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

The company on the stage of The New Amsterdam Theatre in New York. Photo by Lia Chang

Six weeks of fundraising culminates in an extravaganza of Broadway stars, extraordinary ensembles and one-of-a-kind performances at Red Bucket Follies at 4:30 pm on Monday, December 3, and at 2 pm on Tuesday, December 4 at the New Amsterdam Theatre in New York. The show is produced by and benefits Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

The company on the stage of The New Amsterdam Theatre in New York. Photo by Lia Chang
The company on the stage of The New Amsterdam Theatre in New York. Photo by Lia Chang

The opening number of BC/EFA’s Red Bucket Follies will celebrate the 60th Anniversary of Flower Drum Song and will honor the legacy of Asian-Americans on Broadway.

Telly Leung, Alvin Ing and Jose Llana. Photo by Lia Chang
Telly Leung, Alvin Ing and Jose Llana. Photo by Lia Chang

Paying tribute to the trailblazing productions of Flower Drum Song, the number will feature members of the original 1958 cast as well as Asians currently on Broadway. The piece will celebrate Broadway’s diversity and the diversity within the Asian-American experience. The number was conceived by Lainie Sakakura and Telly Leung, and written by Lainie Sakakura, cast members from the 2002 David Henry Hwang revisal of Flower Drum Song. Alex Sanchez will direct and choreograph.

The Elders - Left to right Paula Chin, Victoria Racimo, Kumiko Nakagawa, Alvin Ing, Mae Wong, Carol Gordon Moora, Virginia Wing. Photo by Lia Chang
The Elders – Left to right Paula Chin, Victoria Racimo, Kumiko Nakagawa, Alvin Ing, Mae Wong, Carol Gordon Moora, Virginia Wing. Photo by Lia Chang

Flower Drum Song features Music by Richard Rodgers, Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, Original Broadway Revival Choreography by Robert Longbottom , Music Direction by Ted Arthur, Additional Lyrics by Vanessa Brown, Lainie Sakakura, Orchestrations by Adam Kaufman and Costume Design by Jeremy Bailey-Smith.

Telly Leung, Alvin Ing, Jodi Long and Jose Llana. Photo by Lia Chang
Telly Leung, Alvin Ing, Jodi Long and Jose Llana. Photo by Lia Chang

Performers: Aaron J. Albano, Sandra Allen, Susan Ancheta, Alan Ariano, Paula Chin, Marcus Choi, Adrianne Chu, Ma-Anne Dionisio, Ali Ewoldt, Takayo Fischer, Lydia Gaston, Sally Hong, Joomin Hwang, Jason Garcia Ignacio, Sabrina Imamura, Miho Imoto, Alvin Ing, Nina Zoie Lam, Telly Leung, Jose Llana, Baayork Lee, Jodi Long, J. Elaine Marcos, Paul HeeSang Miller, Carol Gordon Morra, Kumiko Nakagawa, Ashley Park, Vicki Racimo, Catherine Ricafort, Lainie Sakakura, Rommy Sandhu, Herman Sebek, Shawnee Smith, Riza Takahashi, Yuka Takara, Robert Tatad, Virginia Wing, Mae Wong, Ericka Yang, Warren Yang, Kelli Youngman, Lisa Yuen and Minami Yusui.

Downstage right and clockwise) - Aaron J. Albano, Minami Yusui, Yuka Takara, Jason Ignacio Garcia, Riza Takahashi, Joomin Hwang, Warren Yang, Kelli Youngman, Paul HeeSang Miller, Adrianne Chu, Sabrina Imamura, Telly Leung, Center - Ericka Hunter. Photo by Lia Chang
Downstage right and clockwise – Aaron J. Albano, Minami Yusui, Yuka Takara, Jason Garcia Ignacio, Riza Takahashi, Joomin Hwang, Warren Yang, Kelli Youngman, Paul HeeSang Miller, Adrianne Chu, Sabrina Imamura, Telly Leung, Center – Ericka Hunter. Photo by Lia Chang

Red Bucket Follies (#redbucketfollies) will feature guest appearances by Mike Birbiglia (Mike Birbiglia’s The New One); Norbert Leo Butz and Harry Hadden-Paton (My Fair Lady); Kevin Chamberlin (Wicked); Noma Dumezweni, Poppy Miller and Paul Thornley (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child); Erika Henningsen, Ashley Park, Kate Rockwell, Kyle Selig and Jennifer Simard (Mean Girls); Cherry Jones (The Lifespan of a Fact); and Michael Urie (Torch Song).

Legacy Robe recipients: Aaron J. Albano, Nina Zoie Lam, Lydia Gaston, Catherine Ricafort, J. Elaine Marcos, Lainie Sakakura, Alan Ariano, (not pictured: Baayork Lee) Rommy Sandhu. Photo by Lia Chang
Legacy Robe recipients: Aaron J. Albano, Nina Zoie Lam, Lydia Gaston, Catherine Ricafort, J. Elaine Marcos, Lainie Sakakura, Rommy Sandhu, Alan Ariano, (not pictured: Baayork Lee). Photo by Lia Chang

This year’s songs, skits and dances will feature more than 150 singers and dancers. Broadway shows scheduled to perform include Chicago, Frozen, Hamilton, Kinky Boots, The Lion King, and Wicked, as well as Off-Broadway’s Avenue Q, Fiddler on the Roof – in Yiddish and NEWSical The Musical. Representing Dancers Responding to AIDS, a program of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, choreographer Billy Griffin will share an original piece created for this year’s Hudson Valley Dance Festival.

Daniel May, Alan Ariano, Telly Leung, Yuka Takara, Robert Longbottom and Lainie Sakakura. Photo by Lia Chang
Daniel May, Alan Ariano, Telly Leung, Yuka Takara, Robert Longbottom and Lainie Sakakura. Photo by Lia Chang

A panel of distinguished judges will award best presentation honors at Tuesday’s performance. This year’s judges are music supervisor Mary-Mitchell Campbell (Mean Girls, The Prom); Ali Ewoldt and Jay Armstrong Johnson (The Phantom of the Opera); the legendary Rosemary Harris (My Fair Lady); Andy Karl and Orfeh (Pretty Woman); Caitlin Kinnunen and Isabelle McCalla (The Prom); Peppermint (Head Over Heels) and Nicolette Robinson(Waitress). Also joining the panel are Nathan Noh and Peg Wendlandt, who won their judging spots by bidding on exclusive VIP packages at the 32nd Annual Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction in September.

Ultimate Broadway buff Seth Rudetsky, host of SiriusXM’s “On Broadway” channel, returns to lead the festivities for the 11th year. The show also will include a number, directed and choreographed by Karla Puno Garcia, honoring the national touring shows that participated in the fall fundraising, and a tribute to Broadway Cares’ iconic red buckets, directed and choreographed by Chaz Wolcott.

Red Bucket Follies builds on the 29-year legacy of the Gypsy of the Year Competition. The show will continue to showcase ensemble members and special guests sharing original performances, with awards given to the best presentation and for the top fundraising Broadway, Off-Broadway and national touring shows for the six weeks’ efforts.

A limited number of tickets, starting at $30, are available. They can be purchased at broadwaycares.org.

Red Bucket Follies will be directed by Jason Trubitt with Matthew Kurtis Lutz serving as production stage manager and Ted Arthur as music director.

Since 1989, the 29 editions of Gypsy of the Year raised $76 million to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Red Bucket Follies will build on that tradition.

