Inside the Pride Plays’ Reading of SOME MEN with 2019 Tony Award Winners Terrence McNally and André De Shields at Rattlestick

André De Shields and the Company. Photo by Lia Chang

Doug Nevin and Michael Urie, in partnership with Rattlestick Playwrights Theater closed out the Pride Plays’ festival of play readings commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, with a benefit reading of Terrence McNally’s Some Men, helmed by Logan Reed, on June 24 at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater.

Festival Producer Doug Nevin, Festival Director Nick Mayo and Festival Producer Michael Urie. Photo by Lia Chang

Playwright Terrence McNally, who received the 2019 Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre in June, was in the house.

Logan Reed, Terrence McNally and Tom Kirdahy. Photo by Lia Chang

Normally performed by a cast of eight actors playing nearly fifty roles, Pride Plays’ one-night-only benefit reading of Some Men featured a cast of forty and a new scene recently written by McNally. Nick Mayo serves as Festival Director.

Back Row: David Turner, Dominic Colon, Ricardo Davila, James Cusati Moyer, David Ryan Smith, Adam Cantor, Michael Urie, Sam Gonzalez, Alton Alburo, Michael Mastro, Ryan Haddad, Jordan Cooper, Lance Roberts.
Middle Row: Thomas Jay Ryan, Everett Quinton, Andre De Shields, Murray Hill, Randy Harrison, Larry Powell, Vishal Vaidya, Bobby Steggart, Michael Cyril Creighton, Stephen Spinella, John Benjamin Hickey, Stephen DeRosa, Ned Riseley, Calvin Leon Smith, Kevin Chamberlin
Front Row: Tom Deckman, Will Blum, Arnie Burton, Jose Llana, Frank DiLella, Colin Hanlon, Satya Bhabha, Ken Barnett, Billy Carter, Marc Vietor, Mark Nelson, Daniel Butler, Dylan Guerra. Photo by Lia Chang

The cast of Some Men includes 2019 Tony Award winner André De Shields, Alton Alburo, Ken Barnett, Satya Bhabha, Will Blum, Arnie Burton, Dan Butler, Billy Carter, Kevin Chamberlin, Dominic Colón, Jordan E. Cooper, Michael Cyril Creighton, James Cusati-Moyer, Ricardo Dávila, Tom Deckman, Stephen DeRosa, Frank DiLella, Sam Gonzalez, Ryan Haddad, Randy Harrison, John Benjamin Hickey, Murray Hill, Adam Kantor, T.R. Knight, Jose Llana, Michael Mastro, Nick Mayo, Larry Powell, Everett Quinton, Lance Roberts, Thomas Jay Ryan, Calvin Leon Smith, David Ryan Smith, Stephen Spinella, Bobby Steggert, David Turner, Vishal Vaidya, and Marc Vietor.

2019 Tony Awards winners Terrence McNally and André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang

McNally’s Some Men is a play with an interwoven series of stories chronicling and contrasting the lives and attitudes of gay men in the United States over the past 80 years. The play begins and ends with a contemporary gay wedding, relating interconnecting stories of generations of gay men in New York City. Some Men premiered Off-Broadway in 2007.

John Benjamin Hickey. Photo by Lia Chang

Set against the backdrop of World Pride and the fiftieth anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, Pride Plays hopes to be a reflection of the queer experience the community has braved in the years since its heroes took their stand.

Sam Gonzalez and Michael Mastro. Photo by Lia Chang
Randy Harrison, Vishal Vaidya, Bobby Steggert, Larry Powell, Michael Cyril Creighton, Arnie Burton. Photo by Lia Chang
James Cusati-Moyer and John Benjamin Hickey. Photo by Lia Chang
Daniel Butler and Calvin Leon Smith. Photo by Lia Chang
Billy Carter and Mark Vietor. Photo by Lia Chang
Ken Barnett and Colin Hanlon. Photo by Lia Chang
Jose Llana, Michael Mastro and David Ryan Smith. Photo by Lia Chang
Alton Alburo, Arnie Burton and John Benjamin Hickey. Photo by Lia Chang
Arnie Burton and John Benjamin Hickey. Photo by Lia Chang
Alton Alburo, Will Blum and Tom Deckman. Photo by Lia Chang
Jordan E. Cooper and Everett Quinton. Photo by Lia Chang
Jordan E. Cooper. Photo by Lia Chang
Everett Quinton, Thomas Jay Ryan, Mark Nelson, Alton Alburo, Will Blum, Tom Deckman, Kevin Chamberlin, Dylan Guerra. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields and the Company. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields and the Company. Photo by Lia Chang
David Turner and Nick Mayo. Photo by Lia Chang
Thomas Jay Ryan, Lance Roberts, Stephen DeRosa. Photo by Lia Chang
Murray Hill, T.R. Knight, John Benjamin HIckey, Ryan Haddad. Photo by Lia Chang
Dominic Colón and T.R. Knight. Photo by Lia Chang
Lance Roberts and Stephen DeRosa. Photo by Lia Chang
Larry Powell and Bobby Steggert. Photo by Lia Chang
Larry Powell, Bobby Steggert, Stephen Spinella and John Benjamin Hickey. Photo by Lia Chang

