Backstage Pass with Lia Chang

Lia Chang: Nov. 14 – Dec. 29: Paolo Montalban and Eileen Ward Lead Cast of Olney Theatre Center’s Production of The King and I

Eileen Ward and Paolo Montalban in The King and I. Photo by Sonie Mathew. Background design by Jim Fouchard

Eileen Ward and Paolo Montalban in The King and I. Photo by Sonie Mathew. Background design by Jim Fouchard

Broadway vet Paolo Montalban (Breakfast at Tiffany’s, The King and I, Pacific Overtures) and Eileen Ward lead the cast of Olney Theatre Center’s production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic The King and I, as The King of Siam and Anna, on the Mainstage, 2001 Olney Sandy Spring Rd, Olney, MD,  Mark Waldrop directs.  Preview performances begin on November 14, and will continue through December 29, 2013.  Opening night is November 16, 2013.  Check out http://www.olneytheatre.org/ for more information and click here to purchase tickets.

“It’s hard to believe Olney Theatre Center has never produced this classic piece of musical theater and I’m excited to have it be the finale of our 75th Anniversary Season,” says Artistic Director, Jason Loewith. “And I’m thrilled to have the multi-talented Broadway and TV star Paolo Montalban starring as the King. With director Mark Waldrop, who has staged Olney Theatre Center’s biggest hits, Annie and The Sound of Music, at the helm, The King and I promises to be a show the whole family will love.”

This captivating and timeless treasure of wills, wits, and wisdom has been enchanting audiences for almost 60 years. Set against an exotic background, The King and I is the moving true story of a young English widow Anna and her son Louis who travel to Siam to tutor the King’s children. In Siam, she encounters an unfamiliar world full of grand beauty, but mixed with rigid Old World traditions. As the King decides how to bring his country into a new age, he and Anna begin to see beyond traditions and prejudices into what makes people special and what makes a man a true king. The lush Rodgers and Hammerstein score includes “Getting to Know You,” “Shall We Dance?”, “I Whistle A Happy Tune”, and “Hello, Young Lovers.”

Paolo Montalban

Paolo Montalban

Paolo Montalban is best known for playing the Prince in the ABC/Disney TV movie, “Cinderella” with Brandy and Whitney Houston. Earlier this year, he performed on Broadway in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. He has also appeared on Broadway in Pacific Overtures and as Lun Tha in the Tony Award-winning Broadway revival of The King and I. He has appeared Off Broadway in The Romance of Magno Rubio and Two Gentlemen of Verona. His regional credits include Flower Drum Song, Nero, The Boys from Syracuse, The Long Season and Honk!. His other television and film credits include Kung Lao in the TNT series “Mortal Kombat: Conquest,” supporting and featured roles in “One Life To Live,” “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” Camelot for “Live from Lincoln Center,” Sondheim! The Birthday Concert, American Adobo, The Great Raid and Just Wright. He performed as a guest artist with the San Francisco Symphony and as a soloist in the Suites by Sondheim concert at Alice Tully Hall.

Alan Ariano

Alan Ariano

Eileen Ward will be familiar to Olney Theatre Center audiences from her roles such as Rose in The Secret Garden and Abigail Adams in 1776. Ms. Ward will be joined on stage by Eymard Cabling (Lun Tha), Alan Ariano (The Kralahome), YoonJeong Seong (Tuptim), Ron Heneghan (Captain Orton, Sir Edward), and Janine Sunday (Lady Thiang). The King and I also features three local young performers – Josiah Segui plays Prince Chulalongkorn, while Ian Berlin and Henry Niepoetter will rotate in the role of Anna’s son, Louis.

The ensemble includes Eunice Bae, Ron Curameng, David Gregory, Kimi Hugli, Brittany Jeffery, Aaron Komo, Kevin Kulp, Justine Moral, Yumiko Niimi, Rumi Oyama, Momoko Sugai, and Jeffrey Wei.

Rounding out the cast of The King and I are 14 additional local young performers: Kathryn Benson, Kylie Cooley, Daniel Chin, Haley Davis, Kyle Davis, Lucy Gibbs, Justin Hong, Lia Ilagan, AiDan Levin, Nathaniel Levin, Emma Pham, Dulci Pham, Oliver Wang, and Nikki Wildy.

Mark Waldrop returns to Olney Theatre Center to direct The King and I. Mr. Waldrop’s work is seen around the country. His previous hits at Olney Theatre Center include Annie, The Sound of Music, and Little Shop of Horrors. The creative team also includes Tara Jeanne Vallee (Choreographer), Jen Cartney (Musical Director), James Fouchard (Scenic Designer), Dan Covey (Lighting Designer), Kendra Rai (Costume Designer), Jeff Dorfman (Sound Designer), and Renee E. Yancey (Production Stage Manager).

