AAIFF41: Jon Norman Schneider, Brian Rivera, Patrick Epino, Josephine De Jesus, L.A. Renigen and Theresa Navarro Star in H.P. Mendoza’s BITTER MELON; Screens at Asia Society on August 4

From the producers of SORRY TO BOTHER YOU and COLMA: THE MUSICAL…

AAIFF41 is presenting the New York premiere H.P. Mendoza’s BITTER MELON at Asia Society on August 4, followed by a Q+A panel.

3:30PM – 5:15PM: Screening of BITTER MELON | Asia Society
5:15 – 5:30PM: Q+A with the filmmakers | Asia Society

BITTER MELON is the dark comedy story of a Filipino-American family reuniting for a Christmas party at their family home in San Francisco only to find out that Troy, the second oldest child, has been ruling the house with violence and fear—intimidating everyone who lives there—including his mother, and even physically abusing his wife. What starts as a fun holiday reunion turns into a darkly humorous crime scene as Declan, the gay youngest son, leads the family as they plot to kill one of their own.

The cast features Jon Norman Schneider (Declan), Brian Rivera (Moe), Patrick Epino (Troy), Josephine De Jesus (Prisca), L.A. Renigen (Tiya), Theresa Navarro (Shelly)

Jon Norman Schneider (Declan) is a Bronx-bred, Filipino American actor based in New York. In 2004, Jim McKay cast Jon from an open call in his film Angel Rodriguez, opposite Rachel Griffiths. Since then, he’s appeared on various-sized screens in “The Normals,” “The Girl in the Book,” “Succession” (upcoming HBO), “Jessica Jones,” “Veep,” “30 Rock,” and “Law & Order: Criminal Intent.” Selected stage credits include Awake and Sing! (NAATCO/Public Theater), Sarah Ruhl’s The Oldest Boy (Lincoln Center Theater), and Julia Cho’s Durango (Long Wharf and Public Theater). Jon is grateful to filmmakers like H.P. Mendoza for the opportunity to give voice and visibility to characters who look like him and his family.

Bitter Melon

Brian Rivera (Moe) was born in Sacramento and moved to San Francisco to earn his BA in Drama at San Francisco State. Rivera has performed with numerous Bay Area theatre companies and is a member of Campo Santo. He gained on screen acting experience on the TV shows “Cuff Me If You Can” or “Trauma”.
Recently, Brian has been acting as the King in the Broadway Revival of The King & I at Lincoln Center, which won four Tony Awards including Best Revival. Rivera is currently working in the Broadway National Tour of The King & I and resides in New York City. Bitter Melon is his feature film debut.

Bitter Melon

Patrick Epino (Troy) is an actor, director, and producer. He starred in and co-directed the action comedy Awesome Asian Bad Guys. He also directed the dark comedy Mr. Sadman starring Scoot McNairy and Tim Kang. Patrick is the executive producer of National Film Society, a Los Angeles based production studio and YouTube channel. He received an MFA in Cinema from San Francisco State University and a BA in Sociology from the University of Chicago. In his spare time, he runs the Warriors fansite OaklandWarriors.com.

Bitter Melon

Josephine De Jesus (Prisca) is a Pinay actor, voice-talent, script-translator, dubber for films & TV commercials. She has appeared in biscuit TV commercial & some minor roles on TV soap-operas in the Philippines. She paid her way through college by voicing for radio commercials in early 70s. She is a graduate of Bachelor of Science in Commerce major in Marketing & Advertising. When she first saw the announcement on TFC that the studio was looking for some actors for a mother role, Josephine said she felt in her heart that that role was really for her! She is married to Jun de Jesus, a former actor-singer in Manila & owns a live-band that plays here around the Bay Area.

Bitter Melon

L.A. Renigen (Tiya) is a Los Angeles based Writer, Actor and Producer. She is known for her work in H.P. Mendoza’s films Fruit Fly, I am a Ghost (Producer) and the Independent Spirit Award Nominated Colma the Musical. She also hosted the Comcast food show, “LaLa,” with H.P. Mendoza, profiling Asian Chefs and Restaurants in the Los Angeles area, produced by the Center for Asian American Media. She graduated from SF State with a BA in Theatre Arts, and was also a Resident Artist at Bindlestiff Studios, a Filipino American Performing Arts Center.

Bitter Melon

Theresa Navarro (Shelly) is a Pinay actor, cultural worker and Independent Spirit Award-nominated producer. Her recent credits include YES WE’RE OPEN (CAAMFEST ’12), DAYLIGHT SAVINGS (SXSW ’12) and ADVANTAGEOUS (SUNDANCE ’15). BITTER MELON marks her fourth collaboration with HP Mendoza. Theresa currently works with pioneering media arts nonprofit American Documentary, producer of award-winning series ‘POV’ on PBS and ‘America ReFramed’ on WORLD Channel. Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Theresa holds undergraduate degrees from UC Riverside and completed her graduate work at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa. She is based in Brooklyn with her husband and young daughter.

Post Screening Panelists:
H.P. Mendoza, Director
Theresa Navarro, Actor

Watch the trailer here:
https://vimeo.com/261721516

Tickets to BITTER MELON Premiere:
General: $16
Student/Senior/Partner: $12

Buy tickets here:
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See full AAIFF41 schedule here:
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Darren Lee Stars as The King in THE KING AND I at Proctors Theatre, May 4-5

Elena Shaddow and Darren Lee, backstage at the Proctors Theatre.

Jose Llana (King of Siam) and Elena Shaddow (Anna Leonowens) are leading the national tour of the Lincoln Center Theater Tony Award winning revival of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s THE KING AND I, produced by Ambassador Theatre Group and NETworks Presentations LLC.

The company has performances through Sunday, May 6th at Proctors Theatre, 432 State Street in Schenectady, NY. GET TICKETS

Elena Shaddow and Darren Lee, backstage at the Proctors Theatre.
Elena Shaddow and Darren Lee, backstage at the Proctors Theatre.

Darren Lee, who portrays Phra Alack, will play the King of Siam on Friday, May 4th and the Saturday, May 5th (2p.m. matinee). Lee has appeared on Broadway in Allegiance, Pacific Overtures, Thoroughly Modern Millie, On The Town, Kiss Me Kate, Seussical the Musical, Chicago, Guys and Dolls, Miss Saigon, Shogun the Musical, Victor/Victoria. His feature film credits include Sisters, Chicago, Hackers. He is also a sought-after director/choreographer. Lee recently directed a production of HAIR at Wagner College Theatre, and will choreograph Olney’s production of South Pacific alongside director Alan Muraoka, August 31st – October 7th. www.darrenlee.com

Darren Lee to Helm Wagner College Theatre’s Production of HAIR

Joan Almedilla as Lady Thiang in Rodgers & Hammerstein's The King and I. Photo by Matthew Murphy
Joan Almedilla as Lady Thiang in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I. Photo by Matthew Murphy

The cast also features Joan Almedilla as Lady Thiang, Brian Rivera as Kralahome, Q Lim as Tuptim, Kavin Panmeechao as Lun Tha, Charlie Oh as Prince Chulalongkorn, Rhyees Stump as Louis Leonowens and Baylen Thomas as Captain Orton/Sir Edward Ramsey.

