Multimedia: Sneak Peek of CTG’s World Premiere of David Henry Hwang and Jeanine Tesori’s SOFT POWER

Seated: Jeanine Tesori, Francis Jue, Kendyl Ito, Daniel May. Standing: Trevor Salter, Sam Pinkleton, Emily Stillings, Billy Bustamante, Kristen Faith Oei, Jon Hoche, Leigh Silverman, Austin Ku, Paul HeeSang Miller, Jaygee Macapugay, Geena Quintos, Conrad Ricamora, Alyse Alan Louis, Raymond J. Lee, Maria-Christina Oliveras, David Henry Hwang. Photo by Lia Chang
David Henry Hwang. Photo by Lia Chang
David Henry Hwang. Photo by Lia Chang

I got a sneak peek of the world premiere of David Henry Hwang (play and lyrics) and Jeanine Tesori’s (music and additional lyrics) “Soft Power” at the New 42 Street Studios in New York today, where the cast performed a selection of songs from the new piece.

Sam Pinkleton, Jeanine Tesori, David Henry Hwang and Leigh Silverman. Photo by Lia Chang
Sam Pinkleton, Jeanine Tesori, David Henry Hwang and Leigh Silverman. Photo by Lia Chang

Check out video excerpts and photos below from the press preview.

This play with a musical will be produced by Center Theatre Group at the Ahmanson Theatre in association with East West Players from May 3 through June 10, 2018. Directed by Leigh Silverman and choreographed by Sam Pinkleton, the opening of “Soft Power” is set for May 16. Following its run at the Ahmanson, “Soft Power” will play San Francisco’s Curran from June 20 through July 8, 2018.

Conrad Ricamora and Francis Jue. Photo by Lia Chang
Conrad Ricamora and Francis Jue. Photo by Lia Chang

The cast of SOFT POWER features Billy Bustamante (Miss Saigon), Jon Hoche (War Horse tour), Kendyl Ito (Matilda tour), Francis Jue (M. Butterfly), Austin Ku (Chinglish tour), Raymond J. Lee (Groundhog Day), Alyse Alan Louis (Amélie), Jaygee Macapugay (School of Rock), Daniel May (Thoroughly Modern Millie tour), Paul HeeSang Miller (Miss Saigon), Kristen Faith Oei (M. Butterfly), Maria-Christina Oliveras (Amélie), Geena Quintos (Miss Saigon), Conrad Ricamora (“How to Get Away with Murder”), Trevor Salter (Here Lies Love) and Emily Stillings (The King and I).

Seated: Jeanine Tesori, Francis Jue, Kendyl Ito, Daniel May. Standing: Trevor Salter, Sam Pinkleton, Emily Stillings, Billy Bustamante, Kristen Faith Oei, Jon Hoche, Leigh Silverman, Austin Ku, Paul HeeSang Miller, Jaygee Macapugay, Geena Quintos, Conrad Ricamora, Alyse Alan Louis, Raymond J. Lee, Maria-Christina Oliveras, David Henry Hwang. Photo by Lia Chang
Seated: Jeanine Tesori, Francis Jue, Kendyl Ito, Daniel May. Standing: Trevor Salter, Sam Pinkleton, Emily Stillings, Billy Bustamante, Kristen Faith Oei, Jon Hoche, Leigh Silverman, Austin Ku, Paul HeeSang Miller, Jaygee Macapugay, Geena Quintos, Conrad Ricamora, Alyse Alan Louis, Raymond J. Lee, Maria-Christina Oliveras, David Henry Hwang. Photo by Lia Chang

The creative team includes scenic design by David Zinn, costume design by Anita Yavich, lighting design by Mark Barton, sound design by Kai Harada, orchestrations by Danny Troob, dance arrangements by John Clancy, music supervision by Chris Fenwick, music direction by David O, hair and wig design by Tom Watson, make-up design by Angelina Avallone and casting by Heidi Griffiths, CSA and Kate Murray, CSA. The dramaturg is Oskar Eustis. The production stage manager is David Lurie-Perret.

Sam Pinkleton, Jeanine Tesori, Francis Jue, Leigh Silverman, David Henry Hwang, Conrad Ricamora, Alyse Alan Louis. Photo by Lia Chang
Sam Pinkleton, Jeanine Tesori, Francis Jue, Leigh Silverman, David Henry Hwang, Conrad Ricamora, Alyse Alan Louis. Photo by Lia Chang
Conrad Ricamora and Alyse Alan Louis. Photo by Lia Chang
Conrad Ricamora and Alyse Alan Louis. Photo by Lia Chang

A contemporary comedy explodes into a musical fantasia in the first collaboration between two of America’s great theatre artists: Tony Award winners David Henry Hwang (“M. Butterfly”) and Jeanine Tesori (“Fun Home”). “Soft Power” rewinds our recent political history and plays it back, a century later, through the Chinese lens of a future, beloved East-meets-West musical. In the musical, a Chinese executive who is visiting America finds himself falling in love with a good-hearted U.S. leader as the power balance between their two countries shifts following the 2016 election.

As original as it is topical, “Soft Power” overflows with the romance, laughter and cultural confusions of the golden age of Broadway. “Soft Power” is inspired by the legacy of classic American musicals such as “The King and I” as well as China’s current quest for international cultural influence, also known as “Soft Power.”

“Soft Power” is a Center Theatre Group co-commission with The Public Theater. “Soft Power” is produced in association with East West Players.

Hwang returns to Center Theatre Group where he premiered Pulitzer Prize finalist “Yellow Face” and his Tony-nominated revival of “Flower Drum Song.” Hwang’s other work includes the plays “M. Butterfly,” “Chinglish,” “Kung Fu,” “Golden Child,” “The Dance and the Railroad” and “FOB,” and the Broadway musicals “Aida” (co-author, Ahmanson 2001-2002 season) and Disney’s “Tarzan.” He is also America’s most-produced living opera librettist and a writer/producer for the Golden Globe-winning television series “The Affair.” Born and raised in Los Angeles, Hwang is a Tony Award winner (“M. Butterfly”) and three-time nominee, a three-time Obie Award winner and a two-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Recent honors include the 2011 PEN/Laura Pels Award for a Master American Dramatist, the 2012 Inge Award, the 2012 Steinberg Distinguished Playwright “Mimi” Award, a 2014 Doris Duke Artist Award and the 2015 IPSA Distinguished Artist Award. He is Chair of the American Theatre Wing and sits on the boards of Young Playwrights Inc. and the Lark Play Development Center. Hwang was recently the Residency One Playwright at New York’s Signature Theatre and currently serves as head of playwriting at Columbia University School of the Arts. In 1998, East West Players named its new mainstage the David Henry Hwang Theater.

Jeanine Tesori and David Henry Hwang. Photo by Lia Chang
Jeanine Tesori and David Henry Hwang. Photo by Lia Chang

Tesori’s Broadway credits include “Fun Home” (2015 Tony Award winner which played at the Ahmanson in 2017), “Violet,” “Caroline, or Change” (also at the Ahmanson), “Shrek The Musical,” “Thoroughly Modern Millie” (also at the Ahmanson), “Twelfth Night” (Lincoln Center Theater) and John Guare’s “A Free Man of Color.” Tesori also collaborated with Tony Kushner on “Mother Courage” starring Meryl Streep at the Delacorte. Her opera credits include “A Blizzard on Marblehead Neck” (libretto, Tony Kushner; Glimmerglass) and “The Lion, the Unicorn and Me” (libretto, J. D. McClatchy; Washington National Opera). Her songs are featured in the Netflix revival of “Gilmore Girls.” She is the artistic director/co-founder of A Broader Way, an arts empowerment program for girls from underserved communities; the founding artistic director of Encores! Off-Center; and a lecturer in music at Yale University and Columbia University. Tesori is a member of the Dramatists Guild.

