Backstage Pass with Lia Chang

Composer/Lyricist Timothy Huang Launches Rockethub.com Crowd Funding Project for New Musical ‘Costs of Living’

Award-winning composer/lyricist Timothy Huang (The View from Here, And the Earth Moved) has launched a Rockethub.com crowd funding campaign for a workshop of his latest passion project, a new musical called Costs of Living.

Huang was inspired to create Costs of Living after reading Night and Day, an article which appeared in the New York Times in 2009, that tells the story of two immigrant cab drivers who take opposite shifts off the same medallion. While the day shift driver (Eng) encounters successes, his night shift partner (Chin) continues to encounter obstacles until the two find themselves on opposite sides of an ever widening gap and in a dangerous escalation that leaves one dead and the other brutalized. It is, at its heart, a human story, an American story and a cautionary tale lending voice to the unspoken dangers of freedom without social consciousness or oversight. It is a story of love and country, resilience and responsibility, the price of freedom and the costs of living.

Timothy Huang

Timothy Huang


“The last ten years of my career have been about finding ways to make the things that move me move other people,” said Huang. “And with tremendous support and feedback from the Asian American community and the BMI Musical Theatre Workshop (where this project originated) I feel like Costs of Living has found a unique balance. It is a musical that isn’t afraid to tell a story of social significance, or allow music to transcend language, but most of all it is unafraid to tell an American story employing people who look like me that isn’t necessarily about people who look like me.”

A finalist for the 2012 American Harmony Prize, Huang’s Costs of Living was invited to participate in the 2012 ASCAP Musical Theatre Workshop, hosted and juried by Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Godspell), Lynn Ahrens (Ragtime, Seussical, Once on This Island) and Andrew Lippa (Wild Party,Charlie Brown, John & Jen), and was featured in the New York Times Cityroom Blog in March.

Huang shared, “My producing team and I hope to develop Costs of Living with two readings, the first on September 19th, behind closed doors and at the table, to get feedback from my performers and my director. With these notes I will go back and do a second round of rewrites and present them to you at the second presentation, which will be public, in either October or November. The money I’m raising now will fuel both presentations so that I can present the best possible version to you.”

Costs of Living – a musical, is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions for the purposes of Costs of Living – a musical must be made payable to Fractured Atlas and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. Click here to learn more about Huang’s exciting new work and how you can be instrumental in taking it to the next level.

Timothy Huang is a composer, lyricist, and playwright living in New York City. His full length musicals include Costs of Living (2012 American Harmony Prize finalist) And the Earth Moved (Finalist, NMTN’s New Voices Prize), Death and Lucky (MacDowell fellowship), LINES: A Song Cycle (NYMF 2008). Huang is the composer/lyricist of the award winning one-person musical The View From Here (cast album recorded by Shonn Wiley and available on iTunes). Other works include: Timothy Huang: Chinese or Crazy? (NYTB at the D-Lounge), Crossing Over (National Asian Artists’ Project “Discover: New Musicals”), 2 to Wakefield (York 4@15 with UC Irvine), Short Story Long: The Songs of Timothy Huang (York Theater, NEO Spotlight Series), Missing Karma (Prospect Theatre) and A Relative Relationship (BMI Musical Theater Workshop).

Huang has been a regular participant in TNT Music’s Are You Working On Something New concert series at Don’t Tell Mama and his song Everything I Do You Do, with (co-lyricist Sara Wordsworth) was recorded by Sutton Foster and Stephanie Bast for the album Over the Moon: The Broadway Lullaby Project (amazon.com, Barnes and Noble et al) Huang was listed as one of TaiwaneseAmerican.org’s “100 Passionate People,” holds an MFA in Musical Theater Writing from NYU/Tisch GMTWP, is a member of the Musical Theater lab at BMI and a proud fellow of the MacDowell artist colony. www.timothyhuang.net