Q Lim as Tuptim, Kavin Panmeechao as Lun Tha. Photo by Matthew Murphy
Q Lim as Tuptim, Kavin Panmeechao as Lun Tha. Photo by Matthew Murphy

The ensemble includes Adrianne Chu, Madeline Trumble, LaMae Caparas, Andrew Cheng, Kristen Choi, Max B. Ehrlich, Marie Gutierrez, Rie Hatanaka, Marina Kondo, Darren Lee, Stephanie Lo, Michael Lomeka, Saki Masuda, Nobutaka Mochimaru, Yuki Ozeki, Kevin Schuering, Julius Sermonia, Marcus Shane, Alicia Shumway, Ryan Stout, Michiko Takemasa and Jeoffrey Watson, with Kayla Paige Amistad, Jaden D. Amistad, Sydney Chan, Spencer Donovan Jones, Noah Toledo, CJ Uy and Keira Belle Young as the Royal Children.

THE KING AND I, directed by Tony Award® winner Bartlett Sher, won four 2015 Tony Awards® including Best Revival of a Musical. Hailed as “first-rate, sumptuous” (The New York Times) and “too beautiful to miss” (New York Magazine), the production played 538 performances on Broadway at the Vivian Beaumont Theater.

Bartlett Sher is reunited with the award-winning creative team from Rodgers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific and The Light in the Piazza. THE KING AND I has music direction by Ted Sperling, sets by Michael Yeargan, costumes by Catherine Zuber (Tony Award® winner for THE KING AND I), lighting by Donald Holder, sound by Scott Lehrer and casting by Telsey + Company/Abbie Brady-Dalton, CSA. THE KING AND I features choreography by Christopher Gattelli based on the original choreography by Jerome Robbins.

One of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s finest works, THE KING AND I boasts a score that features such beloved classics as “Getting To Know You,” “Hello, Young Lovers,” “Shall We Dance,” “I Have Dreamed” and “Something Wonderful.” Set in 1860’s Bangkok, the musical tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna Leonowens, a British schoolteacher, whom the modernist King, in an imperialistic world, brings to Siam to teach his many wives and children.

UPCOMING TOUR DATES.

  • Schenectady, NY
    Proctors
    05/01/18 – 05/06/18
  • Detroit, MI
    Fox Theatre
    05/08/18 – 05/13/18
  • Worcester, MA
    The Hanover Theatre
    05/15/18 – 05/20/18
  • Grand Rapids, MI
    Broadway in Grand Rapids
    06/05/18 – 06/10/18
  • Kansas City, MO
    Starlight Theatre
    06/12/18 – 06/17/18
  • Albuquerque, NM
    Popejoy Hall
    06/20/18 – 06/24/18
  • San Diego, CA
    San Diego Civic Theatre
    06/26/18 – 07/01/18
  • Toronto, ON
    Princess of Wales Theatre
    07/10/18 – 08/12/18

For more information, please visit www.thekinganditour.com, or on Facebook and Twitter.

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

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

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Jose Llana and Elena Shaddow Star in THE KING AND I at Aronoff Center in Cincinnati through April 22

Jose Llana and Elena Shaddow in Rodgers Hammerstein's "The King and I." Photo by Jeremy Daniel

Jose Llana and Elena Shaddow lead the cast of the national tour of Lincoln Center Theater’s production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s THE KING AND I as the King of Siam and Anna Leonowens, at Aronoff Center, 650 Walnut St, Cincinnati, OH 45202 through Sunday, April 22, 2018. GET TICKETS

Elena Shaddow and Jose Llana in Rodgers Hammerstein's "The King and I." Photo by Jeremy Daniel
Elena Shaddow and Jose Llana in Rodgers Hammerstein’s “The King and I.” Photo by Jeremy Daniel

The cast also features Joan Almedilla as Lady Thiang, Brian Rivera as Kralahome, Q Lim as Tuptim, Kavin Panmeechao as Lun Tha, Charlie Oh as Prince Chulalongkorn, Rhyees Stump as Louis Leonowens and Baylen Thomas as Captain Orton/Sir Edward Ramsey.

Joan Almedilla as Lady Thiang in Rodgers & Hammerstein's The King and I. Photo by Matthew Murphy
Joan Almedilla as Lady Thiang in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I. Photo by Matthew Murphy
Q Lim as Tuptim, Kavin Panmeechao as Lun Tha. Photo by Matthew Murphy
Q Lim as Tuptim, Kavin Panmeechao as Lun Tha. Photo by Matthew Murphy

The ensemble includes Madeline Trumble, LaMae Caparas, Andrew Cheng, Kristen Choi, Max B. Ehrlich, Marie Gutierrez, Rie Hatanaka, Marina Kondo, Darren Lee, Stephanie Lo, Michael Lomeka, Saki Masuda, Nobutaka Mochimaru, Yuki Ozeki, Kevin Schuering, Julius Sermonia, Marcus Shane, Alicia Shumway, Ryan Stout, Michiko Takemasa and Jeoffrey Watson, with Kayla Paige Amistad, Jaden D. Amistad, Sydney Chan, Spencer Donovan Jones, Noah Toledo, CJ Uy and Keira Belle Young as the Royal Children.

Jose Llana and Elena Shaddow in Rodgers Hammerstein's "The King and I." Photo by Jeremy Daniel
Jose Llana and Elena Shaddow in Rodgers Hammerstein’s “The King and I.” Photo by Jeremy Daniel

THE KING AND I, directed by Tony Award® winner Bartlett Sher, won four 2015 Tony Awards® including Best Revival of a Musical. Hailed as “first-rate, sumptuous” (The New York Times) and “too beautiful to miss” (New York Magazine), the production played 538 performances on Broadway at the Vivian Beaumont Theater.

Bartlett Sher is reunited with the award-winning creative team from Rodgers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific and The Light in the Piazza. THE KING AND I has music direction by Ted Sperling, sets by Michael Yeargan, costumes by Catherine Zuber (Tony Award® winner for THE KING AND I), lighting by Donald Holder, sound by Scott Lehrer and casting by Telsey + Company/Abbie Brady-Dalton, CSA. THE KING AND I features choreography by Christopher Gattelli based on the original choreography by Jerome Robbins.

One of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s finest works, THE KING AND I boasts a score that features such beloved classics as “Getting To Know You,” “Hello, Young Lovers,” “Shall We Dance,” “I Have Dreamed” and “Something Wonderful.” Set in 1860’s Bangkok, the musical tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna Leonowens, a British schoolteacher, whom the modernist King, in an imperialistic world, brings to Siam to teach his many wives and children.

UPCOMING TOUR DATES.

  • Cincinnati, OH
    Aronoff Center
    04/10/18 – 04/22/18
  • Columbus, OH
    Ohio Theatre
    04/24/18 – 04/29/18
  • Schenectady, NY
    Proctors
    05/01/18 – 05/06/18
  • Detroit, MI
    Fox Theatre
    05/08/18 – 05/13/18
  • Worcester, MA
    The Hanover Theatre
    05/15/18 – 05/20/18
  • Grand Rapids, MI
    Broadway in Grand Rapids
    06/05/18 – 06/10/18
  • Kansas City, MO
    Starlight Theatre
    06/12/18 – 06/17/18
  • Albuquerque, NM
    Popejoy Hall
    06/20/18 – 06/24/18
  • San Diego, CA
    San Diego Civic Theatre
    06/26/18 – 07/01/18
  • Toronto, ON
    Princess of Wales Theatre
    07/10/18 – 08/12/18

For more information, please visit www.thekinganditour.com, or on Facebook and Twitter.

