SOFT POWER Cast Album Virtual Listening Party to Benefit AALDEF and The Public Theater on April 17 at 8pm

The Public Theater is hosting a live virtual listening party on Friday, April 17 to celebrate the cast album recording of Soft Power at 8pm on youtube. Funds will be raised to support The Public Theater and the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund during the event. Click on the link below.

David Henry Hwang and Jeanine Tesori’s Soft Power, produced by The Public Theater and Center Theatre Group, recently received five Lucille Lortel nominations including Outstanding Musical,  Outstanding Choreography for Sam Pinkleton and Outstanding Scenic Design for Clint Ramos and Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical for Conrad Ricamora and Francis Jue.

The Soft Power – Original Cast Recording will be available on digital and streaming formats on Friday, April 17 on Ghostlight Records. The album is based on the new musical’s recent New York premiere production at The Public Theater (Artistic Director, Oskar Eustis; Executive Director, Patrick Willingham). Soft Power features book and lyrics by Tony Award winner David Henry Hwang and music and additional lyrics by Tony Award winner Jeanine Tesori, with choreography by Tony nominee Sam Pinkleton. A co-commission and co-production with Center Theatre Group, Tony nominee Leigh Silverman directed this groundbreaking new musical. The album is produced by Jeanine Tesori and Matt Stine, with The Public Theater and Kurt Deutsch serving as executive producers. To pre-order Soft Power, please visit ghostlightrecords.lnk.to/softpower

Conrad Ricamora and the cast of SOFT POWER. Photo by Joan Marcus

Watch a music video of the show’s finale “Democracy (Reprise)” – featuring footage from the album recording session!

When Soft Power opened at The Public’s Newman Theater last year, Variety called it “thrilling, moving, and revolutionary.” The Wall Street Journal raved “Mr. Hwang’s book is gloriously funny, while Ms. Tesori’s score is a persuasive blend of emotional directness and ingenious musical pastiche. I don’t remember when I last saw a musical that was this smart-and touching.” The Daily Beast said “Tesori has a wonderful knack of creating a lush melody, spiked with very pointed, political point-making.” According to The New Yorker, “[Hwang] affirms the things that could make America good again: care, compassion, mutual respect.” Performances ran from September 24 through November 17, 2019.

Last Friday, Theater Mu’s Artistic Director Lily Tung Crystal hosted a Mu-tini Hour zoom chat with David Henry Hwang and Francis Jue. Watch the interview below.

“The extraordinary beauty of Jeanine Tesori’s score and David Henry Hwang’s lyrics for Soft Power will now be preserved forever,” said Oskar Eustis. “Soft Power is a beautiful, heartbreaking, and history-making show: this recording will not only save this amazing cast and orchestra, but it will be a thrilling map for what promises to be an exciting future for the show.”

The complete cast of Soft Power includes Billy Bustamante (Xuē Xíng Standby), Jon Hoche (Chief Justice/Hālǐ Àohālā/Ensemble), Kendyl Ito (Jīng/Prof. Lǐ Bìyù/Ensemble), Francis Jue (DHH), Austin Ku (Bobby Bob/Jū Míng), Raymond J. Lee (Randy Ray/Yáo Tuō/Veep/Ensemble), Alyse Alan Louis (Zoe/Hillary), Jaygee Macapugay (Betsy/Lóng Lín Kūn/Ensemble), Daniel May (Ensemble), Paul HeeSang Miller (Ensemble), Kristen Faith Oei (Ensemble), Geena Quintos (Airport Greeter/Ensemble), Conrad Ricamora (Xuē Xíng), Trevor Salter (Ensemble), Kyra Smith (Ensemble), Emily Stillings (Swing), Emily Trumble (Zoe/Hillary Standby), and John Yi (Swing).

Soft Power is an exploration of America’s current place in the world, told through an East-West musical from China’s point of view, in which a theater producer from Shanghai forges a powerful bond with Hillary Clinton. Soft Power is a fever dream of modern American politics amidst global conversations, asking us all-why do we love democracy? And should we?

Soft Power features orchestrations by Danny Troob; music direction and supervision by Chris Fenwick; dance arrangements by John Clancy; scenic design by Clint Ramos; costume design by Anita Yavich; lighting design by Mark Barton; sound design by Kai Harada; sound effects design by Bart Fasbender; video design by Bryce Cutler; hair, wig, and makeup design by Tom Watson; special effects by Lillis Meeh; music contracting by Antoine Silverman; and additional orchestrations by Larry Hochman and John Clancy.

After the virtual listening party Jon Hoche and Raymond J. Lee are having a live Q & A on Jon Hoche’s Instagram live at 930 p.m.  

David Henry Hwang and Jeanine Tesori’s SOFT POWER Receives Five Lucille Lortel Nominations Including Outstanding Musical, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical for Francis Jue and Conrad Ricamora, Outstanding Choreography for Sam Pinkleton and Outstanding Scenic Design for Clint Ramos; Full List of Nominations 

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 has appeared in the filmsWolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman. She stars in and served as Executive Producer for the short independent films Hide and Seek, Balancing Act, Rom-Com Gone Wrong, Belongingness andWhen the World was Young. She is also the Executive Producer for The Cactus, The Language Lesson, The Writer and Cream and 2 Shugahs.

