On Monday, October 19th, St. John’s in the Village was a lovely setting for the Rattlestick Playwrights Theater’s benefit mini-concert with BD Wong, Anastasia Barzee, Clarke Thorell, Cindy Cheung and Orville Mendoza performing songs by the Asian-American musical writing team of lyricist Robert Lee and composer Leon Ko (Journey To The West and Heading East).
The Musical Mix ‘n Mingle evening of music was part of Rattlestick’s ongoing series of intimate musical soirees with some of the company’s favorite theater artists, composers, singers and songwriters. Lyricist Robert Lee provided narration and guided us through selections from the Lee and Ko repertoire, including songs from Chinese Hell, Please Don’t Eat the Daisies and Heading East, with Dave Phillips on bass and musical director Wayne Barker on piano.
1. Golden Jade from Chinese Hell (BD)
2. So Suspicious from Chinese Hell (Cindy, Orville)
3. Marvelous Man from Please Don’t Eat the Daisies (Anastasia)
4. That’s My Girl from Please Don’t Eat the Daisies (Clarke)
5. I Follow You from Please Don’t Eat the Daisies (Anastasia, BD)
6. Comin’ Home from Heading East (Robert)
7. Family Tree from Chinese Hell (Cindy)
8. There’s a Ship… from Heading East (Orville, BD)
9. Who’s that Chinaman from Heading East (Company, BD)
10. Yankee Boy from Heading East (BD)
11. No Regrets from Please Don’t Eat the Daisies (Anastasia, Clarke)
12. Choosing Sides from Please Don’t Eat the Daisies (Orville)
13. Much Like You from Heading East (BD, Cindy)
14. Just So from Chinese Hell (Cindy, Orville)
15. Where To? from Please Don’t Eat the Daisies (Clarke, Anastasia, Company)
After the show, I caught up with Marcus Ho, Lavrenti Lopes and Peter Kim, who recently appeared in NAATCO’s The Seagull at Theater for the New City, and had come out to support their fellow castmates Cindy Cheung and Orville Mendoza, on this fun-filled musical night.
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