Rave Theater Festival: Meet the Cast of Joshua Turchin’s THE PERFECT FIT Set for World Premiere at Teatro LaTea, August 11 – 23

The Perfect Fit, a new family musical featuring book, music and lyrics by twelve-year-old musical sensation Joshua Turchin (The Little Mermaid Live-To-Film, Forbidden Broadway Salutes Carol Channing, A Christmas Story National Tour, TrevorLive, The Pill) will be making its world premiere this Summer in a staged developmental production that will run August 11 – 23 as part of the Rave Theater Festival. Directed by Broadway veteran Garth Kravits (Drowsy Chaperone, Gettin’ the Band Back Together), The Perfect Fit will run at Teatro LaTea, at The Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center, 107 Suffolk Street, 2nd Floor in New York.In addition to Joshua Turchin, the cast ofThe Perfect Fit features Natalie Venetia Belcon (Rent, Avenue Q, Matilda, Once On This Island Broadway National Tour), Julia Haubner (Les Mis, Amalia), Swayam Bhatia (“Really Rosie,” “Succession” (HBO), J.R. Bruno (West Side Story, Book of Mormon), Carlos Orlando Carreras (On Your Feet Broadway National Tour), Grace DeAmicis (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child), Daniel Dunlow (Finian’s Rainbow-Irish Repertory Theatre, The Songs of Lerner and Loewe), Malcom Durning, Carly Gendell (School of Rock), Areo Keller, Zoe Manarel (Matilda, The Dangerous Book for Boys, An American Girl Story: Friends for Life), Jenny Mollet (The Color Purple), Courtney Faith Mormino, Lily Brooks O’Briant (Matilda, Shark Lake), Avelina Sanchez (Corner of Bitter and Sweet).

Swayam Bhatia, Joshua Turchin, Garth Kravits, Grace DeAmicis. Photo by Lia Chang

The Perfect Fit follows Alexandra, an ambitious teen actor with a powerful voice who grows concerned that she is getting too old to play a child and too young to play an adult. While auditioning for a dynamic musical, Alexandra is sabotaged by a vindictive stage parent who would do anything for her daughter to succeed. Through the love and support of her mom, sister and friends, she learns how to move past the experience. The Perfect Fit spotlights that hard work often includes twists & turn and ups & downs, but rewards in unexpected ways.

Garth Kravits, Joshua Turchin, Swayam Bhatia, Grace DiAmicis, Daniel Dunlow. Photo by Lia Chang

The Perfect Fit features choreography by Anna Noble (Carousel, The Flamingo Kid, After Midnight), Stage Management by Richard Druther (Heathers, A Christmas Story National Tour, Radio City Christmas Spectacular), scenic/costume design by Jeremy Bailey-Smith; sound design by Nina Luther and casting by Arnold J. Mungioli, CSA, Mungioli Theatricals, Inc. The Music Director is Steven Cuevas (Once On This Island, Anastasia, Kinky Boots); Music Supervisor is Eric Fotre Leach (Come From Away); Vocal Supervisor is Julia Mendelsohn.

The Perfect Fit is produced by Perfectly Theatrical, LLC, whose team has invested in Hadestown, Be More Chill, The Secret Garden, On The Town, Rock Of Ages UK, Tuck Everlasting, On Your Feet UK, and more.

Garth Kravits and Joshua Turchin. Photo by Lia Chang

Joshua Turchin (book, music & lyrics) is a 12-year-old actor, singer, composer, musician, music director, accompanist, and dancer. He plays more than 10 instruments, including piano, drums, guitar and ukulele. Most recently, he performed as Flounder in Disney’s The Little Mermaid Live-To-Film at The Hollywood Bowl, and at Trevor LIVE LA as Trevor from Trevor the Musical (Beverly Hilton). Other professional credits include Forbidden Broadway (Young Gerard), two Broadway National Tours of A Christmas Story the Musical (Randy and u/s Ralphie, Swing), Caroline or Change @ Tantrum Theater (Noah), The Pill @ LaMaMa (Young Philip), School of Rock (Broadway Promo Team) and recently worked on the developmental lab of a new Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, Unmasked. He is a regular comedy personality heard throughout the US on iHeartRadio, and his voice has been heard throughout the world on various animated series and commercials including Nick Jr., and several Broadway cast recordings and developmental works, including the upcoming movie-musical, 13 Going On 30. He is the host and creator of The Early Night Show With Joshua Turchin (@theearlynightshow), founder of Broadway Kids Jam, and musical director, accompanist and host of the (YOUNG) Broadway Series at The Green Room 42, and Switched at 54 Below.

Garth Kravits (director) is a Broadway actor, director, filmmaker, singer, songwriter, composer and musician. Kravits was last seen on Broadway in Gettin’ the Band Back Together and the original cast of the Tony Award-winning show The Drowsy Chaperone, and Off-Broadway in Smart Blonde, Old Jews Telling Jokes and The Wild Party. He has guest-starred on the television shows “30 Rock” (NBC), “Divorce” (HBO), “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (AmazonPrime), “Mr. Robot” (USA) and “Happy!” (SyFy). Kravits has written and directed dozens of short films and his award-winning film “Hide and Seek” has played in 10 festivals around the globe.

Rave Theater Festival’s inaugural year will feature 20 new shows from across the country and internationally. The festival will run August 9-25th at Teatro SEA and Teatro LaTea Theatres at The Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center (107 Suffolk Street, New York, NY 10002). Spearheaded by Tony Award-winning Broadway Producer, Ken Davenport, the festival aims to provide theatre-makers with an outlet to get their shows up on a New York stage.