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

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

Jose Llana and Elena Shaddow Star in THE KING AND I at Hershey Theatre, April 3 – 8

Jose Llana and Elena Shaddow lead the cast of the national tour of Lincoln Center Theater’s production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s THE KING AND I as the King of Siam and Anna Leonowens, at Hershey Theatre, 15 East Caracas Avenue, Hershey, PA 17033, Tuesday, April 3 – Sunday, April 8th. GET TICKETS

Elena Shaddow and Jose Llana in Rodgers Hammerstein's "The King and I." Photo by Jeremy Daniel
Elena Shaddow and Jose Llana in Rodgers Hammerstein’s “The King and I.” Photo by Jeremy Daniel

The cast also features Joan Almedilla as Lady Thiang, Brian Rivera as Kralahome, Q Lim as Tuptim, Kavin Panmeechao as Lun Tha, Charlie Oh as Prince Chulalongkorn, Rhyees Stump as Louis Leonowens and Baylen Thomas as Captain Orton/Sir Edward Ramsey.

Joan Almedilla as Lady Thiang in Rodgers & Hammerstein's The King and I. Photo by Matthew Murphy
Joan Almedilla as Lady Thiang in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I. Photo by Matthew Murphy
Q Lim as Tuptim, Kavin Panmeechao as Lun Tha. Photo by Matthew Murphy
Q Lim as Tuptim, Kavin Panmeechao as Lun Tha. Photo by Matthew Murphy

The ensemble includes Madeline Trumble, LaMae Caparas, Andrew Cheng, Kristen Choi, Max B. Ehrlich, Marie Gutierrez, Rie Hatanaka, Marina Kondo, Darren Lee, Stephanie Lo, Michael Lomeka, Saki Masuda, Nobutaka Mochimaru, Yuki Ozeki, Kevin Schuering, Julius Sermonia, Marcus Shane, Alicia Shumway, Ryan Stout, Michiko Takemasa and Jeoffrey Watson, with Kayla Paige Amistad, Jaden D. Amistad, Sydney Chan, Spencer Donovan Jones, Noah Toledo, CJ Uy and Keira Belle Young as the Royal Children.

Jose Llana and Elena Shaddow in Rodgers Hammerstein's "The King and I." Photo by Jeremy Daniel
Jose Llana and Elena Shaddow in Rodgers Hammerstein’s “The King and I.” Photo by Jeremy Daniel

THE KING AND I, directed by Tony Award® winner Bartlett Sher, won four 2015 Tony Awards® including Best Revival of a Musical. Hailed as “first-rate, sumptuous” (The New York Times) and “too beautiful to miss” (New York Magazine), the production played 538 performances on Broadway at the Vivian Beaumont Theater.

Bartlett Sher is reunited with the award-winning creative team from Rodgers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific and The Light in the Piazza. THE KING AND I has music direction by Ted Sperling, sets by Michael Yeargan, costumes by Catherine Zuber (Tony Award® winner for THE KING AND I), lighting by Donald Holder, sound by Scott Lehrer and casting by Telsey + Company/Abbie Brady-Dalton, CSA. THE KING AND I features choreography by Christopher Gattelli based on the original choreography by Jerome Robbins.

One of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s finest works, THE KING AND I boasts a score that features such beloved classics as “Getting To Know You,” “Hello, Young Lovers,” “Shall We Dance,” “I Have Dreamed” and “Something Wonderful.” Set in 1860’s Bangkok, the musical tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna Leonowens, a British schoolteacher, whom the modernist King, in an imperialistic world, brings to Siam to teach his many wives and children.

UPCOMING TOUR DATES.

  • Hershey, PA
    Hershey Theatre
    04/03/18 – 04/08/18
  • Cincinnati, OH
    Aronoff Center
    04/10/18 – 04/22/18
  • Columbus, OH
    Ohio Theatre
    04/24/18 – 04/29/18
  • Schenectady, NY
    Proctors
    05/01/18 – 05/06/18
  • Detroit, MI
    Fox Theatre
    05/08/18 – 05/13/18
  • Worcester, MA
    The Hanover Theatre
    05/15/18 – 05/20/18
  • Grand Rapids, MI
    Broadway in Grand Rapids
    06/05/18 – 06/10/18
  • Kansas City, MO
    Starlight Theatre
    06/12/18 – 06/17/18
  • Albuquerque, NM
    Popejoy Hall
    06/20/18 – 06/24/18
  • San Diego, CA
    San Diego Civic Theatre
    06/26/18 – 07/01/18
  • Toronto, ON
    Princess of Wales Theatre
    07/10/18 – 08/12/18

For more information, please visit www.thekinganditour.com, or on Facebook and Twitter.

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

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

Elena Shaddow Joins National Tour of THE KING AND I, Starring Jose Llana, at ASU Gammage in Tempe on March 20

Elena Shaddow
Elena Shaddow
Elena Shaddow

Elena Shaddow joins the Lincoln Center Theater production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s THE KING AND I as Anna Leonowens, beginning March 20 at ASU Gammage, 1200 S. Forest Ave, Tempe, AZ 85287.  GET TICKETS

Jose Llana as The King in Rodgers & Hammerstein's The King and I. Photo by Matthew Murphy
Jose Llana as The King in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I. Photo by Matthew Murphy

Shaddow joins the company starring Jose Llana as the King of Siam, Joan Almedilla as Lady Thiang, Brian Rivera as Kralahome, Q Lim as Tuptim, Kavin Panmeechao as Lun Tha, Charlie Oh as Prince Chulalongkorn, Rhyees Stump as Louis Leonowens and Baylen Thomas as Captain Orton/Sir Edward Ramsey.

Joan Almedilla as Lady Thiang in Rodgers & Hammerstein's The King and I. Photo by Matthew Murphy
Joan Almedilla as Lady Thiang in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I. Photo by Matthew Murphy

Director Bartlett Sher had this to say about Elena Shaddow: “I have worked with Elena for many years, going back to The Light in the Piazza and The Bridges of Madison County. I don’t think there is anyone in the American Theater who possesses her rare combination of qualities: a soaring, pure voice, extraordinary acting skill, all held together by uncommon grace. She genuinely lights up the stage. And she is almost born to the part of Anna in The King and I. She has power, a strong will, and immense kindness. And she can break your heart onstage. She is all heart, and a perfect voice.”

Q Lim as Tuptim, Kavin Panmeechao as Lun Tha. Photo by Matthew Murphy
Q Lim as Tuptim, Kavin Panmeechao as Lun Tha. Photo by Matthew Murphy

The ensemble includes Madeline Trumble, LaMae Caparas, Andrew Cheng, Kristen Choi, Max B. Ehrlich, Marie Gutierrez, Rie Hatanaka, Marina Kondo, Darren Lee, Stephanie Lo, Michael Lomeka, Saki Masuda, Nobutaka Mochimaru, Yuki Ozeki, Kevin Schuering, Julius Sermonia, Marcus Shane, Alicia Shumway, Ryan Stout, Michiko Takemasa and Jeoffrey Watson, with Kayla Paige Amistad, Jaden D. Amistad, Sydney Chan, Spencer Donovan Jones, Noah Toledo, CJ Uy and Keira Belle Young as the Royal Children.