David Henry Hwang. Photo by Lia Chang
David Henry Hwang. Photo by Lia Chang
Daniel May, Kristen Faith Oei, Paul HeeSang Miller, Jaygee Macapugay, Geena Quintos, Jon Hoche, Conrad Ricamora. Photo by Lia Chang
Daniel May, Kristen Faith Oei, Paul HeeSang Miller, Jaygee Macapugay, Geena Quintos, Jon Hoche, Conrad Ricamora. Photo by Lia Chang
Francis Jue, Paul HeeSang Miller, Billy Bustamante, Conrad Ricamora, Paul HeeSang Miller, Kristen Faith Oei. Photo by Lia Chang
Francis Jue, Paul HeeSang Miller, Billy Bustamante, Conrad Ricamora, Paul HeeSang Miller, Kristen Faith Oei. Photo by Lia Chang
Kendyl Ito, Kristen Faith Oei, Raymond J. Lee, Maria-Christina Oliveras, Jaygee Macapugay, Geena Quintos. Photo by Lia Chang
Kendyl Ito, Kristen Faith Oei, Raymond J. Lee, Maria-Christina Oliveras, Jaygee Macapugay, Geena Quintos. Photo by Lia Chang
Kendyl Ito, Kristen Faith Oei, Raymond J. Lee, Maria-Christina Oliveras, Jaygee Macapugay, Geena Quintos. Photo by Lia Chang
Kendyl Ito, Kristen Faith Oei, Raymond J. Lee, Maria-Christina Oliveras, Jaygee Macapugay, Geena Quintos. Photo by Lia Chang
Billy Bustamante, Daniel May and Paul HeeSang Miller. Photo by Lia Chang
Billy Bustamante, Daniel May and Paul HeeSang Miller. Photo by Lia Chang
Jon Hoche, Daniel May and Billy Bustamante. Photo by Lia Chang
Jon Hoche, Daniel May and Billy Bustamante. Photo by Lia Chang
Jon Hoche, Kendyl Ito, Kristen Faith Oei, Raymond J. Lee, Maria-Christina Oliveras, Jaygee Macapugay, Geena Quintos, Daniel May, Paul HeeSang Miller. Photo by Lia Chang
Jon Hoche, Kendyl Ito, Kristen Faith Oei, Raymond J. Lee, Maria-Christina Oliveras, Jaygee Macapugay, Geena Quintos, Daniel May, Paul HeeSang Miller. Photo by Lia Chang
Billy Bustamante, Maria-Christina Oliveras, Kristen Faith Oei, Jon Hoche, Raymond J. Lee, Jaygee Macapugay, Kendyl Ito, Daniel May and Geena Quintos. Photo by Lia Chang
Billy Bustamante, Maria-Christina Oliveras, Kristen Faith Oei, Jon Hoche, Raymond J. Lee, Jaygee Macapugay, Kendyl Ito, Daniel May and Geena Quintos. Photo by Lia Chang
Billy Bustamante, Jon Hoche, Raymond J. Lee, Jaygee Macapugay, Daniel May, Kendyl Ito and Paul HeeSang Miller. Photo by Lia Chang
Billy Bustamante, Jon Hoche, Raymond J. Lee, Jaygee Macapugay, Daniel May, Kendyl Ito and Paul HeeSang Miller. Photo by Lia Chang
Billy Bustamante, Jaygee Macapugay, Kendyl Ito, Raymond J. Lee, Geena Quintos, Kristen Faith Oei, Daniel May and Paul HeeSang Miller. Photo by Lia Chang
Billy Bustamante, Jaygee Macapugay, Kendyl Ito, Raymond J. Lee, Geena Quintos, Kristen Faith Oei, Daniel May and Paul HeeSang Miller. Photo by Lia Chang
Kendyl Ito, Paul HeeSang Miller, Jaygee Macapugay, Daniel May, Kristen Faith Oei. Photo by Lia Chang
Kendyl Ito, Paul HeeSang Miller, Jaygee Macapugay, Daniel May, Kristen Faith Oei. Photo by Lia Chang

Center Theatre Group, one of the nation’s preeminent arts and cultural organizations, is Los Angeles’ leading nonprofit theatre company, which, under Artistic Director Michael Ritchie, programs seasons at the 736-seat Mark Taper Forum and 1600 to 2000-seat Ahmanson Theatre at The Music Center in Downtown Los Angeles, and the 317-seat Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City. In addition to presenting and producing the broadest range of theatrical entertainment in the country, Center Theatre Group is one of the nation’s leading producers of ambitious new works through commissions and world premiere productions and a leader in interactive community engagement and education programs that reach across generations, demographics and circumstance to serve Los Angeles.

Jeanine Tesori, David Henry Hwang, Leigh Silverman, Michael Ritchie and Sam Pinkleton. Photo by Lia Chang
Jeanine Tesori, David Henry Hwang, Leigh Silverman, Michael Ritchie and Sam Pinkleton. Photo by Lia Chang

Tickets for “Soft Power” are available through Center Theatre Group or East West Players. To purchase Center Theatre Group tickets: call (213) 972-4400, visit www.CenterTheatreGroup.org, or go to the Center Theatre Group Box Office located at the Ahmanson Theatre. To purchase tickets through East West Players: call (213) 625-7000 or visit www.eastwestplayers.org. Tickets range from $30 – $130 (ticket prices are subject to change). The Ahmanson Theatre is located at The Music Center, 135 N. Grand Avenue in Downtown L.A. 90012.

SOFT POWER costume designs by Anita Yavich.
SOFT POWER costume designs by Anita Yavich.
Kristen Faith Oei, Conrad Ricamora, Jon Hoche, Jaygee Macapugay, Billy Bustamante, Geena Quinto, Kendyl Ito, Daniel May, Lia Chang. Photo by Lia Chang
Kristen Faith Oei, Conrad Ricamora, Jon Hoche, Jaygee Macapugay, Billy Bustamante, Geena Quinto, Kendyl Ito, Daniel May, Lia Chang. Photo by Lia Chang

Single Tickets Now Available for the Bay Area Premiere of David Henry Hwang and Jeanine Tesori’s SOFT POWER at the Curran 

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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Single Tickets Now Available for the Bay Area Premiere of David Henry Hwang and Jeanine Tesori’s SOFT POWER at the Curran

Single tickets are now available for SOFT POWER, the play featuring a musical by David Henry Hwang (play and lyrics) and Jeanine Tesori (music and additional lyrics). SOFT POWER will make its Bay Area premiere at San Francisco’s Curran (445 Geary Street) June 20 – July 8, 2018. SOFT POWER is a Center Theatre Group co-commission with The Public Theater and will perform at the Curran following its world premiere at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles. Tickets for SOFT POWER range in price from $29-$175 and are available by calling 415-358-1220 or visiting SFCURRAN.com/soft-power.