Performances of The Perfect Fit are on Sunday 8/11 at 4pm; Monday 8/12 at 6pm; Sunday 8/18 at 1:30pm; Monday 8/19 at 4pm; Friday 8/23 at 7pm.

The running time is approximately 110 minutes with no intermission. The show is recommended for children 4 and older.

Tickets are $25-$35 and can be purchased online.

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

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

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

Francis Jue, Emily Kuroda, Jomar Tagatac, Elena Wright and Adrienne Kaori Walters in TheatreWorks Silicon Valley Production of Julia Cho’s THE LANGUAGE ARCHIVE

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley is presenting Julia Cho’s The Language Archive through August 4, 2019, starring Francis Jue, Emily Kuroda, Jomar Tagatac, Elena Wright, and Adrienne Kaori Walters. Jeffrey Lo directs.

Jomar Tagatac, ELena Wright. Photo Credit: Alessandra Mello
Jomar Tagatac, ELena Wright. Photo Credit: Alessandra Mello

The quirky comic drama tells the whimsical, life-affirming chronicle of a linguist fighting to preserve the dying languages of far-flung cultures, only to neglect the promise and passion of his own. Winner of the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize for Women Playwrights, this romantic parable for our times is helmed by Jeffrey Lo.

Francis Jue, Jomar Tagatac, Adrienne Kaori Walters, Emily Kuroda. Photo Credit: Alessandra Mello

The Language Archive has performances through August 4, 2019 at the Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Rd., Palo Alto. For tickets ($30-$100) and more information the public may visit TheatreWorks.org or call (650) 463-1960.

Emily Kuroda, Adrienne Kaori Walters. Photo Credit: Alessandra Mello
Emily Kuroda, Adrienne Kaori Walters. Photo Credit: Alessandra Mello
Jomar Tagatac, ELena Wright. Photo Credit: Alessandra Mello
Jomar Tagatac, ELena Wright. Photo Credit: Alessandra Mello
Francis Jue, ELena Wright. Photo Credit: Alessandra Mello
Francis Jue, ELena Wright. Photo Credit: Alessandra Mello
Emily Kuroda, Adrienne Kaori Walters. Photo Credit: Alessandra Mello
Emily Kuroda, Adrienne Kaori Walters. Photo Credit: Alessandra Mello
Jomar Tagatac, Adrienne Kaori Walters, ELena Wright, Francis Jue, Emily Kuroda. Photo Credit: Alessandra Mello
Jomar Tagatac, Adrienne Kaori Walters, ELena Wright, Francis Jue, Emily Kuroda. Photo Credit: Alessandra Mello

Leslie Uggams, Kamilah Forbes, Pearl Cleage, Michele Shay, Art Evans, Marjorie Moon, Thembi Mtshali, Roscoe Orman, Frenchie La’Vern, Xavier Pierce, James V. Thomas, Femi Sarah Heggie, Idris Ackamoor, Herman LeVern Thompson-Jones, Rhodessa Jones, Dr. Elwanda Ingram and Black Spectrum Theatre Company Will Be Honored at the 2019 National Black Theatre Festival on July 29

The National Black Theatre Festival® (NBTF) will take place from Monday, July 29th – Saturday, August 3rd. The NCBRC is celebrating its 40th anniversary, while the NBTF celebrates its 30th. For additional information and a schedule of events, visit www.nbtf.org. Congrats to all of the 2019 National Black Theatre Festival honorees who will be feted at the Gala in Winston-Salem on July 29.

2019 NATIONAL BLACK THEATRE FESTIVAL® HONOREES
Sidney Poitier Lifelong Achievement Award
Leslie Uggams
Leslie Uggams
 
Larry Leon Hamlin Producer Award
Kamilah Forbes
Kamilah Forbes. Photo by Lia Chang
August Wilson Playwright Award
Pearl Cleage
Pearl Cleage
Lloyd Richards Director Award
Michele Shay
Living Legend Award
Art Evans ● Marjorie Moon
Thembi Mtshali ● Roscoe Orman
Outstanding Achievement in Costume Design
Frenchie La’Vern
Outstanding Achievement in Lighting Design
Xavier Pierce
Outstanding Achievement in Scenic Design
 James V. Thomas
Outstanding Achievement in Stage Management
 Femi Sarah Heggie
Theatre Longevity Award
Black Spectrum Theatre Company
New York, NY
Special Recognition Award
Idris Ackamoor ● Herman LeVern Thompson-Jones
Rhodessa Jones
Marvtastic Philanthrophy Award
Branch Banking & Trust Company (BB&T)
Theatre Arts & Humanitarian Award
Dr. Elwanda Ingram
The 2019 National Black Theatre Festival will be held July 29-August 3, 2019. For more information, please visit: www.ncblackrep.org.
NBTF is the international outreach program of the North Carolina Black Repertory Company, founded by the late Larry Leon Hamlin in 1979. The Festival, also founded by Hamlin, has been held biennially since 1989. The event attracts thousands of national and international patrons, theatre professionals and scholars to Winston-Salem, North Carolina. It was named one of the Top 100 events in North America by the American Business Association. For additional information and a schedule of events, visit us online at www.nbtf.org. You may also call the festival office at (336) 723-2266, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

2019 Tony Award Winners André De Shields and Harold Wheeler Among the Celebrity Guests at National Black Theatre Festival® Gala in Winston-Salem on July 29

André De Shields Receives Harlem Week Pride 50 Award and Certificate of Recognition from the New York City Mayor’s Office

Tony and Emmy Award winner André De Shields at Gracie Mansion in New York for Harlem Week reception on July 18, 2019. Photo by Lia Chang

Prior to Thursday night’s performance of Anais Mitchell’s Hadestown, Tony and Emmy Award winner André De Shields was being honored at the annual Harlem Week kick-off reception at Gracie Mansion in New York.