Larry Powell and Bobby Steggert. Photo by Lia Chang
Sam Gonzalez, Michael Mastro and the Company. Photo by Lia Chang
Adam Kantor and Michael Urie. Photo by Lia Chang
Jose Llana, Jordan E. Cooper, Michael Cyril Creighton, Sam Gonzalez, Ken Barnett, David Ryan Smith, Michael Mastro. Photo by Lia Chang
Front Row: Frank DiLella, Colin Hanlon, Satya Bhabha, Ken Barnett, Billy Carter
Back Row: Vishal Vaidya, Bobby Steggart, David Ryan Smith, Michael Cyril Creighton, Adam Kantor, Michael Urie, Arnie Burton, Sam Gonzales, John Benjamin Hickey, Alton Alburo, Michael Mastro, Ryan Haddad, Lance Roberts, Jordan E. Cooper, Stephen DeRosa, Ned Riseley. Photo by Lia Chang
Back Row: David Turner, Dominic Colon, Ricardo Davila, James Cusati Moyer, David Ryan Smith, Adam Cantor, Michael Urie, Sam Gonzalez, Alton Alburo, Michael Mastro, Ryan Haddad, Jordan Cooper, Lance Roberts.
Middle Row: Thomas Jay Ryan, Everett Quinton, André De Shields, Murray Hill, Randy Harrison, Larry Powell, Vishal Vaidya, Bobby Steggart, Michael Cyril Creighton, Stephen Spinella, John Benjamin Hickey, Stephen DeRosa, Ned Riseley, Calvin Leon Smith, Kevin Chamberlin
Front Row: Tom Deckman, Will Blum, Arnie Burton, Jose Llana, Frank DiLella, Colin Hanlon, Satya Bhabha, Ken Barnett, Billy Carter, Marc Vietor, Mark Nelson, Daniel Butler, Dylan Guerra. Photo by Lia Chang
Back Row: David Turner, Dominic Colon, Ricardo Davila, James Cusati Moyer, David Ryan Smith, Adam Cantor, Michael Urie, Sam Gonzalez, Alton Alburo, Michael Mastro, Ryan Haddad, Jordan Cooper, Lance Roberts.
Middle Row: Thomas Jay Ryan, Everett Quinton, André De Shields, Murray Hill, Randy Harrison, Larry Powell, Vishal Vaidya, Bobby Steggart, Michael Cyril Creighton, Stephen Spinella, John Benjamin Hickey, Stephen DeRosa, Ned Riseley, Calvin Leon Smith, Kevin Chamberlin
Front Row: Tom Deckman, Will Blum, Arnie Burton, Jose Llana, Frank DiLella, Colin Hanlon, Satya Bhabha, Ken Barnett, Billy Carter, Marc Vietor, Mark Nelson, Daniel Butler, Dylan Guerra. Photo by Lia Chang

Terrence McNally is the 2019 recipient of the Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre. McNally has had a remarkably far-ranging career, including at least one new work on Broadway in each of the last six decades.