THE KING AND I, directed by Tony Award® winner Bartlett Sher, won four 2015 Tony Awards® including Best Revival of a Musical. Hailed as “first-rate, sumptuous” (The New York Times) and “too beautiful to miss” (New York Magazine), the production played 538 performances on Broadway at the Vivian Beaumont Theater.

Bartlett Sher is reunited with the award-winning creative team from Rodgers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific and The Light in the Piazza. THE KING AND I has music direction by Ted Sperling, sets by Michael Yeargan, costumes by Catherine Zuber (Tony Award® winner for THE KING AND I), lighting by Donald Holder, sound by Scott Lehrer and casting by Telsey + Company/Abbie Brady-Dalton, CSA. THE KING AND I features choreography by Christopher Gattelli based on the original choreography by Jerome Robbins.

One of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s finest works, THE KING AND I boasts a score that features such beloved classics as “Getting To Know You,” “Hello, Young Lovers,” “Shall We Dance,” “I Have Dreamed” and “Something Wonderful.” Set in 1860’s Bangkok, the musical tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna Leonowens, a British schoolteacher, whom the modernist King, in an imperialistic world, brings to Siam to teach his many wives and children.

UPCOMING TOUR DATES.

  • Tempe, AZ
    ASU Gammage
    03/20/18 – 03/25/18
  • Hershey, PA
    Hershey Theatre
    04/03/18 – 04/08/18
  • Cincinnati, OH
    Aronoff Center
    04/10/18 – 04/22/18
  • Columbus, OH
    Ohio Theatre
    04/24/18 – 04/29/18
  • Schenectady, NY
    Proctors
    05/01/18 – 05/06/18
  • Detroit, MI
    Fox Theatre
    05/08/18 – 05/13/18
  • Worcester, MA
    The Hanover Theatre
    05/15/18 – 05/20/18
  • Grand Rapids, MI
    Broadway in Grand Rapids
    06/05/18 – 06/10/18
  • Kansas City, MO
    Starlight Theatre
    06/12/18 – 06/17/18
  • Albuquerque, NM
    Popejoy Hall
    06/20/18 – 06/24/18
  • San Diego, CA
    San Diego Civic Theatre
    06/26/18 – 07/01/18
  • Toronto, ON
    Princess of Wales Theatre
    07/10/18 – 08/12/18

For more information, please visit www.thekinganditour.com, or on Facebook and Twitter.

Elena Shaddow (Anna Leonowens). Broadway: Ottilie in The Visit, Anne in La Cage aux Folles, Bridges, The Woman in White, Fiddler..., Nine, Sweet Smell…, and Les Misérables. London: Magnolia in Showboat at the Royal Albert Hall. National Tour: Clara Johnson in The Light in the Piazza. NYC: Fanny in Fanny at City Center Encores!, The Bacchae at The Public. Favorite Regional: Mary in Mary Poppins (Papermill), Lilly in Carnival (Papermill) Francesca Johnson in The Bridges of Madison County (Williamstown), Olivia in Twelfth Night (Shakespeare TNJ). Concerts: Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady in Concert with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and North Carolina Symphony through UIAPresents. Recent TV: “Conviction,” “Person of Interest,” “Time After Time,” Sister Sophia in NBC’s “The Sound of Music Live!”. www.elenashaddow.com

Jose Llana (King of Siam) returns to the role of the King of Siam after two starring engagements in the Tony-winning Lincoln Center Theater revival. Broadway: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Drama Desk Award), Wonderland, Flower Drum Song, Rent, Street Corner Symphony and the 1996 Revival of The King and I (Lun Tha). Off-Broadway: Twelfth Night, Here Lies Love (Lortel nom.), Falling For Eve, On the Town and Saturn Returns. Regional: Poster Boy, Oliver!, Martin Guerre, Ballad of Little Jo (Jefferson nom.) and Candide (Barrymore nom.). TV/Film: “Sex and the City” and Hitch. Albums: VIVA Philippines label and Altitude based on his concert for Lincoln Center’s American Songbook series. www.josellana.com @josellana

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Jose Llana and Laura Michelle Kelly Star in National Tour of THE KING & I in the Buell Theatre at The Denver Center for the Performing Arts (DCPA) through January 14

Jose Llana and Laura Michelle Kelly in THE KING AND I. Photo by Matthew Murphy

Jose Llana (King of Siam) and Laura Michelle Kelly (Anna Leonowens) are leading the national tour of the Lincoln Center Theater Tony Award winning revival of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s THE KING AND I, produced by Ambassador Theatre Group and NETworks Presentations LLC.

Jose Llana and Laura Michelle Kelly in THE KING AND I. Photo by Matthew Murphy
Jose Llana and Laura Michelle Kelly in THE KING AND I. Photo by Matthew Murphy

The company has just kicked off their two week run in the Buell Theatre at The Denver Center for the Performing Arts (DCPA), Speer Blvd. & Arapahoe St. in Denver, CO. Click here for tickets and here for directions.

The cast features Joan Almedilla as Lady Thiang, Brian Rivera as Kralahome, Q Lim as Tuptim, Kavin Panmeechao as Lun Tha, Anthony Chan as Prince Chulalongkorn, Rhyees Stump as Louis Leonowens and Patrick Boll as Captain Orton/Sir Edward Ramsey.

The ensemble includes LaMae Caparas, Andrew Cheng, Michelle Liu Coughlin, Max B. Ehrlich, Nicole Ferguson, Marie Gutierrez, Darren Lee, Stephanie Lo, Michael Lomeka, Saki Masuda, Nobutaka Mochimaru, Rommel Pierre O’Choa, Yuki Ozeki, Kevin Schuering, Marcus Shane, Alicia Shumway,  Michiko Takemasa, Madeline Trumble and Jeoffrey Watson, with Kayla Amistad, Jaden Amistad, Sydney Chan, Rie Hatanaka, Spencer Donovan Jones, Rylie Sickles, Ryan Stout, Noah Toledo, CJ Uy and Kiera Belle Young as the Royal Children.

Multi-week and single week engagements will continue throughout the 2017-18 touring season and beyond. Check out the complete schedule at www.thekinganditour.com.

Lincoln Center Theater’s critically acclaimed production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s THE KING AND I directed by Tony Award® Winner Bartlett Sher won four 2015 Tony Awards® including Best Revival of a Musical.

Bartlett Sher is reunited with the award-winning creative team from South Pacific and The Light in the PiazzaTHE KING AND I features sets by Michael Yeargan; costumes by Catherine Zuber; lighting by Donald Holder, sound by Scott Lehrer and choreography by Christopher Gattelli based on the original choreography by Jerome Robbins.