Marco Carrion, Commissioner of New York City’s Community Affairs Unit, Tony and Emmy Award winner André De Shields and Harlem Week Vice Chairman Voza Rivers at Harlem Week reception at Gracie Mansion in New York on July 18, 2019. Photo by Lia Chang
Tony and Emmy Award winner André De Shields with Former Mayor David Dinkins at Harlem Week kick-off reception at Gracie Mansion in New York on July 18, 2019. Photo by Lia Chang

This year’s Harlem Week theme is “Our Local History Creates A Global Impact.” Harlem Week is celebrating its 45th anniversary year from July 28 – August 31, 2019 and is joining forces with the City of Memphis for its bicentennial anniversary celebrating “A New Century of Soul.”  Click here for more information on Harlem Week.

Fox5-TV reporter Antwan Lewis greets Tony and Emmy Award winner André De Shields at Gracie Mansion on July 18, 2019 in New York City as Harlem, New York City and New York State honor Memphis’ 200th Anniversary celebrating “A New Century Of Soul” between two iconic communities during Harlem Week kick-off reception. Photo by Lia Chang

Fox 5 News reporter Antwan Lewis welcomed Mr. De Shields to the stage praising his incredible cultural contributions and ongoing commitment to service in the LGBTQ community.

Tony and Emmy Award winner André De Shields accepts his awards at Gracie Mansion on July 18, 2019 in New York City as Harlem, New York City And New York State honor Memphis’ 200th Anniversary celebrating “A New Century Of Soul” between two iconic communities. Photo by Lia Chang

Mr. De Shields received the inaugural Harlem Week Pride 50 Award and a Certificate of Recognition from the New York City Mayor’s Office which cited, “On the occasion of the Harlem Week reception at Gracie Mansion, for your contributions to the cultural landscape of the five boroughs, as a multi-talented and award-winning performer, you have enriched our vibrant theater community and uplifted and inspired diverse New Yorkers. You have also empowered the next generation of artists through your work as an educator. I am pleased to join with The Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce in applauding your achievements and wishing you continued success together, we are forging a brighter, more inclusive future for all.” -Bill de Blasio, Mayor

Tony and Emmy Award winner André De Shields accepts his awards at Gracie Mansion on July 18, 2019 in New York City as Harlem, New York City And New York State honor Memphis’ 200th Anniversary celebrating “A New Century Of Soul” between two iconic communities. Photo by Lia Chang
Tony and Emmy Award winner André De Shields accepts his awards at Gracie Mansion on July 18, 2019 in New York City as Harlem, New York City And New York State honor Memphis’ 200th Anniversary celebrating “A New Century Of Soul” between two iconic communities. Photo by Lia Chang
Tony and Emmy Award winner André De Shields accepts his awards at Gracie Mansion on July 18, 2019 in New York City as Harlem, New York City and New York State honor Memphis’ 200th Anniversary celebrating “A New Century Of Soul” between two iconic communities. Photo by Lia Chang
Antwan Lewis (Fox5-TV), Irene Gandy, André De Shields and Melissa Browne, Executive Director, Mayor’s Office of Special Projects and Community Events at Gracie Mansion on July 18, 2019 in New York City as Harlem, New York City and New York State honor Memphis’ 200th Anniversary celebrating “A New Century Of Soul” between two iconic communities. Photo by Lia Chang
Antwan Lewis (Fox5-TV), Irene Gandy, André De Shields and Melissa Browne, Executive Director, Mayor’s Office of Special Projects and Community Events at Gracie Mansion on July 18, 2019 in New York City as Harlem, New York City and New York State honor Memphis’ 200th Anniversary celebrating “A New Century Of Soul” between two iconic communities. Photo by Lia Chang
Tony and Emmy Award winner André De Shields accepts his Certificate of Recognition from Melissa Browne, Executive Director, Mayor’s Office of Special Projects and Community Events as Harlem, New York City And New York State honor Memphis’ 200th Anniversary celebrating “A New Century Of Soul” between two iconic communities at Gracie Mansion on July 18, 2019 in New York City. Photo by Lia Chang
Antwan Lewis (Fox5-TV), Voza Rivers, André De Shields, Joyous Pierce (Harlem Week Scholarship recipient) and Irene Gandy (Harlem Week Board Member) pose onstage as Harlem, New York City And New York State honor Memphis’ 200th Anniversary celebrating “A New Century Of Soul” between two iconic communities at Gracie Mansion on July 18, 2019 in New York City. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang

In a career spanning fifty years, André De Shields has distinguished himself as an unparalleled actor, director and educator. Mr. De Shields is the triple crown winner of the 2019 Awards Season, having won the prestigious Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk and Tony Awards in the category of Best Actor in a Featured Role for his performance as Hermes, Messenger To the Gods in Hadestown, which won as Best Musical. His other numerous accolades include the 2019 Actors’ Equity Foundation’s Richard Seff Award, honoring best performances by a veteran male and female actor, the 2018 Off Broadway Alliance Legend Award, the 2009 National Black Theatre Festival’s Living Legend Award, the 2007 Village Voice OBIE Award for Sustained Excellence of Performance, and eight AUDELCO Awards for Outstanding Performance, Direction and Choreography. He continues to be consistently acclaimed for his show stopping performances in four legendary Broadway musicals: The Full Monty (Tony Nomination), Play On! (Tony Nomination), Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Emmy Award) and The Wiz (Title Role). Mr. De Shields is proud a member of AEA, SAG-AFTRA and SDC. www.andredeshields.com