All text, graphics, articles & photographs: © 2000-2020 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

David Henry Hwang and Jeanine Tesori’s SOFT POWER Original Cast Recording to be Released on April 17; The Public Theater to Host Virtual Listening Party

Ghostlight Records has announced that the Soft Power – Original Cast Recording will be available on digital and streaming formats on Friday, April 17. The album is based on the new musical’s recent New York premiere production at The Public Theater (Artistic Director, Oskar Eustis; Executive Director, Patrick Willingham). Soft Power features book and lyrics by Tony Award winner David Henry Hwang and music and additional lyrics by Tony Award winner Jeanine Tesori, with choreography by Tony nominee Sam Pinkleton. A co-commission and co-production with Center Theatre Group, Tony nominee Leigh Silverman directed this groundbreaking new musical. The album is produced by Jeanine Tesori and Matt Stine, with The Public Theater and Kurt Deutsch serving as executive producers. To pre-order Soft Power, please visit ghostlightrecords.lnk.to/softpower

Conrad Ricamora and the cast of SOFT POWER. Photo by Joan Marcus

Watch a music video of the show’s finale “Democracy (Reprise)” – featuring footage from the album recording session!

When Soft Power opened at The Public’s Newman Theater last year, Variety called it “thrilling, moving, and revolutionary.” The Wall Street Journal raved “Mr. Hwang’s book is gloriously funny, while Ms. Tesori’s score is a persuasive blend of emotional directness and ingenious musical pastiche. I don’t remember when I last saw a musical that was this smart-and touching.” The Daily Beast said “Tesori has a wonderful knack of creating a lush melody, spiked with very pointed, political point-making.” According to The New Yorker, “[Hwang] affirms the things that could make America good again: care, compassion, mutual respect.” Performances ran from September 24 through November 17, 2019.

Last Friday, Theater Mu’s Artistic Director Lily Tung Crystal hosted a Mu-tini Hour zoom chat with David Henry Hwang and Francis Jue. Watch the interview below.

The Public Theater will host a live virtual listening party on Friday, April 17 to celebrate the cast album recording of Soft Power at 8pm on youtube. Funds will be raised to support The Public Theater and the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund during the event. Click on the link below.

“The extraordinary beauty of Jeanine Tesori’s score and David Henry Hwang’s lyrics for Soft Power will now be preserved forever,” said Oskar Eustis. “Soft Power is a beautiful, heartbreaking, and history-making show: this recording will not only save this amazing cast and orchestra, but it will be a thrilling map for what promises to be an exciting future for the show.”

The complete cast of Soft Power includes Billy Bustamante (Xuē Xíng Standby), Jon Hoche (Chief Justice/Hālǐ Àohālā/Ensemble), Kendyl Ito (Jīng/Prof. Lǐ Bìyù/Ensemble), Francis Jue (DHH), Austin Ku (Bobby Bob/Jū Míng), Raymond J. Lee (Randy Ray/Yáo Tuō/Veep/Ensemble), Alyse Alan Louis (Zoe/Hillary), Jaygee Macapugay (Betsy/Lóng Lín Kūn/Ensemble), Daniel May (Ensemble), Paul HeeSang Miller (Ensemble), Kristen Faith Oei (Ensemble), Geena Quintos (Airport Greeter/Ensemble), Conrad Ricamora (Xuē Xíng), Trevor Salter (Ensemble), Kyra Smith (Ensemble), Emily Stillings (Swing), Emily Trumble (Zoe/Hillary Standby), and John Yi (Swing).

Soft Power is an exploration of America’s current place in the world, told through an East-West musical from China’s point of view, in which a theater producer from Shanghai forges a powerful bond with Hillary Clinton. Soft Power is a fever dream of modern American politics amidst global conversations, asking us all-why do we love democracy? And should we?

Soft Power features orchestrations by Danny Troob; music direction and supervision by Chris Fenwick; dance arrangements by John Clancy; scenic design by Clint Ramos; costume design by Anita Yavich; lighting design by Mark Barton; sound design by Kai Harada; sound effects design by Bart Fasbender; video design by Bryce Cutler; hair, wig, and makeup design by Tom Watson; special effects by Lillis Meeh; music contracting by Antoine Silverman; and additional orchestrations by Larry Hochman and John Clancy.

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 has appeared in the filmsWolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman. She stars in and served as Executive Producer for the short independent films Hide and Seek, Balancing Act, Rom-Com Gone Wrong, Belongingness and When the World was Young. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.