One of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s finest works, THE KING AND I boasts a score that features such beloved classics as “Getting To Know You,” “Hello Young Lovers,” “Shall We Dance,” “I Have Dreamed” and “Something Wonderful.” Set in 1860’s Bangkok, the musical tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna Leonowens, a British schoolteacher, whom the modernist King, in an imperialistic world, brings to Siam to teach his many wives and children.
For more information including the 2017-18 touring schedule, please visit www.thekinganditour.com, or on Facebook and Twitter.
  • Denver, CO
    Denver Center
    01/02/18 – 01/14/18
  • Omaha, NE
    Orpheum Theater
    01/16/18 – 01/21/18
  • Appleton, WI
    Fox Cities Performing Arts Center
    01/23/18 – 01/28/18
  • Nashville, TN
    Tennessee Performing Arts Center
    01/30/18 – 02/04/18
  • Naples, FL
    Naples Philharmonic
    02/07/18 – 02/11/18
  • San Jose, CA
    Broadway in San Jose
    02/20/18 – 02/25/18
  • Costa Mesa, CA
    Segerstrom Center for the Arts
    02/27/18 – 03/11/18
  • Tucson, AZ
    UA Centennial Hall
    03/13/18 – 03/18/18
  • Tempe, AZ
    ASU Gammage
    03/20/18 – 03/25/18
  • Hershey, PA
    Hershey Theatre
    04/03/18 – 04/08/18
  • Cincinnati, OH
    Aronoff Center
    04/10/18 – 04/22/18
  • Columbus, OH
    Ohio Theatre
    04/24/18 – 04/29/18
  • Schenectady, NY
    Proctors
    05/01/18 – 05/06/18
  • Detroit, MI
    Fox Theatre
    05/08/18 – 05/13/18
  • Worcester, MA
    The Hanover Theatre
    05/15/18 – 05/20/18
  • Grand Rapids, MI
    Broadway in Grand Rapids
    06/05/18 – 06/10/18
  • Kansas City, MO
    Starlight Theatre
    06/12/18 – 06/17/18
  • Albuquerque, NM
    Popejoy Hall
    06/20/18 – 06/24/18
  • San Diego, CA
    San Diego Civic Theatre
    06/26/18 – 07/01/18
  • Toronto, ON
    Princess of Wales Theatre
    07/10/18 – 08/12/18
Click here for the Lia Chang Articles Archive and here for the Lia Chang Photography Website.
Lia Chang. Photo by Lori Tan Chinn
Lia Chang. Photo by Lori Tan Chinn

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

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Jose Llana and Laura Michelle Kelly Star in THE KING & I at the Winspear Opera House in Dallas Through December 31

Jose Llana and Laura Michelle Kelly in THE KING AND I. Photo by Matthew Murphy

Jose Llana (King of Siam) and Laura Michelle Kelly (Anna Leonowens) are leading the national tour of the Lincoln Center Theater Tony Award winning revival of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s THE KING AND I, produced by Ambassador Theatre Group and NETworks Presentations LLC.

Jose Llana and Laura Michelle Kelly in THE KING AND I. Photo by Matthew Murphy
Jose Llana and Laura Michelle Kelly in THE KING AND I. Photo by Matthew Murphy

The company has performances through Friday, December 31st at the AT&T Performing Arts Center, Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora StreetDallasTX 75201. Click here for tickets.

The cast features Joan Almedilla as Lady Thiang, Brian Rivera as Kralahome, Q Lim as Tuptim, Kavin Panmeechao as Lun Tha, Anthony Chan as Prince Chulalongkorn, Rhyees Stump as Louis Leonowens and Patrick Boll as Captain Orton/Sir Edward Ramsey.

The ensemble includes LaMae Caparas, Andrew Cheng, Michelle Liu Coughlin, Max B. Ehrlich, Nicole Ferguson, Marie Gutierrez, Darren Lee, Stephanie Lo, Michael Lomeka, Saki Masuda, Nobutaka Mochimaru, Rommel Pierre O’Choa, Yuki Ozeki, Kevin Schuering, Marcus Shane, Alicia Shumway,  Michiko Takemasa, Madeline Trumble and Jeoffrey Watson, with Kayla Amistad, Jaden Amistad, Sydney Chan, Rie Hatanaka, Spencer Donovan Jones, Rylie Sickles, Ryan Stout, Noah Toledo, CJ Uy and Kiera Belle Young as the Royal Children.

Multi-week and single week engagements will continue throughout the 2017-18 touring season and beyond. Check out the complete schedule at www.thekinganditour.com.

Lincoln Center Theater’s critically acclaimed production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s THE KING AND I directed by Tony Award® Winner Bartlett Sher won four 2015 Tony Awards® including Best Revival of a Musical.

Bartlett Sher is reunited with the award-winning creative team from South Pacific and The Light in the PiazzaTHE KING AND I features sets by Michael Yeargan; costumes by Catherine Zuber; lighting by Donald Holder, sound by Scott Lehrer and choreography by Christopher Gattelli based on the original choreography by Jerome Robbins.

One of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s finest works, THE KING AND I boasts a score that features such beloved classics as “Getting To Know You,” “Hello Young Lovers,” “Shall We Dance,” “I Have Dreamed” and “Something Wonderful.” Set in 1860’s Bangkok, the musical tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna Leonowens, a British schoolteacher, whom the modernist King, in an imperialistic world, brings to Siam to teach his many wives and children.
For more information including the 2017-18 touring schedule, please visit www.thekinganditour.com, or on Facebook and Twitter.
  • Dallas, TX
    AT&T Performing Arts Center
    12/19/17 – 12/31/17
  • Denver, CO
    Denver Center
    01/02/18 – 01/14/18
  • Omaha, NE
    Orpheum Theater
    01/16/18 – 01/21/18
  • Appleton, WI
    Fox Cities Performing Arts Center
    01/23/18 – 01/28/18
  • Nashville, TN
    Tennessee Performing Arts Center
    01/30/18 – 02/04/18
  • Naples, FL
    Naples Philharmonic
    02/07/18 – 02/11/18
  • San Jose, CA
    Broadway in San Jose
    02/20/18 – 02/25/18
  • Costa Mesa, CA
    Segerstrom Center for the Arts
    02/27/18 – 03/11/18
  • Tucson, AZ
    UA Centennial Hall
    03/13/18 – 03/18/18
  • Tempe, AZ
    ASU Gammage
    03/20/18 – 03/25/18
  • Hershey, PA
    Hershey Theatre
    04/03/18 – 04/08/18
  • Cincinnati, OH
    Aronoff Center
    04/10/18 – 04/22/18
  • Columbus, OH
    Ohio Theatre
    04/24/18 – 04/29/18
  • Schenectady, NY
    Proctors
    05/01/18 – 05/06/18
  • Detroit, MI
    Fox Theatre
    05/08/18 – 05/13/18
  • Worcester, MA
    The Hanover Theatre
    05/15/18 – 05/20/18
  • Grand Rapids, MI
    Broadway in Grand Rapids
    06/05/18 – 06/10/18
  • Kansas City, MO
    Starlight Theatre
    06/12/18 – 06/17/18
  • Albuquerque, NM
    Popejoy Hall
    06/20/18 – 06/24/18
  • San Diego, CA
    San Diego Civic Theatre
    06/26/18 – 07/01/18
  • Toronto, ON
    Princess of Wales Theatre
    07/10/18 – 08/12/18
Click here for the Lia Chang Articles Archive and here for the Lia Chang Photography Website.
Lia Chang. Photo by Lori Tan Chinn
Lia Chang. Photo by Lori Tan Chinn

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

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Darren Lee Will Play The King of Siam in THE KING & I at the Winspear Opera House in Dallas, December 22-24

Darren Lee

Jose Llana (King of Siam) and Laura Michelle Kelly (Anna Leonowens) are leading the national tour of the Lincoln Center Theater Tony Award winning revival of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s THE KING AND I, produced by Ambassador Theatre Group and NETworks Presentations LLC.