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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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Lori Tan Chinn, Baayork Lee, Paul Shaffer, Denise Burse, Daniel K. Isaac, Tracie Thoms and More Visit GETTIN’ THE BAND BACK TOGETHER

Lori Tan Chinn and Baayork Lee visit GETTIN' THE BAND BACK TOGETHER. Photo by Lia Chang

The cast of GETTIN’ THE BAND BACK TOGETHER have welcomed many in the Broadway community throughout their run including Lori Tan Chinn, Baayork Lee, Paul Shaffer, André De Shields, Daniel K. Isaac, Denise Burse, Jose Llana, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Marsha Mason, Alex Newell, the kids from SCHOOL OF ROCK, Eric William Morris and his cast members from KING KONG.

Baayork Lee, Garth Kravits, Lori Tan Chinn. Photo by Lia Chang
Baayork Lee, Garth Kravits, Lori Tan Chinn. Photo by Lia Chang

Helmed by Tony Award winner John Rando and featuring choreography by Chris Bailey, GETTIN’ THE BAND BACK TOGETHER will close on Sunday, September 16 following the evening performance. It will have played 30 previews and 40 performances. Previews began on July 19 and the show opened on August 13. Click here to purchase tickets.

Jay Klaitz, Mitchell Jarvis and Garth Kravits. Photo by Lia Chang
Jay Klaitz, Mitchell Jarvis and Garth Kravits. Photo by Lia Chang

GETTIN’ THE BAND BACK TOGETHER features original music and lyrics by Mark Allen, a book by Ken Davenport and The Grundleshotz, with additional material by Sarah Saltzberg. The creative team includes Tony Award winners Derek McLane (Scenic Design), Emily Rebholz (Costume Design), Ken Billington (Lighting Design), John Shivers (Sound Design) in addition to Music Direction by Sonny Paladino.

Lori Tan Chinn and Baayork Lee visit GETTIN' THE BAND BACK TOGETHER. Photo by Lia Chang
Lori Tan Chinn and Baayork Lee visit GETTIN’ THE BAND BACK TOGETHER. Photo by Lia Chang

The cast of GETTIN’ THE BAND BACK TOGETHER features Mitchell Jarvis, Jay Klaitz, Manu Narayan, Paul Whitty, Sawyer Nunes, Marilu Henner, Kelli Barrett, Becca Kötte, Garth Kravits, Tamika Lawrence, Noa Solorio, Brandon Williams, Lindsey Brett Carothers, Ryan Duncan, Scott Richard Foster, Jenny Hill, Nehal Joshi, J. Elaine Marcos, Rob Marnell, Jasmin Richardson, Ian Ward, and Tad Wilson.

Lori Tan Chinn and Baayork Lee visit GETTIN' THE BAND BACK TOGETHER. Photo by Lia Chang
Lori Tan Chinn and Baayork Lee visit GETTIN’ THE BAND BACK TOGETHER. Photo by Lia Chang

The cast recently gathered to record the cast album at Power Station and SH-K-BOOM RECORDS will release it later this year.

Mitchell Jarvis, Lori Tan Chinn, Marilu Henner. Photo by Lia Chang
Mitchell Jarvis, Lori Tan Chinn, Marilu Henner. Photo by Lia Chang

Mitch Papadopoulos always wanted to be the next Bruce Springsteen, but he left those daydreams behind for a day job. When this big-shot banker is handed a pink slip on his 40th birthday, he’s forced to move back in with his mom in New Jersey.

Jake Manabat, Raymond J. Lee, Baayork Lee, Garth Kravits, Lori Tan Chinn, Daniel May, J. Elaine Marcos, Yuka Takara, Lia Chang and Jay Klaitz.
Jake Manabat, Raymond J. Lee, Baayork Lee, Garth Kravits, Lori Tan Chinn, Daniel May, J. Elaine Marcos, Yuka Takara, Lia Chang and Jay Klaitz.

A run-in with his former music rival leads to a threat of foreclosure on Mitch’s family home, unless he can win The Battle of the Bands-a rematch over 25 years in the making. So he dusts off his guitar, gathers his old gang, and sets out to win back his house, his pride-and maybe even the high school sweetheart he left behind-proving it’s never too late to give your dreams one last shot.

André De Shields visits with the cast and crew of GETTIN' THE BAND BACK TOGETHER. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields visits with the cast and crew of GETTIN’ THE BAND BACK TOGETHER. Photo by Lia Chang
Garth Kravits, André De Shields, J. Elaine Marcos and Nehal Joshi. Photo by Lia Chang
Garth Kravits, André De Shields, J. Elaine Marcos and Nehal Joshi. Photo by Lia Chang
Mitchell Jarvis, Tracie Thoms, Garth Kravits, Daniel K. Isaac, Talia Thiesfield, Adam Porter Smith, Ryan Duncan. Photo by Lia Chang
Mitchell Jarvis, Tracie Thoms, Garth Kravits, Daniel K. Isaac, Talia Thiesfield, Adam Porter Smith, Ryan Duncan. Photo by Lia Chang

GETTIN’ THE BAND BACK TOGETHER is produced by Ken Davenport, Hunter Arnold, Roy Putrino, Scott Abrams, Sandi Moran, Carl Daikeler, Broadway Strategic Return Fund, Rob Kolson, Marie Barton Stevenson, H. Richard Hopper, Richard Roth, Marguerite Hoffman, Diego Kolankowsky, Gary Nelson, Brian Cromwell Smith, Witzend Productions, David Bryant, Darrell Hankey, Trevor Coates, Ladybug Productions, Jim Wagstaffe, Laura Z. Barket, Judith Manocherian, John McGrain, Steve Reynolds, Sal Buscemi, Douglas K. Atamian, Rich Battista, Frederic J. Siegel, BF Investments, and Sean Attebury. The Associate Producers for the production are Kayla Greenspan and Valerie Novakoff.

Paul Shaffer visits with the cast of GETTIN' THE BAND BACK TOGETHER. Photo by Lia Chang
Paul Shaffer visits with the cast of GETTIN’ THE BAND BACK TOGETHER. Photo by Lia Chang
Ryan Duncan, Brandon Williams, Paul Shaffer and Garth Kravits. Photo by Lia Chang
Ryan Duncan, Brandon Williams, Paul Shaffer and Garth Kravits. Photo by Lia Chang
Mitchell Jarvis, Sawyer Nunes, Jay Klaitz, Paul Shaffer, Paul Whitty and Manu Narayan. Photo by Lia Chang
Mitchell Jarvis, Sawyer Nunes, Jay Klaitz, Paul Shaffer, Paul Whitty and Manu Narayan. Photo by Lia Chang
Mike, Justin Rothberg, Kevin Ramessar, Paul Shaffer, Sonny Paladino, Joe Bergamini and Mark. Photo by Lia Chang
Mike, Justin Rothberg, Kevin Ramessar, Paul Shaffer, Sonny Paladino, Joe Bergamini and Mark. Photo by Lia Chang
Cast members from KING KONG and GETTIN' THE BAND BACK TOGETHER. Photo by Lia Chang
Cast members from KING KONG and GETTIN’ THE BAND BACK TOGETHER. Photo by Lia Chang
Celia Keenan-Bolger, Paul Whitty, Garth Kravits, Mitchell Jarvis, Sarah Saltzberg, Marilu Henner and Kelli Barrett. Photo by Lia Chang
Celia Keenan-Bolger, Paul Whitty, Garth Kravits, Mitchell Jarvis, Sarah Saltzberg, Marilu Henner and Kelli Barrett. Photo by Lia Chang
J. Elaine Marcos, Garth Kravits, Jose Llana, Ryan Duncan, Jaygee Macapugay. Photo by Lia Chang
J. Elaine Marcos, Garth Kravits, Jose Llana, Ryan Duncan, Jaygee Macapugay. Photo by Lia Chang
Celia Keenan-Bolger, Jose Llana and Sarah Saltzberg. Photo by Lia Chang
Celia Keenan-Bolger, Jose Llana and Sarah Saltzberg. Photo by Lia Chang
Brandon Williams, Garth Kravits, Alex Newell, Nehal Joshi and J. Elaine Marcos. Photo by Lia Chang
Brandon Williams, Garth Kravits, Alex Newell, Nehal Joshi and J. Elaine Marcos. Photo by Lia Chang
Rob Marnell, Nehal Joshi, Lynsey Brett Carothers, Garth Kravits, Noa Solorio, Sawyer Nunes, Tamika Lawrence, Paul Whitty, Kelli Barrett, Mitchell Jarvis, Marilu Henner, Jay Klaitz, Becca Kotte, Manu Narayan, Brandon Williams, Jasmin Richardson, Tad Wilson, Ryan Duncan, J. Elaine Marcos. Photo by Lia Chang
Rob Marnell, Nehal Joshi, Lynsey Brett Carothers, Garth Kravits, Noa Solorio, Sawyer Nunes, Tamika Lawrence, Paul Whitty, Kelli Barrett, Mitchell Jarvis, Marilu Henner, Jay Klaitz, Becca Kotte, Manu Narayan, Brandon Williams, Jasmin Richardson, Tad Wilson, Ryan Duncan, J. Elaine Marcos. Photo by Lia Chang

