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Christine Toy Johnson Performs in Final Installment of Charles Randolph-Wright’s “Three Voices” Concert Series at Stage 72; Baayork Lee and Jose Llana to Guest Star

Christine Toy Johnson Photo by Bruce Alan Johnson

Christine Toy Johnson Photo by Bruce Alan Johnson

Broadway actress, writer and filmmaker Christine Toy Johnson will perform for one night only at Stage 72 (formerly the Triad) on Monday, November 11, 2013 at 7:00pm as the final artist in Motown The Musical director Charles Randolph-Wright’s “Three Voices” concert series, which also featured Nita Whitaker and Dodie Pettit.

Christine’s concert is directed by Bruce Johnson, with musical direction by David Dabbon. Jose Llana (Here Lies Love) and Baayork Lee (A Chorus Line) will make special guest star appearances.

Christine has been breaking the color barrier in non-traditionally cast roles for over 25 years, and has been featured extensively on Broadway, Off-Broadway, in regional theatres across the country, in film, television, and concerts worldwide. She just finished a run Off-Broadway as “Mrs. Randolph” in the Mint Theater’s revival of PHILIP GOES FORTH.

Baayork Lee and Christine Toy Johnson Photo by Lia Chang

Baayork Lee and Christine Toy Johnson Photo by Lia Chang

Other highlights include the New York revivals of THE MUSIC MAN, MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG, PACIFIC OVERTURES, and FALSETTOLAND, the national tours of CATS, FLOWER DRUM SONG and BOMBAY DREAMS, and leading roles at some of the most well-respected theatres across the country including the New York Shakespeare Festival, the Williamstown Theatre Festival, the Huntington Theatre, Yale Rep, The Denver Center Theatre Company, The Minnesota Opera and New York City Opera. Almost 100 television appearances include two years as “Lisa West” on “ONE LIFE TO LIVE,” “SMASH,” “666 PARK AVENUE,” “30 ROCK,’ “UGLY BETTY,’ “THE BIG C,” “FRINGE,” “ROYAL PAINS,” “CROSSING JORDAN” and many episodes of various “LAW AND ORDER.”

Christine Toy Johnson and Jose Llana. Photo by Lia Chang

Christine Toy Johnson and Jose Llana. Photo by Lia Chang

Christine has been a member of the elected leadership of Actors’ Equity Association since 1992, serving as co-chair of the union’s Equal Employment Opportunity Committee and also on the executive board of the

Tony-honored Alliance for Inclusion in the Arts. She is a founding member of AAPAC (Asian American Performers Action Coalition), was a semi-finalist for the Ford Foundation “Leadership for a Changing World” Award in 2001, and has received multiple grant awards in support of her work from The California Civil Liberties Public Education Program, Asian Women Giving Circle, The Open Meadows Foundation, The Manhattan Community Arts Fund, The Puffin Foundation, The Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance and The Boomerang Fund for Artists. She was honored by the JACL (the nation’s largest and oldest Asian American civil rights organization) in 2010 for “exemplary leadership and dedication”, the “Wai Look Award for Outstanding Service in the Arts” from the Asian American Arts Alliance in 2012, and the Rosetta LeNoire Award for “outstanding artistic contributions to the universality of the human spirit” from Actors’ Equity Association, in 2013. Christine is a member of the BMI Musical Theatre Writing Workshop, and a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and the Certificate of Screenwriting Program at NYU. For more information, please visit

Advance sales and more information: Tickets: $20 advanced ticket sale, $20 at the door (Cash only). Two drink minimum (Cash only). The Triad/Stage 72 is located at 158 West 72nd Street (between Broadway & Columbus). For More information visit:

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Christine Toy Johnson, Thom Sesma, Ali Ewoldt, Jose Llana, Ann Harada, Telly Leung and More Set for The Asian American Composers and Lyricists Project at The Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre
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
Playing Lady Thiang in the Harbor Lights’ Production of The King and I is a dream come true for Christine Toy Johnson
Mel Sagrado Maghuyop, Tamara Jenkins, Christine Toy Johnson and Ron Domingo Lead the Cast of Harbor Lights Theater Company’s Production of The King and I, directed by Alan Muraoka, November 2-18, 2012
Broadway Stars Pay Tribute to Alan Muraoka at National Asian American Theatre Co. Gala on September 10, 2012
Christine Toy Johnson to Receive 2012 Wai Look Award for Outstanding Service at Asian American Arts Alliance Gala on October 9, 2012 
Christine Toy Johnson to play Bloody Mary in Ogunquit Playhouse’s Production of Rogers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific, June 20 – July 14, 2012
Photos: Christine Toy Johnson, Angela Lin, Louis Ozawa Changchien, Jake Manabat, David Shih in Jen Silverman’s Crane Story at The Cherry Lane
Christine Toy Johnson Leads the Cast of Pan Asian Repertory Theatre’s Shanghai Lil’s, 11/11-11/27/11
Lia Chang Picks: THE NEW DEAL and other plays from The Christine Toy Johnson Portfolio and TRANSCENDING: THE WAT MISAKA STORY
Photos:Leviathan Lab’s reading of Christine Toy Johnson’s Adventures of a Faux Designer Handbag
Christine Toy Johnson, U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein, Etsu Mineta Masaoka, Roxanna Saberi to be honored by JACL
Christine Toy Johnson Plays Christmas Eve in AVENUE Q at Weston Playhouse Theatre in Vermont
Dr. Leroy Chiao and Wat Misaka to Receive 2010 OCA Pioneer Awards in Houston
Screening of “Transcending: The Wat Misaka Story”, Kicks Off OCA National Convention and 6th Annual Houston APA Film Festival on June 17; Wat Misaka and Dr. Leroy Chiao to Receive 2010 OCA Pioneer Awards
Harada, Leung, Llana, Johnson, Takara Et Al. Sing Once On This Island on May 16 at Theatre at Saint Peter’s Church
A Helluva Town DVD Release Celebration and Fundraising Concert for Transcending: The Wat Misaka Story
New York Knicks to Honor Wat Misaka at Madison Square Garden
Offical List of Films for the 2009 San Diego Film Festival
Making Work Now: The Asian American Artistic Community
Transcending: The Wat Misaka Story Screens at Rhode Island International Film Festival on 8/8 Wat Misaka: First Person of Color Drafted in NBA
Christine Toy Johnson’s Paper Son at Queens Theatre in the Park Studio Theatre

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Photos: Backstage Q & A with Thom Sesma and the cast of Signature’s Miss Saigon
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