Other Articles by Lia Chang
Catch Grammy-winning Drummer Will Calhoun in August at The Iridium, Jazzmobile Summerfest 2012, The Blue Note, Hudson Valley Jazz Festival, and WimBash
Asian American Civil Rights Groups Angered by Acquittal and Lenient Sentence in Military Hazing Case of Pvt. Danny Chen
AAIFF’12: Richard Wong & H.P. Mendoza’s Yes, We’re Open, starring Lynn Chen, Parry Shen, Sheetal Sheth, & Kerry McCrohan, screens at Clearview Chelsea Cinemas on August 4, 2012
AAIFF 09 Closing Night Awards and H.P. Mendoza’s Fruit Fly
Colma: The Musical Rocks
Richard Wong’s Colma: The Musical opens in SF and NYC
AAIFF’12: Knots, written by and starring Kimberly-Rose Wolter, Illeana Douglas, Sung Kang, Mia Riverton, Janel Parrish and Cathy Foy, and directed by Michael Kang, screens at Clearview Chelsea Cinemas on August 5, 2012
AAIFF’12: Lily Mariye’s Model Minority, starring Jessica Tuck, Nichole Bloom, Chris Tashima, Helen Slater, Laura Innes and Takayo Fisher, screens at Clearview Chelsea Cinemas on August 4, 2012
$UPERCAPITALIST starring Derek Ting, Linus Roache, Kenneth Tsang, Richard Ng and Kathy Uyen is the AAIFF’12 Centerpiece Presentation on July 28, 2012; opens in U.S.Theaters in August
Daniel Hsia’s Shanghai Calling, Simon Yin’s Supercapitalist & Michael Kang’s Knots to Screen at 35th annual Asian American International Film Festival (AAIFF) in New York, which runs July 25 – August 5, 2012
35th Asian American International Film Festival Line-up in New York
Janet Yang to receive 2012 Asian American Media Award at AAIFF’12 Opening Night Presentation of Shanghai Calling on July 25, 2012
Click here for more articles on Film.
Performing Arts Images from the Asian American Pacific Islander Collection on Display at the Library of Congress to Celebrate APA Heritage Month
Berkeley Rep Takes First Show to Asia- David Henry Hwang’s Chinglish starring Michelle Krusiec and Alex Moggridge, set for Hong Kong Arts Festival, March 1-6, 2013
West Coast Premiere of David Henry Hwang’s Chinglish at Berkeley Rep stars Michelle Krusiec and Alex Moggridge, August 24-October 7, 2012
NYMF: Prison Dancer starring Jose Llana, Jeigh Madjus, Marc delaCruz, Catherine Ricafort, Moses Villarama, Cosmo Clemens, Enrico Rodriguez, Albert Guerzon, Andrew Eisenman and Nathan Ramos at Theatre at St. Clement’s, July 20-28, 2012
Three Year Swim Club, Encounter, TEA, Christmas in Hanoi and Chess set for East West Players 47th Anniversary Season
Photos: All-Access Pass to Disney’s Aladdin at The Muny with Thom Sesma, Francis Jue, Robin De Jesus, John Tartaglia, Jason Graae, Curtis Holbrook, Eddie Korbich, Samantha Massell and Ken Page
Rick Shiomi helms Mu Performing Arts’ Asian American Cast of Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods at Park Square Theatre in St. Paul, July 17-August 5, 2012
Photos: Yellow Fever Playwright Rick Shiomi Explores New Territory with An All-Female Cast
Photos: BD Wong, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Brandon Victor Dixon, Tom Viola at “Passing It On: An Evening of Mentorship to Benefit Rosie’s Theater Kids”
Photos: Highlights of Shinsai: Theaters for Japan (3pm) with Andre Bishop, Mary Beth Hurt, Jennifer Lim, Angela Lin, Philip Kan Gotanda, Thom Sesma, Sab Shimono, Richard Thomas, Jay O. Sanders, and more
Photos: Highlights of Shinsai: Theaters for Japan (8pm) with Oskar Eustis, Patti LuPone, Lisa Emery, Ann Harada, Paolo Montalban, Thom Sesma, Sab Shimono, Henry Stram, Richard Thomas, John Weidman and more
Photos: In Rehearsal with Director Bartlett Sher and the cast of Shinsai: Theaters for Japan
Photos: In Rehearsal with BD Wong at Dixon Place for Live Concert Recording of Herringbone
Photos: David Henry Hwang, Oskar Eustis, BD Wong, Brian d’Arcy James, Francis Jue, Jennifer Lim and Leigh Silverman at WNYC’s The Greene Space
Click here for the Lia Chang Articles Archive and here for the Lia Chang Photography Website.

Lia Chang. Photo by Brianne Michelle Photography

Lia Chang. Photo by Brianne Michelle Photography


Lia Chang is an actor, a performance and fine art botanical photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist.
All text, graphics, articles & photographs: © 2000-2012 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

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Follow Backstage Pass with Lia Chang on WordPress.com