The company has performances through Friday, December 31st at the AT&T Performing Arts Center, Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora StreetDallasTX 75201. Click here for tickets.

Darren Lee
Darren Lee

Darren Lee, who portrays Phra Alack, will play the King of Siam from Friday, December 22nd – Sunday, December 24th. Lee has appeared on Broadway in Allegiance, Pacific Overtures, Thoroughly Modern Millie, On The Town, Kiss Me Kate, Seussical the Musical, Chicago, Guys and Dolls, Miss Saigon, Shogun the Musical, Victor/Victoria. His feature film credits include Sisters, Chicago, Hackers. He is also a sought-after director/choreographer.  www.darrenlee.com

The cast features Joan Almedilla as Lady Thiang, Brian Rivera as Kralahome, Q Lim as Tuptim, Kavin Panmeechao as Lun Tha, Anthony Chan as Prince Chulalongkorn, Rhyees Stump as Louis Leonowens and Patrick Boll as Captain Orton/Sir Edward Ramsey.

The ensemble includes LaMae Caparas, Andrew Cheng, Michelle Liu Coughlin, Max B. Ehrlich, Nicole Ferguson, Marie Gutierrez, Darren Lee, Stephanie Lo, Michael Lomeka, Saki Masuda, Nobutaka Mochimaru, Rommel Pierre O’Choa, Yuki Ozeki, Kevin Schuering, Marcus Shane, Alicia Shumway,  Michiko Takemasa, Madeline Trumble and Jeoffrey Watson, with Kayla Amistad, Jaden Amistad, Sydney Chan, Rie Hatanaka, Spencer Donovan Jones, Rylie Sickles, Ryan Stout, Noah Toledo, CJ Uy and Kiera Belle Young as the Royal Children.

Multi-week and single week engagements will continue throughout the 2017 touring season and beyond. Check out the complete schedule at www.thekinganditour.com.

Lincoln Center Theater’s critically acclaimed production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s THE KING AND I directed by Tony Award® Winner Bartlett Sher won four 2015 Tony Awards® including Best Revival of a Musical.

Bartlett Sher is reunited with the award-winning creative team from South Pacific and The Light in the PiazzaTHE KING AND I features sets by Michael Yeargan; costumes by Catherine Zuber; lighting by Donald Holder, sound by Scott Lehrer and choreography by Christopher Gattelli based on the original choreography by Jerome Robbins.

One of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s finest works, THE KING AND I boasts a score that features such beloved classics as “Getting To Know You,” “Hello Young Lovers,” “Shall We Dance,” “I Have Dreamed” and “Something Wonderful.” Set in 1860’s Bangkok, the musical tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna Leonowens, a British schoolteacher, whom the modernist King, in an imperialistic world, brings to Siam to teach his many wives and children.
For more information including the 2017-18 touring schedule, please visit www.thekinganditour.com, or on Facebook and Twitter.
  • Dallas, TX
    AT&T Performing Arts Center
    12/19/17 – 12/31/17
  • Denver, CO
    Denver Center
    01/02/18 – 01/14/18
  • Omaha, NE
    Orpheum Theater
    01/16/18 – 01/21/18
  • Appleton, WI
    Fox Cities Performing Arts Center
    01/23/18 – 01/28/18
  • Nashville, TN
    Tennessee Performing Arts Center
    01/30/18 – 02/04/18
  • Naples, FL
    Naples Philharmonic
    02/07/18 – 02/11/18
  • San Jose, CA
    Broadway in San Jose
    02/20/18 – 02/25/18
  • Costa Mesa, CA
    Segerstrom Center for the Arts
    02/27/18 – 03/11/18
  • Tucson, AZ
    UA Centennial Hall
    03/13/18 – 03/18/18
  • Tempe, AZ
    ASU Gammage
    03/20/18 – 03/25/18
  • Hershey, PA
    Hershey Theatre
    04/03/18 – 04/08/18
  • Cincinnati, OH
    Aronoff Center
    04/10/18 – 04/22/18
  • Columbus, OH
    Ohio Theatre
    04/24/18 – 04/29/18
  • Schenectady, NY
    Proctors
    05/01/18 – 05/06/18
  • Detroit, MI
    Fox Theatre
    05/08/18 – 05/13/18
  • Worcester, MA
    The Hanover Theatre
    05/15/18 – 05/20/18
  • Grand Rapids, MI
    Broadway in Grand Rapids
    06/05/18 – 06/10/18
  • Kansas City, MO
    Starlight Theatre
    06/12/18 – 06/17/18
  • Albuquerque, NM
    Popejoy Hall
    06/20/18 – 06/24/18
  • San Diego, CA
    San Diego Civic Theatre
    06/26/18 – 07/01/18
  • Toronto, ON
    Princess of Wales Theatre
    07/10/18 – 08/12/18
Click here for the Lia Chang Articles Archive and here for the Lia Chang Photography Website.
Lia Chang. Photo by Lori Tan Chinn
Lia Chang. Photo by Lori Tan Chinn

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

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Jose Llana and Laura Michelle Kelly Star in THE KING AND I at The Bushnell’s Mortensen Hall in Hartford, May 30 – June 4

Jose Llana and Laura Michelle Kelly in THE KING AND I. Photo by Matthew Murphy
Jose Llana and Laura Michelle Kelly in THE KING AND I. Photo by Matthew Murphy
Jose Llana and Laura Michelle Kelly in THE KING AND I. Photo by Matthew Murphy

Jose Llana (King of Siam) and Laura Michelle Kelly (Anna Leonowens) are leading the national tour of the Lincoln Center Theater Tony Award winning revival of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s THE KING AND I, produced by Ambassador Theatre Group and NETworks Presentations LLC. Llana starred in the recent revival at Lincoln Center Theater.

Joan Almedilla as Lady Thiang in Rodgers & Hammerstein's The King and I. Photo by Matthew Murphy
Joan Almedilla as Lady Thiang in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I. Photo by Matthew Murphy

The cast features Joan Almedilla as Lady Thiang, Brian Rivera as Kralahome, Manna Nichols as Tuptim, Kavin Panmeechao as Lun Tha, Anthony Chan as Prince Chulalongkorn, Graham Montgomery as Louis Leonowens and Baylen Thomas as Captain Orton/Sir Edward Ramsey.

Manna Nichols as Tuptim, Kavin Panmeechao as Lun Tha in THE KING AND I. Photo by Matthew Murphy
Manna Nichols as Tuptim, Kavin Panmeechao as Lun Tha in THE KING AND I. Photo by Matthew Murphy

From May 30 – June 4, The King and I will play at The Bushnell’s Mortensen Hall, 166 Capital Ave, Hartford, CT.