André De Shields receives the the inaugural Harlem Week Pride 50 Award as Harlem, New York City and New York State honor Memphis’ 200th Anniversary celebrating “A New Century Of Soul” between two iconic communities at Gracie Mansion on July 18, 2019 in New York City. Photo by Lia Chang
Tony and Emmy Award winner André De Shields receives the the inaugural Harlem Week Pride 50 Award and Certificate of Recognition from the New York Mayor’s Office at Harlem Week reception at Gracie Mansion in New York on July 18, 2019. Photo by Lia Chang
Lloyd Willams, President and CEO of The Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce (GHCC) and honoreé André De Shields at Gracie Mansion in New York on July 18, 2019. Photo by Lia Chang
Antwan Lewis (Fox5-TV), Michelle Scott (GHCC Board member), Tony and Emmy Award winner André De Shields, Irene Gandy, Harlem Week Board member and Marco Carrion, Commissioner of New York City’s Community Affairs Unit at Gracie Mansion in New York on July 18, 2019. Photo by Lia Chang
Antwan Lewis (Fox5-TV), Barbara Burwell (GHCC Board member), Tony and Emmy Award winner André De Shields, Patricia Ricketts (GHCC Board member), Marco Carrion, Commissioner of New York City’s Community Affairs Unit, Joyous Pierce (Recipient of Harlem Week Scholarship). Photo by Lia Chang

About HARLEM WEEK
HARLEM WEEK is an annual celebration of the best of Harlem which works to promote its rich African-American, African, Caribbean, Hispanic and European history, as well as arts, culture, religion, business, entertainment and sports.  HARLEM WEEK began in 1974 as HARLEM DAY, a one day event of encouragement and fellowship in Harlem for New Yorkers.  Given the huge success of the celebration, additional days were added to showcase the community’s rich economic, political and cultural history. HARLEM WEEK now offers over 110 events throughout the summer to over 2 million attendees, including participants and visitors from around the world.

André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang

HADESTOWN Celebrates 100th Broadway Performance; Tony Award Winner André De Shields Takes Party to Street When Blackout Engulfs Midtown Manhattan 

Photo Flash: André De Shields Receives Certificate Of Recognition From The New York City Mayor’s Office and Harlem Week Pride 50 Award

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

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

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

Andréa Burns Cast as Fausta in Steven Spielberg’s WEST SIDE STORY Film

Andrea Burns. Photo by Lia Chang

Andréa Burns has been cast as Fausta in Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story. 

Andrea Burns. Photo by Lia Chang
Andrea Burns. Photo by Lia Chang

Ms. Burns is familiar to Broadway audiences for her numerous stage credits, including In the Heights, On Your Feet!, The Nance and Songs for a New World.

Andrea Burns and Company in ON YOUR FEET. Photo by Matthew Murphy

She has also appeared on television in recurring roles on “Blue Bloods” and “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” as well as “Kevin Can Wait” and “Jessica Jones.” She recently starred as Judy Holliday in Smart Blonde and appeared in the Encores Off-Center production of Working: A Musical.

L-R: Daniel Ching, Andrea Burns, Malik Shabazz Kitchen in "Working: A Musical" Photo by Joan Marcus
L-R: Daniel Ching, Andrea Burns, Malik Shabazz Kitchen in “Working: A Musical” Photo by Joan Marcus

Andréa Burns, Mateo Ferro, David Garrison, Helen Hunt, Christopher Jackson, Javier Muñoz, and Tracie Thoms Set for Encores! WORKING: A MUSICAL, June 26-29 

SMART BLONDE Celebrates Opening Night

West Side Story stars Rachel Zegler as Maria, Ansel Elgort as Tony and has an ensemble cast that includes Ariana DeBose, Mike Faist, David Alvarez, Corey Stoll, Brian d’Arcy James, and Rita Moreno.

The film, which is set to release on December 18, 2020, is an adaptation of the 1957 musical with an iconic score by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim and a book by Arthur Laurents. The film is being directed by the legendary Stephen Spielberg with Pulitzer Prize winner Tony Kushner penning the film’s screenplay.

Kushner recently revealed that he would be leaving the musical numbers intact, and that the story would be more similar to the original musical than to the 1961 film, saying “It’s not a straightforward remake [of the movie], but it’s definitely the Jets and the Sharks. It’s New York City. I think people will find a new way to love the story and to love the songs through our interpretation.”

Acclaimed conductor Gustavo Dudamel will be guiding the baton for the film’s recording of the score. Also part of the music team are Oscar®-nominated composer and conductor David Newman who will be arranging the Bernstein score for the new adaptation; Tony Award®-winning composer Jeanine Tesori who will be working with the cast on vocals; and Grammy®-nominated music supervisor Matt Sullivan, who will serve as executive music producer for the film.

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

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

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

Broadway At Music Circus Presents GUYS AND DOLLS Starring Ali Ewoldt, Edward Watts, Jeff Skowron and Lesli Margherita at the Wells Fargo Pavilion in Sacramento, July 23 – 28

Ali Ewoldt
Ali Ewoldt
Ali Ewoldt

The 2019 Broadway At Music Circus season continues with a new production of the multiple Tony Award-winning musical theatre classic Guys and Dolls, running Tuesday, July 23 through Sunday, July 28 at the Wells Fargo Pavilion in Sacramento.

A high-rolling gambler attempts to woo a strait-laced missionary in this audience favorite romantic comedy. Set in the 1940s in New York City’s unsavory Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood, gangsters, gamblers and showgirls go for broke in the game of love and marriage. Guys and Dolls is considered by many to be the quintessential musical comedy, with an infectious score by Frank Loesser that includes “Luck Be a Lady” and “Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat.”