All text, graphics, articles & photographs: © 2000-2020 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

Photos: Ali Ewoldt, Ann Harada, Josh Dela Cruz, Jaygee Macapugay, Jason Ma, Kendyl Ito, James Seol, Vishal Vaidya and More in Rehearsal for National Asian Artists Project’s Concert of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA

Ali Ewoldt, Josh Dela Cruz. Photo by Lia Chang

Ali Ewoldt (Phantom of the Opera) and Josh Dela Cruz (Blue’s Clues & You, Aladdin) will star as Ella and Topher in the National Asian Artists Project  (NAAP) presentation of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella – In Concert, as part of its “Rediscover Series” which explores classic American musicals, with professional artists of Asian descent, proving that great works of theater speak to all communities. The one night only event will take place on Monday, March 2 at 8PM at The Alvin Ailey Citicorp Theater (405 West 55th Street – between 9th & 10th Avenues). Scroll down for rehearsal photos.

Creative team: Cassey Kivnick (Associate Director, NAAP), Kristen Lee Rosenfeld (Music Director), Alan Muraoka (Director), Billy Bustamante (Choreographer), Yinghao Lin (Production Assistant). Photo by Lia Chang

Through this special Rediscover Series concert presentation, directed by Alan Muraoka, music directed by Kristen Lee Rosenfeld, and choreographed by Billy Bustamante, NAAP brings a new and unique voice to interpret a timeless classic. Originally nominated for three Primetime Emmy Awards, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s adaptation shares the enduring enchantment of a favorite fairy tale told with their hallmark charm and elegance.

Principal cast: Jaygee Macapugay (Gabrielle), Kendyl Ito (Charlotte), James Seol (Sebastian), Ali Ewoldt (Ella), Josh Dela Cruz (Topher), Vishal Vaidya (Jean-Michel), Ann Harada (Madame), Cáitlín Burke (Marie), Jason Ma (Pinkleton). Photo by Lia Chang

The cast of Cinderella also features Ann Harada as Madame, Kendyl Ito as Charlotte, Jason Ma as Pinkleton, Jaygee Macapugay as Gabrielle, Cáitlín Burke as Marie, James Seol as Sebastian, Vishal Vaidya as Jean-Michel. Carol Angeli, Hannah Balagot, Jordan De Leon, Kevin Kulp, Mia Mooko, Anthony Obnial, Kyra Smith, Matheus Ting and Kelli Youngman round out the ensemble, who will be joined by the NAAP Kids and the NAAP Broadway Community Chorus.

Ensemble: Kelli Youngman, Anthony Obnial, Matheus Ting, Hannah Balagot, Kyra Smith, Mia Mooko, Carol Angeli, Jordan De Leon, Kevin Kulp. Photo by Lia Chang

Tickets are priced at $75 (premium) and $59 (reserved). There is also special “VIP package” for $250 which includes a Pre-Theater 4-course sumptuous meal at Masseria Dei Vini (887 Ninth Ave – between 57th & 58th Street) and one (1) ticket to the show. Tickets may be obtained here or by sending a check to the NAAP office (10 West 66th Street – Suite 23-C, New York, NY 10023). For additional information please email contact@naaproject.org.

Company – Back row: Kristen Lee Rosenfeld, Cassey Kivnick, Jaygee Macapugay, Kendyl Ito, James Seol, Ali Ewoldt, Vishal Vaidya, Ann Harada, Anthony Obnial, Kevin Kulp, Matheus Ting, Mia Mooko, Cáitlín Burke, Yinghao Lin, Carol Angeli, Jordan De Leon.
Front row: Kelli Youngman, Alan Muraoka, Josh Dela Cruz, Jason Ma, Kyra Smith, Hannah Balagot, Billy Bustamante. Photo by Lia Chang

National Asian Artists Project (NAAP) is a community of artists, educators, administrators, community leaders, and professionals. It is a not-for-profit organization that recognizes the need to build bridges between the work of artists of Asian descent, and the many communities that the work can serve, from underserved primary school students to seasoned arts patrons.

www.naaproject.org

Broadwayworld: Photo Flash: Ali Ewoldt, Ann Harada, and More In Rehearsal For National Asian Artists Project’s Concert Of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA

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 has appeared in the filmsWolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman. She stars in and served as Executive Producer for the short independent films Hide and Seek, Balancing Act, Rom-Com Gone Wrong, Belongingness and When the World was Young which will be screened at the inaugural San Francisco Chinatown Community Film Festival at Clarion Performing Arts Center on March 22. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.

All text, graphics, articles & photographs: © 2000-2020 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

Ali Ewoldt, Josh Dela Cruz, Ann Harada, Jaygee Macapugay, Jason Ma, Carol Angeli, Kendyl Ito, James Seol, Vishal Vaidya and More Set for National Asian Artists Project’s Concert of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA on March 2

Ali Ewoldt (Phantom of the Opera) and Josh Dela Cruz (Blue’s Clues & You, Aladdin) will star as Ella and Topher in the National Asian Artists Project – NAAP presentation of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella – In Concert, as part of its “Rediscover Series” which explores classic American musicals, with professional artists of Asian descent, proving that great works of theater speak to all communities. The one night only event will take place on Monday, March 2 at 8PM at The Alvin Ailey Citicorp Theater (405 West 55th Street – between 9th & 10th Avenues).