Performance Schedule:
Thursday, November 14, 2013 8:00 PM
Friday, November 15, 2013 8:00 PM
Saturday, November 16, 2013 2:00 PM
Saturday, November 16, 2013 8:00 PM
Sunday, November 17, 2013 2:00 PM
Sunday, November 17, 2013 7:30 PM
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 2:00 PM
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 8:00 PM
Thursday, November 21, 2013 8:00 PM
Friday, November 22, 2013 8:00 PM
Saturday, November 23, 2013 2:00 PM
Saturday, November 23, 2013 8:00 PM
Sunday, November 24, 2013 2:00 PM
Sunday, November 24, 2013 7:30 PM
Tuesday, November 26, 2013 7:30 PM
Wednesday, November 27, 2013 8:00 PM
Friday, November 29, 2013 8:00 PM
Saturday, November 30, 2013 2:00 PM
Saturday, November 30, 2013 8:00 PM
Sunday, December 01, 2013 2:00 PM
Sunday, December 01, 2013 7:30 PM
Wednesday, December 04, 2013 2:00 PM
Wednesday, December 04, 2013 8:00 PM
Thursday, December 05, 2013 8:00 PM
Friday, December 06, 2013 8:00 PM
Saturday, December 07, 2013 2:00 PM
Saturday, December 07, 2013 8:00 PM
Sunday, December 08, 2013 2:00 PM
Thursday, December 12, 2013 8:00 PM
Friday, December 13, 2013 8:00 PM
Saturday, December 14, 2013 2:00 PM
Saturday, December 14, 2013 8:00 PM
Sunday, December 15, 2013 2:00 PM
Tuesday, December 17, 2013 7:30 PM
Wednesday, December 18, 2013 2:00 PM
Wednesday, December 18, 2013 8:00 PM
Thursday, December 19, 2013 8:00 PM
Friday, December 20, 2013 8:00 PM
Saturday, December 21, 2013 2:00 PM
Saturday, December 21, 2013 8:00 PM
Sunday, December 22, 2013 2:00 PM
Tuesday, December 24, 2013 2:00 PM
Thursday, December 26, 2013 2:00 PM
Thursday, December 26, 2013 8:00 PM
Friday, December 27, 2013 2:00 PM
Saturday, December 28, 2013 2:00 PM
Saturday, December 28, 2013 8:00 PM
Sunday, December 29, 2013 2:00 PM
Sunday, December 29, 2013 7:30 PM

Check out http://www.olneytheatre.org/ for more information and click here to purchase tickets.

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Located just north of Washington, D.C. in arts-rich Montgomery County, Maryland, Olney Theatre Center offers a diverse array of professional productions year-round that enrich, nurture and challenge a broad range of artists, audiences and students. One of two state theaters of Maryland, Olney Theatre Center is situated on 14 acres in the heart of the beautiful Washington-Baltimore-Frederick “triangle,” within easy access of all three cities.

A professional, award-winning regional theater, Olney Theatre Center operates under an Actors’ Equity Association Council of Stock Theaters (COST) contract, one of only three theaters in the country to operate under such a contract.

In addition to its Subscription Season, which emphasizes 20th-century American classics, new works, area premieres, reinterpretations of classics and musical theater, Olney Theatre Center offers a wide range of programs and affiliations including: National Players, America’s longest running classical touring company; an annual Summer Shakespeare Festival; Post-Show Discussions; and In-School Workshops.

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. Lia recently starred as Carole Barbara in Lorey Hayes’ Power Play at the National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem, N.C., with Pauletta Pearson Washington, Roscoe Orman, Lorey Hayes, Marcus Naylor and Phynjuar.

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Dec. 16: Award Winning Playwrights Rajiv Joseph and Tarell Alvin McCraney, the focus of PBS Film, Playwright: From Page to Stage
Photos: David Henry Hwang, Annie Baker and Rajiv Joseph honored at Sixth Annual Steinberg Playwright “Mimi” Awards
Photos: Cheryl Lynn Bruce, André De Shields, Sandra Marquez, Dennis Zacek and More Celebrate Opening Night of Appropriate by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins at Victory Gardens
Photos: Christine Toy Johnson, Baayork Lee, Jose Llana, Ann Harada, Dodie Pettit and More at Charles Randolph-Wright’s “Three Voices” concert series at Stage 72
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Photos: Q & A with Mel Sagrado Maghuyop, The King in Harbor Lights’ Production of The King and I
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Nov. 18: David Henry Hwang, Annie Baker and Rajiv Joseph to be honored at Sixth Annual Steinberg Playwright “Mimi” Awards
Signature Theatre’s World Premiere of David Henry Hwang’s Kung Fu Stars SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE’s Cole Horibe as Bruce Lee
Photos: Denise Burse, Michael Genet, Doug Eskew, Tracie Thoms, Sakina Ansari-Wilson and More Celebrate Marcus Gardley’s dance of the holy ghosts Opening Night at Center Stage
André De Shields Delivers Keynote at International Council of Fine Arts Deans in New Orleans 
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Click here for the Lia Chang Articles Archive and here for the Lia Chang Photography Website.

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