Guest Artists Devin Ilaw and Diane Phelan Join National Asian Artists Project Broadway Community Chorus Spring Concert Saluting Andrew Lloyd Webber at University Settlement House on May 23

National Asian Artists Project Broadway Community Chorus presents its annual Spring concert showcasing the music of legendary Broadway composer Andrew Lloyd Webber on Wednesday, May 23, 2018, at University Settlement House – Speyer Hall, 184 Eldridge Street in New York at 7:30pm. Click here for tickets.

The 30 plus member chorus, music directed by Dan Pardo, will be joined by guest artists Devin Ilaw (Miss Saigon) and Diane Phelan (School of Rock) in an exciting musical evening showcasing music from classic musicals including Cats, Jesus Christ Superstar, Sunset Boulevard, Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Phantom of the Opera.

The chorus includes Amy Ashley, Cailin Chang, Tim Chang, Ann Chow, Shan Y. Chuang, Kiet Tai Cao, Samara Ariel Ehrlich, Eric Elizaga, David Eng, Philip Eng, Shino Frances, Musa Hitomi, Karin Kawamoto, Alex Lawrence, Linda Lee McBride, Sandra Lee, Mio Nakanishi, Anthony Obnial, Chrissy Pardo, Frank Nicholas Poon, Melissa Rivera, Melissa Slaughter, Layla Yu, Tomo Watanabe and Viet Vo.

About National Asian Artists Project:
NAAP was founded in 2009 by Baayork Lee, Steven Eng and Nina Zoie Lam. Prominent theater artists in their own right, they joined together in an effort to address what they felt was a significant lack of opportunity for professional Asian-American theater artists to practice their craft and contribute on a broader level to the diversity of the American theater. NAAP seeks to showcase the work of professional theater artists of Asian descent through performance, education and outreach. NAAP is a community of artists, educators, administrators, community leaders and professionals who recognize the need to bridge the work of artists of Asian descent to the many communities the work can serve, from underserved primary school students to seasoned arts patrons. For more information about NAAP, visit www.NAAProject.org

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

In 2017, NAAP founder Baayork Lee was honored with the 2017 Isabelle Stevenson Tony Award, presented annually to a member of the theatre community who has made a substantial contribution of volunteered time and effort on behalf of one or more humanitarian, social service or charitable organizations. NAAP was proudly cited and showcased as a contributing factor in the award.

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.

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

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Christiane Noll, Devin Ilaw, Darius de Haas, Krystina Alabado, F. Michael Haynie and Colin Hanlon in Benefit Reading of NEXT TO NORMAL

F. Michael Haynie, Charlie Alterman, Tom Kitt, Christiane Noll, Krystina Alabado and Devin Ilaw. Photo by Lia Chang

Quintessence of Dust Theatre Company/Rachel Kunstadt presented a one-night-only benefit staged reading of the Pulitzer Prize winning musical NEXT TO NORMAL on Thursday, February 1, 2018 at JCC Manhattan, (366 Amsterdam Avenue).

F. Michael Haynie, Darius de Haas, Krystina Alabado, Christiane Noll, Devin Ilaw and Colin Hanlon. Photo by Lia Chang
F. Michael Haynie, Darius de Haas, Krystina Alabado, Christiane Noll, Devin Ilaw and Colin Hanlon. Photo by Lia Chang

NEXT TO NORMAL, with book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey and music by Tom Kitt, explores how one suburban household copes with crisis and mental illness. Winner of three 2009 Tony Awards, including Best Musical Score and the 2010 Pulitzer Prize, NEXT TO NORMAL is an emotional powerhouse that addresses such issues as grieving a loss, ethics in modern psychiatry, and suburban life.

Director Daniella Caggiano and Producer Rachel Kunstadt. Photo by Lia Chang
Director Daniella Caggiano and Producer Rachel Kunstadt. Photo by Lia Chang

Helmed by Daniella Caggiano and featuring music direction by Charlie Alterman from the 2009 Broadway production, 100% of the proceeds from the evening’s performance are earmarked for The JED Foundation. Scroll down for coverage of the night including a special guest, NEXT TO NORMAL’s composer Tom Kitt.