Ann Harada, Ali Ewoldt, Alan Muraoka, Lia Chang and Jason Ma.

Through this special Rediscover Series concert presentation, directed by Alan Muraoka music directed by Kristen Lee Rosenfeld, and choreographed by Billy Bustamante, NAAP brings a new and unique voice to interpret a timeless classic. Originally nominated for three Primetime Emmy Awards, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s adaptation shares the enduring enchantment of a favorite fairy tale told with their hallmark charm and elegance.

The cast of Cinderella also features Ann Harada as Madame, Kendyl Ito as Charlotte, Jason Ma as Pinkleton, Jaygee Macapugay as Gabrielle, Cáitlín Burke as Marie, James Seol as Sebastian, Vishal Vaidya as Jean-Michel. Carol Angeli, Hannah Balagot, Jordan De Leon, Kevin Kulp, Mia Mooko, Anthony Obnial, Kyra Smith, Matheus Ting and Kelli Youngman round out the ensemble, who will be joined by the NAAP Kids and the NAAP Broadway Community Chorus.

Tickets are priced at $75 (premium) and $59 (reserved). There is also special “VIP package” for $250 which includes a Pre-Theater 4-course sumptuous meal at Masseria Dei Vini (887 Ninth Ave – between 57th & 58th Street) and one (1) ticket to the show. Tickets may be obtained here or by sending a check to the NAAP office (10 West 66th Street – Suite 23-C, New York, NY 10023). For additional information please email contact@naaproject.org.

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 has appeared in the filmsWolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman. She stars in and served as Executive Producer for the short independent films Hide and Seek, Balancing Act, Rom-Com Gone Wrong, Belongingness and When the World was Young which will be screened at the inaugural San Francisco Chinatown Community Film Festival at Clarion Performing Arts Center on March 22. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.

All text, graphics, articles & photographs: © 2000-2020 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

Jaygee Macapugay, Albert Guerzon, Joanne Javien, Diane Phelan, Michael Protacio and Kevin Schuering in Rehearsal for Prospect’s ON THIS SIDE OF THE WORLD by Paulo K. Tiról

Joanne Javien, Michael Protacio, Albert Guerzon, Jaygee Macapugay, Kevin Schuering, Diane Phelan. Photo by Lia Chang

Prospect Theater Company is presenting a special IGNITE Series Concert of 2019-2020 Dramatists Guild Foundation Fellow Paulo K Tiról’s new song cycle, On This Side of the World, for two performances on Monday and Tuesday Feb. 3rd and 4th at 7:30pm at the Greenwich House Theater (27 Barrow Street). For tickets ($35) and information, please visit www.ProspectTheater.org or call 212-352-3101.

Paulo K Tiról. Photo by Lia Chang

Paulo K Tiról is a 2019-2020 Dramatists Guild Foundation Fellow. Scroll down for rehearsal photos in the DGF Music Hall.

Noam Shapiro, Paulo K. Tiról and Ian Miller. Photo by Lia Chang

On this Side of the World is a collection of songs capturing voices from the Filipino immigrant experience in the United States. Stories of overseas workers, young lovers, and gossipy church ladies. Snapshots of undocumented immigrants, millennial princesses, and first-generation Americans. Paulo K Tiról’s wistful, joyous song cycle is a vibrant mosaic of love and loss, humor and heartache, yearning and faith eight thousand miles from home.

Joanne Javien, Michael Protacio, Albert Guerzon, Jaygee Macapugay, Kevin Schuering, Diane Phelan, Ian Miller, Noam Shapiro, Paulo K. Tiról, Cara Loelle Reichel. Photo by Lia Chang

Prospect’s IGNITE Series Concert will feature encore performances by the original cast from the May 2019 premiere, and feature three new songs.

Joanne Javien, Michael Protacio, Albert Guerzon, Jaygee Macapugay, Kevin Schuering, Diane Phelan. Photo by Lia Chang

The company includes Albert Guerzon (Escape to Margaritaville, Honeymoon in Vegas); Joanne Javien (Secret Garden at the Arden Theatre, Miss Saigon); Jaygee Macapugay (Soft Power, School of Rock, Prospect’s Honor); Diane Phelan (Felix Starro, LCT’s The King & I, Prospect’s Honor); Michael Protacio (Out of The Eclipse, Cry Love); and Kevin Schuering (LCT’s The King & I National Tour, Disney’s Aladdin at Chicago Shakes).

Noam Shapiro, Paulo K. Tiról and Ian Miller. Photo by Lia Chang

Directed by Noam Shapiro and music directed by Ian Miller, On this Side of the World was developed and originally presented by Three Hares, in Association with Access Theater. The concert is line produced by Rachel Nortz. The stage manager is Elizabeth Ann Goodman.

This event is part of Prospect’s ongoing IGNITE Concert Series, which showcases compelling new musical theater works in concert settings.