M. Butterfly, Flower Drum Song) and Jeanine Tesori (Fun Home). Directed by Leigh Silverman (Violet) and choreographed by Sam Pinkleton (Natasha, Pierre, & the Great Comet of 1812), SOFT POWER rewinds our recent political history and plays it back, a century later, through the Chinese lens of a future, beloved East-meets-West musical. In the musical, a Chinese executive who is visiting America finds himself falling in love with a good-hearted U.S. leader as the power balance between their two countries shifts following the 2016 election.

David Henry Hwang, Conrad Ricamora, Billy Bustmante, Jon Hoche, Kendyl Ito and Francis Jue.
David Henry Hwang, Conrad Ricamora, Billy Bustmante, Jon Hoche, Kendyl Ito and Francis Jue.

The cast of SOFT POWER features Billy Bustamante (Miss Saigon), Jon Hoche (War Horse tour), Kendyl Ito (Matilda tour), Francis Jue (M. Butterfly), Austin Ku (Chinglish tour), Raymond J. Lee (Groundhog Day), Alyse Alan Louis (Amélie), Jaygee Macapugay (School of Rock), Daniel May(Thoroughly Modern Millie tour), Paul HeeSang Miller (Miss Saigon), Kristen Faith Oei (M. Butterfly), Maria-Christina Oliveras (Amélie), Geena Quintos (Miss Saigon), Conrad Ricamora (The King and I, “How to Get Away with Murder”), Trevor Salter (Here Lies Love) and Emily Stillings (The King and I).

Austin Ku, Raymond J. Lee, Alyse Alan Louis, Jaygee Macapugay, Daniel May and Paul HeeSang Miller.
Austin Ku, Raymond J. Lee, Alyse Alan Louis, Jaygee Macapugay, Daniel May and Paul HeeSang Miller.

The creative team includes scenic design by Tony Award winner David Zinn, costume design by Drama Desk Award winner Anita Yavich, lighting design by Mark Barton, sound design by Tony Award nominee Kai Harada, orchestrations by Drama Desk Award winner and Tony Award nominee Danny Troob, dance arrangements by John Clancy, music supervision by Chris Fenwick, music direction by David O, hair and wig design by Tom Watson, make-up design by Angelina Avallone and casting by Heidi Griffiths, CSAand Kate Murray, CSA. The dramaturg is Oskar Eustis. The production stage manager is David Lurie-Perret.

Kristen Faith Oei, Maria-Christina Oliveras, Geena Quinto, Trevor Salter and Emily Stillings.
Kristen Faith Oei, Maria-Christina Oliveras, Geena Quinto, Trevor Salter and Emily Stillings.

As original as it is topical, SOFT POWER overflows with the romance, laughter and cultural confusions of the golden age of Broadway. SOFT POWER is inspired by the legacy of classic American musicals such as The King and I as well as China’s current quest for international cultural influence, also known as SOFT POWER.

Hwang is a playwright, screenwriter, television writer, and librettist, whose stage works includes the plays M. Butterfly, Chinglish, Yellow Face, Kung Fu, Golden Child, The Dance and the Railroad, and FOB, as well as the Broadway musicals Elton John & Tim Rice’s Aida (co-author), Flower Drum Song (2002 revival) and Disney’s Tarzan. He is also America’s most-produced living opera librettist, whose works have been honored with two Grammy Awards, and he co-wrote the Gold Record “Solo” with the late pop star Prince. Hwang is currently a Writer/Consulting Producer for the Golden Globe-winning television series “The Affair,” and his screenplays include Possession, M. Butterfly, and Golden Gate. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Hwang is a Tony Award winner (M. Butterfly) and three-time nominee, a three-time Obie Award winner and a two-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Recent honors include the 2011 PEN/Laura Pels Award for a Master American Dramatist, the 2012 Inge Award, the 2012 Steinberg Distinguished Playwright “Mimi” Award, a 2014 Doris Duke Artist Award and the 2015 IPSA Distinguished Artist Award. He is Chair of the American Theatre Wing and sits on the boards of Young Playwrights Inc. and the Lark Play Development Center. Hwang was recently the Residency One Playwright at New York’s Signature Theatre and currently serves as head of playwriting at Columbia University School of the Arts. In 1998, East West Players named its new mainstage the David Henry Hwang Theater.

Tesori returns to Curran, where in January 2017, Fun Home was the first performance following the theater’s extensive renovation. Broadway credits include Fun Home (2015 Tony Award winner), Violet, Caroline, or Change, Shrek The Musical, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Twelfth Night (Lincoln Center Theater) and John Guare’s A Free Man of Color. Tesori also collaborated with Tony Kushner on Mother Courage starring Meryl Streep at the Delacorte. Her opera credits include A Blizzard on Marblehead Neck (libretto, Tony Kushner; Glimmerglass) and The Lion, the Unicorn and Me (libretto, J. D. McClatchy; Washington National Opera). Her songs are featured in the Netflix revival of “Gilmore Girls.” She is the artistic director/co-founder of A Broader Way, an arts empowerment program for girls from underserved communities; the founding artistic director of Encores! Off-Center; and a lecturer in music at Yale University and Columbia University. Tesori is a member of the Dramatists Guild.

#CURRAN2018
Curran’s 2018 season, #CURRAN2018, includes the reigning Tony Award-winning musical, DEAR EVAN HANSEN; the pre-Broadway engagement of HEAD OVER HEELS, the Bay Area premiere of SOFT POWER by Tony Award-winners David Henry Hwang(Play and Lyrics) and Jeanine Tesori (Music); and the return of Taylor Mac in TAYLOR MAC’S HOLIDAY SAUCE. Throughout the season, Curran’s popular series of provocative, topical and entertaining one-night-only events, SHOW & TELL, will continue with an all-star lineup from the White House to the Great White Way. SHOW & TELL’s lineup features Former FBI Director James Comey (Monday, April 23) and former White House photographer Pete Souza (Thursday, May 10) to the writers and creative minds behind SOFT POWER, David Henry Hwang and Jeanine Tesori (Thursday, May 17) and Broadway legend Patti LuPone (Wednesday, June 13).

Season subscriptions- including tickets to all four #CURRAN2018 productions, as well as tickets to one complimentary SHOW & TELL event of the buyer’s choosing-range in price from $116-$744 and are available now by visiting SFCURRAN.com/soft-power or calling 415-358-1220. As this is the first time the new Curran is offering a season subscription, buyers will have the rare opportunity to select their exact seat locations. Buyers will also get preferred access to all additional special programming, fee-free exchanges on subscription tickets, and a free membership to the Curran Club with additional perks including invitations to member-only events, special offers, and exclusive discounts.

Billy Bustamante, Jon Hoche, Kendyl Ito, Francis Jue, Austin Ku, Raymond J. Lee, Alyse Alan Louis, Jaygee Macapugay, Daniel May, Paul HeeSang Miller, Kristen Faith Oei, Maria-Christina Oliveras, Geena Quintos, Conrad Ricamora,Trevor Salter and Emily Stillings Set for World Premiere of David Henry Hwang and Jeanine Tesori’s SOFT POWER 

Billy Bustamante, Jon Hoche, Kendyl Ito, Francis Jue, Austin Ku, Raymond J. Lee, Alyse Alan Louis, Jaygee Macapugay, Daniel May, Paul HeeSang Miller, Kristen Faith Oei, Maria-Christina Oliveras, Geena Quintos, Conrad Ricamora,Trevor Salter and Emily Stillings Set for World Premiere of David Henry Hwang and Jeanine Tesori’s SOFT POWER

David Henry Hwang. Photo by Lia Chang

David Henry Hwang. Photo by Lia Chang
David Henry Hwang. Photo by Lia Chang

The cast has been announced for the upcoming world premiere of “Soft Power” by David Henry Hwang (play and lyrics) and Jeanine Tesori (music and additional lyrics). This play with a musical will be produced by Center Theatre Group at the Ahmanson Theatre in association with East West Players from May 3 through June 10, 2018. Directed by Leigh Silverman and choreographed by Sam Pinkleton, the opening of “Soft Power” is set for May 16. Following its run at the Ahmanson, “Soft Power” will play San Francisco’s Curran from June 20 through July 8, 2018.