Hartford performances are Tuesday through Thursday at 7:30 p.m.; Friday at 8 p.m.; Saturday at 2 and 8:00 p.m.; and Sunday at 1 and 6:30 p.m. Ticket prices start at $36.50.

Tickets are available online at bushnell.org, by phone at 860-987-5900 or at The Bushnell box office, 166 Capitol Ave., Hartford.

Laura Michelle Kelly and Jose Llana. Photo by @kspimages
Laura Michelle Kelly and Jose Llana. Photo by @kspimages

Multi-week and single week engagements will continue throughout the 2017 touring season and beyond. Check out the complete schedule at www.thekinganditour.com.

Jose Llana, Laura Michelle Kelly and director Bartlett Sher. Photo by KSP Images
Jose Llana, Laura Michelle Kelly and director Bartlett Sher. Photo by KSP Images

Lincoln Center Theater’s critically acclaimed production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s THE KING AND I directed by Tony Award® Winner Bartlett Sher won four 2015 Tony Awards® including Best Revival of a Musical.

Bartlett Sher is reunited with the award-winning creative team from South Pacific and The Light in the PiazzaTHE KING AND I features sets by Michael Yeargan; costumes by Catherine Zuber; lighting by Donald Holder, sound by Scott Lehrer and choreography by Christopher Gattelli based on the original choreography by Jerome Robbins.

Laura Michelle Kelly and Jose Llana in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I. Photo by Matthew Murphy.
Laura Michelle Kelly and Jose Llana in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I. Photo by Matthew Murphy.

The ensemble includes Heather Botts, LaMae Caparas, Andrew Cheng, Michelle Liu Coughlin, Daniel Johnson, Nicole Ferguson, Marie Gutierrez, Mindy Lai, Darren Lee, Q Lim, Stephanie Lo, Michael Lomeka, Nobutaka Mochimaru, Rommel Pierre O’Choa, Yuki Ozeki, Marcus Shane, Sam Simahk, Michiko Takemasa, Jeoffrey Watson and Kelli Youngman, with Kayla Amistad, Jaden Amistad, Adriana Braganza, Amaya Braganza, Rylie Sickles, Rhyees Stump, Noah Toledo and CJ Uy as the Royal Children.

What the critics are saying:

“’King and I’ reminds us why musicals exist” STAR TRIBUNE

“’The King and I’ is a royal delight.” PROVIDENCE JOURNAL

“Exceptional cast. This production is a joy.” LOS ANGELES TIMES

“Nothing is less than outstanding – not one second.” PROVIDENCE JOURNAL

“I doubt I’ll see a better production in my lifetime.” TERRY TEACHOUT, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

“A landmark production and a shot of purest rapture. I never wanted it to end.” THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

“An astonishing achievement. Too beautiful to miss!” NEW YORK MAGAZINE

“If Rodgers and Hammerstein had dreamed up a dream cast for their classic 19th-century musical, it would be the ensemble that opened the national tour this week at the Providence Performing Arts Center.” PROVIDENCE JOURNAL

Laura Michelle Kelly as Anna and the Royal Children of Rodgers & Hammerstein's The King and I. Photo by Matthew Murphy
Laura Michelle Kelly as Anna and the Royal Children of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I. Photo by Matthew Murphy

One of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s finest works, THE KING AND I boasts a score that features such beloved classics as “Getting To Know You,” “Hello Young Lovers,” “Shall We Dance,” “I Have Dreamed” and “Something Wonderful.” Set in 1860’s Bangkok, the musical tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna Leonowens, a British schoolteacher, whom the modernist King, in an imperialistic world, brings to Siam to teach his many wives and children.

Laura Michelle Kelly as Anna in Rodgers & Hammerstein's The King and I. Photo by Matthew Murphy
Laura Michelle Kelly as Anna in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I. Photo by Matthew Murphy

For more information including the 2017 touring schedule, please visit www.thekinganditour.com, or on Facebook and Twitter.

Laura Michelle Kelly, Baylen Thomas and Graham Montgomery in Rodgers & Hammerstein's The King and I. Photo by Matthew Murphy
Laura Michelle Kelly, Baylen Thomas and Graham Montgomery in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I. Photo by Matthew Murphy

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Jose Llana as The King in Rodgers & Hammerstein's The King and I. Photo by Matthew Murphy
Jose Llana as The King in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I. Photo by Matthew Murphy
The cast of Rodgers & Hammerstein's The King and I. Photo by Matthew Murphy
The cast of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I. Photo by Matthew Murphy

Check out THE KING AND I in a city near you:

  • Durham, NC
    Durham Performing Arts Center
    06/06/17 – 06/11/17
  • Chicago, IL
    Oriental Theatre
    06/14/17 – 07/09/17
  • Charlotte, NC
    Blumenthal
    07/11/17 – 07/16/17
  • Washington, DC
    Kennedy Center Opera House
    07/18/17 – 08/20/17
  • Greenville, SC
    Peace Center
    08/22/17 – 08/27/17
  • Orlando, FL
    Dr. Phillips Center
    09/12/17 – 09/17/17
  • Memphis, TN
    Orpheum
    09/19/17 – 09/24/17
  • Fayetteville, AR
    Walton Arts Center
    10/03/17 – 10/08/17
  • Atlanta, GA
    The Fox
    09/26/17 – 10/17/17
  • San Antonio, TX
    Majestic
    10/17/17 – 10/22/17
  • Las Vegas, NV
    The Smith Center
    10/25/17 – 10/29/17
  • New Orleans, LA
    Saenger
    11/14/17 – 11/19/17
  • Austin, TX
    Bass Concert Hall
    12/12/17 – 12/17/17
  • Denver, CO
    Denver Center
    01/02/18 – 01/14/18
  • Appleton, WI
    Fox Cities PAC
    01/23/18 – 01/28/18
  • Costa Mesa, CA
    Saegerstrom Hall
    02/27/18 – 03/11/18
  • Cincinnati, OH
    Aronoff
    04/10/18 – 04/22/18
  • Columbus, OH
    Ohio Theatre
    04/24/18 – 04/29/18
  • Schenectady, NY
    Proctors
    05/01/18 – 05/06/18
  • Grand Rapids, MI
    Broadway in Grand Rapids
    06/05/18 – 06/10/18
  • San Diego, CA
    Civic Center
    06/25/18 – 07/01/18
  • Toronto, ON
    Princess of Wales Theatre
    07/10/18 – 08/12/18
  • 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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Jose Llana and Laura Michelle Kelly Star in THE KING AND I at The Arsht Center in Miami through May 14

Jose Llana and Laura Michelle Kelly in THE KING AND I. Photo by Matthew Murphy
Jose Llana and Laura Michelle Kelly in THE KING AND I. Photo by Matthew Murphy
Jose Llana and Laura Michelle Kelly in THE KING AND I. Photo by Matthew Murphy

Jose Llana (King of Siam) and Laura Michelle Kelly (Anna Leonowens) are leading the national tour of the Lincoln Center Theater Tony Award winning revival of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s THE KING AND I, produced by Ambassador Theatre Group and NETworks Presentations LLC. Llana starred in the recent revival at Lincoln Center Theater.