Michael Protacio. Photo by Lia Chang
Joanne Javien, Jaygee Macapugay, Diane Phelan. Photo by Lia Chang
Albert Guerzon, Jaygee Macapugay, Joanne Javien, Diane Phelan, Michael Protacio, Kevin Schuering. Photo by Lia Chang
Michael Protacio, Kevin Schuering. Photo by Lia Chang
Jaygee Macapugay, Michael Protacio. Photo by Lia Chang
Jaygee Macapugay, Michael Protacio. Photo by Lia Chang
Jaygee Macapugay, Kevin Schuering. Photo by Lia Chang
Michael Protacio, Jaygee Macapugay, Albert Guerzon, Joanne Javien, Kevin Schuering, Diane Phelan. Photo by Lia Chang
Joanne Javien, Kevin Schuering, Diane Phelan. Photo by Lia Chang
Michael Protacio, Jaygee Macapugay. Photo by Lia Chang
Albert Guerzon, Joanne Javien. Photo by Lia Chang
Ian Miller, Kevin Schuering. Photo by Lia Chang
Ian Miller, Kevin Schuering. Photo by Lia Chang
Jaygee Macapugay. Photo by Lia Chang
Michael Protacio, Albert Guerzon, Kevin Schuering. Photo by Lia Chang
Ian Miller and Kevin Schuering. Photo by Lia Chang

Broadwayworld: Photo Flash: In Rehearsal For Prospect Theater Company’s THIS SIDE OF THE WORLD Concert

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 has appeared in the filmsWolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman. She stars in and served as Executive Producer for the short independent films Hide and Seek, Balancing Act, Rom-Com Gone Wrong, Belongingness and When the World was Young. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.

All text, graphics, articles & photographs: © 2000-2020 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

Prospect Presents Special IGNITE Series Concert of Paulo K Tiról’s ON THIS SIDE OF THE WORLD Featuring Albert Guerzon, Joanne Javien, Jaygee Macapugay, Diane Phelan, Michael Protacio and Kevin Schuering on February 3 and 4

Prospect Theater Company is presenting a special IGNITE Series Concert of Paulo K Tiról’s new song cycle, On This Side of the World, for two performances on Monday and Tuesday Feb. 3rd and 4th at 7:30pm at the Greenwich House Theater (27 Barrow Street).

Michael Protacio, Jaygee Macapugay, Diane Phelan, Kevin Schuering, Joanne Javien and Albert Guerzon. Photo by Lia Chang

For tickets ($35) and information, please visit www.ProspectTheater.org
or call 212-352-3101.

Michael Protacio, Jaygee Macapugay, Albert Guerzon, Kevin Schuering, Diane Phelan and Joanne Javien. Photo by Lia Chang

On this Side of the World is a collection of songs capturing voices from the Filipino immigrant experience in the United States. Stories of overseas workers, young lovers, and gossipy church ladies. Snapshots of undocumented immigrants, millennial princesses, and first-generation Americans. Paulo K Tiról’s wistful, joyous song cycle is a vibrant mosaic of love and loss, humor and heartache, yearning and faith eight thousand miles from home.

Prospect’s IGNITE Series Concert will feature encore performances by the original cast from the May 2019 premiere, and feature three new songs.

The company includes Albert Guerzon (Escape to Margaritaville, Honeymoon in Vegas); Joanne Javien (Secret Garden at the Arden Theatre, Miss Saigon); Jaygee Macapugay (Soft Power, School of Rock, Prospect’s Honor); Diane Phelan (Felix Starro, LCT’s The King & I, Prospect’s Honor); Michael Protacio (Out of The Eclipse, Cry Love); and Kevin Schuering (LCT’s The King & I National Tour, Disney’s Aladdin at Chicago Shakes).

ON THIS SIDE OF THE WORLD’s Composer and Lyricist Paulo K Tiról with Director Noam Shapiro. Photo by Lia Chang

Directed by Noam Shapiro and music directed by Ian Miller, On this Side of the World was developed and originally presented by Three Hares, in Association with Access Theater. The concert is line produced by Rachel Nortz. The stage manager is Elizabeth Ann Goodman.

Albert Guerzon, Jaygee Macapugay, Joanne Javien, Paulo K Tiról, Diane Phelan, Kevin Schuering, Michael Protacio and Noam Shapiro. Photo by Lia Chang

This event is part of Prospect’s ongoing IGNITE Concert Series, which showcases compelling new musical theater works in concert settings.

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 has appeared in the filmsWolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman. She stars in and served as Executive Producer for the short independent films Hide and Seek, Balancing Act, Rom-Com Gone Wrong, Belongingness and When the World was Young. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.