F. Michael Haynie, Charlie Alterman, Tom Kitt, Christiane Noll, Krystina Alabado and Devin Ilaw. Photo by Lia Chang
F. Michael Haynie, Charlie Alterman, Tom Kitt, Christiane Noll, Krystina Alabado and Devin Ilaw. Photo by Lia Chang

Tony Award nominee Christiane Noll (Ragtime), who won a 2017 Connecticut Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Actress in a musical for her role as Diana at TheaterWorks, was on hand to share her brilliant performance with a Manhattan audience. Her stellar cast mates included Broadway veteran Darius de Haas (Shuffle Along) as Dan, Krystina Alabado (The Mad Ones) as Natalie, Devin Ilaw (Miss Saigon) as Gabe, F. Michael Haynie (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) as Henry, and Colin Hanlon (In Transit, Falsettos, “Modern Family”) as The Doctors.

(Back Row) Darius De Haas, Krystina Alabado, Christiane Noll, Colin Hanlon, (Front Row) F. Michael Haynie and Devin Ilaw. Photo by Lia Chang
(Back Row) Darius De Haas, Krystina Alabado, Christiane Noll, Colin Hanlon, (Front Row) F. Michael Haynie and Devin Ilaw. Photo by Lia Chang

The band included Conductor Charlie Alterman on the keys, Emily Chiu (violin), Jennifer Shaw (cello), Mike Rosengarten (guitar), Mary Ann McSweeney (bass) and Spencer Inch (drums).

Jennifer Shaw, Emily Chiu, Charlie Alterman, Mary Ann McSweeney, Mike Rosengarten and Spencer Inch. Photo by Lia Chang
Jennifer Shaw, Emily Chiu, Charlie Alterman, Mary Ann McSweeney, Mike Rosengarten and Spencer Inch. Photo by Lia Chang

Inspired by the Hamlet quote, Quintessence of Dust produces theatrical creations that ask challenging questions, inspire exploration and passion, expose and explore the taboo, and give voice to the underrepresented.

Adee Shepen, Chief Development Officer, The JED Foundation and Producer Rachel Kunstadt. Photo by Lia Chang
Adee Shepen, Chief Development Officer, The JED Foundation and Producer Rachel Kunstadt. Photo by Lia Chang

The JED Foundation is a nonprofit that exists to protect emotional health and prevent suicide for our nation’s teens and young adults. They’re partnering with high schools and colleges to strengthen their mental health, substance abuse and suicide prevention programs and systems. They’re equipping teens and young adults with the skills and knowledge to help themselves and each other. They’re encouraging community awareness, understanding and action for young adult mental health.

NEXT TO NORMAL renunion: Charlie Alterman, Rita Pietropinto and Tom Kitt. Photo by Lia Chang
NEXT TO NORMAL renunion: Charlie Alterman, Rita Pietropinto and Tom Kitt. Photo by Lia Chang
Charlie Alterman, Rita Pietropinto, Tom Kitt and Christiane Noll. Photo by Lia Chang
Charlie Alterman, Rita Pietropinto, Tom Kitt and Christiane Noll. Photo by Lia Chang
Director Daniella Caggiano, Producer Rachel Kunstadt, Krystina Alabado, Devin Ilaw and Musical Director Charlie Alterman. Photo by Lia Chang
Director Daniella Caggiano, Producer Rachel Kunstadt, Krystina Alabado, Devin Ilaw and Musical Director Charlie Alterman. Photo by Lia Chang

More information on Quintessence of Dust can be found at www.qodtheatre.org.

More information on The JED Foundation can be found at www.jedfoundation.org.

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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Devin Ilaw, Christiane Noll, Colin Hanlon, Darius de Haas and More Set for One Night Only Benefit Performance of NEXT TO NORMAL on February 1

Devin Ilaw. Photo by Lia Chang

Quintessence of Dust Theatre Company/Rachel Kunstadt is presenting the one night only performance of Pulitzer Prize winning musical Next to Normal to benefit The JED Foundation. Directed by Daniella Caggiano and with music direction by Janet Noh, the event will take place on Thursday, February 1st at 7:00 pm at JCC Manhattan on 334 Amsterdam Avenue on the Upper West Side.

