Dark Prophet Productions and the New York Musical Festival Proudly Present MY REAL MOTHER Featuring Elena Shaddow, Katie LaMark, Rachel Hirschfeld, Kevin Schuering, Ryan Morales, Rachel Kara Pérez, CJ David, Rodd Farhadi, Lena Grotticelli, Kelly Strandemo and Viet Vo, July 30-August 4 

Dark Prophet Productions in association with the New York Musical Festival (NYMF) are presenting the world premiere of My Real Mother, a new musical with book/music/lyrics by Riley Thomas based on the book “Open: An Adoption Story in Three Voices” by Alaina O’Connell, Alex Porter and Sara O’Connell. My Real Mother will play Tuesday, July 30th at 8pm; Thursday, August 1st at 5pm and 9pm; Friday, August 2nd at 1pm; and Sunday, August 4th at 6pm; at the Alice Griffin Theatre at the Pershing Square Signature Center (480 W. 42nd St.) Tickets begin at $31.50 and are available at www.nymf.org or by calling 212-352-3101.

My Real Mother is the sweeping true story of the bond between a woman and the girl she adopts a child from.

It’s 1991. Alaina and Alex are strangers until Alaina and her husband adopt Alex’s newborn baby girl. Slowly, Alaina and Alex form an unexpected bond that transforms them both. This sweeping true story chronicles 25 years of their tumultuous and powerful relationship as they make up the rules as they go along, colliding with their families, jobs and obligations, determined to ensure the child turns out alright. Narrated by Sara, the young woman that baby grows up to be, My Real Mother is filled with humor and heart and set to a lush, contemporary musical theatre score.

“As a child of adoption myself, I obviously identified with the book, but what really drew me in was the unique relationship between Alaina, the adoptive mother, and Alex, the birth mother,” says writer/producer Riley Thomas. “A complex relationship surrounded by the mythic themes of motherhood, family, love; the struggles they went through, it all said ‘musical’ to me. My Real Mother is an adoption story, but ultimately it’s about family, and that’s something anyone can relate to.”

Starring Elena Shaddow* (Bway: The Visit, Bridges of Madison County, La Cage aux Folles, The Woman in White, Fiddler on the Roof, Nine) Katie LaMark (Nat’l tour: Rent 20th Anniversary, Rock of Ages 10th Anniversary) and Rachel Hirschfeld* (Off-Bway/Regional: That Bachelorette Show, “13”) with Kevin Schuering* (Nat’l tour: The King and I) Ryan Morales* (Nat’l tour: Flashdance) and Rachel Kara Pérez* (Off-Bway/Nat’l tour: Convicted, Newton’s Cradle, Nate the Great) featuring CJ David*, Rodd Farhadi, Lena Grotticelli*, Kelly Strandemo* and Viet Vo*.

Directed by Misti B. Wills, choreographed by Shannon Lewis, music direction by David Wolfson, scenic/lighting design by David Goldstein, and costume design by Kayla Reddmane.

 

Three Hares Presents Paulo K Tiról’s ON THIS SIDE OF THE WORLD Featuring Albert Guerzon, Jaygee Macapugay, Diane Phelan, Joanne Javien, Kevin Schuering and Michael Protacio, May 2 – 12

Jaygee Macapugay. Photo by Lia Chang
Jaygee Macapugay. Photo by Lia Chang
Jaygee Macapugay. Photo by Lia Chang

NYC-based theatre collective Three Hares presents a new song cycle with music and lyrics by Paulo K Tiról titled, “On This Side of the World,” running May 2 – May 12 at Access Theater in Tribeca, New York. The team is a recipient of the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s 2019 Creative Engagement grant, which is awarded to artists with “diverse artistic experiences” whose work “contributes to the vibrancy and sustainability of our communities” – and that can certainly be expected this Spring.

The cast features Albert Guerzon* (Escape to Margaritaville, Honeymoon in Vegas, Mamma Mia!, Ghost the Musical), Jaygee Macapugay* (Wild Goose Dreams, School of Rock, Here Lies Love), Diane Phelan* (School of Rock, The King and I), Joanne Javien* (Thoroughly Modern Millie, First National Tour), Kevin Schuering* (The King and I, Lincoln Center National Tour), and Michael Protacio (Joanna Gleason’s “Out of the Eclipse” at 54 Below).