Edward Watts returns to Broadway At Music Circus in the role of Sky Masterson in this hilarious show. Watts, last summer’s Adam Pontipee in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, has appeared on Broadway in Scandalous and Finian’s Rainbow, in addition to touring with The Book of Mormon and The Little Mermaid. Playing Sarah Brown and making her Broadway At Music Circus debut is Ali Ewoldt, who has appeared on Broadway as Christine in The Phantom of the Opera, Cosette in Les Misérables, The King and I and as Maria in the first national tour of West Side Story. Ms. Ewoldt recently appeared at The Muny as Martha Jefferson in 1776!

Robert Petkoff, Ali Ewoldt, Adam Heller. Photo courtesy of The Muny
Robert Petkoff, Ali Ewoldt, Adam Heller. Photo courtesy of The Muny

In addition to his appearance in Oklahoma! this summer, Jeff Skowron, who appeared in Bad Santa 2 with Billy Bob Thornton and is the co-creator of the TV series “Greg & Donny,” will be playing Nathan Detroit. Playing Miss Adelaide is Olivier Award-winner Lesli Margherita, whose Broadway roles include Mrs. Wormwood in Matilda The Musical and Mona Kent in Dames at Sea, and whose Broadway At Music Circus roles include Esmeralda in The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Rizzo in Grease, Lady of the Lake in Spamalot and Aldonza in Man of La Mancha.

Evan Harrington, making his Broadway At Music Circus debut as Nicely-Nicely Johnson, was last in Sacramento with the national tour of Once; he also appeared on Broadway in Chicago, Once, Peter and the Starcatcher and The Phantom of the Opera. Michael Paternostro follows his appearance in this season’s The Drowsy Chaperone to play Benny Southstreet.

With over a dozen appearances with Broadway At Music Circus, Lenny Wolpe returns in the role of Arvide Abernathy. In addition to extensive film and TV work on shows like “The Good Fight,” “Crossing Jordan,” “Six Feet Under” and “ER,” Wolpe has appeared on Broadway in Bullets Over Broadway, Wicked, The Drowsy Chaperone and The Sound of Music. In addition to playing Mrs. Tottendale in The Drowsy Chaperone this summer, Broadway veteran Jennifer Smith will be portraying General Cartwright.

Ron Wisniski will additionally appear as Lt. Brannigan in his third show of the season. Harry the Horse will be played by Carlos Lopez, who has appeared on Broadway in Man of La Mancha, Annie Get Your Gun, Grease, Wonderful Town, Guys and Dolls and Grand Hotel. Jerry Gallagher will be playing Big Jule, a role he appeared in with Goodspeed Musicals and MUNY; he’s also appeared in multiple productions of Crazy for You both on TV for PBS Great Performances and the 25th anniversary concert with Manhattan Concert Productions. In the role of Angie the Ox, Cayel Tregeagle appeared as Albert in the U.S. premiere of The Count of Monte Cristo by Frank Wildhorn at Brigham Young University and Singin’ in the Rain with MUNY.

The cast for Guys and Dolls also includes Randy Castillo, Mary Beth Donahoe, Drew Franklin, Tanya Haglund, Caroline Kane, Connor McRory, Sarah Meahl, Alfie Parker, Jr., Tanner Pflueger, Allie Pizzo, Adam Rogers and Karilyn Ashley Surratt, as well as young Sacramento area actor Luke Lowe.

The Director for Guys and Dolls is Charles Repole; Choreographer is Michael Lichtefeld; Music Director is James Olmstead.

Tickets for Guys and Dolls start at $45, and are available by phone at (916) 557-1999, online at BroadwaySacramento.com, or in person at the Wells Fargo Pavilion Box Office, 1419 H Street in Sacramento. Evening performances are Tuesday through Saturday, July 23 – 27, at 7:30 p.m.; matinee performances are Thursday, July 25 and Saturday, July 27 at 2:00 p.m., and Sunday, July 28 at 3:00 p.m.

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

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

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

Elizabeth Ward Land To Debut STILL WITHIN THE SOUND OF MY VOICE: THE SONGS OF LINDA RONSTADT At The Green Room 42 on July 21

Broadway veteran Elizabeth Ward Land (AMAZING GRACE, MEMPHIS, THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL) will debut her new show STILL WITHIN THE SOUND OF MY VOICE: THE SONGS OF Linda Ronstadt at The Green Room 42 on Sunday, July 21 at 7pm.

Touching on genres ranging from rock, country, folk, light opera, big band and mariachi, Elizabeth Ward Land finds her perfect vocal match in this salute to the great Linda Ronstadt. Tracing her life to the songs from the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers vast catalogue, including YOU’RE NO GOOD, BLUE BAYOU, FRENESI, and LONG, LONG TIME, the evening promises something for every music lover. Featuring special guests Catherine Porter (NEXT TO NORMAL) and Joel Waggoner (BE MORE CHILL), the show is directed by Alan Muraoka (“Sesame Street”), with music supervision and arrangements by Andrew David Sotomayor (CURVY WIDOW) and vocal arrangements by Joel Waggoner.