Devin Ilaw. Photo by Lia Chang
Devin Ilaw. Photo by Lia Chang

Krystina Alabado (The Mad Ones) will play Natalie, Devin Ilaw (Miss Saigon) will play Gabe, and F. Michael Haynie (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) will play Henry. They join Tony Award nominee Christiane Noll (Ragtime) as Diana, Broadway veteran Darius de Haas (Shuffle Along) as Dan, and Colin Hanlon (In Transit, Falsettos, “Modern Family”) as The Doctors.

Inspired by the Hamlet quote, Quintessence of Dust produces theatrical creations that ask challenging questions, inspire exploration and passion, expose and explore the taboo, and give voice to the underrepresented.

The JED Foundation is a nonprofit that exists to protect emotional health and prevent suicide for our nation’s teens and young adults. They’re partnering with high schools and colleges to strengthen their mental health, substance abuse and suicide prevention programs and systems. They’re equipping teens and young adults with the skills and knowledge to help themselves and each other. They’re encouraging community awareness, understanding and action for young adult mental health.

General admission tickets are priced at $80. VIP tickets that include assigned prime seating and admittance into the post-show reception are priced at $150. Tickets are on sale and can be purchased here.

More information on Quintessence of Dust can be found here.

100% of proceeds will benefit The JED Foundation.

Dramatists Guild’s “Friday Night Footlights” series: Johnson And Cronin’s New Musical TILL SOON, ANNE, Featuring Jaygee Macapugay, Devin Ilaw, Wade McCollum, Cat Brindisi and David Darrow on January 5

Christine Toy Johnson and Bobby Cronin
Christine Toy Johnson and Bobby Cronin
Christine Toy Johnson and Bobby Cronin

An invitation-only sneak peak of TILL SOON, ANNE (book and lyrics by Christine Toy Johnson, music by Bobby Cronin) will take place as part of the Dramatists Guild’s “Friday Night Footlights” series on January 5, 2018 at 6 pm at the Dramatists Guild (Mary Rodgers Room), 1501 Broadway, on the 7th floor in New York. RSVP at aasongwriters@gmail.com. 

Johnson and Cronin, along with Wade McCollum (ERNEST SHACKLETON LOVES YOU), Jaygee Macapugay (SCHOOL OF ROCK), Devin Ilaw (MISS SAIGON), Cat Brindisi (THE PASSAGE) and David Darrow (book/music/lyrics writer of THE PASSAGE) will be singing songs from the show with William Demaniow at the piano and David Darrow on guitar.

Developed in independent residencies at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, TILL SOON, ANNE tells the story of a young woman in the final stages of brain cancer who throws her family and closest friends a perfect final weekend, determined to celebrate the life we’re given and the art of letting go.

More about the authors at www.christinetoyjohnson.com and www.bobbycronin.com

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Devin Ilaw, Brandon Uranowitz, Christiane Noll and More Lead One Night Only Benefit Performance of NEXT TO NORMAL on February 1

Devin Ilaw. Photo by Lia Chang
Devin Ilaw. Photo by Lia Chang
Devin Ilaw. Photo by Lia Chang

Quintessence of Dust Theatre Company/Rachel Kunstadt is presenting the one night only performance of Pulitzer Prize winning musical Next to Normal to benefit The JED Foundation. Directed by Daniella Caggiano and with music direction by Janet Noh, the event will take place on Thursday, February 1st at 7:00 pm at JCC Manhattan on 334 Amsterdam Avenue on the Upper West Side.

Krystina Alabado (The Mad Ones) will play Natalie, Devin Ilaw (Miss Saigon) will play Gabe, and F. Michael Haynie (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) will play Henry. They join Tony Award nominee Christiane Noll (Ragtime) as Diana, Broadway veteran Darius de Haas (Shuffle Along) as Dan, and two-time Tony Award nominee Brandon Uranowitz as The Doctors.