Stories of overseas workers, young lovers, and gossipy church ladies. Snapshots of undocumented immigrants, aspiring actors, and carefree millennials. “On This Side of the World” is a collection of songs capturing voices from the Filipino immigrant experience in the United States, and what emerges is a mosaic of love and loss, humor and heartache, yearning and faith – eight thousand miles from home.

The show begins at Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila, where six Filipinos wait to board their flight to the United States of America and more specifically – to New York City. Each has a passport, a one way ticket, and some “make believe courage” as they embark on a new life a world away from all they know. With no interstitial dialogue, each song in Tiról’s “On This Side of the World” is a self-contained story that focuses on a distinct character. Featuring an entirely Asian-American cast, the piece expands the musical theater song book for underrepresented artists by lifting up Asian and immigrant stories, and introduces Tiról as an exciting new theatrical voice.

“The Filipino immigrant story is one of courage, sacrifice, searching for identity, struggling to belong, and ultimately, redefining home,” says Filipino composer-lyricist Paulo K Tiról, whose work has been described by the Boston Globe as “a delightful treat.” “And come to think of it,” he continues, “Isn’t that every person’s story? These are not just stories of the Filipino experience – these are stories of human experiences that just happen to be told by a Filipino frame.”

Paulo K Tiról began writing “On This Side of the World” in 2013 as a project at NYU Tisch’s Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program. From 2013 to 2017, ten songs were completed, and individual songs were performed at major venues such as Joe’s Pub, the Laurie Beechman, and the NAMT Festival of New Musicals in 2016. In May 2018, director Noam Shapiro heard “Light of the Home” at a showcase of musical theatre writers of color by Musical Theater Factory at Joe’s Pub , and reached out to Paulo, asking to hear more. They have been collaborating on the piece since.

From September 2018 to February 2019, Paulo and Noam were Artists in Residence at Access Theater in downtown Manhattan, where the piece was completed, workshopped with the help of wonderful actors, and shared with the world in its first full reading on February 15, 2019.

Following two sold out presentations, “On This Side of the World” was programmed at Access Theater for May 2019 as part of its Association Series, which partners with Off-Off Broadway artists who are looking to take on ambitious and stimulating works of theater, accessible to a range of audiences. “Three Hares is committed to international, diverse, and socially engaged theater – theater that says, let’s make the table bigger,” says director and Producing Artistic Director, Noam Shapiro. “I think that theater artists have a responsibility to lift up new voices and to create spaces for stories that haven’t been seen or heard before.” This is reflected in the multiethnic and multinational makeup of the team for “On This Side of the World,” which features artists with roots in the Philippines, Japan, South Korea, Vietnam, Israel, Puerto Rico, and Colombia.

“On This Side of the World” translates across cultural boundaries while lifting up stories of new immigrants and the children of immigrant families. “As my community of Filipino immigrants has expanded, so has the array of stories and characters that have gripped, intrigued and inspired me,” says Paulo K Tiról, “I now have a sense of mission, both for the theatre community and for the Filipino community at large. My mission is to share the community’s stories with pride, honesty, and love.”

*denotes member of AEA

Paulo K Tiról, composer-lyricist; Noam Shapiro, director; Ian Miller, music director; Priscilla Villanueva, stage manager; Melanie May (scenic designer); Annie Le (costume designer); Ethan Olsen (lighting designer); Lawrence Schober (sound designer); Megumi Lee, producer; Three Hares, executive production; Toro Communications, public relations.

On This Side of the World’s 12-show limited engagement at Access Theater (380 Broadway) begins Thursday May 2 and continues through Sunday May 12. Tickets range from $30 for General Admission to $35 for Reserved Seating, and can be purchased online here via artful.ly.

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

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

Elena Shaddow Joins National Tour of THE KING AND I, Starring Jose Llana, at ASU Gammage in Tempe on March 20

Elena Shaddow
Elena Shaddow
Elena Shaddow

Elena Shaddow joins the Lincoln Center Theater production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s THE KING AND I as Anna Leonowens, beginning March 20 at ASU Gammage, 1200 S. Forest Ave, Tempe, AZ 85287.  GET TICKETS

Jose Llana as The King in Rodgers & Hammerstein's The King and I. Photo by Matthew Murphy
Jose Llana as The King in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I. Photo by Matthew Murphy

Shaddow joins the company starring Jose Llana as the King of Siam, 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

Director Bartlett Sher had this to say about Elena Shaddow: “I have worked with Elena for many years, going back to The Light in the Piazza and The Bridges of Madison County. I don’t think there is anyone in the American Theater who possesses her rare combination of qualities: a soaring, pure voice, extraordinary acting skill, all held together by uncommon grace. She genuinely lights up the stage. And she is almost born to the part of Anna in The King and I. She has power, a strong will, and immense kindness. And she can break your heart onstage. She is all heart, and a perfect voice.”