Tickets are $20- $60. wwww.TheGreenRoom42.com

Elizabeth Ward Land is known for her versatility across the entertainment industry. Her Broadway and tour credits include AMAZING GRACE, MEMPHIS, THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL, PASSION, CITY OF ANGELS, LES MISERABLES, THE MUSIC OF Andrew Lloyd Webber, CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG and SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN. Off-Broadway, she was seen in CURVY WIDOW, SOUTHERN COMFORT, THE GREEN HEART and HELLO AGAIN. She has starred at many of the nations finest regional theaters, including The Old Globe, Pasadena Playhouse, The Alliance and GeVa. Film/TV: YOUNG ADULT, BOY MEETS GIRL, THE GATHERING; THE GOOD FIGHT, ELEMENTARY, THE BLACKLIST, BOARDWALK EMPIRE and MADAM SECRETARY. Her acclaimed debut CD, FIRST HARVEST, released by LMLMusic is available on ITunes. She is married to actor Ken Land; plays oboe, piano, guitar, and loves cats. http://www.ElizabethWardLand.com

“Elizabeth Ward Land possesses a miraculous voice and a musical sensitivity that makes every song she touches shine. Whether on stage or in the recording studio, she’s every composer’s dream. ” Alan Menken, Academy Award Winning Composer

“The Green Room 42 is Broadway’s newest urban entertainment cabaret club, that since its opening on Valentines day has featured Broadway names like Alice Ripley, Telly Leung, Josh Groban, Eva Noblezada, Lilias White, James Snyder The Skivvies (Lauren Molina & Nick Cearley), Matt Doyle, Constantine Maroulis, and many more. Located on the fourth floor of YOTEL NYC, The Green Room 42 boasts a funky new vibe, and no food or beverage minimum- opening up the cabaret industry to an affordable, relaxed atmosphere, perfect for theatre people and theatre fans alike.”

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

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

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

JELLY’S LAST JAM Opens The 2019 National Black Theatre Festival Starring Stanley Wayne Mathis, DeWitt Fleming, Jr. and Idella Johnson on July 29

The North Carolina Black Repertory Company (NC Black Rep) is presenting George C. Wolfe’s Tony Award Winning musical, Jelly’s Last Jam, and the show will be the opening night performance at the 2019 National Black Theatre Festival (NBTF). The performance will take place at the Stevens Center in downtown Winston-Salem on Monday, July 29 at 9pm following the Opening Night Celebrity Gala celebrating the 30th anniversary of the NBTF. Additional performances will run Tuesday July 30 through Saturday August 3 (no performances on Wednesday, July 31).

DeWitt Fleming, Jr.

Jelly’s Last Jam tells the story of Ferdinand Joseph La Mothe, a.k.a “Jelly Roll Morton,” the self-proclaimed “inventor of jazz.” Featuring explosive dance and an original score inspired by the best musical traditions of New Orleans, Jelly’s Last Jam explores the complexities of African-American life, while celebrating its creative genius.

Stanley Wayne Mathis

Stanley Wayne Mathis, who originated the role of “Jack the Bear” on Broadway, returns as “Chimney Man” in this production. Mathis shared, “First time in my career returning to a show where I originated a role. To explore the show through yet another character is magical. What a joy to revisit this story with a new family and to take once again this epic journey.”

Acclaimed tap dancer DeWitt Fleming, Jr. will star as Jelly Roll Morton. Fleming is thrilled to take on the iconic role stating, “To be able to play the same role as one of my biggest influences, Gregory Hines, is like a dream come true. Jelly’s Last Jam is one of those rare shows where as a performer and audience member you are completely fulfilled. The music is brilliant, the script is brilliant, and the message is timeless.”

Idella Johnson

New Orleans native, Idella Johnson, tackles the role of Anita for the second time in two years, having won a Best Actress award for her performance in Le Petit Theatre’s 2017 production of the musical. Johnson commented, “What an absolute honor it is to ‘Jam with Jelly’ again! I fell in love with Jelly Roll Morton and his story and playing Sweet Anita was a dream role of mine. I am so stoked to do it again!”

The Opening Night performance will also serve as a reunion of sorts for the Broadway production, with original cast members Keith David (Chimney Man), Tonya Pinkins (Anita), Savion Glover (Young Jelly), and Stanley Wayne Mathis (Jack the Bear), all scheduled to be in attendance.

Jelly’s Last Jam will be directed by NC Black Rep Artistic Director, Jackie Alexander, whose 2017 production of the play at Le Petit Theatre in New Orleans was awarded the city’s Big Easy Award for Best Musical of the Year. Morgan Hawkins will choreograph the show, with DeWitt Fleming, Jr. handling tap choreography. The Musical Director for the show is jazz pianist and New Orleans native Tyrone Jackson. The set design is by Patrice Davidson, with costumes by Frenchie La’Vern, and lighting by Arthur Reese.

The 2019 National Black Theatre Festival will be held July 29-August 3, 2019. For more information, please visit: www.ncblackrep.org.

Inside the CRAZY FIERCE ASIANS Concert with Billy Bustamante, Lady Celestina, Troy Iwata, Lianah Sta. Ana, Carol Angeli and More at The Green Room 42 

On Sunday night, Iris Productions and Broadway Barkada presented the CRAZY FIERCE ASIANS concert at The Green Room 42 in New York.

CRAZY FIERCE ASIANS: Jenna Lea Scott, Jim Diego, Brian Jose, Christae Chandini Evanson, EJ Zimmerman, Laura Dadap Gilmartin, Michelle Cabinian, Napat Mingkwanyuen, Lady Celestina, Billy Bustamante, Lianah Sta Ana, Carol Angeli with her son, London, Rose Van Dyne, Steven Tran, Michi Egger. Photo by Lia Chang

The concert is the latest exciting chapter of the YOUNG, GIFTED, AND BLACK series which began earlier last year in celebration of the rich cultural diversity of New York City.