The cast of SOFT POWER features Billy Bustamante (Miss Saigon), Jon Hoche (War Horse tour), Kendyl Ito (Matilda tour), Francis Jue (M. Butterfly), Austin Ku (Chinglish tour), Raymond J. Lee (Groundhog Day), Alyse Alan Louis (Amélie), Jaygee Macapugay (School of Rock), Daniel May (Thoroughly Modern Millie tour), Paul HeeSang Miller (Miss Saigon), Kristen Faith Oei (M. Butterfly), Maria-Christina Oliveras (Amélie), Geena Quintos (Miss Saigon), Conrad Ricamora (“How to Get Away with Murder”), Trevor Salter (Here Lies Love) and Emily Stillings (The King and I).

David Henry Hwang, Conrad Ricamora, Billy Bustmante, Jon Hoche, Kendyl Ito and Francis Jue.
David Henry Hwang, Conrad Ricamora, Billy Bustmante, Jon Hoche, Kendyl Ito and Francis Jue.
Austin Ku, Raymond J. Lee, Alyse Alan Louis, Jaygee Macapugay, Daniel May and Paul HeeSang Miller.
Austin Ku, Raymond J. Lee, Alyse Alan Louis, Jaygee Macapugay, Daniel May and Paul HeeSang Miller.
Kristen Faith Oei, Maria-Christina Oliveras, Geena Quinto, Trevor Salter and Emily Stillings.
Kristen Faith Oei, Maria-Christina Oliveras, Geena Quinto, Trevor Salter and Emily Stillings.

The creative team includes scenic design by David Zinn, costume design by Anita Yavich, lighting design by Mark Barton, sound design byKai Harada, orchestrations by Danny Troob, dance arrangements by John Clancy, music supervision by Chris Fenwick, music direction by David O, hair and wig design by Tom Watson, make-up design by Angelina Avallone and casting by Heidi Griffiths, CSA and Kate Murray, CSA. The dramaturg is Oskar Eustis. The production stage manager is David Lurie-Perret.

A contemporary comedy explodes into a musical fantasia in the first collaboration between two of America’s great theatre artists: Tony Award winners David Henry Hwang (“M. Butterfly”) and Jeanine Tesori (“Fun Home”). “Soft Power” rewinds our recent political history and plays it back, a century later, through the Chinese lens of a future, beloved East-meets-West musical. In the musical, a Chinese executive who is visiting America finds himself falling in love with a good-hearted U.S. leader as the power balance between their two countries shifts following the 2016 election.

As original as it is topical, “Soft Power” overflows with the romance, laughter and cultural confusions of the golden age of Broadway. “Soft Power” is inspired by the legacy of classic American musicals such as “The King and I” as well as China’s current quest for international cultural influence, also known as “Soft Power.”

“Soft Power” is a Center Theatre Group co-commission with The Public Theater. “Soft Power” is produced in association with East West Players.

Hwang returns to Center Theatre Group where he premiered Pulitzer Prize finalist “Yellow Face” and his Tony-nominated revival of “Flower Drum Song.” Hwang’s other work includes the plays “M. Butterfly,” “Chinglish,” “Kung Fu,” “Golden Child,” “The Dance and the Railroad” and “FOB,” and the Broadway musicals “Aida” (co-author, Ahmanson 2001-2002 season) and Disney’s “Tarzan.” He is also America’s most-produced living opera librettist and a writer/producer for the Golden Globe-winning television series “The Affair.” Born and raised in Los Angeles, Hwang is a Tony Award winner (“M. Butterfly”) and three-time nominee, a three-time Obie Award winner and a two-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Recent honors include the 2011 PEN/Laura Pels Award for a Master American Dramatist, the 2012 Inge Award, the 2012 Steinberg Distinguished Playwright “Mimi” Award, a 2014 Doris Duke Artist Award and the 2015 IPSA Distinguished Artist Award. He is Chair of the American Theatre Wing and sits on the boards of Young Playwrights Inc. and the Lark Play Development Center. Hwang was recently the Residency One Playwright at New York’s Signature Theatre and currently serves as head of playwriting at Columbia University School of the Arts. In 1998, East West Players named its new mainstage the David Henry Hwang Theater.

Tesori’s Broadway credits include “Fun Home” (2015 Tony Award winner which played at the Ahmanson in 2017), “Violet,” “Caroline, or Change” (also at the Ahmanson), “Shrek The Musical,” “Thoroughly Modern Millie” (also at the Ahmanson), “Twelfth Night” (Lincoln Center Theater) and John Guare’s “A Free Man of Color.” Tesori also collaborated with Tony Kushner on “Mother Courage” starring Meryl Streep at the Delacorte. Her opera credits include “A Blizzard on Marblehead Neck” (libretto, Tony Kushner; Glimmerglass) and “The Lion, the Unicorn and Me” (libretto, J. D. McClatchy; Washington National Opera). Her songs are featured in the Netflix revival of “Gilmore Girls.” She is the artistic director/co-founder of A Broader Way, an arts empowerment program for girls from underserved communities; the founding artistic director of Encores! Off-Center; and a lecturer in music at Yale University and Columbia University. Tesori is a member of the Dramatists Guild.

Center Theatre Group, one of the nation’s preeminent arts and cultural organizations, is Los Angeles’ leading nonprofit theatre company, which, under Artistic Director Michael Ritchie, programs seasons at the 736-seat Mark Taper Forum and 1600 to 2000-seat Ahmanson Theatre at The Music Center in Downtown Los Angeles, and the 317-seat Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City. In addition to presenting and producing the broadest range of theatrical entertainment in the country, Center Theatre Group is one of the nation’s leading producers of ambitious new works through commissions and world premiere productions and a leader in interactive community engagement and education programs that reach across generations, demographics and circumstance to serve Los Angeles.

Bank of America is the season sponsor for Center Theatre Group’s 2017-2018 season the Ahmanson Theatre and Delta Air Lines is the official airline sponsor.

Tickets for “Soft Power” are available through Center Theatre Group or East West Players. To purchase Center Theatre Group tickets: call (213) 972-4400, visit www.CenterTheatreGroup.org, or go to the Center Theatre Group Box Office located at the Ahmanson Theatre. To purchase tickets through East West Players: call (213) 625-7000 or visit www.eastwestplayers.org. Tickets range from $30 – $130 (ticket prices are subject to change). The Ahmanson Theatre is located at The Music Center, 135 N. Grand Avenue in Downtown L.A. 90012.