Inside the GETTIN’ THE BAND BACK TOGETHER Opening Night Party with Garth Kravits, Marilu Henner, Mitchell Jarvis, Jay Klaitz, Brandon Williams and More

vox.com: Gettin’ the Band Back Together is a giant musical comedy dad joke. To hate it is to hate joy.

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

Brandon Williams, Jay Klaitz, Lia Chang, Daniel K. Isaac and Garth Kravits.
Brandon Williams, Jay Klaitz, Lia Chang, Daniel K. Isaac and 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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Final Weekend to see Mitchell Jarvis, Garth Kravits, Marilu Henner, Jay Klaitz, Kelli Barrett, Brandon Williams and More in GETTIN’ THE BAND BACK TOGETHER

Garth Kravits, Ryan Duncan and Brandon Williams. Photo by Cherie B. Tay

It’s your final weekend to see the new musical Gettin’ The Band Back Together at The Belasco Theatre (111 W 44th Street).

Brandon Williams, Garth Kravits, J. Elaine Marcos. Photo by Cherie B. Tay
MouthFeel band members Brandon Williams, Garth Kravits, J. Elaine Marcos. Photo by Cherie B. Tay

Helmed by Tony Award winner John Rando and featuring choreography by Chris Bailey, Gettin’ The Band Back Together will close on Sunday, September 16 following the evening performance. It will have played 30 previews and 40 performances. Previews began on July 19 and the show opened on August 13. Click here to purchase tickets.

Ryan Duncan, Brandon Williams and Garth Kravits. Photo by Cherie B. Tay
MouthFeel band members Ryan Duncan, Brandon Williams and Garth Kravits. Photo by Cherie B. Tay

The cast recently gathered to record the cast album at Power Station and SH-K-BOOM RECORDS will release it later this year.

Garth Kravits, Ryan Duncan and Brandon Williams. Photo by Cherie B. Tay
MouthFeel band members Garth Kravits, Ryan Duncan and Brandon Williams. Photo by Cherie B. Tay

Gettin’ The Band Back Together has original music and lyrics by Mark Allen and a book by Ken Davenport and The Grundleshotz with additional material by Sarah Saltzberg. The creative team includes Tony Award winners Derek McLane (Scenic Design), Emily Rebholz (Costume Design), Ken Billington (Lighting Design), John Shivers (Sound Design) in addition to Music Direction by Sonny Paladino and Casting by Eisenberg/Beans Casting.

J. Elaine Marcos, Rob Marnell, Ryan Duncan, Jasmin Richardson, Garth Kravits, Tad Wilson, Brandon Williams, Nehal Joshi, Noa Solorio, Sawyer Nunes, Mitchell Jarvis, Sawyer Nunes, Mitchell Jarvis, Tamika Lawrence, Jay Klaitz, Paul Whitty, Marilu Henner, Manu Narayan, Becca Kotte. Photo by Joan Marcus
J. Elaine Marcos, Rob Marnell, Ryan Duncan, Jasmin Richardson, Garth Kravits, Tad Wilson, Brandon Williams, Nehal Joshi, Noa Solorio, Sawyer Nunes, Mitchell Jarvis, Tamika Lawrence, Jay Klaitz, Paul Whitty, Marilu Henner, Manu Narayan, Becca Kötte. Photo by Joan Marcus

The cast of Gettin’ The Band Back Together features Mitchell Jarvis (Mitch Papadopoulos), Jay Klaitz (Bart Vickers), Manu Narayan (Dr. Rummesh “Robbie” Patel), Paul Whitty (Michael “Sully” Sullivan), Sawyer Nunes (Ricky “Bling” Goldstein), Marilu Henner (“Mitch’s Mom,” aka Sharon Papadopoulos), Kelli Barrett (Dani), Becca Kötte (Tawney), Garth Kravits (Ritchie), Tamika Lawrence (Roxanne Velasco), Noa Solorio (Billie), and Brandon Williams (Tygen Billows). The cast also includes Lindsey Brett Carothers, Ryan Duncan, Scott Richard Foster, Jenny Hill, Nehal Joshi, J. Elaine Marcos, Rob Marnell, Jasmin Richardson, Ian Ward, and Tad Wilson.

2-Garth Kravits, Jasmin Richardson, J. Elaine Marcos, Sawyer Nunes, Rob Marnell, Noa Solorio, Mitchell Jarvis, Tamika Lawrence, Ryan Duncan, Nehal Joshi, Tad Wilson, Becca Kotte. Photo by Joan Marcus
Garth Kravits, Jasmin Richardson, J. Elaine Marcos, Sawyer Nunes, Rob Marnell, Noa Solorio, Mitchell Jarvis, Tamika Lawrence, Ryan Duncan, Nehal Joshi, Tad Wilson, Becca Kötte. Photo by Joan Marcus

Mitch Papadopoulos always wanted to be the next Bruce Springsteen, but he left those daydreams behind for a day job. When this big-shot banker is handed a pink slip on his 40th birthday, he’s forced to move back in with his mom in New Jersey.

Garth Kravits, Tamika Lawrence, Noa Solorio, Rob Marnell, Becca Kotte, Sawyer Nunes, J. Elaine Marcos, Jasmin Richardson and Ryan Duncan. Photo by Joan Marcus
Garth Kravits, Tamika Lawrence, Noa Solorio, Rob Marnell, Becca Kötte, Sawyer Nunes, J. Elaine Marcos, Jasmin Richardson and Ryan Duncan. Photo by Joan Marcus

A run-in with his former music rival leads to a threat of foreclosure on Mitch’s family home, unless he can win The Battle of the Bands-a rematch over 25 years in the making. So he dusts off his guitar, gathers his old gang, and sets out to win back his house, his pride-and maybe even the high school sweetheart he left behind-proving it’s never too late to give your dreams one last shot.

Kelli Barrett and Mitchell Jarvis and the company. Photo by Joan Marcus
Kelli Barrett and Mitchell Jarvis and the company. Photo by Joan Marcus

Gettin’ The Band Back Together is produced by Ken Davenport, Hunter Arnold, Roy Putrino, Scott Abrams, Sandi Moran, Carl Daikeler, Broadway Strategic Return Fund, Rob Kolson, Marie Barton Stevenson, H. Richard Hopper, Richard Roth, Marguerite Hoffman, Diego Kolankowsky, Gary Nelson, Brian Cromwell Smith, Witzend Productions, David Bryant, Darrell Hankey, Trevor Coates, Ladybug Productions, Jim Wagstaffe, Laura Z. Barket, Judith Manocherian, John McGrain, Steve Reynolds, Sal Buscemi, Douglas K. Atamian, Rich Battista, Frederic J. Siegel, BF Investments, and Sean Attebury. The Associate Producers for the production are Kayla Greenspan and Valerie Novakoff.