Iris Productions’ Michael Hicks, Director of Outreach Olivia Griffin, Director of Production Blake Zolfo with Broadway Barkada’s co-founders Billy Bustamante and Brian Jose. Photo by Lia Chang

BROADWAY BARKADA, co-founded by Liz Casasola, Billy Bustamante, and Brian Jose in the fall of 2009, is an organization dedicated to bringing more Filipino artists to the forefront of performance and visibility. They are a  collective of professional artists whose mission is to provide a community for the Filipino artist, that CULTIVATES their talents, EDUCATES their  audiences, and ELEVATES their  global impact. www.broadwaybarkada.com

Broadway Barkada co-founder Billy Bustamante hosted the CRAZY FIERCE ASIANS concert. Photo by Lia Chang

The evening was hosted by Broadway Barkada co-founder Billy Bustamante, who also performed with Barkada co-founder Brian Jose and members Carol Angeli, Michelle Cabinian and Jim Diego.

Steven Tran, Jim Diego, Michelle Cabinian, Billy Bustamante, Iris Production’s Director of Outreach Olivia Griffin, Carol Angeli, Brian Jose. Photo by Lia Chang

Also on the bill – Be More Chill‘s Troy Iwata, New Jersey Drag Queen Lady Celestina, Napat Mingkwanyuen, Jenna Lea Scott, Rose Van Dyne and Christae Chandini Evanson, Lianah Sta Ana, EJ Zimmerman and comedienne Jes Tom. Scroll down for coverage of the night.

Check out the artists and the evening’s set list below: 

Napat Mingkwanyuen – “Do You Remember” by Pasek & Paul

Napat Mingkwanyuen. Photo by Lia Chang

Lady Celestina- “No Way” from the musical Six

Lady Celestina. Photo by Lia Chang
Lady Celestina. Photo by Lia Chang
Lady Celestina. Photo by Lia Chang

Jenna Lea Scott- “Times Like This” from Lucky Stiff

Jenna Lea Scott. Photo by Lia Chang

Rose Van Dyne/Christae Chandini Evanson “Dark I Know Well” from Spring Awakening

Rose Van Dyne and Christae Chandini Evanson. Photo by Lia Chang

Lianah Sta. Ana- “Satisfied” from Hamilton

Jes Tom- Stand Up Comedy Set

Comedienne Jes Tom. Photo by Lia Chang

Troy Iwata- “Better Version Of You”

Troy Iwata. Photo by Lia Chang

Billy Bustamante- “Your Texas” from Giant

Billy Bustamante. Photo by Lia Chang
Steven Tran, Michi Eggers, Billy Bustamante, Laura Dadap Gilmartin and Shinya Miyamoto. Photo by Lia Chang

EJ Zimmerman- “Bird Set Free” by Sia

EJ Zimmerman. Photo by Lia Chang

Broadway Barkada members Billy Bustamante, Jim Diego, Carol Angeli, Brian Jose, Michelle Cabinian – “Wait ‘Til You See What’s Next” by Jason Robert Brown

Jim Diego, Michelle Cabinian, Billy Bustamante, Carol Angeli and Brian Jose. Photo by Lia Chang

Ted Arthur served as Music Director with Steven Tran on Piano, Laura Dadap Gilmartin on Bass, Shinya Miyamoto on Drums and Michi Egger on Guitar.

Shinya Miyamoto, Laura Dadap Gilmartin, Steven Tran, Music Director Ted Arthur, Michi Egger. Photo by Lia Chang
Marc delaCruz, Lianah Sta Ana, Brian Jose and Billy Bustamante. Photo by Lia Chang
Billy Bustamante and Troy Iwata. Photo by Lia Chang
Jim Diego, Marc delaCruz, Lianah Sta. Ana, Brian Jose, Billy Bustamante, Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits
Carol Angeli, Brian Jose, Jim Diego, Sacha Iskra and Michelle Cabinian. Photo by Lia Chang
HAMILTON’s Marc delaCruz and Lianah Sta Ana. Photo by Lia Chang
Troy Iwata and Lady Celestina. Photo by Lia Chang
Brian Jose, Billy Bustamante, Lia Chang, Napat Mingkwanyuen. Photo by Garth Kravits
Carol Angeli and EJ Zimmerman. Photo by Lia Chang
Shinya Miyamoto, Michi Egger, Laura D, adap Gilmartin, Steven Tran, Jenna Lea Scott, Napat Mingkwanyuen, EJ Zimmerman, Jim Diego, Lianah Sta Ana, Carol Angeli with her son, London, Michelle Cabinian, Brian Jose, Billy Bustamante, Rose Van Dyne, Christae Chandini Evanson, Lady Celestina. Photo by Lia Chang
Front Row: Brian Jose, Lianah Sta Ana, Carol Angeli with her son, London, Jenna Lea Scott, Michi Egger, Steven Tran, Lady Celestina, Billy Bustamante, Laura Dadap Gilmartin, Michelle Cabinian, EJ Zimmerman, Shinya Miyamoto.
Back Row: Christae Chandini Evanson, Jim Diego, Rose Van Dyne, Napat Mingkwanyuen. Photo by Lia Chang
Daniel Dunlow at The Green Room 42. Photo by Lia Chang

Iris Productions is a community of working artists who prioritize diversity and inclusivity in the projects they create and commercially produce. A company dedicated to exploring where arts and media intersect and interact. Monthly Programming: “Incubate” – a community of artist/producers who come together bi-monthly to advance their passion projects, learn real-world producing skills, and connect with top-tier professionals in our field. “Interactive” – a free, casual networking event to introduce new creatives to the New York Theatre Market. www.iris.productions @IrisProdNYC

BroadwayWorld: Photo Flash: Inside The CRAZY FIERCE ASIANS Concert With Billy Bustamante, Lady Celestina, Troy Iwata And More

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

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

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

HADESTOWN Celebrates 100th Broadway Performance; Tony Award Winner André De Shields Takes Party to Street When Blackout Engulfs Midtown Manhattan

Hadestown, the winner of eight Tony Awards including Best Musical, celebrated 100 performances on Broadway with today’s matinee at The Walter Kerr Theatre in New York. The company gathered on the stage of the Walter Kerr to pose with their fabulous cake created by Marissa Gonzales.

