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Christine Toy Johnson and Raul Aranas Lead the Cast of the National Asian Artists Project’s (NAAP) Benefit Presentation of Hello Dolly!, at The Pershing Square Signature Center on April 29 and May 6

The National Asian Artists Project (NAAP) is presenting a Rediscover Series production of Hello Dolly!, by Jerry Herman (music/lyrics) and Michael Stewart (book), starring Christine Toy Johnson as Dolly Gallagher Levi and Raul Aranas as Horace Vandergelder, at The Pershing Square Signature Center on April 29th and May 6th at 7:30pm. Proceeds from the two performances will benefit The National Asian Artists Project (NAAP). Tickets range from $25-$150. click here to purchase tickets.

Christine Toy Johnson as Dolly Levi in NAAP's production of Hello Dolly! Photo by Bruce Alan Johnson

Christine Toy Johnson as Dolly Levi in NAAP’s production of Hello Dolly! Photo by Bruce Alan Johnson

This fully-staged fully-costumed presentation is directed by Lee Roy Reams, director of Carol Channing’s last Broadway revival in 1995, when it was last seen in New York.

Raul Aranas

Raul Aranas

Based on Thornton Wilder’s play The Matchmaker, the show takes place at turn of the 20th century New York City, where Dolly Levi (Christine Toy Johnson), professional matchmaker, sets her sights on bringing together numerous people looking for their matches, including herself. The Hello Dolly! cast features Jaygee Macapugay (Irene Malloy), Karl Josef Co (Cornelius Hackl), Alex Chester (Minnie Fay), Sam Tanabe (Barnaby Tucker), Rebecca Lee Lerman (Ermengarde), Austin Ku (Ambrose Kemper), Carla Ogden (Ernestina Money) and David Shih (Rudolphy Reisenweber). Andrew Cristi, Robyn DeGuzman, Daniel J. Edwards, Katie Lee Hill, Aaron Komo, JP Moraga, Gillian Munsayac, Rommel Pierre O’Choa, Anna-Lee Wright and Jessica Wu round out the ensemble.

Special thanks to Michael Cassara Casting.

This evening is a benefit fundraiser for National Asian Artists Project (NAAP), whose mission is to bridge the work of professional theatre artists of Asian descent with the many communities they can serve, from minority communities and primary schools to seasoned arts patrons, as well as providing opportunities for professional theatre artists to grow. Founded by theatre artists Baayork Lee, Steven Eng, and Nina Zoie Lam, NAAP strives to be a leader in this often unheard community. National Asian Artists Project:

If you would like to donate to the NAAP kickstarter fund for Hello Dolly!, click here.

NAAP is a federal 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. Your donation may be all or partially tax deductible.

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Lia Chang

Lia Chang

Lia Chang is an actor, a performance and fine art botanical photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. She is a Signature Theatre alumni who was in the cast of Sam Shepard’s Chicago, during his Signature 1996-1997 Playwright-in-Residence Season.
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