Becca Kotte, Ryan Duncan, Nehal Joshi, Manu Narayan, Mitchell Jarvis, Tad Wilson and Paul Whitty. Photo by Cherie B. Tay
Becca Kotte, Ryan Duncan, Nehal Joshi, Manu Narayan, Mitchell Jarvis, Tad Wilson and Paul Whitty. Photo by Cherie B. Tay
Kelli Barrett and Mitchell Jarvis. Photo by Joan Marcus
Kelli Barrett and Mitchell Jarvis. Photo by Joan Marcus
Mitchell Jarvis and Marilu Henner. Photo by Joan Marcus
Mitchell Jarvis and Marilu Henner. Photo by Joan Marcus
Brandon Williams and the company. Photo by Joan Marcus
Brandon Williams and the company. Photo by Joan Marcus
Jay Klaitz, Manu Narayan, Mitchell Jarvis, Paul Whitty. Photo by Joan Marcus
Jay Klaitz, Manu Narayan, Mitchell Jarvis, Paul Whitty. Photo by Joan Marcus
Jay Klaitz and Mitchell Jarvis. Photo by Joan Marcus
Jay Klaitz and Mitchell Jarvis. Photo by Joan Marcus
Jay Klaitz and Marilu Henner. Photo by Joan Marcus
Jay Klaitz and Marilu Henner. Photo by Joan Marcus
Manu Narayan, Jay Klaitz, Paul Whitty, Sawyer Nunes and Mitchell Jarvis. Photo by Joan Marcus
Manu Narayan, Jay Klaitz, Paul Whitty, Sawyer Nunes and Mitchell Jarvis. Photo by Joan Marcus
Tamika Lawrence, Noa Solorio, Sawyer Nunes, Jay Klaitz, Paul Whitty, Manu Narayan, Tad Wilson, Marilu Henner. Photo by Joan Marcus
Tamika Lawrence, Noa Solorio, Sawyer Nunes, Jay Klaitz, Paul Whitty, Manu Narayan, Tad Wilson, Marilu Henner. Photo by Joan Marcus
Jay Klaitz, Sawyer Nunes, Paul Whitty, Mitchell Jarvis and Manu Narayan. Photo by Joan Marcus
Jay Klaitz, Sawyer Nunes, Paul Whitty, Mitchell Jarvis and Manu Narayan. Photo by Joan Marcus
Mitchell Jarvis, Sawyer Nunes, Rob Marnell. Photo by Joan Marcus
Mitchell Jarvis, Sawyer Nunes, Rob Marnell. Photo by Joan Marcus

Inside the GETTIN’ THE BAND BACK TOGETHER Opening Night Party with Garth Kravits, Marilu Henner, Mitchell Jarvis, Jay Klaitz, Brandon Williams and More

vox.com: Gettin’ the Band Back Together is a giant musical comedy dad joke. To hate it is to hate joy.

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Mitchell Jarvis, Garth Kravits, Marilu Henner, Jay Klaitz, Brandon Williams and More Kick Off Previews of GETTIN’ THE BAND BACK TOGETHER 

Garth Kravits Returns to Broadway in John Rando Helmed GETTIN’ THE BAND BACK TOGETHER

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

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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GETTIN’ THE BAND BACK TOGETHER’s J. Elaine Marcos Debuts One Woman Show at Feinstein’s/54 Below on September 5

Garth Kravits, Tamika Lawrence, Noa Solorio, Rob Marnell, Becca Kotte, Sawyer Nunes, J. Elaine Marcos, Jasmin Richardson and Ryan Duncan. Photo by Joan Marcus
Garth Kravits, Tamika Lawrence, Noa Solorio, Rob Marnell, Becca Kotte, Sawyer Nunes, J. Elaine Marcos, Jasmin Richardson and Ryan Duncan. Photo by Joan Marcus

J. Elaine Marcos will debut her one woman show What I Did for…a Job at Feinstein’s/54 Below on September 5 at 9:30 pm. Click here for tickets. Use code JEM5 for $5 off.

J. Elaine Marcos on the set of GETTIN' THE BAND BACK TOGETHER at The Belasco Theatre. Photo by Lia Chang
J. Elaine Marcos on the set of GETTIN’ THE BAND BACK TOGETHER at The Belasco Theatre in New York. Photo by Lia Chang

Ms. Marcos is back on Broadway in Gettin’ the Band Back Together through September 16 and received the Legacy Robe on opening night.

J. Elaine Marcos received the Legacy Robe prior to the opening night performance of GETTIN' THE BAND BACK TOGETHER at The Belasco Theatre in New York on August 13, 2018. She is pictured with Lainie Sakakura, another Robe recipient with whom she appeared in FLOWER DRUM SONG.
J. Elaine Marcos received the Legacy Robe prior to the opening night performance of GETTIN’ THE BAND BACK TOGETHER at The Belasco Theatre in New York on August 13, 2018. She is pictured with Lainie Sakakura, another Robe recipient with whom she appeared in David Henry Hwang’s revisal of FLOWER DRUM SONG.

In What I Did for… a Job, J. Ms. Marcos humorously reveals her approach to auditioning for musicals and shares her unique journey in what it took to book 9 Broadway Shows.

The many faces of J. Elaine Marcos in GETTIN' THE BAND BACK TOGETHER. Photo courtesy of Facebook
The many faces of J. Elaine Marcos in GETTIN’ THE BAND BACK TOGETHER. Photo courtesy of Facebook

“I had to learn to break the “rules” in order to be noticed and many of my audition pieces were practically cabaret acts. So, I put them all in a show,” says the Broadway vet.

Ms. Marcos will be joined by fellow Gettin’ the Band Back Together cast member Ryan Duncan along with some special cameos from her Broadway past and William McDaniel on the keys.

Ms. Marcos was last seen stealing big laughs in Los Angeles in the 2017 CBS Diversity Showcase.

Clarke Thorell as Rooster, Jane Lynch as Miss Hannigan and J. Elaine Marcos as Lily in Annie. Photo by Joan Marcus
Clarke Thorell as Rooster, Jane Lynch as Miss Hannigan and J. Elaine Marcos as Lily in Annie. Photo by Joan Marcus

Prior to relocating to the West Coast she re-created the role of ‘Lily St. Regis’ in the revival of Annie along side Jane Lynch. Her comedic reputation began after her portrayal of ‘Cynthia’ in Priscilla Queen of the Desert, earning her an Astaire Award Nomination for Excellence in Dance. Additional Broadway credits include the revival of A Chorus LineThe Wedding SingerFlower Drum Song, Sweet Charity, Wonderful Town, and Miss Saigon.

Cast of Flower Drum Song in rehearsal at 890 Broadway Studios in New York on September 22, 2002. Photo by Lia Chang Cast of Flower Drum Song in rehearsal at 890 Broadway Studios in New York on September 22, 2002. Photo by Lia Chang
Cast of Flower Drum Song in rehearsal at 890 Broadway Studios in New York on September 22, 2002. Photo by Lia Chang

On screen, J. Elaine made her feature film debut in Morning Glory as ‘Lisa Bartlett’ opposite Rachel McAdams; and went on to appear in St. Vincent with Bill Murray. On TV she appeared in :Grace and Frankie,” “2 Broke Girls,” “School of Rock,” “30 Rock” and “Law & Order: SVU,” and is featured in the documentary Every Little Step.