 

 

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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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Jaygee Macapugay, Eric Badique, Jennifer Blood, Marc De La Cruz, Priya Mahendra, Nic Rouleau, Remy Zaken, EJ Zimmerman and Kelvin Moon Loh to Perform THE SONGS OF Timothy Huang at Feinstein’s/54 Below on August 8

Timothy Huang, award-winning composer, lyricist, and creator of Costs of Living, (2016 Richard Rodgers Award, New American Musical Award) and the one-person musical The View From Here, returns to Feinstein’s/54 Below in The Songs of Timothy Huang. Featuring the songs “Dying to Know,” “Director’s Lament,” and “Rules of Engagement,” as well as a selection of tunes from Costs of Living, LINES: A Song Cycle, Peter and the Wall, and The View From Here, Huang will take to the stage with songs, stories, and support by some of the greatest friends Broadway has to offer.

Featuring Eric Badique (Miss Saigon, Anything Goes), Jennifer Blood (Matilda, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder), Marc De La Cruz (Pacific Overtures, If/Then), Jaygee Macapugay (School of Rock, Here Lies Love), Priya Mahendra (Twisted), Nic Rouleau (The Book of Mormon), Remy Zaken (Dear Evan Hansen, Spring Awakening), EJ Zimmerman (Les Mis, Avenue Q), and Kelvin Moon Loh (SpongeBob SquarePants, Sideshow).

To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.54Below.com/Feinsteins or call (646) 476-3551. $25-35 cover charge. Use code THUANG for $5 off main dining room cover charge. $60 premium seating. $25 food and beverage minimum.

Feinstein’s/54 Below, Broadway’s Supper Club & Private Event Destination, is a performance venue in the grand tradition of New York City nightlife. A few blocks from the heart of Times Square and just below the legendary Studio 54, Feinstein’s/54 Below is a classically designed state-of-the art nightclub in the theatre district that hosts audiences with warmth and style. 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, Feinstein’s/54 Below features up to three shows nightly with cover charges ranging from $5-$105.

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

Final Week to See HERE LIES LOVE Starring Jaygee Macapugay, Mark Bautista, Conrad Ricamora, Melody Butiu & More at Seattle Rep through June 18

Jaygee Macapugay as Imelda in the Off- Broadway production of HERE LIES LOVE at The Public. Photo by Lia Chang
Jaygee Macapugay as Imelda in the Off- Broadway production of HERE LIES LOVE at The Public. Photo by Lia Chang

Here Lies Love starring Jaygee Macapugay (School of Rock) as Imelda Marcos, pop singer Mark Bautista (London’s Here Lies Love) as Ferdinand Marcos, Conrad Ricamora (The King and I, “How to Get Away with Murder”) as Aquino and Melody Butiu as Estrella, has been extended at Seattle Rep through June 18, 2017.

Mark Bautista, Jaygee Macapugay and the ensemble of Seattle Rep's production of HERE LIES LOVE. Photo by Navid Baraty
Mark Bautista, Jaygee Macapugay and the ensemble of Seattle Rep’s production of HERE LIES LOVE. Photo by Navid Baraty

The cast also features Renee Albulario, Belinda Allyn, Debralee Daco, Jordan DeLeon, Michael Feldman, Jeigh Madjus, Jonelle Margallo, Geena Quintos,  Shea Renne, Enrico Rodriguez, Trevor Salter, Janelle Velasquez and Tobias Wong.

Melody Butiu (Estrella), Jaygee Macapugay (Imelda Marcos), and female ensemble. Photo by Navid Baraty
Melody Butiu (Estrella), Jaygee Macapugay (Imelda Marcos), and female ensemble. Photo by Navid Baraty

For Here Lies Love, Seattle Rep transformed their Bagley Wright Theatre into a vibrant dance party, where techno beats spin and tell the story of the People Power Revolution that inspired the world and changed the Philippines forever. Here Lies Love features music and lyrics by Academy and Golden Globe Award-winning, culture icon David Byrne (Talking Heads) and Grammy Award-winner Fatboy Slim.

Conrad Ricamora (Ninoy Aquino) and company. Photo by Navid Baraty
Conrad Ricamora (Ninoy Aquino) and company. Photo by Navid Baraty

Directed by two-time Tony-nominated director Alex Timbers, Here Lies Love traces the non-violent restoration of democracy in the Philippines in 1986 and follows the meteoric rise and dramatic fall of the controversial First Lady of the Philippines, Imelda Marcos.

Seattle Repertory Theatre's production of HERE LIES LOVE. Photo by Navid Baraty
Seattle Repertory Theatre’s production of HERE LIES LOVE. Photo by Navid Baraty

Performances run Wednesday-Sunday and Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. and select Saturday, Sunday, and Wednesday matinees at 2:00 p.m. All performances play Seattle Repertory Theatre’s Bagley Wright Theatre, located at Seattle Center at the corner of Second Ave. and Mercer St., Seattle, Washington.

Seattle Repertory Theatre's production of HERE LIES LOVE. Photo by Navid Baraty
Seattle Repertory Theatre’s production of HERE LIES LOVE. Photo by Navid Baraty

The entire creative team from the acclaimed Public Theater production joins helmer Timbers for Seattle Rep’s staging including scenic designer David Korins (Hamilton), and choreographer Annie-B Parson, costume designer Clint Ramos, lighting designer Justin Townsend, sound designers M. L. Dogg and Cody Spencer, and projection designer Peter Nigrini.

Jaygee Macapugay (Imelda Marcos). Photo by Navid Baraty
Jaygee Macapugay (Imelda Marcos). Photo by Navid Baraty

Tickets Start at $88. Discounted tickets for groups of 10+ may be purchased by calling 206.443.2224. For ticket reservations, call the Seattle Repertory Theatre Box Office at 206.443.2222 or toll-free at 877.900.9285, or go online at seattlerep.org.

What the critics are saying: 

The Daily (Daniel Green)

Drama In the Hood (Mark Douglass)

The Seattle Times (Misha Berson)

Seattle Gay Scene (Michael Strangeways)

Seattle Rep was founded in 1963 and is currently led by Artistic Director Braden Abraham and Managing Director Jeffrey Herrmann. One of America’s premier non-profit resident theatres, Seattle Repertory Theatre has achieved international renown for its consistently high production and artistic standards, and was awarded the 1990 Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre. With an emphasis on entertaining plays of true dramatic and literary worth, Seattle Rep produces a season of plays along with educational programs, new play workshops, and special presentations.

SeattleMet: David Byrne Discusses the Hedonistic Musical Magic of ‘Here Lies Love’
Jaygee Macapugay Stars as Imelda Marcos in David Byrne and Fatboy Slim’s HERE LIES LOVE at Seattle Rep
Jaygee Macapugay, Olivia Chun and Nehal Joshi at Broadway’s SCHOOL OF ROCK 
Photos: Broadway’s SCHOOL OF ROCK opens Dec. 6; Original Cast Recording Now Available
Jaygee Macapugay set for Broadway Debut in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s SCHOOL OF ROCK-THE MUSICAL
Photos: David Byrne, Alex Timbers, Jaygee Macapugay, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Adam Guettel, Sarah Saltzberg and More Celebrate Jose Llana’s Lincoln Center American Songbook Debut
Photos: Late Night at HERE LIES LOVE with Jaygee Macapugay, David Byrne, Jose Llana, Conrad Ricamora, Melody Butiu and More
Photos: David Byrne, Jaygee Macapugay, Jose Llana and Conrad Ricamora Bring the ‘Here Lies Love’ Disco to the Apple Store Soho
Photos: Christine Toy Johnson, Baayork Lee, Jose Llana, Ann Harada, Dodie Pettit and More at Charles Randolph-Wright’s “Three Voices” concert series at Stage 72

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

Video: HERE LIES LOVE Starring Jaygee Macapugay, Mark Bautista, Conrad Ricamora, Melody Butiu & More at Seattle Rep, Extends until June 18

Jaygee Macapugay as Imelda in the Off- Broadway production of HERE LIES LOVE at The Public. Photo by Lia Chang
Jaygee Macapugay as Imelda in the Off- Broadway production of HERE LIES LOVE at The Public. Photo by Lia Chang
Jaygee Macapugay as Imelda in the Off- Broadway production of HERE LIES LOVE at The Public. Photo by Lia Chang

Here Lies Love starring Jaygee Macapugay (School of Rock) as Imelda Marcos, pop singer Mark Bautista (London’s Here Lies Love) as Ferdinand Marcos, Conrad Ricamora (The King and I, “How to Get Away with Murder”) as Aquino and Melody Butiu as Estrella, has been extended at Seattle Rep through June 18, 2017.