All text, graphics, articles & photographs: © 2000-2020 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

David Henry Hwang and Jeanine Tesori’s SOFT POWER Will Release a Cast Recording in Spring 2020

Conrad Ricamora and the cast of SOFT POWER. Photo by Joan Marcus

Ghostlist Records is recording the new musical Soft Power, the New York premiere production from The Public Theater (Artistic Director, Oskar Eustis; Executive Director, Patrick Willingham), for an original cast album on November 24 at The DiMenna Center for Classical Music in New York, to be released Spring 2020. Soft Power features play and lyrics by Tony Award winner David Henry Hwang and music and additional lyrics by Tony Award winner Jeanine Tesori, with choreography by Tony nominee Sam Pinkleton. A co-commission and co-production with Center Theatre Group, Tony nominee Leigh Silverman directed this groundbreaking new musical-within-a-play. The album will be produced by Matt Stine.

Soft Power began previews on September 24 in The Public’s Newman Theater, had its official press opening on October 15, and was extended twice through November 17.

“The extraordinary beauty of Jeanine Tesori’s score and David Henry Hwang’s lyrics for Soft Power will now be preserved forever,” said Oskar Eustis. “Soft Power is a beautiful, heartbreaking, and history-making show: this recording will not only save this amazing cast and orchestra, but it will be a thrilling map for what promises to be an exciting future for the show.”

The complete cast of Soft Power includes Billy Bustamante (Xu Xíng Standby), Jon Hoche (Chief Justice/Hālǐ Àohālā/Ensemble), Kendyl Ito (Jīng/Prof. Lǐ Bìyù/Ensemble), Francis Jue (DHH), Austin Ku (Bobby Bob/Jū Míng), Raymond J. Lee (Randy Ray/Yáo Tuō/Veep/Ensemble), Alyse Alan Louis (Zoe/Hillary), Jaygee Macapugay (Betsy/Lóng Lín Kūn/Ensemble), Daniel May (Ensemble), Paul HeeSang Miller (Ensemble), Kristen Faith Oei (Ensemble), Geena Quintos (Airport Greeter/Ensemble), Conrad Ricamora (Xu Xíng), Trevor Salter (Ensemble), Kyra Smith (Ensemble), Emily Stillings (Swing), Emily Trumble (Zoe/Hillary Standby), and John Yi (Swing).

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

Tony Award winners David Henry Hwang and Jeanine Tesori brought their groundbreaking new musical-within-a-play to The Public for its New York premiere. One of the most exciting theatrical collaborations in recent memory, Soft Power is an exploration of America’s current place in the world, told through an East-West musical from China’s point of view, in which a theater producer from Shanghai forges a powerful bond with Hillary Clinton. Soft Power is a fever dream of modern American politics amidst global conversations, asking us all-why do we love democracy? And should we?

Soft Power features orchestrations by Danny Troob; music direction and supervision by Chris Fenwick; dance arrangements by John Clancy; scenic design by Clint Ramos; costume design by Anita Yavich; lighting design by Mark Barton; sound design by Kai Harada; sound effects design by Bart Fasbender; video design by Bryce Cutler; hair, wig, and makeup design by Tom Watson; special effects by Lillis Meeh; music contracting by Antoine Silverman; and additional orchestrations by Larry Hochman and John Clancy.

The Public Extends David Henry Hwang and Jeanine Tesori’s SOFT POWER through November 17

The Public Theater is extending the New York premiere of Soft Power, featuring play and lyrics by Tony Award winner David Henry Hwang, music and additional lyrics by Tony Award winner Jeanine Tesori and choreography by Tony nominee Sam Pinkleton. A co-commission and co-production with Center Theatre Group, Tony nominee Leigh Silverman directs this groundbreaking new musical-within-a-play. Soft Power began previews on Tuesday, September 24 in The Public’s Newman Theater, and had its official press opening on Tuesday, October 15. In its second extension week, Soft Power will now run through Sunday, November 17.

Francis Jue and Company. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Paul HeeSang Miller, Daniel May, Raymond J. Lee, Francis Jue and Austin Ku. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

The complete cast of Soft Power includes Billy Bustamante (Xue Xing Standby), Jon Hoche (Chief Justice/Hālǐ Aòhālā/Ensemble), Kendyl Ito (Jīng/Prof. Lǐ Bìyù/Ensemble), Francis Jue (DHH), Austin Ku (Bobby Bob/Jū Míng), Raymond J. Lee (Randy Ray/Yáo Tuō/Veep/Ensemble), Alyse Alan Louis (Zoe/Hillary), Jaygee Macapugay (Betsy/Lóng Lín Kūn/Ensemble), Daniel May (Ensemble), Paul HeeSang Miller (Ensemble), Kristen Faith Oei (Ensemble), Geena Quintos (Airport Greeter/Ensemble), Conrad Ricamora (Xue Xing), Trevor Salter (Ensemble), Kyra Smith (Ensemble), Emily Stillings (Swing), Emily Trumble (Zoe/Hillary Standby), and John Yi (Swing).

Conrad Ricamora and Kendyl Ito. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Conrad Ricamora and Kendyl Ito. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

SOFT POWER features orchestrations by Danny Troob; music direction and supervision by Chris Fenwick; dance arrangements by John Clancy; scenic design by Clint Ramos; costume design by Anita Yavich; lighting design by Mark Barton; sound design by Kai Harada; sound effects design by Bart Fasbender; video design by Bryce Cutler; hair, wig, and makeup design by Tom Watson; special effects by Lillis Meeh; music contracting by Antoine Silverman; and additional orchestrations by Larry Hochman and John Clancy.