Terrence McNally and Tom Kirdahy. Photo by Lia Chang

A revival of his play Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune starring Audra McDonald and Michael Shannon is currently on Broadway. In 2018 he was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He is a recipient of the Dramatists Guild Lifetime Achievement Award and the Lucille Lortel Lifetime Achievement Award. He has won four Tony Awards for his plays Love! Valour! Compassion! and Master Class and his musical books for Kiss of the Spider Woman and Ragtime. He has written a number of TV scripts, including “Andre’s Mother,” for which he won an Emmy Award. He has received two Guggenheim Fellowships, a Rockefeller Grant, four Drama Desk Awards, two Lucille Lortel Awards, two Obie Awards, and three Hull-Warriner Awards from the Dramatists Guild. In 1996 he was inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame. He wrote the libretto for the operas Great Scott and Dead Man Walking, both with music by Jake Heggie. Other plays include Mothers and Sons; Lips Together, Teeth Apart; The Lisbon Traviata; A Perfect Ganesh; The Visit; The Full Monty; Corpus Christi; Bad Habits; Next; The Ritz; Anastasia; It’s Only a Play; Where Has Tommy Flowers Gone?; and The Stendhal Syndrome. Click here to learn more about his new documentary, Terrence McNally: Every Act of Life.

Below is his speech from the 2019 Tony Awards.

More than a dozen play readings from celebrated LGBTQIA voices were presented from June 20- 24 at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, capturing the prideful spirit of the LGBTQIA community and celebrating 50 years of theatrical voices.

Set against the backdrop of World Pride and the fiftieth anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, Pride Plays hopes to be a reflection of the queer experience the community has braved in the years since its heroes took their stand.

The advisory committee for Pride Plays is Chay Yew, Moises Kaufman, Lucy Thurber, Sam Hunter, Lisa Scheps, Michael Sheppard, Miranda Haymon, and Ted Snowdon. Calleri Casting is the casting office for Pride Plays.

Terrence McNally, Lia Chang and André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits. Photo by Lia Chang

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

All text, graphics, articles & photographs: © 2000-2019 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

2019 Tony Award Winner André De Shields, Jose Llana, T.R. Knight, Noah Galvin, Alton Alburo and More Set for PRIDE PLAYS Reading of Terrence McNally’s SOME MEN at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater on June 24

2019 Tony Award Winner André De Shields and Michael Urie. Photo by Lia Chang

Doug Nevin and Michael Urie, in partnership with Rattlestick Playwrights Theater are closing out the Pride Plays’ festival of play readings  commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, with a benefit reading of Terrence McNally’s Some Men, helmed by Logan Reed, on June 24, 2019 at 8pm at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater (224 Waverly Place).

Normally performed by a cast of eight actors playing nearly fifty roles, Pride Plays’ one-night-only benefit reading will be performed by a cast of forty. A limited number of tickets are available through the Pride Plays Patron Program at rattlestick.org. Nick Mayo serves as Festival Director.

The cast of Some Men includes Alton Alburo, Ken Barnett, Peter Bartlett, Will Blum, Arnie Burton, Daniel Butler, Billy Carter, Kevin Chamberlin, Dominic Colón, Jordan E. Cooper, Michael Cyril Creighton, James Cusati-Moyer, Ricardo Dávila, Tom Deckman, André De Shields, Stephen DeRosa, Frank DiLella, Noah Galvin, Sam Gonzalez, Ryan Haddad, Randy Harrison, John Benjamin Hickey, Murray Hill, T.R. Knight, Jose Llana, Michael Mastro, Nick Mayo, Larry Powell, Everett Quinton, Lance Roberts, Thomas Jay Ryan, Calvin Leon Smith, David Ryan Smith, Stephen Spinella, Bobby Steggert, David Turner, Vishal Vaidya, and Marc Vietor.

Tom Kirdahy and Terrence McNally, winner of the award for Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre at The Plaza Hotel on June 9, 2019 in New York City. Photo by Lia Chang

Terrence McNally is the 2019 recipient of the Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre. McNally has had a remarkably far-ranging career, including at least one new work on Broadway in each of the last six decades. A revival of his play Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune starring Audra McDonald and Michael Shannon is currently on Broadway. In 2018 he was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He is a recipient of the Dramatists Guild Lifetime Achievement Award and the Lucille Lortel Lifetime Achievement Award. He has won four Tony Awards for his plays Love! Valour! Compassion! and Master Class and his musical books for Kiss of the Spider Woman and Ragtime. He has written a number of TV scripts, including “Andre’s Mother,” for which he won an Emmy Award. He has received two Guggenheim Fellowships, a Rockefeller Grant, four Drama Desk Awards, two Lucille Lortel Awards, two Obie Awards, and three Hull-Warriner Awards from the Dramatists Guild. In 1996 he was inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame. He wrote the libretto for the operas Great Scott and Dead Man Walking, both with music by Jake Heggie. Other plays include Mothers and Sons; Lips Together, Teeth Apart; The Lisbon Traviata; A Perfect Ganesh; The Visit; The Full Monty; Corpus Christi; Bad Habits; Next; The Ritz; Anastasia; It’s Only a Play; Where Has Tommy Flowers Gone?; and The Stendhal Syndrome. Click here to learn more about his new documentary, Terrence McNally: Every Act of Life. Below is his speech from the 2019 Tony Awards.