This skilled Filipina comedian writes and produces her own YouTube comedy blog series :Motivational Mondays,” starring as the linguistically challenged but always optimistic motivational speaker named ‘V’.

Feinstein’s/54 Below, Broadway’s Supper Club & Private Event Destination, is a performance venue in the grand tradition of New York City nightlife. Feinstein’s/54 Below presents iconic and rising stars from the worlds of Broadway and popular music and has set a new standard for culinary excellence worthy of the world-class entertainment on the stage. Located at 254 West 54th Street.

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Lia Chang, Garth Kravits, Andre De Shields, J. Elaine Marcos and Nehal Joshi on the set of GETTIN' THE BAND BACK TOGETHER at The Belasco Theatre in New York.
Lia Chang, Garth Kravits, Andre De Shields, J. Elaine Marcos and Nehal Joshi on the set of GETTIN’ THE BAND BACK TOGETHER at The Belasco Theatre in New York.
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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Production Photos: Mitchell Jarvis, Marilu Henner, Jay Klaitz, Garth Kravits, Kelli Barrett, Brandon Williams, Nehal Joshi, J. Elaine Marcos and More in GETTIN’ THE BAND BACK TOGETHER

2-Garth Kravits, Jasmin Richardson, J. Elaine Marcos, Sawyer Nunes, Rob Marnell, Noa Solorio, Mitchell Jarvis, Tamika Lawrence, Ryan Duncan, Nehal Joshi, Tad Wilson, Becca Kotte. Photo by Joan Marcus
J. Elaine Marcos, Rob Marnell, Ryan Duncan, Jasmin Richardson, Garth Kravits, Tad Wilson, Brandon Williams, Nehal Joshi, Noa Solorio, Sawyer Nunes, Mitchell Jarvis, Sawyer Nunes, Mitchell Jarvis, Tamika Lawrence, Jay Klaitz, Paul Whitty, Marilu Henner, Manu Narayan, Becca Kotte. Photo by Joan Marcus
J. Elaine Marcos, Rob Marnell, Ryan Duncan, Jasmin Richardson, Garth Kravits, Tad Wilson, Brandon Williams, Nehal Joshi, Noa Solorio, Sawyer Nunes, Mitchell Jarvis, Tamika Lawrence, Jay Klaitz, Paul Whitty, Marilu Henner, Manu Narayan, Becca Kötte. Photo by Joan Marcus

The new musical Gettin’ The Band Back Together is currently playing  at The Belasco Theatre (111 W 44th Street). Helmed by Tony Award winner John Rando and featuring choreography by Chris Bailey, the production began previews on July 19 and opened on August 13.

2-Garth Kravits, Jasmin Richardson, J. Elaine Marcos, Sawyer Nunes, Rob Marnell, Noa Solorio, Mitchell Jarvis, Tamika Lawrence, Ryan Duncan, Nehal Joshi, Tad Wilson, Becca Kotte. Photo by Joan Marcus
Garth Kravits, Jasmin Richardson, J. Elaine Marcos, Sawyer Nunes, Rob Marnell, Noa Solorio, Mitchell Jarvis, Tamika Lawrence, Ryan Duncan, Nehal Joshi, Tad Wilson, Becca Kötte. Photo by Joan Marcus

Inside the GETTIN’ THE BAND BACK TOGETHER Opening Night Party with Garth Kravits, Marilu Henner, Mitchell Jarvis, Jay Klaitz, Brandon Williams and More

You can get 2 for 1 tickets for Gettin’ The Band Back Together during Broadway week, Sept 3-16! Visit www.telechargeoffers.com
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Garth Kravits, Tamika Lawrence, Noa Solorio, Rob Marnell, Becca Kotte, Sawyer Nunes, J. Elaine Marcos, Jasmin Richardson and Ryan Duncan. Photo by Joan Marcus
Garth Kravits, Tamika Lawrence, Noa Solorio, Rob Marnell, Becca Kötte, Sawyer Nunes, J. Elaine Marcos, Jasmin Richardson and Ryan Duncan. Photo by Joan Marcus

The cast recently recorded the cast album at Power Station, to be released by SH-K-BOOM RECORDS later this year.

Kelli Barrett and Mitchell Jarvis and the company. Photo by Joan Marcus
Kelli Barrett and Mitchell Jarvis and the company. Photo by Joan Marcus

Gettin’ The Band Back Together has original music and lyrics by Mark Allen and a book by Ken Davenport and The Grundleshotz with additional material by Sarah Saltzberg. The creative team includes Tony Award winners Derek McLane (Scenic Design), Emily Rebholz (Costume Design), Ken Billington (Lighting Design), John Shivers (Sound Design) in addition to Music Direction by Sonny Paladino and Casting by Eisenberg/Beans Casting.

Kelli Barrett and Mitchell Jarvis. Photo by Joan Marcus
Kelli Barrett and Mitchell Jarvis. Photo by Joan Marcus

The cast of Gettin’ The Band Back Together features Mitchell Jarvis (Mitch Papadopoulos), Jay Klaitz (Bart Vickers), Manu Narayan (Dr. Rummesh “Robbie” Patel), Paul Whitty (Michael “Sully” Sullivan), Sawyer Nunes (Ricky “Bling” Goldstein), Marilu Henner (“Mitch’s Mom,” aka Sharon Papadopoulos), Kelli Barrett (Dani), Becca Kötte (Tawney), Garth Kravits (Ritchie), Tamika Lawrence (Roxanne Velasco), Noa Solorio (Billie), and Brandon Williams (Tygen Billows). The cast also includes Lindsey Brett Carothers, Ryan Duncan, Scott Richard Foster, Jenny Hill, Nehal Joshi, J. Elaine Marcos, Rob Marnell, Jasmin Richardson, Ian Ward, and Tad Wilson.

Mitchell Jarvis and Marilu Henner. Photo by Joan Marcus
Mitchell Jarvis and Marilu Henner. Photo by Joan Marcus

Mitch Papadopoulos always wanted to be the next Bruce Springsteen, but he left those daydreams behind for a day job. When this big-shot banker is handed a pink slip on his 40th birthday, he’s forced to move back in with his mom in New Jersey.

Brandon Williams and the company. Photo by Joan Marcus
Brandon Williams and the company. Photo by Joan Marcus

A run-in with his former music rival leads to a threat of foreclosure on Mitch’s family home, unless he can win The Battle of the Bands-a rematch over 25 years in the making. So he dusts off his guitar, gathers his old gang, and sets out to win back his house, his pride-and maybe even the high school sweetheart he left behind-proving it’s never too late to give your dreams one last shot.

Gettin’ The Band Back Together is produced by Ken Davenport, Hunter Arnold, Roy Putrino, Scott Abrams, Sandi Moran, Carl Daikeler, Broadway Strategic Return Fund, Rob Kolson, Marie Barton Stevenson, H. Richard Hopper, Richard Roth, Marguerite Hoffman, Diego Kolankowsky, Gary Nelson, Brian Cromwell Smith, Witzend Productions, David Bryant, Darrell Hankey, Trevor Coates, Ladybug Productions, Jim Wagstaffe, Laura Z. Barket, Judith Manocherian, John McGrain, Steve Reynolds, Sal Buscemi, Douglas K. Atamian, Rich Battista, Frederic J. Siegel, BF Investments, and Sean Attebury. The Associate Producers for the production are Kayla Greenspan and Valerie Novakoff.