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.

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.

  • Tempe, AZ
    ASU Gammage
    03/20/18 – 03/25/18
  • 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.

Elena Shaddow (Anna Leonowens). Broadway: Ottilie in The Visit, Anne in La Cage aux Folles, Bridges, The Woman in White, Fiddler..., Nine, Sweet Smell…, and Les Misérables. London: Magnolia in Showboat at the Royal Albert Hall. National Tour: Clara Johnson in The Light in the Piazza. NYC: Fanny in Fanny at City Center Encores!, The Bacchae at The Public. Favorite Regional: Mary in Mary Poppins (Papermill), Lilly in Carnival (Papermill) Francesca Johnson in The Bridges of Madison County (Williamstown), Olivia in Twelfth Night (Shakespeare TNJ). Concerts: Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady in Concert with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and North Carolina Symphony through UIAPresents. Recent TV: “Conviction,” “Person of Interest,” “Time After Time,” Sister Sophia in NBC’s “The Sound of Music Live!”. www.elenashaddow.com

Jose Llana (King of Siam) returns to the role of the King of Siam after two starring engagements in the Tony-winning Lincoln Center Theater revival. Broadway: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Drama Desk Award), Wonderland, Flower Drum Song, Rent, Street Corner Symphony and the 1996 Revival of The King and I (Lun Tha). Off-Broadway: Twelfth Night, Here Lies Love (Lortel nom.), Falling For Eve, On the Town and Saturn Returns. Regional: Poster Boy, Oliver!, Martin Guerre, Ballad of Little Jo (Jefferson nom.) and Candide (Barrymore nom.). TV/Film: “Sex and the City” and Hitch. Albums: VIVA Philippines label and Altitude based on his concert for Lincoln Center’s American Songbook series. www.josellana.com @josellana

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WeSoHapa Presents “American: Other” at the Triad on March 27

WeSoHapa in association with Sakima Productions presents “American: Other,” on Monday, March 27, 2017 at the Triad Theatre, 158 W 72nd St in New York at 8:00 P.M.  To purchase tickets in advance for $25, visit www.TriadNYC.com. If available, tickets at the door will cost $30. 2 drink minimum. For more information, visit www.WeSoHapa.com.

Alison Lea Bender (Acadamia Nuts – NYMF), Alex Chester (How The Grinch Stole Christmas – Madison Square Garden, Bubble Boy – 54 Below), Chris Ignacio (Assistant Producer at MaYi Theatre Company), Rebecca Lee Lerman (Priscilla Queen of the Desert), Carlos Martin ( I Love Lucy National Tour), Matt Park ( Peer Gynt and the Norwegian Hapa Band at MaYi Theatre Company), Gen Parton Shin (Original Japanese company of Next to Normal), Kevin Schuering (Wearing Black – NYMF), Stephanie Mieko Cohen (Broadway and Third National Tour Les Miz) and Tamara Young are among the artists who will join WeSoHapa for an evening of song and spoken word questioning the nature of what it means to be American and Multi-racial.

Broadway’s Diane Phelan (The King and IHere Lies Love) directs American: Other, which will feature musical direction by Jeff Van Daam (NAAP Chorus Assistant Musical Director).

“What is Hapa?” you might ask. By definition, the term refers to a person of part-Asian descent. However, Hapa has evolved to mean anyone that is two of more ethnicities. In the current political climate of this country, many are asking just what it means to be an American, or more frequently, “Who am I and where do I fit in?”

WeSoHapa speaks not only to those of Asian descent but to anyone who identifies as multi- ethnic, questions their identity, or simply wishes to broaden their minds through an evening of thought-provoking entertainment.

WeSoHapa was created by actor and blogger Alex Chester of MeSoHapa.com. The company’s mission is to showcase multi- ethnic talent and make our unique voices heard, letting it be known that neither side of our diverse make up should stereotype type us as people or performers. WeSoHapa strives to give Hapas a voice by challenging the perspective of what makes a person “White,” “Black,” Asian,” “Middle Eastern,” “Hispanic,” or other. Because the universal truth is that deep down we are all the same. We are human.