The cast of SOFT POWER. Photo by Joan Marcus
Kristen Faith Oei, Trevor Salter, Raymond J. Lee, Geena Quintos, Kyra Smith, Jaygee Macapugay, Jon Hoche and Daniel May. Photo by Joan Marcus

Tony Award winners David Henry Hwang and Jeanine Tesori bring their groundbreaking new musical-within-a-play to The Public for its New York premiere. One of the most exciting theatrical collaborations in recent memory, Soft Power is an exploration of America’s current place in the world, told through an East-West musical from China’s point of view, in which a theater producer from Shanghai forges a powerful bond with Hillary Clinton. Soft Power is a fever dream of modern American politics amidst global conversations, asking us all-why do we love democracy? And should we?

Conrad Ricamora and Francis Jue. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Conrad Ricamora and Francis Jue. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Alyse Alan Louis and Company. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Kyra Smith, Geena Quintos, Trevor Salter, Raymond J. Lee, Francis Jue, Alyse Alan Louis, Jaygee Macapugay, Kristen Faith Oei, Kendyl Ito and Paul HeeSang Miller. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Conrad Ricamora and Alyse Alan Louis. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Conrad Ricamora and Alyse Alan Louis. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Conrad Ricamora and Alyse Alan Louis. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Conrad Ricamora and Alyse Alan Louis. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Kristen Faith Oei, Raymond J. Lee, Kendyl Ito, Geena Quintos, Austin Ku, Daniel May, Conrad Ricamora, Paul HeeSang Miller, Jaygee Macapugay, Kyra Smith, Trevor Salter, Francis Jue. Photo by Joan Marcus

Tickets start at $95 and can be purchased online at www.publictheater.org, by phone 212-967-7555 and in person at the Taub Box Office, located at 425 Lafayette Street.

David Henry Hwang and Jeanine Tesori’s SOFT POWER Opens Tonight at The Public

The Public Theater’s production of Soft Power, with play and lyrics by Tony Award winner David Henry Hwang, music and additional lyrics by Tony Award winner Jeanine Tesori, choreography by Tony nominee Sam Pinkleton, and direction by Tony nominee Leigh Silverman began performances on Tuesday, September 24 in The Public’s Newman Theater and will run through Sunday, November 10. Opening night is October 15.

Francis Jue and Company. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Paul HeeSang Miller, Daniel May, Raymond J. Lee, Francis Jue and Austin Ku. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

The complete cast of Soft Power includes Billy Bustamante (Xue Xing Standby), Jon Hoche (Chief Justice/Hālǐ Aòhālā/Ensemble), Kendyl Ito (Jīng/Prof. Lǐ Bìyù/Ensemble), Francis Jue (DHH), Austin Ku (Bobby Bob/Jū Míng), Raymond J. Lee (Randy Ray/Yáo Tuō/Veep/Ensemble), Alyse Alan Louis (Zoe/Hillary), Jaygee Macapugay (Betsy/Lóng Lín Kūn/Ensemble), Daniel May (Ensemble), Paul HeeSang Miller (Ensemble), Kristen Faith Oei (Ensemble), Geena Quintos (Airport Greeter/Ensemble), Conrad Ricamora (Xue Xing), Trevor Salter (Ensemble), Kyra Smith (Ensemble), Emily Stillings (Swing), Emily Trumble (Zoe/Hillary Standby), and John Yi (Swing).

Conrad Ricamora and Kendyl Ito. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Conrad Ricamora and Kendyl Ito. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

SOFT POWER features orchestrations by Danny Troob; music direction and supervision by Chris Fenwick; dance arrangements by John Clancy; scenic design by Clint Ramos; costume design by Anita Yavich; lighting design by Mark Barton; sound design by Kai Harada; sound effects design by Bart Fasbender; video design by Bryce Cutler; hair, wig, and makeup design by Tom Watson; special effects by Lillis Meeh; music contracting by Antoine Silverman; and additional orchestrations by Larry Hochman and John Clancy.

The cast of SOFT POWER. Photo by Joan Marcus
Kristen Faith Oei, Trevor Salter, Raymond J. Lee, Geena Quintos, Kyra Smith, Jaygee Macapugay, Jon Hoche and Daniel May. Photo by Joan Marcus

Tony Award winners David Henry Hwang and Jeanine Tesori bring their groundbreaking new musical-within-a-play to The Public for its New York premiere. One of the most exciting theatrical collaborations in recent memory, Soft Power is an exploration of America’s current place in the world, told through an East-West musical from China’s point of view, in which a theater producer from Shanghai forges a powerful bond with Hillary Clinton. Soft Power is a fever dream of modern American politics amidst global conversations, asking us all-why do we love democracy? And should we?