Jay Klaitz, Manu Narayan, Mitchell Jarvis, Paul Whitty. Photo by Joan Marcus
Jay Klaitz, Manu Narayan, Mitchell Jarvis, Paul Whitty. Photo by Joan Marcus
Jay Klaitz and Mitchell Jarvis. Photo by Joan Marcus
Jay Klaitz and Mitchell Jarvis. Photo by Joan Marcus
Jay Klaitz and Marilu Henner. Photo by Joan Marcus
Jay Klaitz and Marilu Henner. Photo by Joan Marcus
Manu Narayan, Jay Klaitz, Paul Whitty, Sawyer Nunes and Mitchell Jarvis. Photo by Joan Marcus
Manu Narayan, Jay Klaitz, Paul Whitty, Sawyer Nunes and Mitchell Jarvis. Photo by Joan Marcus
Tamika Lawrence, Noa Solorio, Sawyer Nunes, Jay Klaitz, Paul Whitty, Manu Narayan, Tad Wilson, Marilu Henner. Photo by Joan Marcus
Tamika Lawrence, Noa Solorio, Sawyer Nunes, Jay Klaitz, Paul Whitty, Manu Narayan, Tad Wilson, Marilu Henner. Photo by Joan Marcus
Jay Klaitz, Sawyer Nunes, Paul Whitty, Mitchell Jarvis and Manu Narayan. Photo by Joan Marcus
Jay Klaitz, Sawyer Nunes, Paul Whitty, Mitchell Jarvis and Manu Narayan. Photo by Joan Marcus
Mitchell Jarvis, Sawyer Nunes, Rob Marnell. Photo by Joan Marcus
Mitchell Jarvis, Sawyer Nunes, Rob Marnell. Photo by Joan Marcus

vox.com: Gettin’ the Band Back Together is a giant musical comedy dad joke. To hate it is to hate joy.

GETTIN’ THE BAND BACK TOGETHER Cast Set to Record Cast Album Today 

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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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GETTIN’ THE BAND BACK TOGETHER Cast Set to Record Cast Album Today

Jay Klaitz, Sarah Saltzberg, Mitch Jarvis, Garth Kravits and Brandon Williams. Photo by Lia Chang
Jay Klaitz, Sarah Saltzberg, Mitch Jarvis, Garth Kravits and Brandon Williams. Photo by Lia Chang
Jay Klaitz, Sarah Saltzberg, Mitch Jarvis, Garth Kravits and Brandon Williams. Photo by Lia Chang

SH-K-BOOM RECORDS has announced it will record the new musical comedy, Gettin’ The Band Back Together for an Original Broadway Cast Album to be released later this year. The production, currently running at The Belasco Theatre, is directed by Tony Award winner John Rando and choreographed by Chris Bailey.

Gettin’ The Band Back Together has original music and lyrics by Mark Allen and a book by Ken Davenport and The Grundleshotz with additional material by Sarah Saltzberg. The creative team includes Tony Award winners Derek McLane (Scenic Design), Emily Rebholz (Costume Design), Ken Billington (Lighting Design), John Shivers (Sound Design) in addition to Music Direction by Sonny Paladino and Casting by Eisenberg/Beans Casting. Orchestrations are by Doug Katsaros and Sonny Paladino.

The cast of Gettin’ The Band Back Together features Mitchell Jarvis (Mitch Papadopoulos), Jay Klaitz (Bart Vickers), Manu Narayan (Dr. Rummesh “Robbie” Patel), Paul Whitty (Michael “Sully” Sullivan), Sawyer Nunes (Ricky “Bling” Goldstein), Marilu Henner (“Mitch’s Mom,” aka Sharon Papadopoulos), Kelli Barrett (Dani), Becca Kötte (Tawney), Garth Kravits (Ritchie), Tamika Lawrence (Roxanne Velasco), Noa Solorio (Billie), and Brandon Williams (Tygen Billows). The cast also includes Lindsey Brett Carothers, Ryan Duncan, Scott Richard Foster, Jenny Hill, Nehal Joshi, J. Elaine Marcos, Rob Marnell, Jasmin Richardson, Ian Ward, and Tad Wilson.

Mitch Papadopoulos always wanted to be the next Bruce Springsteen, but he left those daydreams behind for a day job. When this big-shot banker is handed a pink slip on his 40th birthday, he’s forced to move back in with his mom in New Jersey. A run-in with his former music rival leads to a threat of foreclosure on Mitch’s family home, unless he can win The Battle of the Bands-a rematch over 25 years in the making. So he dusts off his guitar, gathers his old gang, and sets out to win back his house, his pride-and maybe even the high school sweetheart he left behind-proving it’s never too late to give your dreams one last shot.

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GETTIN’ THE BAND BACK TOGETHER Opens on Broadway Tonight

Mitchell Jarvis, Garth Kravits and Brandon Williams. Photos by Robert Ascroft

Gettin’ The Band Back Together began previews on July 19 at The Belasco Theatre (111 W 44th Street). The production, which is directed by Tony Award winner John Rando and choreographed by Chris Bailey, will officially open on August 13. Click here for tickets.

Gettin’ The Band Back Together has original music and lyrics by Mark Allen and a book by Ken Davenport and The Grundleshotz with additional material by Sarah Saltzberg. The creative team includes Tony Award winners Derek McLane (Scenic Design), Emily Rebholz (Costume Design), Ken Billington (Lighting Design), John Shivers (Sound Design) in addition to Music Direction by Sonny Paladino and Casting by Eisenberg/Beans Casting.

The cast of Gettin’ The Band Back Together features Mitchell Jarvis (Mitch Papadopoulos), Jay Klaitz (Bart Vickers), Manu Narayan (Dr. Rummesh “Robbie” Patel), Paul Whitty (Michael “Sully” Sullivan), Sawyer Nunes (Ricky “Bling” Goldstein), Marilu Henner (“Mitch’s Mom,” aka Sharon Papadopoulos), Kelli Barrett (Dani), Becca Kötte (Tawney), Garth Kravits (Ritchie), Tamika Lawrence (Roxanne Velasco), Noa Solorio (Billie), and Brandon Williams (Tygen Billows). The cast also includes Lindsey Brett Carothers, Ryan Duncan, Scott Richard Foster, Jenny Hill, Nehal Joshi, J. Elaine Marcos, Rob Marnell, Jasmin Richardson, Ian Ward, and Tad Wilson.

Mitch Papadopoulos always wanted to be the next Bruce Springsteen, but he left those daydreams behind for a day job. When this big-shot banker is handed a pink slip on his 40th birthday, he’s forced to move back in with his mom in New Jersey.

A run-in with his former music rival leads to a threat of foreclosure on Mitch’s family home, unless he can win The Battle of the Bands-a rematch over 25 years in the making. So he dusts off his guitar, gathers his old gang, and sets out to win back his house, his pride-and maybe even the high school sweetheart he left behind-proving it’s never too late to give your dreams one last shot.

Gettin’ The Band Back Together is produced by Ken Davenport, Hunter Arnold, Roy Putrino, Scott Abrams, Sandi Moran, Carl Daikeler, Broadway Strategic Return Fund, Rob Kolson, Marie Barton Stevenson, H. Richard Hopper, Richard Roth, Marguerite Hoffman, Diego Kolankowsky, Gary Nelson, Brian Cromwell Smith, Witzend Productions, David Bryant, Darrell Hankey, Trevor Coates, Ladybug Productions, Jim Wagstaffe, Laura Z. Barket, Judith Manocherian, John McGrain, Steve Reynolds, Sal Buscemi, Douglas K. Atamian, Rich Battista, Frederic J. Siegel, BF Investments, and Sean Attebury. The Associate Producers for the production are Kayla Greenspan and Valerie Novakoff.

