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Lia Chang: Falling for Eve: Jose Llana’s Adam has a new Eve

Jose Llana stars as Adam in Falling for Eve.

Jose Llana stars as Adam in Falling for Eve.

Jose Llana (Spelling Bee, Flower Drum Song), who is currently appearing as Adam in Falling for Eve, a new musical with book by two-time Tony Award-winner Joe DiPietro (Memphis), music by Bret Simmons (“The Megan Mullally Show”) and lyrics by David Howard (Galaxy Quest), has a new Eve, Stephanie Umoh (Ragtime), for the final week of performances at The York Theatre at Saint Peter’s in New York.

The cast of Falling for Eve features Jennifer Blood (Like You Like It at the Gallery Players), Nehal Joshi (Les Miserables), Adam Kantor (Next to Normal, RENT), and Sasha Sloan (Ragtime, The Kennedy Center).

Krystal Joy Brown, who opened the production as “Eve,” has left the production for a new project.

Based on David Howard’s play Adam Alone, Falling for Eve offers a second look at the world’s first love story. Creation is going perfectly. Eve, curious about what lies beyond the Garden of Eden, and obsessed with the notion that something is forbidden, bites the infamous apple. Then Adam doesn’t. How exactly they’ll get together to create the human race is anybody’s guess. Falling for Eve is a fresh and unconventional retelling of the most famous romance of all time, filled with unexpected twists and turns as Eve and Adam realize that “paradise” may not be a place after all.

The production is directed by Larry Raben, with music direction by Kim Steiner, musical staging by Lee Martino, scenic design by Beowulf Boritt, costumes by Bobby Pearce and lighting by Herrick Goldman.

Performances for Falling for Eve through August 8, are Tuesday – Saturday at 8pm; Saturday and & Sunday at 2:30pm. Tickets are $67.50 and are available online at, by calling (212) 935-5820, or in person at the York’s box office (Enter on 54th Street, just East of Lexington).

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Lia Chang is an actor, performance and fine art botanical photographer and an award-winning multimedia journalist.

As a photographer and videographer, Lia is frequently tapped to collaborate with artists, organizations and companies in establishing their documentary photo archive. She has been documenting her colleagues and contemporaries in the arts, fashion and journalism since making her stage debut as Liat in the National Tour of South Pacific, with Robert Goulet and Barbara Eden.

Lia’s portraits and performance photos have appeared in Vanity Fair, Gourmet, German Elle, Women’s Wear Daily, The Paris Review, VIBE, TV Guide, Daily Variety, Interior Design, American Theatre, Life & Style, OUT, New York Magazine, InStyle,,,,, The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, USA Today, The Boston Globe, New York Times and Washington Post. A former syndicated arts and entertainment columnist for KYODO News, Lia is the New York Bureau Chief for She writes about culture, style and Asian American issues for a variety of publications and this Backstage Pass with Lia Chang blog. In August, selections of Lia’s archive of Asian Pacific Americans in the arts, fashion, journalism, politics and space will become part of THE LIA CHANG THEATER PORTFOLIO in the ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN PERFORMING ARTS COLLECTION housed in the Library of Congress Asian Division’s Asian American Pacific Islander Collection.


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