Inspired by the Hamlet quote, Quintessence of Dust produces theatrical creations that ask challenging questions, inspire exploration and passion, expose and explore the taboo, and give voice to the underrepresented.

The JED Foundation is a nonprofit that exists to protect emotional health and prevent suicide for our nation’s teens and young adults. They’re partnering with high schools and colleges to strengthen their mental health, substance abuse and suicide prevention programs and systems. They’re equipping teens and young adults with the skills and knowledge to help themselves and each other. They’re encouraging community awareness, understanding and action for young adult mental health.

General admission tickets are priced at $80. VIP tickets that include assigned prime seating and admittance into the post-show reception are priced at $150. Tickets are on sale and can be purchased here.

More information on Quintessence of Dust can be found here.

100% of proceeds will benefit The JED Foundation.

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ALADDIN AND MISS SAIGON Cast Members Set for SHOW/SWAP Benefit at The Green Room 42 at Yotel on August 20

Adam Kaokept and Jonathan Wotell

Aladdin‘s Telly Leung and Miss Saigon‘s Billy Bustamante are presenting SHOW/SWAP, a benefit evening of music featuring cast members from Miss Saigon and Aladdin- on Sunday, August 20 at 8:00 PM at The Green Room 42 at Yotel (570 Tenth Avenue at 42nd Street, Fourth Floor). The show has a $40 cover with no minimum. VIP tickets, including preferred seating and and a signed poster, are $75. Tickets and information are at OvationTix.

Adam Kaokept and Jonathan Wotell
Adam Kaokept and Jonathan Wotell

Two of the most diverse casts on Broadway will come together for one night only to swap songs, sing show tunes, and raise money for a friend in need. The cast of Miss Saigon will tackle songs by Alan Menken and the cast of Disney’s Aladdin will belt out the hit tunes of Boublil & Schönberg. Expect to hear hits from Miss Saigon, Aladdin, Les Miserables, Little Shop of Horrors, The Little Mermaid, and more.

Leung and Bustamante will be joined by Jon Jon Briones, Eva Noblezada, Courtney Reed, Carol Angeli, Kathryn Allison, Tia Altinay, Emily Bautista, Steel Burkhardt, Mike Cannon, Lauryn Ciardullo, Katie Rose Clarke, Juwan Crawley, Graham Scott Flemming, Gaby Gamache, Brian Gonzalez, Dan Horn, Devin Ilaw, Lina Lee, Dorcas Leung, Paul Miller, Robert Pendilla, Elias Ruperto, Ariel Reid, Don Darryl Rivera, Trent Saunders, Angelo Soriano, Liana St. Ana, Kimmy Truong, Travis Ward-Osborne, Trent Saunders, Katie Terza, Deonte L. Warren, Paige Williams, Deonte L. Warren.

SHOW/SWAP is a benefit and all proceeds will go towards the medical expenses for Jonathan Wotell, husband of Adam Kaokept (original cast of Aladdin; currently in Miss Saigon) who was paralyzed in a hit-and-run incident. For more information on how you can help, go to www.youcaring.com/adamkaokept-875127.

THE GREEN ROOM 42 is an immersive 120-seat state-of-the-art entertainment venue in the heart of the Theater District that allows audiences to see their favorite performers up close and personal in a modern, urban environment. The intimate room is outfitted with an elevated 21 foot stage, Yamaha Grand Piano and high-tech sound system. Leather banquettes lining the walls and tables in the center draw the audience to the edge of the stage. The banquettes are tagged with graffiti art by Chef Gabriel Israel (an accomplished graffiti and tattoo artist as well as chef). Tickets for performances are a wallet friendly $35-$45 and there are no food or beverage minimums or prix-fixes.

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MISS SAIGON Cast Members Set for National Asian Artists Project Benefit Concert at the Green Room 42 on August 6

The cast of MISS SAIGON Courtesy of NAAP/Facebook

On Sunday, August 6th, the Green Room 42 (570 10th Avenue) will welcome the cast of Broadway’s Miss Saigon for a special concert to benefit the National Asian Artists Project at 8:00 P.M.