More than a dozen play readings from celebrated LGBTQIA voices will be presented from June 20th through 24th at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, capturing the prideful spirit of the LGBTQIA community and celebrating 50 years of theatrical voices.

Set against the backdrop of World Pride and the fiftieth anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, Pride Plays hopes to be a reflection of the queer experience the community has braved in the years since its heroes took their stand.

The advisory committee for Pride Plays is Chay Yew, Moises Kaufman, Lucy Thurber, Sam Hunter, Lisa Scheps, Michael Sheppard, Miranda Haymon, andTed Snowdon. Calleri Casting is the casting office for Pride Plays.

Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits. Photo by Lia Chang

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

All text, graphics, articles & photographs: © 2000-2019 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

Jose Llana in Lincoln Center’s American Songbook Series Concert on February 1

Jose Llana
Jose Llana. Photo by Billy Bustamante
Jose Llana. Photo by Billy Bustamante

Broadway vet Jose Llana returns for the 20th season of Lincoln Center’s American Songbook, four years after his sold-out appearance at the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse. He’ll be performing in The Appel Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center on Friday, February 1, 2019 at 8:30 pm. Click here for tickets.

The evening will also feature Llana’s Here Lies Love cast members Jaygee Macapugay, Jeigh Madjus, Renee Albulario and Billy Bustamante.

Music Director Kimberly Grigsby (Piano) will lead the band comprised of Pete Donovan on Bass, Jon Epcar on Drums,  Aaron Heick on Reeds, Sean Driscoll on Guitar, Randy Andos on Trombone,  Matt Owens on Trumpet, Entcho Todorov on Violin, Hiroko Taguchi on Violin, Chris Cardona on Viola and Clarice Jensen on Cello.

The creative team also include Tony nominated orchestrator John Clancy (Mean Girls, Fun Home) and Tony Award-winning orchestrator Michael Starobin. (Next To Normal, Assassins).

Jose Llana
Jose Llana

Two decades since the teenaged Jose Llana made his Broadway debut as Lun Tha in the 1996 revival of The King and I, the classically trained tenor has retained his boyish charm and “youthful bravado” (New York Times), now enhanced with the gravitas of a seasoned star. His standout performance as Ferdinand Marcos in the 2013 David Byrne and Fatboy Slim musical Here Lies Love, directed by Alex Timbers, earned Llana a host of rave reviews, along with a Lucille Lortel Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical. As a recording artist, the “charismatic and then some” singer (Showbiz 411) has released two solo albums, Altitude and Jose—both best sellers in his native Philippines—and been featured on numerous cast albums.

Jose llana as The King of Siam in THE KING AND I. Photo by Paul Kolnik
Jose llana as The King of Siam in THE KING AND I. Photo by Paul Kolnik

In 2015 Llana returned to his Broadway roots, taking over the role of the King of Siam in Bartlett Sher’s Tony Award–winning revival of The King and I at Lincoln Center Theater and its subsequent touring production.

Annalene Beechey (Anna) and Jose Llana (The King) in THE KING AND I.
Annalene Beechey (Anna) and Jose Llana (The King) in THE KING AND I.

In Spring 2019, Llana will lead the UK tour of The King and I as The King, with Annalene Beechey as Anna, fresh from her West End success at the London Palladium. The pair are set to open the UK Tour and are scheduled for the first three cities – Manchester, Dublin and Sunderland. Click here for the touring schedule and to book tickets.

Lincoln Center’s American Songbook series celebrates the ever-expanding American musical canon. This year’s 15-concert series, taking place January 30 – March 4, includes legendary songwriters, contemporary storytellers and interpreters of song, and musical projects by multitalented performers pushing the boundaries of pop, alternative, soul, folk, musical theater, jazz and more.

Tickets may be purchased online at AmericanSongbook.org, via CenterCharge at 212.721.6500 and at the Alice Tully Hall and David Geffen Hall Box Offices.