Conrad Ricamora and Francis Jue. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Conrad Ricamora and Francis Jue. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Alyse Alan Louis and Company. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Kyra Smith, Geena Quintos, Trevor Salter, Raymond J. Lee, Francis Jue, Alyse Alan Louis, Jaygee Macapugay, Kristen Faith Oei, Kendyl Ito and Paul HeeSang Miller. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Conrad Ricamora and Alyse Alan Louis. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Conrad Ricamora and Alyse Alan Louis. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Conrad Ricamora and Alyse Alan Louis. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Conrad Ricamora and Alyse Alan Louis. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Kristen Faith Oei, Raymond J. Lee, Kendyl Ito, Geena Quintos, Austin Ku, Daniel May, Conrad Ricamora, Paul HeeSang Miller, Jaygee Macapugay, Kyra Smith, Trevor Salter, Francis Jue. Photo by Joan Marcus

Tickets start at $95 and can be purchased online at www.publictheater.org, by phone 212-967-7555 and in person at the Taub Box Office, located at 425 Lafayette Street.

 

Production Photos: David Henry Hwang and Jeanine Tesori’s SOFT POWER at The Public, Opens October 15

The Public Theater’s production of Soft Power, with play and lyrics by Tony Award winner David Henry Hwang, music and additional lyrics by Tony Award winner Jeanine Tesori, choreography by Tony nominee Sam Pinkleton, and direction by Tony nominee Leigh Silverman began performances on Tuesday, September 24 in The Public’s Newman Theater and will run through Sunday, November 10. Opening night is October 15.

Francis Jue and Company. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Paul HeeSang Miller, Daniel May, Raymond J. Lee, Francis Jue and Austin Ku. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

The complete cast of Soft Power includes Billy Bustamante (Xue Xing Standby), Jon Hoche (Chief Justice/Hālǐ Aòhālā/Ensemble), Kendyl Ito (Jīng/Prof. Lǐ Bìyù/Ensemble), Francis Jue (DHH), Austin Ku (Bobby Bob/Jū Míng), Raymond J. Lee (Randy Ray/Yáo Tuō/Veep/Ensemble), Alyse Alan Louis (Zoe/Hillary), Jaygee Macapugay (Betsy/Lóng Lín Kūn/Ensemble), Daniel May (Ensemble), Paul HeeSang Miller (Ensemble), Kristen Faith Oei (Ensemble), Geena Quintos (Airport Greeter/Ensemble), Conrad Ricamora (Xue Xing), Trevor Salter (Ensemble), Kyra Smith (Ensemble), Emily Stillings (Swing), Emily Trumble (Zoe/Hillary Standby), and John Yi (Swing).

Conrad Ricamora and Kendyl Ito. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Conrad Ricamora and Kendyl Ito. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

SOFT POWER features orchestrations by Danny Troob; music direction and supervision by Chris Fenwick; dance arrangements by John Clancy; scenic design by Clint Ramos; costume design by Anita Yavich; lighting design by Mark Barton; sound design by Kai Harada; sound effects design by Bart Fasbender; video design by Bryce Cutler; hair, wig, and makeup design by Tom Watson; special effects by Lillis Meeh; music contracting by Antoine Silverman; and additional orchestrations by Larry Hochman and John Clancy.

The cast of SOFT POWER. Photo by Joan Marcus
Kristen Faith Oei, Trevor Salter, Raymond J. Lee, Geena Quintos, Kyra Smith, Jaygee Macapugay, Jon Hoche and Daniel May. Photo by Joan Marcus

Tony Award winners David Henry Hwang and Jeanine Tesori bring their groundbreaking new musical-within-a-play to The Public for its New York premiere. One of the most exciting theatrical collaborations in recent memory, Soft Power is an exploration of America’s current place in the world, told through an East-West musical from China’s point of view, in which a theater producer from Shanghai forges a powerful bond with Hillary Clinton. Soft Power is a fever dream of modern American politics amidst global conversations, asking us all-why do we love democracy? And should we?

Conrad Ricamora and Francis Jue. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Conrad Ricamora and Francis Jue. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Alyse Alan Louis and Company. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Kyra Smith, Geena Quintos, Trevor Salter, Raymond J. Lee, Francis Jue, Alyse Alan Louis, Jaygee Macapugay, Kristen Faith Oei, Kendyl Ito and Paul HeeSang Miller. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Conrad Ricamora and Alyse Alan Louis. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Conrad Ricamora and Alyse Alan Louis. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Conrad Ricamora and Alyse Alan Louis. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Conrad Ricamora and Alyse Alan Louis. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Kristen Faith Oei, Raymond J. Lee, Kendyl Ito, Geena Quintos, Austin Ku, Daniel May, Conrad Ricamora, Paul HeeSang Miller, Jaygee Macapugay, Kyra Smith, Trevor Salter, Francis Jue. Photo by Joan Marcus

Tickets start at $95 and can be purchased online at www.publictheater.org, by phone 212-967-7555 and in person at the Taub Box Office, located at 425 Lafayette Street.