The cast of MISS SAIGON Courtesy of NAAP/Facebook
The cast of MISS SAIGON Courtesy of NAAP/Facebook

The night is being hosted by Devin Ilaw who plays Thuy in the current Broadway company of Miss Saigon. Performers will include: Paul HeeSang Miller, Nkrumah Gatling, Viveca Chow, Emily Bautista, Antoine L. Smith, Robert Pendilla, Lina Lee, Julian DeGuzman, Anna-Lee Wright, Carol Angeli, Travis Ward-Osborne, Casey Garvin.

Special guests include: Bob Avian (Original Choreographer of Miss Saigon and A Chorus Line), Richard Jay-Alexander (Associate Producer of the Original Miss Saigon), Tony Award winning Costume Designer William Ivey, Fashion Designer Malan Breton and Alan Ariano (Original cast member of Miss Saigon).

The Green Room 42 at the Yotel
570 10th Avenue, NYC
4th Floor
(646) 449-7790

Tickets* start at $15 and can be purchased at: bit.ly/2urv2Zd
(make reservations in 15-minute increments from 6:45 to 7:30)

* $15 General Admission, $40 VIP seating includes A signed Miss Saigon poster.

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

National Asian Artists’ Project, founded in 2002, is a New York-based non-profit organization that is dedicated to showcasing the work of Asian-American theatre artists through performance, outreach, and educational programming. In their professional careers, NAAP founders Baayork Lee, Steven Eng, and Nina Zoie Lam, saw that with the few well-paid jobs that existed for any theater artist, prospects were even more dismal for an artist of Asian descent. Lee is a director, choreographer, and dancer on Broadway; Eng is an actor and singer on the West End; and Lam is an actor and dancer on Broadway. Through NAAP, they continually seek to provide professional opportunities and training to Asian artists, to bridge diverse communities with the outstanding work of professional artists of Asian descent, and to inspire children and adults to bring the arts into their lives. Their programmatic activities include Discover – a series presenting one-act musicals; Rediscover – a series producing classic musicals; Broadway Community Chorus – offering musical training; and Theatre Club – offering professional theatre training.

Multimedia: Baayork Lee Accepts The Isabelle Stevenson Tony Award At The 71st Annual Tony Awards 

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

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

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

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

Ann Harada and Devin Ilaw.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tony Nominee Eva Noblezada, Tony Award Winner Lea Salonga, Jon Jon Briones and the cast of MISS SAIGON at The 2017 Tony Awards

Tony nominee Eva Noblezada at the dress rehearsal for the 2017 Tony Awards on June 11, 2017. Credit: Stephanie Berger

The revival of Miss Saigon, helmed by Laurence Connor, opened in its original home, The Broadway Theater featuring four of its London stars, Jon Jon Briones as The Engineer, Eva Noblezada as Kim, Alistair Brammer as Chris and Rachelle Ann Go as Gigi on March 23, 2017. The cast also includes Katie Rose Clarke as Ellen, Nicholas Christopher as John, Devin Ilaw as Thuy.

Tony nominee Eva Noblezada at the dress rehearsal for the 2017 Tony Awards on June 11, 2017. Credit: Stephanie Berger
Tony nominee Eva Noblezada at the dress rehearsal for the 2017 Tony Awards on June 11, 2017. Credit: Stephanie Berger

The original production of Miss Saigon  starring Jonathan Pryce as The Engineer and Lea Salonga as Kim, opened at the same theater on April 11, 1991 and played there through January 28, 2001. The production garnered three Tony Awards including Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical for Lea Salonga, Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical for Jonathan Pryce and Best Performance by a Featured Actor for Hinton Battle.

 Lea Salonga as Kim and Jonathan Pryce as The Engineer in Miss Saigon, London Photograph: Michael Le Poer Trench © Cameron Mackintosh Ltd

Lea Salonga as Kim and Jonathan Pryce as The Engineer in Miss Saigon, London
Photograph: Michael Le Poer Trench © Cameron Mackintosh Ltd

The revival of Miss Saigon began previews on March 1st, and will play a limited engagement through January 13, 2018 before launching a North American tour later in the year.