Lia Chang
Lia Chang

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

All text, graphics, articles & photographs: © 2000-2019 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

Jose Llana Set for American Songbook in The Appel Room on February 1 and Will Lead UK Tour of THE KING AND I

Annalene Beechey (Anna) and Jose Llana (The King) in THE KING AND I.
Jose Llana. Photo by Billy Bustamante
Jose Llana. Photo by Billy Bustamante

Broadway vet Jose Llana returns for the 20th season of American Songbook, four years after his sold-out appearance at the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse. He’ll be performing in The Appel Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center on Friday, February 1, 2019 at 8:30 pm. Click here for tickets.

Two decades since the teenaged Jose Llana made his Broadway debut as Lun Tha in the 1996 revival of The King and I, the classically trained tenor has retained his boyish charm and “youthful bravado” (New York Times), now enhanced with the gravitas of a seasoned star. His standout performance as Ferdinand Marcos in the 2013 David Byrne and Fatboy Slim musical Here Lies Love, directed by Alex Timbers, earned Llana a host of rave reviews, along with a Lucille Lortel Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical. As a recording artist, the “charismatic and then some” singer (Showbiz 411) has released two solo albums, Altitude and Jose—both best sellers in his native Philippines—and been featured on numerous cast albums.

Jose llana as The King of Siam in THE KING AND I. Photo by Paul Kolnik
Jose llana as The King of Siam in THE KING AND I. Photo by Paul Kolnik

In 2015 Llana returned to his Broadway roots, taking over the role of the King of Siam in Bartlett Sher’s Tony Award–winning revival of The King and I at Lincoln Center Theater and its subsequent touring production.

Annalene Beechey (Anna) and Jose Llana (The King) in THE KING AND I.
Annalene Beechey (Anna) and Jose Llana (The King) in THE KING AND I.

In Spring 2019, Llana will lead the UK tour of The King and I as The King, with Annalene Beechey as Anna, fresh from her West End success at the London Palladium.

The majestic production will open in Manchester in April 2019, and then visit Dublin, Sunderland, Edinburgh, Leeds, Birmingham, Cardiff, Glasgow, Hull, Milton Keynes, Liverpool, Bristol, Woking and Southampton.  Click here for the touring schedule and to book tickets.

The news of the tour comes hot off the heels of the cinema release of the live production of The King and I: From the London Palladium, which has become the biggest live event in cinemas of 2018 following last week’s first global screenings. The production in cinemas has taken in excess of $2.5m at the box office already. In the UK the film reached the number one spot, with more than double the box office of the next film, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. More than 135,000 movie goers packed cinemas across the globe for the initial performance to watch The King and I: From the London Palladium – filmed on stage at the iconic London Palladium. Such has been the demand for tickets, Trafalgar Releasing has scheduled encore screenings both in the UK and globally throughout December and into 2019. The film has already broken all equivalent records.

The West End critics heaped praise on The King and I, the Daily Mail “left the London Palladium on a bright cloud of music”, while the The Times awarded the show “Five stars for a sumptuous King and I” declaring it “a hit”. Daily Express hailed it “London’s theatrical event of 2018” whilst The Daily Telegraph concurred proclaiming the show “looks and sounds ravishing”. Another five stars were awarded from the Sunday Express and the Financial Times called it “simply spellbinding”.

Acclaimed Tony Award-winning Bartlett Sher will once again direct the production and be reunited with the celebrated creative team that brought this majestic production of The King and I to life at the Palladium earlier this year.

Also joining the cast will be Kok-Hwa Lie in the role of Kralahome and Aaron Teoh as Prince Chulalongkorn. Edward Baker-Duly will take on the dual roles of Orton and Ramsay and William M Lee will play Phra Alack. The female ensemble will include Yuki Abe, Miiya Alexandra, Aiko Kato, Misa Koide, Ela Lisondra and Ena Yamaguchi. The male ensemble will include Irvine Ray Abesamis, Cletus Chan, Steven Hardcastle, Eu Jin Hwang, Jesse Milligan, Prem Rai and Joaquin Pedro Valdes. The Swings will be Rachel Jayne Picar, Nick Len and Jasmine Leung.

Set in 1860s Bangkok, the musical tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna Leonowens, a British schoolteacher whom the modernist King, in an imperialistic world, brings to Siam to teach his many wives and children. With one of the finest scores ever written including: Whistle a Happy Tune, Getting to Know You and Shall We Dance, featuring a company of over 50 world-class performers, and full scale orchestra, The King and I is a testament to the lavish heritage of gloriously romantic musical theatre – it is the greatest musical from the golden age of musicals.