Mark Bautista, Jaygee Macapugay and the ensemble of Seattle Rep's production of HERE LIES LOVE. Photo by Navid Baraty
Mark Bautista, Jaygee Macapugay and the ensemble of Seattle Rep’s production of HERE LIES LOVE. Photo by Navid Baraty

The cast also features  Renee Albulario,  Belinda Allyn, Debralee Daco, Jordan DeLeon,  Michael Feldman, Jeigh Madjus, Jonelle Margallo, Geena Quintos,  Shea Renne, Enrico Rodriguez, Trevor Salter, Janelle Velasquez and Tobias Wong,

Melody Butiu (Estrella), Jaygee Macapugay (Imelda Marcos), and female ensemble. Photo by Navid Baraty
Melody Butiu (Estrella), Jaygee Macapugay (Imelda Marcos), and female ensemble. Photo by Navid Baraty

For Here Lies Love, Seattle Rep transformed their Bagley Wright Theatre into a vibrant dance party, where techno beats spin and tell the story of the People Power Revolution that inspired the world and changed the Philippines forever. Here Lies Love features music and lyrics by Academy and Golden Globe Award-winning, culture icon David Byrne (Talking Heads) and Grammy Award-winner Fatboy Slim.

Conrad Ricamora (Ninoy Aquino) and company. Photo by Navid Baraty
Conrad Ricamora (Ninoy Aquino) and company. Photo by Navid Baraty

Directed by two-time Tony-nominated director Alex Timbers, Here Lies Love traces the non-violent restoration of democracy in the Philippines in 1986 and follows the meteoric rise and dramatic fall of the controversial First Lady of the Philippines, Imelda Marcos.

Seattle Repertory Theatre's production of HERE LIES LOVE. Photo by Navid Baraty
Seattle Repertory Theatre’s production of HERE LIES LOVE. Photo by Navid Baraty

Performances run Wednesday-Sunday and Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. and select Saturday, Sunday, and Wednesday matinees at 2:00 p.m. All performances play Seattle Repertory Theatre’s Bagley Wright Theatre, located at Seattle Center at the corner of Second Ave. and Mercer St., Seattle, Washington.

Seattle Repertory Theatre's production of HERE LIES LOVE. Photo by Navid Baraty
Seattle Repertory Theatre’s production of HERE LIES LOVE. Photo by Navid Baraty

The entire creative team from the acclaimed Public Theater production joins helmer Timbers for Seattle Rep’s staging including scenic designer David Korins (Hamilton), and choreographer Annie-B Parson, costume designer Clint Ramos, lighting designer Justin Townsend, sound designers M. L. Dogg and Cody Spencer, and projection designer Peter Nigrini.

Jaygee Macapugay (Imelda Marcos). Photo by Navid Baraty
Jaygee Macapugay (Imelda Marcos). Photo by Navid Baraty

Tickets Start at $88. Discounted tickets for groups of 10+ may be purchased by calling 206.443.2224. For ticket reservations, call the Seattle Repertory Theatre Box Office at 206.443.2222 or toll-free at 877.900.9285, or go online at seattlerep.org.

What the critics are saying: 

The Daily (Daniel Green)

Drama In the Hood (Mark Douglass)

The Seattle Times (Misha Berson)

Seattle Gay Scene (Michael Strangeways)

Seattle Rep was founded in 1963 and is currently led by Artistic Director Braden Abraham and Managing Director Jeffrey Herrmann. One of America’s premier non-profit resident theatres, Seattle Repertory Theatre has achieved international renown for its consistently high production and artistic standards, and was awarded the 1990 Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre. With an emphasis on entertaining plays of true dramatic and literary worth, Seattle Rep produces a season of plays along with educational programs, new play workshops, and special presentations.

SeattleMet: David Byrne Discusses the Hedonistic Musical Magic of ‘Here Lies Love’
Jaygee Macapugay Stars as Imelda Marcos in David Byrne and Fatboy Slim’s HERE LIES LOVE at Seattle Rep
Jaygee Macapugay, Olivia Chun and Nehal Joshi at Broadway’s SCHOOL OF ROCK 
Photos: Broadway’s SCHOOL OF ROCK opens Dec. 6; Original Cast Recording Now Available
Jaygee Macapugay set for Broadway Debut in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s SCHOOL OF ROCK-THE MUSICAL
Photos: David Byrne, Alex Timbers, Jaygee Macapugay, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Adam Guettel, Sarah Saltzberg and More Celebrate Jose Llana’s Lincoln Center American Songbook Debut
Photos: Late Night at HERE LIES LOVE with Jaygee Macapugay, David Byrne, Jose Llana, Conrad Ricamora, Melody Butiu and More
Photos: David Byrne, Jaygee Macapugay, Jose Llana and Conrad Ricamora Bring the ‘Here Lies Love’ Disco to the Apple Store Soho
Photos: Christine Toy Johnson, Baayork Lee, Jose Llana, Ann Harada, Dodie Pettit and More at Charles Randolph-Wright’s “Three Voices” concert series at Stage 72

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

Multimedia: Jaygee Macapugay, Mark Bautista, Conrad Ricamora, Melody Butiu & More in HERE LIES LOVE at Seattle Rep

Mark Bautista, Jaygee Macapugay and the ensemble of Seattle Rep's production of HERE LIES LOVE. Photo by Navid Baraty
Jaygee Macapugay as Imelda in the Off- Broadway production of HERE LIES LOVE at The Public. Photo by Lia Chang
Jaygee Macapugay as Imelda in the Off- Broadway production of HERE LIES LOVE at The Public. Photo by Lia Chang

Straight from The Public Theater‘s award-winning production of Here Lies Love, Jaygee Macapugay (Broadway: School of Rock) is currently starring as Imelda Marcos, the controversial former First Lady of the Filipino dictator Ferdinand Marcos, at Seattle Rep opposite pop singer Mark Bautista, who starred as Ferdinand Marcos in the acclaimed London production and is beloved in the Philippines for his chart-topping album Dream On.

Mark Bautista, Jaygee Macapugay and the ensemble of Seattle Rep's production of HERE LIES LOVE. Photo by Navid Baraty
Mark Bautista, Jaygee Macapugay and the ensemble of Seattle Rep’s production of HERE LIES LOVE. Photo by Navid Baraty

Original New York cast members Conrad Ricamora (The King and I, “How to Get Away with Murder”) and Melody Butiu have returned to reprise their roles as Aquino and Estrella, respectively.