Free original cast recording available at: www.GettinTheBandBackTogether.com

Town of Sayreville, NJ Becomes Co-Producer on GETTIN’ THE BAND BACK TOGETHER

Mitchell Jarvis, Garth Kravits, Marilu Henner, Jay Klaitz, Brandon Williams and More Kick Off Previews of GETTIN’ THE BAND BACK TOGETHER 

Garth Kravits Returns to Broadway in John Rando Helmed GETTIN’ THE BAND BACK TOGETHER

Town of Sayreville, NJ Becomes Co-Producer on GETTIN’ THE BAND BACK TOGETHER

Brandon Williams, Garth Kravits, Ken Davenport, Marilu Henner, Jay Klaitz. Photo by Lia Chang
Brandon Williams, Garth Kravits, Ken Davenport, Marilu Henner, Jay Klaitz. Photo by Lia Chang
Brandon Williams, Garth Kravits, Ken Davenport, Marilu Henner, Jay Klaitz. Photo by Lia Chang

Gettin’ The Band Back Together today announced that the town of Sayreville, NJ will join them as co-producers. “Our whole show is a love letter to New Jersey, and specifically to Sayreville where it takes place,” said producer Ken Davenport.

Sayreville figures heavily in the show’s road to Broadway. When Davenport and The Grundleshotz, the show’s writers, were creating the show through improv, they visited the town for research in order to lend Jersey authenticity to the new and original American musical comedy. The production shot a music video on location there and recently invited Sayreville residents to the show’s final dress rehearsal on Broadway. And to solidify its Jersey rock cred, Sayreville gave birth to Jon Bon Jovi.

Davenport continues, “While I don’t know if an entire town has ever gotten Broadway billing, we want to acknowledge their invaluable contribution to the show. We just don’t know how we will seat them all on Opening Night!”

Kennedy O’Brien, the Mayor of Sayreville, NJ remarked, “The proud hearts and minds of the people of Sayreville are heavily invested in Gettin’ The Band Back Together and what better way to support the production than to become a producer. This new musical is delightful, I first saw it when they invited the town to the dress rehearsal I haven’t had that much fun in decades”

Gettin’ The Band Back Together began previews on July 19 at The Belasco Theatre (111 W 44th Street). The production, which is directed by Tony Award winner John Rando and choreographed by Chris Bailey, will officially open on August 13. Click here for tickets.

Gettin’ The Band Back Together has original music and lyrics by Mark Allen and a book by Ken Davenport and The Grundleshotz with additional material by Sarah Saltzberg. The creative team includes Tony Award winners Derek McLane (Scenic Design), Emily Rebholz (Costume Design), Ken Billington (Lighting Design), John Shivers (Sound Design) in addition to Music Direction by Sonny Paladino and Casting by Eisenberg/Beans Casting.

The cast of Gettin’ The Band Back Together features Mitchell Jarvis (Mitch Papadopoulos), Jay Klaitz (Bart Vickers), Manu Narayan (Dr. Rummesh “Robbie” Patel), Paul Whitty (Michael “Sully” Sullivan), Sawyer Nunes (Ricky “Bling” Goldstein), Marilu Henner (“Mitch’s Mom,” aka Sharon Papadopoulos), Kelli Barrett (Dani), Becca Kötte (Tawney), Garth Kravits (Ritchie), Tamika Lawrence (Roxanne Velasco), Noa Solorio (Billie), and Brandon Williams (Tygen Billows). The cast also includes Lindsey Brett Carothers, Ryan Duncan, Scott Richard Foster, Jenny Hill, Nehal Joshi, J. Elaine Marcos, Rob Marnell, Jasmin Richardson, Ian Ward, and Tad Wilson.

Mitch Papadopoulos always wanted to be the next Bruce Springsteen, but he left those daydreams behind for a day job. When this big-shot banker is handed a pink slip on his 40th birthday, he’s forced to move back in with his mom in New Jersey.

A run-in with his former music rival leads to a threat of foreclosure on Mitch’s family home, unless he can win The Battle of the Bands-a rematch over 25 years in the making. So he dusts off his guitar, gathers his old gang, and sets out to win back his house, his pride-and maybe even the high school sweetheart he left behind-proving it’s never too late to give your dreams one last shot.

Gettin’ The Band Back Together is produced by Ken Davenport, Hunter Arnold, Roy Putrino, Scott Abrams, Sandi Moran, Carl Daikeler, Broadway Strategic Return Fund, Rob Kolson, Marie Barton Stevenson, H. Richard Hopper, Richard Roth, Marguerite Hoffman, Diego Kolankowsky, Gary Nelson, Brian Cromwell Smith, Witzend Productions, David Bryant, Darrell Hankey, Trevor Coates, Ladybug Productions, Jim Wagstaffe, Laura Z. Barket, Judith Manocherian, John McGrain, Steve Reynolds, Sal Buscemi, Douglas K. Atamian, Rich Battista, Frederic J. Siegel, BF Investments, and Sean Attebury. The Associate Producers for the production are Kayla Greenspan and Valerie Novakoff.

Free original cast recording available at: www.GettinTheBandBackTogether.com

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Mitchell Jarvis, Garth Kravits, Marilu Henner, Jay Klaitz, Brandon Williams and More Kick Off Previews of GETTIN’ THE BAND BACK TOGETHER

Garth Kravits and Becca Kötte at The Belasco. Photo by Lia Chang

Broadway’s Gettin’ The Band Back Together, directed by Tony Award winner John Rando and choreographed by Chris Bailey, begins preview performances tonight at the Belasco Theatre (111 W 44th Street) with the official opening set for August 13.

Mitchell Jarvis, Garth Kravits and Brandon Williams. Photos by Robert Ascroft
Mitchell Jarvis, Garth Kravits and Brandon Williams. Photos by Robert Ascroft

During previews for Broadway’s Gettin’ The Band Back Together, 40 tickets per performance will be available at $40 each for people 40 years of age and older. This rush-offer is available now at the box office and online using the code: BT40440. Customers are able to select from seats in the front orchestra, including the front row, for all preview performances.

Garth Kravits and Becca Kötte at The Belasco. Photo by Lia Chang
Garth Kravits and Noa Solorio at The Belasco. Photo by Lia Chang

Gettin’ The Band Back Together has music and lyrics by Mark Allen and a book by Ken Davenport and The Grundleshotz with additional material by Sarah Saltzberg. The creative team includes Tony Award winners Derek McLane (Scenic Design), Emily Rebholz (Costume Design), Ken Billington (Lighting Design), John Shivers (Sound Design) in addition to Music Direction by Sonny Paladino and Casting by Eisenberg/Beans Casting.

Brandon Williams, Garth Kravits, Ken Davenport, Marilu Henner, Jay Klaitz. Photo by Lia Chang
Brandon Williams, Garth Kravits, Ken Davenport, Marilu Henner, Jay Klaitz. Photo by Lia Chang

The cast of Gettin’ The Band Back Together features Mitchell Jarvis (Mitch Papadopoulos), Jay Klaitz (Bart Vickers), Garth Kravits (Ritchie), Manu Narayan (Dr. Rummesh “Robbie” Patel), Paul Whitty (Michael “Sully” Sullivan), Sawyer Nunes (Ricky “Bling” Goldstein), Marilu Henner (“Mitch’s Mom,” aka Sharon Papadopoulos), Kelli Barrett (Dani), Becca Kötte (Tawney), Tamika Lawrence (Roxanne Velasco), Noa Solorio (Billie), and Brandon Williams (Tygen Billows). The cast also includes Lindsey Brett Carothers, Ryan Duncan, Scott Richard Foster, Jenny Hill, Nehal Joshi, J. Elaine Marcos, Rob Marnell, Jasmin Richardson, Ian Ward, and Tad Wilson.

