen Sondheim, at Classic Stage Company. (Photo by Joan Marcus)
Orville Mendoza and Steven Eng, center, and the cast of “Pacific Overtures” by John Weidman and Stephen Sondheim, at Classic Stage Company. (Photo by Joan Marcus)

The cast of Pacific Overtures features Karl Josef Co, Marc dela Cruz, Steven Eng, Megan Masako Haley, Ann Harada, Kimberly Immanuel, Austin Ku, Kelvin Moon Loh, Orville Mendoza, Marc Oka, Thom Sesma, and George Takei.

Steven Eng, Megan Masako Haley, and Ann Harada in “Pacific Overtures” at Classic Stage Company. Photo by Joan Marcus
Steven Eng, Megan Masako Haley, and Ann Harada in “Pacific Overtures” at Classic Stage Company. Photo by Joan Marcus

In the ground-breaking Pacific Overtures, Commodore Matthew Perry sails to Japan in 1853 on a U.S mission to open up trade relations at any cost. The musical tells the tale of a samurai and a fisherman who are caught up in the Westernization of the East. With Pacific Overtures, which first premiered on Broadway in 1976 (directed by Hal Prince), John Doyle continues his highly-acclaimed and award-winning exploration of Sondheim’s work, having directed the legendary composer’s Sweeney Todd and Company on Broadway, and Passion at CSC.

Americantheatre.com: John Doyle Directs His Favorite Sondheim Show

Austin Ku, Kimberly Immanuel, Karl Josef Co, Ann Harada, George Takei, Thom Sesma, Orville Mendoza, Steven Eng and Kelvin Moon Loh. Photo by Lia Chang
Austin Ku, Kimberly Immanuel, Karl Josef Co, Ann Harada, George Takei, Thom Sesma, Orville Mendoza, Steven Eng and Kelvin Moon Loh. Photo by Lia Chang

Costume design is by Ann Hould-Ward, lighting design by Jane Cox, sound design by Dan Moses Schreier, orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick, musical supervision by Rob Bermanand musical direction by Greg Jarrett.

George Takei and Megan Masako Haley. Photo: Joan Marcus
George Takei and Megan Masako Haley. Photo: Joan Marcus
Thom Sesma, Megan Masako Haley, George Takei and Marc Oka. Photo: Joan Marcus
Thom Sesma, Megan Masako Haley, George Takei and Marc Oka. Photo: Joan Marcus
George Takei. Photo: Joan Marcus
George Takei. Photo: Joan Marcus

The remaining performances for Pacific Overtures are Thursday at 7 pm; Friday at 8 pm; Saturday at 3 pm and 8 pm and Sundas at 3 pm. Regular price tickets are $70 and Prime seats are $125. For tickets, visit classicstage.org, call (212) 352-3101 or (866) 811-4111, or in person at the box office (136 East 13th Street).

CSC's PACIFIC OVERTURES family photo with Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman. Photo courtesy of Facebook
CSC’s PACIFIC OVERTURES family photo with Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman. Photo courtesy of Facebook

CLASSIC STAGE COMPANY (CSC). Now in its 49th Season, CSC is committed to re-imagining classic stories for contemporary audiences. The company has been a home for New York’s finest established and emerging artists to grapple with the great works of the world’s repertory that speak directly to the issues of today. CSC serves an average of 35,000 audience members annually, including more than 4,000 students through its nationally recognized education programs. Productions have been cited repeatedly by all the major Off-Broadway theater awards including the Obie, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Drama League, and the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Body of Work.

SKELETON CREW, PACIFIC OVERTURES, TURN ME LOOSE and More Among 2017 Off Broadway Alliance Award Nominees

George Takei’s ALLEGIANCE Set for LA Premiere, February 21-April 1, 2018

George Takei, Ann Harada, Thom Sesma, Orville Mendoza, Kelvin Moon Loh and More Set for CSC’s PACIFIC OVERTURES, April 6-May 27

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 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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Classic Stage Company’s PACIFIC OVERTURES Featuring George Takei, Ann Harada, Thom Sesma, Orville Mendoza, Steven Eng and More, Ends Extended Run on June 18

Orville Mendoza and Steven Eng, center, and the cast of "Pacific Overtures" by John Weidman and Stephen Sondheim, at Classic Stage Company. (Photo by Joan Marcus)
Kelvin Moon Loh, Austin Ku, George Takei, Marc Oka, and Thom Sesma in “Pacific Overtures” at Classic Stage Company. Photo by Joan Marcus
Kelvin Moon Loh, Austin Ku, George Takei, Marc Oka, and Thom Sesma in “Pacific Overtures” at Classic Stage Company. Photo by Joan Marcus

Final week to catch Classic Stage Company’s new production of Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman’s Pacific Overtures, directed and designed by Tony Award winner at CSC (136 East 13th Street), which ends its extended run   Sunday, June 18th. The production recently received a 2017 Off Broadway Alliance Award nomination for Best Revival.