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 11: Eva Noblezada attends the 2017 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 11, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Jenny Anderson/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)
NEW YORK, NY – JUNE 11: Eva Noblezada attends the 2017 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 11, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Jenny Anderson/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)

Miss Saigon received two Tony nominations for Best Revival and Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical for Eva Noblezada.

Jon Jon Briones and Lea Salonga presenting at the 2017 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 11, 2017. Credit: Theo WargoJon Jon Briones and Lea Salonga presenting at the 2017 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 11, 2017. Credit: Theo Wargo

Tony Award winner Lea Salonga and Jon Jon Briones, who appeared in the original London production together, introduced a medley of songs featuring Ms. Noblezada and the cast of Miss Saigon at the 71st Annual Tony Awards ceremony at Radio City Music Hall on June 11, 2017.

The cast of MISS SAIGON on their way to rehearsal for the 2017 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 11, 2017. Photo: Christopher Vo/Facebook
The cast of MISS SAIGON on their way to rehearsal for the 2017 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 11, 2017. Photo: Christopher Vo/Facebook

Also featured in the cast of Miss Saigon are Carol Angeli, Emily Bautista, Mike Baerga, Billy Bustamante, Viveca Chow, Julian DeGuzman, Colby Dezelick, Taurean Everett, Paige Faure, Graham Scott Fleming, Casey Garvin, Nkrumah Gatling, Dan Horn, Ericka Hunter, Adam Kaokept, Lina Lee, Paul HeeSang Miller, Robert Pendilla, Catherine Ricafort, Casey Lee Ross, Jason Sermonia, Julius Sermonia, Antoine L. Smith, Sam Strasfeld, Tiffany Toh, Kimberly-Ann Truong, Kei Tsuruharatani, Christopher Vo, Travis Ward-Osborne, Charlie Williams, Anna-Lee Wright, Warren Yang, and Minami Yusui.

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 11: Actress Lea Salonga attends the 2017 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 11, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)
NEW YORK, NY – JUNE 11: Actress Lea Salonga attends the 2017 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 11, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)

gmanetwork.com: Lea Salonga took 21 selfies at the 2017 Tony Awards

Leo Roberts, Tony nominee Eva Noblezada, Megan Briones, and Jon Jon Briones at the 2017 Tony Awards Gala on June 11, 2017. Credit: Anita and Steve Shevett
Leo Roberts, Tony nominee Eva Noblezada, Megan Briones, and Jon Jon Briones at the 2017 Tony Awards Gala on June 11, 2017. Credit: Anita and Steve Shevett
On June 17, 2017, MISS SAIGON celebrated it's 100th performance on Broadway. Photo: Jon Jon Briones/Instagram
On June 17, 2017, MISS SAIGON celebrated it’s 100th performance on Broadway. Photo: Jon Jon Briones/Instagram

Dancing the Night Away with the Cast of MISS SAIGON 

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

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

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Broadway Revival of MISS SAIGON Starring Jon Jon Briones, Eva Noblezada, Alistair Brammer, Rachelle Ann Go, Devin Ilaw and More, Opens Tonight

16473435_273373019749549_5817886774302639177_nMiss Saigon, opens in its original home, The Broadway Theater (1681 Broadway) tonight at 6:30 P.M. The original production of Miss Saigon opened at the same theater on April 11, 1991 and played there through January 28, 2001. Directed by Laurence Connor (the recent hit revival of LES MISERABLES, School of Rock), the Broadway return of Miss Saigon features four of its London stars, Jon Jon Briones as The Engineer, Eva Noblezada as Kim, Alistair Brammer as Chris and Rachelle Ann Go as Gigi. The cast also includes Katie Rose Clarke as Ellen, Nicholas Christopher as John, Devin Ilaw as Thuy. Lianah Sta. Ana will play the role of Kim at certain performances.  Miss Saigon began previews on March 1st, and will play a limited engagement through January 13, 2018 before launching a North American tour later in the year.