THE KING AND I UK TOUR

26 April – 11 May 2019
Manchester Opera House
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26 April – 11 May 2019
Bord Gais Energy Theatre Dublin
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5 – 15 June 2019
Sunderland Empire
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16 – 26 October 2019
Edinburgh Playhouse
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29 October – 9 November 2019
Leeds Grand Theatre

10 December 2019 – 4 January 2020
New Alexandra Theatre Birmingham
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8 – 18 January 2020
Cardiff Millenium Centre

28 January – 8 February 2020
King’s Theatre Glasgow
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11 – 22 February 2020
New Theatre Hull

25 February – 7 March 2020
Milton Keynes Theatre
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10 – 21 March 2020
Liverpool Empire Theatre
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24 March – 4 April 2020
Bristol Hippodrome
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7 – 18 April 2020
New Victoria Theatre Woking
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21 April – 2 May 2020
Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

Lia Chang
Lia Chang

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photo Flash: BC/EFA’s RED BUCKET FOLLIES Celebrates Asian Americans On Broadway And The 60th Anniversary Of FLOWER DRUM SONG

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

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

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

Alvin Ing and Yuriko Kikuchi to be Honored at NAAP Gala 2018 Celebrating the 60th Anniversary of FLOWER DRUM SONG on December 2

National Asian Artists Project will hold its 2018 Gala entitled “The Corner of Chinatown and Broadway” a celebration of the 60th Anniversary of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Flower Drum Song, featuring Broadway’s Jose Llana (The King and I) and Yuka Takara (A Chorus Line), the award-winning Theatre Club from P.S. 124, alumni and NAAP kids, the NAAP Broadway Community Chorus, members from the original casts of the Broadway and 2002 revival productions of Flower Drum Song, as well as honorees Alvin Ing and Yuriko Kikuchi, on Sunday, December 2nd at The Golden Unicorn (18 East Broadway @ Catherine Street).

The evening will begin at 5:30pm with cocktails, followed at 6:30pm with dinner, a traditional 8-course Chinese Banquet. Throughout the evening will be entertainment informed by the rich history of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Flower Drum Song. Pros and “up and comers” will perform and some illustrious people will be recognized and honored. Viet Vo, a longtime NAAP member and the President of the NAAP Community Chorus, will serve as the emcee for the evening and Yan Li is the Musical Director. Möet-Hennessy is the Official Sponsor of the Gala. Tony Award winning playwright David Henry Hwang (M. Butterfly) is the Honorary Chairman.

“I am excited to welcome everyone to NAAP’s first Banquet fundraiser, celebrating the 60th Anniversary of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Flower Drum Song,” stated Executive Artistic Director and Co-Director of the event, Baayork Lee. “As a kid performing in this production on Broadway and now being able to honor Yuriko Kikuchi with a Life Time Achievement Award makes my heart swell with such love for her. She was my inspiration to become a dancer. I watched her dance Eliza in “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” in The King and I and again in the “Flower Boat” in Flower Drum Song and knew I wanted to be just like her – a dancer. This Banquet brings together everyone who believe in NAAP and our mission.”

“I am very excited about this year’s fund-raising gala,” exclaims Co-Director Richard Jay-Alexander. “It was a brilliant idea on Baayork’s part and I’ve worked in venues all over the world, but NEVER in a Chinese restaurant! Well, there’s a first time for everything. NAAP does great work and it needs our support – both in constituents and fiscally. Audiences and families need to know about them! The organization serves a “gap” in the community and that is why I happily “sign-on” when asked. Baayork is Broadway royalty, but a reluctant hero in the important work that she is doing here. Her recent Tony Award and other accolades are well deserved. She devotes herself to this organization and these young people 1000%! I’m proud to stand by her side and put on the best show possible, in addition to raising as much money and awareness as we can.”

Tickets are $150 and are available for purchase online here.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Brandon Williams, Jay Klaitz, Lia Chang, Daniel K. Isaac and Garth Kravits.
Brandon Williams, Jay Klaitz, Lia Chang, Daniel K. Isaac and Garth Kravits.
Lia Chang_photo by Garth Kravits

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

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Darren Lee Stars as The King in THE KING AND I at Proctors Theatre, May 4-5

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

UPCOMING TOUR DATES.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

UPCOMING TOUR DATES.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

UPCOMING TOUR DATES.

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

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

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

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