Orville Mendoza and Steven Eng, center, and the cast of "Pacific Overtures" by John Weidman and Stephen Sondheim, at Classic Stage Company. (Photo by Joan Marcus)
Orville Mendoza and Steven Eng, center, and the cast of “Pacific Overtures” by John Weidman and Stephen Sondheim, at Classic Stage Company. (Photo by Joan Marcus)

The cast of Pacific Overtures features Karl Josef Co, Marc dela Cruz, Steven Eng, Megan Masako Haley, Ann Harada, Kimberly Immanuel, Austin Ku, Kelvin Moon Loh, Orville Mendoza, Marc Oka, Thom Sesma, and George Takei.

Steven Eng, Megan Masako Haley, and Ann Harada in “Pacific Overtures” at Classic Stage Company. Photo by Joan Marcus
Steven Eng, Megan Masako Haley, and Ann Harada in “Pacific Overtures” at Classic Stage Company. Photo by Joan Marcus

In the ground-breaking Pacific Overtures, Commodore Matthew Perry sails to Japan in 1853 on a U.S mission to open up trade relations at any cost. The musical tells the tale of a samurai and a fisherman who are caught up in the Westernization of the East. With Pacific Overtures, which first premiered on Broadway in 1976 (directed by Hal Prince), John Doyle continues his highly-acclaimed and award-winning exploration of Sondheim’s work, having directed the legendary composer’s Sweeney Todd and Company on Broadway, and Passion at CSC.

Americantheatre.com: John Doyle Directs His Favorite Sondheim Show

Austin Ku, Kimberly Immanuel, Karl Josef Co, Ann Harada, George Takei, Thom Sesma, Orville Mendoza, Steven Eng and Kelvin Moon Loh. Photo by Lia Chang
Austin Ku, Kimberly Immanuel, Karl Josef Co, Ann Harada, George Takei, Thom Sesma, Orville Mendoza, Steven Eng and Kelvin Moon Loh. Photo by Lia Chang

Costume design is by Ann Hould-Ward, lighting design by Jane Cox, sound design by Dan Moses Schreier, orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick, musical supervision by Rob Bermanand musical direction by Greg Jarrett.

George Takei and Megan Masako Haley. Photo: Joan Marcus
George Takei and Megan Masako Haley. Photo: Joan Marcus
Thom Sesma, Megan Masako Haley, George Takei and Marc Oka. Photo: Joan Marcus
Thom Sesma, Megan Masako Haley, George Takei and Marc Oka. Photo: Joan Marcus
George Takei. Photo: Joan Marcus
George Takei. Photo: Joan Marcus

Pacific Overtures has performances Tuesday through Thursdays at 7 pm; Fridays at 8 pm; Saturdays at 3 pm and 8 pm and Sundays at 3 pm. Regular price tickets are $70 and Prime seats are $125. For tickets, visit classicstage.org, call (212) 352-3101 or (866) 811-4111, or in person at the box office (136 East 13th Street).

CLASSIC STAGE COMPANY (CSC). Now in its 49th Season, CSC is committed to re-imagining classic stories for contemporary audiences. The company has been a home for New York’s finest established and emerging artists to grapple with the great works of the world’s repertory that speak directly to the issues of today. CSC serves an average of 35,000 audience members annually, including more than 4,000 students through its nationally recognized education programs. Productions have been cited repeatedly by all the major Off-Broadway theater awards including the Obie, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Drama League, and the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Body of Work.

SKELETON CREW, PACIFIC OVERTURES, TURN ME LOOSE and More Among 2017 Off Broadway Alliance Award Nominees

George Takei’s ALLEGIANCE Set for LA Premiere, February 21-April 1, 2018

George Takei, Ann Harada, Thom Sesma, Orville Mendoza, Kelvin Moon Loh and More Set for CSC’s PACIFIC OVERTURES, April 6-May 27

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 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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