Joan Almedilla as Lady Thiang in Rodgers & Hammerstein's The King and I. Photo by Matthew Murphy
Joan Almedilla as Lady Thiang in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I. Photo by Matthew Murphy

The cast features Joan Almedilla as Lady Thiang, Brian Rivera as Kralahome, Manna Nichols as Tuptim, Kavin Panmeechao as Lun Tha, Anthony Chan as Prince Chulalongkorn, Graham Montgomery as Louis Leonowens and Baylen Thomas as Captain Orton/Sir Edward Ramsey.

Manna Nichols as Tuptim, Kavin Panmeechao as Lun Tha in THE KING AND I. Photo by Matthew Murphy
Manna Nichols as Tuptim, Kavin Panmeechao as Lun Tha in THE KING AND I. Photo by Matthew Murphy

From May 9 – 14th, The King and I will play the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County, 1300 Biscayne Blvd. Miami, FL 33132.  To purchase tickets, visit arshtcenter.org, call 305.949.6722 or visit Arsht Center Box Office.

Laura Michelle Kelly and Jose Llana. Photo by @kspimages
Laura Michelle Kelly and Jose Llana. Photo by @kspimages

Multi-week and single week engagements will continue throughout the 2017 touring season and beyond. Check out the complete schedule at www.thekinganditour.com.

Jose Llana, Laura Michelle Kelly and director Bartlett Sher. Photo by KSP Images
Jose Llana, Laura Michelle Kelly and director Bartlett Sher. Photo by KSP Images

Lincoln Center Theater’s critically acclaimed production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s THE KING AND I directed by Tony Award® Winner Bartlett Sher won four 2015 Tony Awards® including Best Revival of a Musical.

Bartlett Sher is reunited with the award-winning creative team from South Pacific and The Light in the PiazzaTHE KING AND I features sets by Michael Yeargan; costumes by Catherine Zuber; lighting by Donald Holder, sound by Scott Lehrer and choreography by Christopher Gattelli based on the original choreography by Jerome Robbins.

Laura Michelle Kelly and Jose Llana in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I. Photo by Matthew Murphy.
Laura Michelle Kelly and Jose Llana in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I. Photo by Matthew Murphy.

The ensemble includes Heather Botts, LaMae Caparas, Andrew Cheng, Michelle Liu Coughlin, Daniel Johnson, Nicole Ferguson, Marie Gutierrez, Mindy Lai, Darren Lee, Q Lim, Stephanie Lo, Michael Lomeka, Nobutaka Mochimaru, Rommel Pierre O’Choa, Yuki Ozeki, Marcus Shane, Sam Simahk, Michiko Takemasa, Jeoffrey Watson and Kelli Youngman, with Kayla Amistad, Jaden Amistad, Adriana Braganza, Amaya Braganza, Rylie Sickles, Rhyees Stump, Noah Toledo and CJ Uy as the Royal Children.

What the critics are saying:

“’King and I’ reminds us why musicals exist” STAR TRIBUNE

“’The King and I’ is a royal delight.” PROVIDENCE JOURNAL

“Exceptional cast. This production is a joy.” LOS ANGELES TIMES

“Nothing is less than outstanding – not one second.” PROVIDENCE JOURNAL

“I doubt I’ll see a better production in my lifetime.” TERRY TEACHOUT, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

“A landmark production and a shot of purest rapture. I never wanted it to end.” THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

“An astonishing achievement. Too beautiful to miss!” NEW YORK MAGAZINE

“If Rodgers and Hammerstein had dreamed up a dream cast for their classic 19th-century musical, it would be the ensemble that opened the national tour this week at the Providence Performing Arts Center.” PROVIDENCE JOURNAL

Laura Michelle Kelly as Anna and the Royal Children of Rodgers & Hammerstein's The King and I. Photo by Matthew Murphy
Laura Michelle Kelly as Anna and the Royal Children of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I. Photo by Matthew Murphy

One of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s finest works, THE KING AND I boasts a score that features such beloved classics as “Getting To Know You,” “Hello Young Lovers,” “Shall We Dance,” “I Have Dreamed” and “Something Wonderful.” Set in 1860’s Bangkok, the musical tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna Leonowens, a British schoolteacher, whom the modernist King, in an imperialistic world, brings to Siam to teach his many wives and children.

Laura Michelle Kelly as Anna in Rodgers & Hammerstein's The King and I. Photo by Matthew Murphy
Laura Michelle Kelly as Anna in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I. Photo by Matthew Murphy

For more information including the 2017 touring schedule, please visit www.thekinganditour.com, or on Facebook and Twitter.

Laura Michelle Kelly, Baylen Thomas and Graham Montgomery in Rodgers & Hammerstein's The King and I. Photo by Matthew Murphy
Laura Michelle Kelly, Baylen Thomas and Graham Montgomery in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I. Photo by Matthew Murphy

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Jose Llana as The King in Rodgers & Hammerstein's The King and I. Photo by Matthew Murphy
Jose Llana as The King in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I. Photo by Matthew Murphy
The cast of Rodgers & Hammerstein's The King and I. Photo by Matthew Murphy
The cast of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I. Photo by Matthew Murphy

Check out THE KING AND I in a city near you:

  • Hartford, CT
    The Bushnell
    05/30/17 – 06/04/17
  • Durham, NC
    Durham Performing Arts Center
    06/06/17 – 06/11/17
  • Chicago, IL
    Oriental Theatre
    06/14/17 – 07/09/17
  • Charlotte, NC
    Blumenthal
    07/11/17 – 07/16/17
  • Washington, DC
    Kennedy Center Opera House
    07/18/17 – 08/20/17
  • Greenville, SC
    Peace Center
    08/22/17 – 08/27/17
  • Orlando, FL
    Dr. Phillips Center
    09/12/17 – 09/17/17
  • Memphis, TN
    Orpheum
    09/19/17 – 09/24/17
  • Fayetteville, AR
    Walton Arts Center
    10/03/17 – 10/08/17
  • Atlanta, GA
    The Fox
    09/26/17 – 10/17/17
  • San Antonio, TX
    Majestic
    10/17/17 – 10/22/17
  • Las Vegas, NV
    The Smith Center
    10/25/17 – 10/29/17
  • New Orleans, LA
    Saenger
    11/14/17 – 11/19/17
  • Austin, TX
    Bass Concert Hall
    12/12/17 – 12/17/17
  • Denver, CO
    Denver Center
    01/02/18 – 01/14/18
  • Appleton, WI
    Fox Cities PAC
    01/23/18 – 01/28/18
  • Costa Mesa, CA
    Saegerstrom Hall
    02/27/18 – 03/11/18
  • Cincinnati, OH
    Aronoff
    04/10/18 – 04/22/18
  • Columbus, OH
    Ohio Theatre
    04/24/18 – 04/29/18
  • Schenectady, NY
    Proctors
    05/01/18 – 05/06/18
  • Grand Rapids, MI
    Broadway in Grand Rapids
    06/05/18 – 06/10/18
  • San Diego, CA
    Civic Center
    06/25/18 – 07/01/18
  • Toronto, ON
    Princess of Wales Theatre
    07/10/18 – 08/12/18
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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.