Also featured in the cast of Miss Saigon are Carol Angeli, Emily Bautista, Mike Baerga, Billy Bustamante, Viveca Chow, Julian DeGuzman, Colby Dezelick, Taurean Everett, Paige Faure, Graham Scott Fleming, Casey Garvin, Nkrumah Gatling, Dan Horn, Ericka Hunter, Adam Kaokept, Lina Lee, Paul HeeSang Miller, Robert Pendilla, Catherine Ricafort, Casey Lee Ross, Jason Sermonia, Julius Sermonia, Antoine L. Smith, Sam Strasfeld, Tiffany Toh, Kimberly-Ann Truong, Kei Tsuruharatani, Christopher Vo, Travis Ward-Osborne, Charlie Williams, Anna-Lee Wright, Warren Yang, and Minami Yusui.

Miss Saigon has music by Claude-Michel Schönberg with lyrics by Richard Maltby Jr. and Alain Boublil, adapted from original French lyrics by Alain Boublil, with additional lyrics by Michael Mahler. The new production is directed by Laurence Connor with musical staging by Bob Avian and additional choreography by Geoffrey Garratt. Production design is by Totie Driver and Matt Kinley based on an original concept by Adrian Vaux; costume design by Andreane Neofitou; lighting design by Bruno Poet; sound design by Mick Potter; and projections by Luke Halls. Orchestrations are by William DavidBrohn; musical supervision by Stephen Brooker and musical direction by James Moore. Casting is by Tara Rubin Casting / Merri Sugarman CSA.

Miss Saigon tells the story of the last days of the Vietnam War, when 17 year-old Kim (Eva Noblezada) is forced to work in a Saigon bar run by a notorious character known as the Engineer (Jon Jon Briones). There she meets and falls in love with an American GI named Chris (Alistair Brammer) but they are torn apart by the fall of Saigon. For three years Kim goes on an epic journey of survival to find her way back to Chris, who has no idea he has fathered a son.

The new production of Miss Saigon opened in London in May 2014 to record-breaking advance sales and critical acclaim. Dominic Cavendish in The Daily Telegraph wrote, “This thrilling new production spills out beyond the theater and speaks directly to the times we live in. Not only one of the most innovative shows of the last quarter century, but one of the most profound and lasting great musicals of the 20th century. There is something in the air which means Miss Saigon is not only right to come back, but it is urgent and necessary that it comes back now.” Dominic Maxwell in The Times called the production “thrilling, soaring and spectacular.” The reviews for its stars were also raves. David Benedict in Variety wrote, “In an astonishing stage debut, Eva Noblezada gives a thrilling performance as Kim, with poise, power and a superb voice.” And Dominic Maxwell in The Times said Jon Jon Briones plays the Engineer with “brilliant, avaricious charm.”

Miss Saigon The 25th Anniversary Performance was presented at sold-out screenings throughout North America this past September and recently recorded the biggest ever debut for an event cinema release in the UK. Miss Saigon: The Definitive Live Recording is available from Universal Music and First Night Records.

Miss Saigon swept the board at the 2015 Whatsonstage.com Awards winning a record-breaking nine awards, the most awards ever won by a single show in the 15-year history of the awards including: Best West End Show; Best Revival of a Musical; Best Leading Actress in a Musical (Eva Noblezada) and Best Leading Actor in a Musical (Jon Jon Briones).

Since its London world premiere in 1989, Cameron Mackintosh’s production of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg’s epic musical Miss Saigon has become one of the most successful musicals in history. The original Broadway production of Miss Saigon opened on April 11, 1991 with what was the largest advance sale in Broadway history ($37 million). The show went on to play for nearly ten years and 4,063 performances seen by more than 5.9 million people. Miss Saigon has been performed in 28 countries, over 300 cities in 15 different languages, has won over 40 awards including 2 Olivier Awards, 3 Tony Awards, and 4 Drama Desk Awards and been seen by over 35 million people worldwide.

Alistair Brammer and Rachelle Ann Go are appearing in Miss Saigon with the support of Actors’ Equity Association.

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