The company of HADESTOWN celebrated 100 performances on the stage of The Walter Kerr Theatre in New York on July 13, 2019. Photo by Lia Chang

Update- Blackout Blues July 14, 2019 #oohitsablackout

As the cast prepared for their evening performance, Halle Kiefer of Vulture.com reported “a large power outage hit Manhattan Saturday evening, affecting parts of midtown Manhattan into the Upper West Side as of 7p.m. According to Con Edison, approximately 42,000 customers have lost power, including the paying customers attending tonight’s Broadway performances.

Rather than let their audiences shuffle home in silence, however, casts from musicals like Hadestown, Come From Away and Waitress, as well as performers who practiced all the way to Carnegie Hall, decided the show must go on and took their talents to the street.”

Tony Award winner André De Shields celebrated 100 performances on the stage of The Walter Kerr Theatre in New York on July 13, 2019. Photo by Lia Chang

Tony Award winner André De Shields and the company of Hadestown took  audience members to church singing the “Blackout Blues,” improvised on the sidewalk in front of The Walter Kerr Theatre. Check out the video below posted by cast member Kimberly Marable.

Vulture​.com: Hadestown, Waitress the Musical, Come From Away Casts Serenade the Streets During New York City Blackout 

pagesix.com: Broadway’s ‘Hadestown’ hosts impromptu show after blackout

People.com: Performers Took Broadway Musicals to the Streets During the N.Y.C. Blackout

Grammy.com: The Show Must Go On: “Hadestown” & “Waitress” Casts Take To The Streets Amid NYC Blackout

HADESTOWN's cast members T. Oliver Reid, Afra Hines, André De Shields, Khaila Wilcoxon, Tim Hughes, Jessie Shelton, John Krause, Kimberly Marable, Kay Trinidad, Jewelle Blackman, Ahmad Simmons, Malcolm Armwood and producer Mara Isaacs celebrated 100 performances on the stage of The Walter Kerr Theatre in New York on July 13, 2019. Photo by Lia Chang
HADESTOWN’s cast members T. Oliver Reid, Afra Hines, André De Shields, Khaila Wilcoxon, Tim Hughes, Jessie Shelton, John Krause, Kimberly Marable, Kay Trinidad, Jewelle Blackman, Ahmad Simmons, Malcolm Armwood and producer Mara Isaacs celebrated 100 performances on the stage of The Walter Kerr Theatre in New York on July 13, 2019. Photo by Lia Chang

Tickets are now on sale through July 5, 2020 at the Walter Kerr Theatre (219 West 48th Street) and can be purchased through Ticketmaster.com, by calling (877) 250-2929, or visiting the Kerr box office.

HADESTOWN Releases New Block of Tickets Through July 2020

The acclaimed new musical by celebrated singer-songwriter and Tony Award winner Anaïs Mitchell and developed with innovative director and Tony Award winner Rachel Chavkin is led by Outer Critics Circle Award nominee Reeve Carney, Tony Award winner André De Shields, Tony Award nominee Amber Gray, two-time Tony Award nominee Eva Noblezada, and Tony Award nominee Patrick Page. They are joined by Jewelle Blackman, Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer, and Kay Trinidad as the Fates. The Workers Chorus is played by Afra Hines, Timothy Hughes, John Krause, Kimberly Marable, and Ahmad Simmons. The full cast also includes swings Malcolm Armwood, T. Oliver Reid, Jessie Shelton, and Khaila Wilcoxon.

Front Row: HADESTOWN Choreographer David Neumann, Director Rachel Chavkin and Creator Anaïs Mitchell with the company. Photo by Lia Chang
Front Row: HADESTOWN Choreographer David Neumann, Director Rachel Chavkin and Creator Anaïs Mitchell with the company. Photo by Lia Chang

Hadestown is the most honored show of the 2018-2019 season. In addition to the show’s eight Tony Awards, it has been honored with four Drama Desk Awards, six Outer Critics Circle Awards including Outstanding New Broadway Musical and the Drama League Award for Outstanding Production of a Musical. The show is already the highest-grossing musical in the history of the Walter Kerr Theatre and continues to sell out nightly.

The company of HADESTOWN celebrated 100 performances on the stage of The Walter Kerr Theatre in New York on July 13, 2019. The cake was created by Marissa Gonzales. Photo by Lia Chang

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

The company of HADESTOWN celebrated 100 performances on the stage of The Walter Kerr Theatre in New York on July 13, 2019. The cake was created by Marissa Gonzales. Photo by Lia Chang

Following two intertwining love stories – that of young dreamers Orpheus and Eurydice, and that of King Hades and his wife Persephone – Hadestown invites audiences on a hell-raising journey to the underworld and back. Mitchell’s beguiling melodies and Chavkin’s poetic imagination pit industry against nature, doubt against faith, and fear against love. Performed by a vibrant ensemble of actors, dancers, and singers, Hadestown delivers a deeply resonant and defiantly hopeful theatrical experience.

The creative team for Broadway features Tony Award winner Rachel Hauck (set design); four-time Tony Award nominee Michael Krass (costume design); two-time Tony Award winner Bradley King (lighting design); Tony Award winners Nevin Steinberg and Jessica Paz (sound design); Chita Rivera Award winner and three-time Bessie Award winner David Neumann (choreography); Liam Robinson (music direction and vocal arrangements); Tony Award winners Michael Chorney and Todd Sickafoose (arrangements and orchestrations); Ken Cerniglia (dramaturgy); and Stewart/Whitley (casting).

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

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

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