Melody Butiu (Estrella), Jaygee Macapugay (Imelda Marcos), and female ensemble. Photo by Navid Baraty
Melody Butiu (Estrella), Jaygee Macapugay (Imelda Marcos), and female ensemble. Photo by Navid Baraty

For Here Lies Love, Seattle Rep transformed their Bagley Wright Theatre into a vibrant dance party, where techno beats spin and tell the story of the People Power Revolution that inspired the world and changed the Philippines forever. Here Lies Love features music and lyrics by Academy and Golden Globe Award-winning, culture icon David Byrne (Talking Heads) and Grammy Award-winner Fatboy Slim.

Conrad Ricamora (Ninoy Aquino) and company. Photo by Navid Baraty
Conrad Ricamora (Ninoy Aquino) and company. Photo by Navid Baraty

Directed by two-time Tony-nominated director Alex Timbers, Here Lies Love traces the non-violent restoration of democracy in the Philippines in 1986 and follows the meteoric rise and dramatic fall of the controversial First Lady of the Philippines, Imelda Marcos. This revolutionary music experience is an immersive, 360-degree spectacle unlike anything you’ve ever seen before!

Seattle Repertory Theatre's production of HERE LIES LOVE. Photo by Navid Baraty
Seattle Repertory Theatre’s production of HERE LIES LOVE. Photo by Navid Baraty

Other original New York cast members featured include Renee Albulario, Debralee Daco, Jeigh Madjus, Enrico Rodriguez, Trevor Salter, Janelle Velasquez and Tobias Wong, who will be joined by Belinda Allyn (Allegiance), Jordan DeLeon, Michael Feldman,  Jonelle Margallo, Geena Quintos and Shea Renne (Allegiance).

Seattle Repertory Theatre's production of HERE LIES LOVE. Photo by Navid Baraty
Seattle Repertory Theatre’s production of HERE LIES LOVE. Photo by Navid Baraty

Performances run Wednesday-Sunday and Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. and select Saturday, Sunday, and Wednesday matinees at 2:00 p.m. (no matinees during previews). Press Opening Night is set for Wednesday, April 19th at 7:30 p.m. All performances play Seattle Repertory Theatre’s Bagley Wright Theatre, located at Seattle Center at the corner of Second Ave. and Mercer St., Seattle, Washington.

Jaygee Macapugay (Imelda Marcos). Photo by Navid Baraty
Jaygee Macapugay (Imelda Marcos). Photo by Navid Baraty

Check out The Making of Here Lies Love videos.

The entire creative team from the acclaimed Public Theater production joins helmer Timbers for Seattle Rep’s staging including scenic designer David Korins (Hamilton), and choreographer Annie-B Parson, costume designer Clint Ramos, lighting designer Justin Townsend, sound designers M. L. Dogg and Cody Spencer, and projection designer Peter Nigrini.

Tickets Start at $88. Discounted tickets for groups of 10+ may be purchased by calling 206.443.2224. For ticket reservations, call the Seattle Repertory Theatre Box Office at 206.443.2222 or toll-free at 877.900.9285, or go online at seattlerep.org.

Seattle Rep was founded in 1963 and is currently led by Artistic Director Braden Abraham and Managing Director Jeffrey Herrmann. One of America’s premier non-profit resident theatres, Seattle Repertory Theatre has achieved international renown for its consistently high production and artistic standards, and was awarded the 1990 Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre. With an emphasis on entertaining plays of true dramatic and literary worth, Seattle Rep produces a season of plays along with educational programs, new play workshops, and special presentations.

SeattleMet: David Byrne Discusses the Hedonistic Musical Magic of ‘Here Lies Love’
Jaygee Macapugay Stars as Imelda Marcos in David Byrne and Fatboy Slim’s HERE LIES LOVE at Seattle Rep
Jaygee Macapugay, Olivia Chun and Nehal Joshi at Broadway’s SCHOOL OF ROCK 
Photos: Broadway’s SCHOOL OF ROCK opens Dec. 6; Original Cast Recording Now Available
Jaygee Macapugay set for Broadway Debut in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s SCHOOL OF ROCK-THE MUSICAL
Photos: David Byrne, Alex Timbers, Jaygee Macapugay, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Adam Guettel, Sarah Saltzberg and More Celebrate Jose Llana’s Lincoln Center American Songbook Debut
Photos: Late Night at HERE LIES LOVE with Jaygee Macapugay, David Byrne, Jose Llana, Conrad Ricamora, Melody Butiu and More
Photos: David Byrne, Jaygee Macapugay, Jose Llana and Conrad Ricamora Bring the ‘Here Lies Love’ Disco to the Apple Store Soho
Photos: Christine Toy Johnson, Baayork Lee, Jose Llana, Ann Harada, Dodie Pettit and More at Charles Randolph-Wright’s “Three Voices” concert series at Stage 72

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

Jaygee Macapugay, Mark Bautista, Conrad Ricamora, Melody Butiu and More Set for David Byrne and Fatboy Slim’s HERE LIES LOVE at Seattle Rep

Jaygee Macapugay as Imelda in HERE LIES LOVE. Photo by Lia Chang
Jaygee Macapugay as Imelda in HERE LIES LOVE. Photo by Lia Chang

Jaygee Macapugay (Broadway’s School of Rock) is strapping on her dancing shoes again to star as Imelda Marcos, the controversial former First Lady of the Filipino dictator Ferdinand Marcos, in Seattle Rep’s production of Here Lies Love, which begins previews on April 7, 2017.

She will be joined by pop singer Mark Bautista, who starred as Ferdinand Marcos in the acclaimed London production and is beloved in the Philippines for his chart-topping album Dream On. Original New York cast members Conrad Ricamora (The King and I, “How to Get Away with Murder”) and Melody Butiu will reprise their roles as Aquino and Estrella, respectively.

Playing the role of Imelda Marcos is nothing new for Ms. Macapugay, having played the role at The Public Theater.

According to Ben Brantley of The New York Times, “Imelda is now played quite devastatingly, by Jaygee Macapugay….she adds an extra dash of molten steel that makes this Imelda a red-hot chiller.”

Jaygee Macapugay as Imeda Marcos in HERE LIES LOVE. Photo by Lia Chang
Jaygee Macapugay as Imeda Marcos in HERE LIES LOVE. Photo by Lia Chang

According to Ms. Macapugay, “Here Lies Love is the show that combines everything I love about being a professional artist and the world needs it, especially now.  Presenting the show to a new audience at Seattle Repertory will be so special; it will feel completely new.  What a thrill!”

For Here Lies Love, Seattle Rep is transforming their Bagley Wright Theatre into a vibrant dance party, where techno beats spin and tell the story of the People Power Revolution that inspired the world and changed the Philippines forever. Here Lies Love features music and lyrics by Academy and Golden Globe Award-winning, culture icon David Byrne (Talking Heads) and Grammy Award-winner Fatboy Slim.

Directed by two-time Tony-nominated director Alex Timbers, Here Lies Love traces the non-violent restoration of democracy in the Philippines in 1986 and follows the meteoric rise and dramatic fall of the controversial First Lady of the Philippines, Imelda Marcos. This revolutionary music experience is an immersive, 360-degree spectacle unlike anything you’ve ever seen before!

Check out The Making of Here Lies Love videos.