Producer Ken Davenport with cast members from his new show, GETTIN' THE BAND BACK TOGETHER, Garth Kravits and Jasmin Richardson. Photo by Lia Chang
Producer Ken Davenport with cast members from his new show, GETTIN’ THE BAND BACK TOGETHER, Garth Kravits and Jasmin Richardson. Photo by Lia Chang

Gettin’ The Band Back Together is produced by Ken Davenport, Hunter Arnold, Roy Putrino, Sandi Moran, Carl Daikeler, Broadway Strategic Return Fund, Rob Kolson, H. Richard Hopper, Richard Roth, Marie Barton Stevenson, Diego Kolankowsky, Marguerite Hoffman, Brian Cromwell Smith, Darrell Hankey, Trevor Coates, Wagstaffe Productions, Witzend Productions, David Bryant, Laura Z. Barket, Judith Manocherian, Mach 1 Partners, John McGrain, Steve Reynolds, and Ladybug Productions. The Associate Producers for the production are Kayla Greenspan and Valerie Novakoff.

Jay Klaitz, Sarah Saltzberg, Mitch Jarvis, Garth Kravits and Brandon Williams. Photo by Lia Chang
Jay Klaitz, Sarah Saltzberg, Mitch Jarvis, Garth Kravits and Brandon Williams. Photo by Lia Chang

Mitch Papadopolous always dreamed about being the next Bon Jovi, but he chose security over stardom and left those daydreams behind for a day job. For a while he thought he had everything – the high paying job, the high-rise apartment – until his 40th birthday when he got handed a pink slip and had to move back in with his mom in Sayreville, New Jersey.

Brandon Williams and Mitch Jarvis are rivals in GETTIN' THE BAND BACK TOGETHER. Photo by Lia Chang
Brandon Williams and Mitch Jarvis are rivals in GETTIN’ THE BAND BACK TOGETHER. Photo by Lia Chang

And when his high school arch nemesis threatens to foreclose on their house, this big-shot banker must save his small-town home the only way he can… by winning The Battle of the Bands. So he dusts off his guitar, gathers his old gang, and sets out to win the battle… and maybe even win back the high school sweetheart he left behind… proving it’s never too late to give your dreams one last shot.

GETTIN' THE BAND BACK TOGETHER cast members J. Elaine Marcos, Jasmine Richardson, Garth Kravits at the ONCE ON THIS ISLAND Tony Party at Vida Verde in New York on June 10, 2018. Photo by Lia Chang
GETTIN’ THE BAND BACK TOGETHER cast members J. Elaine Marcos, Jasmine Richardson, Garth Kravits at the ONCE ON THIS ISLAND Tony Party at Vida Verde in New York on June 10, 2018. Photo by Lia Chang

Tickets for Gettin’ The Band Back Together are on sale through www.Telecharge.com / (212) 239-6200. Group tickets are available at www.YourBroadwayGenius.com or by calling 855-329-2932.

Free original cast recording available at: www.GettinTheBandBackTogether.com

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Triple Threat Comedian J. Elaine Marcos Returns to Broadway in GETTIN’ THE BAND BACK TOGETHER and Debuts One Woman Show at Feinstein’s/54 Below 

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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GETTIN’ THE BAND BACK TOGETHER Announces Rush For People 40 And Over

Mitchell Jarvis, Garth Kravits and Brandon Williams. Photos by Robert Ascroft

During previews for Broadway’s Gettin’ The Band Back Together, 40 tickets per performance will be available at $40 each for people 40 years of age and older. This rush-offer is available now at the box office and online using the code: BT40440. Customers are able to select from seats in the front orchestra, including the front row, for all preview performances.

Mitchell Jarvis, Garth Kravits and Brandon Williams. Photos by Robert Ascroft
Mitchell Jarvis, Garth Kravits and Brandon Williams. Photos by Robert Ascroft

The production, which is directed by Tony Award winner John Rando and choreographed by Chris Bailey, will begin preview performances on July 19 at the Belasco Theatre (111 W 44th Street) with the official opening set for August 13.

Gettin’ The Band Back Together has music and lyrics by Mark Allen and a book by Ken Davenport and The Grundleshotz with additional material by Sarah Saltzberg. The creative team includes Tony Award winners Derek McLane (Scenic Design), Emily Rebholz (Costume Design), Ken Billington (Lighting Design), John Shivers (Sound Design) in addition to Music Direction by Sonny Paladino and Casting by Eisenberg/Beans Casting.

Brandon Williams, Garth Kravits, Ken Davenport, Marilu Henner, Jay Klaitz. Photo by Lia Chang
Brandon Williams, Garth Kravits, Ken Davenport, Marilu Henner, Jay Klaitz. Photo by Lia Chang

The cast of Gettin’ The Band Back Together features Mitchell Jarvis (Mitch Papadopoulos), Jay Klaitz (Bart Vickers), Manu Narayan (Dr. Rummesh “Robbie” Patel), Paul Whitty (Michael “Sully” Sullivan), Sawyer Nunes (Ricky “Bling” Goldstein), Marilu Henner (“Mitch’s Mom,” aka Sharon Papadopoulos), Kelli Barrett (Dani), Becca Kötte (Tawney), Garth Kravits (Ritchie), Tamika Lawrence (Roxanne Velasco), Noa Solorio (Billie), and Brandon Williams (Tygen Billows). The cast also includes Lindsey Brett Carothers, Ryan Duncan, Scott Richard Foster, Jenny Hill, Nehal Joshi, J. Elaine Marcos, Rob Marnell, Jasmin Richardson, Ian Ward, and Tad Wilson.

Producer Ken Davenport with cast members from his new show, GETTIN' THE BAND BACK TOGETHER, Garth Kravits and Jasmin Richardson. Photo by Lia Chang
Producer Ken Davenport with cast members from his new show, GETTIN’ THE BAND BACK TOGETHER, Garth Kravits and Jasmin Richardson. Photo by Lia Chang

Gettin’ The Band Back Together is produced by Ken Davenport, Hunter Arnold, Roy Putrino, Sandi Moran, Carl Daikeler, Broadway Strategic Return Fund, Rob Kolson, H. Richard Hopper, Richard Roth, Marie Barton Stevenson, Diego Kolankowsky, Marguerite Hoffman, Brian Cromwell Smith, Darrell Hankey, Trevor Coates, Wagstaffe Productions, Witzend Productions, David Bryant, Laura Z. Barket, Judith Manocherian, Mach 1 Partners, John McGrain, Steve Reynolds, and Ladybug Productions. The Associate Producers for the production are Kayla Greenspan and Valerie Novakoff.

Jay Klaitz, Sarah Saltzberg, Mitch Jarvis, Garth Kravits and Brandon Williams. Photo by Lia Chang
Jay Klaitz, Sarah Saltzberg, Mitch Jarvis, Garth Kravits and Brandon Williams. Photo by Lia Chang

Mitch Papadopolous always dreamed about being the next Bon Jovi, but he chose security over stardom and left those daydreams behind for a day job. For a while he thought he had everything – the high paying job, the high-rise apartment – until his 40th birthday when he got handed a pink slip and had to move back in with his mom in Sayreville, New Jersey.

Brandon Williams and Mitch Jarvis are rivals in GETTIN' THE BAND BACK TOGETHER. Photo by Lia Chang
Brandon Williams and Mitch Jarvis are rivals in GETTIN’ THE BAND BACK TOGETHER. Photo by Lia Chang

And when his high school arch nemesis threatens to foreclose on their house, this big-shot banker must save his small-town home the only way he can… by winning The Battle of the Bands. So he dusts off his guitar, gathers his old gang, and sets out to win the battle… and maybe even win back the high school sweetheart he left behind… proving it’s never too late to give your dreams one last shot.

Tickets for Gettin’ The Band Back Together are on sale through www.Telecharge.com / (212) 239-6200. Group tickets are available at www.YourBroadwayGenius.com or by calling 855-329-2932.

Free original cast recording available at: www.GettinTheBandBackTogether.com

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

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

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