Other original New York cast members featured include Renee Albulario, Debralee Daco, Jeigh Madjus, Enrico Rodriguez, Trevor Salter, Janelle Velasquez and Tobias Wong, who will be joined by Belinda Allyn (Allegiance), Jordan DeLeon, Michael Feldman,  Jonelle Margallo, Geena Quintos and Shea Renne (Allegiance).

Performances run Wednesday-Sunday and Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. and select Saturday, Sunday, and Wednesday matinees at 2:00 p.m. (no matinees during previews). Press Opening Night is set for Thursday, April 20 at 7:30 p.m. All performances play Seattle Repertory Theatre’s Bagley Wright Theatre, located at Seattle Center at the corner of Second Ave. and Mercer St., Seattle, Washington.

The entire creative team from the acclaimed Public Theater production joins helmer Timbers for Seattle Rep’s staging including scenic designer David Korins (Hamilton), and choreographer Annie-B Parson, costume designer Clint Ramos, lighting designer Justin Townsend, sound designers M. L. Dogg and Cody Spencer, and projection designer Peter Nigrini.

Tickets Start at $88. Discounted tickets for groups of 10+ may be purchased by calling 206.443.2224. For ticket reservations, call the Seattle Repertory Theatre Box Office at 206.443.2222 or toll-free at 877.900.9285, or go online at seattlerep.org.

Seattle Rep was founded in 1963 and is currently led by Artistic Director Braden Abraham and Managing Director Jeffrey Herrmann. One of America’s premier non-profit resident theatres, Seattle Repertory Theatre has achieved international renown for its consistently high production and artistic standards, and was awarded the 1990 Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre. With an emphasis on entertaining plays of true dramatic and literary worth, Seattle Rep produces a season of plays along with educational programs, new play workshops, and special presentations.

SeattleMet: David Byrne Discusses the Hedonistic Musical Magic of ‘Here Lies Love’
Jaygee Macapugay Stars as Imelda Marcos in David Byrne and Fatboy Slim’s HERE LIES LOVE at Seattle Rep
Jaygee Macapugay, Olivia Chun and Nehal Joshi at Broadway’s SCHOOL OF ROCK 
Photos: Broadway’s SCHOOL OF ROCK opens Dec. 6; Original Cast Recording Now Available
Jaygee Macapugay set for Broadway Debut in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s SCHOOL OF ROCK-THE MUSICAL
Photos: David Byrne, Alex Timbers, Jaygee Macapugay, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Adam Guettel, Sarah Saltzberg and More Celebrate Jose Llana’s Lincoln Center American Songbook Debut
Photos: Late Night at HERE LIES LOVE with Jaygee Macapugay, David Byrne, Jose Llana, Conrad Ricamora, Melody Butiu and More
Photos: David Byrne, Jaygee Macapugay, Jose Llana and Conrad Ricamora Bring the ‘Here Lies Love’ Disco to the Apple Store Soho
Photos: Christine Toy Johnson, Baayork Lee, Jose Llana, Ann Harada, Dodie Pettit and More at Charles Randolph-Wright’s “Three Voices” concert series at Stage 72

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

Jaygee Macapugay Stars as Imelda Marcos in David Byrne and Fatboy Slim’s HERE LIES LOVE at Seattle Rep

Jaygee Macapugay as Imelda in HERE LIES LOVE. Photo by Lia Chang
Jaygee Macapugay as Imelda in HERE LIES LOVE. Photo by Lia Chang

Jaygee Macapugay (Broadway’s School of Rock) is strapping on her dancing shoes again to star as Imelda Marcos, the controversial former First Lady of the Filipino dictator Ferdinand Marcos, in Seattle Rep’s highly anticipated immersive theatrical event, Here Lies Love. 

She will be joined by pop singer Mark Bautista, who starred as Ferdinand Marcos in the acclaimed London production and is beloved in the Philippines for his chart-topping album Dream On. Original New York cast members Conrad Ricamora (The King and I, “How to Get Away with Murder”) and Melody Butiu will reprise their roles as Aquino and Estrella, respectively.

Playing the role of Imelda Marcos is nothing new for Ms. Macapugay, having played the role at The Public Theater.

According to Ben Brantley of The New York Times, “Imelda is now played quite devastatingly, by Jaygee Macapugay….she adds an extra dash of molten steel that makes this Imelda a red-hot chiller.”

Jaygee Macapugay as Imeda Marcos in HERE LIES LOVE. Photo by Lia Chang
Jaygee Macapugay as Imeda Marcos in HERE LIES LOVE. Photo by Lia Chang

According to Ms. Macapugay, “Here Lies Love is the show that combines everything I love about being a professional artist and the world needs it, especially now.  Presenting the show to a new audience at Seattle Repertory will be so special; it will feel completely new.  What a thrill!”

For Here Lies Love, Seattle Rep is transforming their Bagley Wright Theatre into a vibrant dance party, where techno beats spin and tell the story of the People Power Revolution that inspired the world and changed the Philippines forever. Here Lies Love features music and lyrics by Academy and Golden Globe Award-winning, culture icon David Byrne (Talking Heads) and Grammy Award-winner Fatboy Slim.

Directed by two-time Tony-nominated director Alex Timbers, Here Lies Love traces the non-violent restoration of democracy in the Philippines in 1986 and follows the meteoric rise and dramatic fall of the controversial First Lady of the Philippines, Imelda Marcos. This revolutionary music experience is an immersive, 360-degree spectacle unlike anything you’ve ever seen before!

Other original New York cast members featured include Renee Albulario, Debralee Daco, Jeigh Madjus, Enrico Rodriguez, Trevor Salter, Janelle Velasquez and Tobias Wong, who will be joined by Belinda Allyn (Allegiance), Jordan DeLeon, Michael Feldman,  Jonelle Margallo, Geena Quintos and Shea Renne (Allegiance).

Starting April 7, 2017, performances run Wednesday-Sunday and Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. and select Saturday, Sunday, and Wednesday matinees at 2:00 p.m. (no matinees during previews). Press Opening Night is set for Thursday, April 20 at 7:30 p.m. All performances play Seattle Repertory Theatre’s Bagley Wright Theatre, located at Seattle Center at the corner of Second Ave. and Mercer St., Seattle, Washington.

The entire creative team from the acclaimed Public Theater production joins helmer Timbers for Seattle Rep’s staging including scenic designer David Korins (Hamilton), and choreographer Annie-B Parson, costume designer Clint Ramos, lighting designer Justin Townsend, sound designers M. L. Dogg and Cody Spencer, and projection designer Peter Nigrini.

Tickets Start at $88. Discounted tickets for groups of 10+ may be purchased by calling 206.443.2224. For ticket reservations, call the Seattle Repertory Theatre Box Office at 206.443.2222 or toll-free at 877.900.9285, or go online at seattlerep.org.

Seattle Rep was founded in 1963 and is currently led by Artistic Director Braden Abraham and Managing Director Jeffrey Herrmann. One of America’s premier non-profit resident theatres, Seattle Repertory Theatre has achieved international renown for its consistently high production and artistic standards, and was awarded the 1990 Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre. With an emphasis on entertaining plays of true dramatic and literary worth, Seattle Rep produces a season of plays along with educational programs, new play workshops, and special presentations.

Jaygee Macapugay Stars as Imelda Marcos in David Byrne and Fatboy Slim’s HERE LIES LOVE at Seattle Rep
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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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