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Lia Chang 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

Christine Toy Johnson. Photo by Lia Chang

Christine Toy Johnson. Photo by Lia Chang

Broadway actress, writer and filmmaker Christine Toy Johnson lit up the intimate room at Stage 72 (formerly the Triad), as the final artist in Motown The Musical director Charles Randolph-Wright’s “Three Voices” concert series on Monday, November 11, 2013. Dodie Pettit and Nita Whitaker also performed in the series.

Christine Toy Johnson, Charles Randolph_Wright and Baayork Lee. Photo by Lia Chang

Christine Toy Johnson, Charles Randolph_Wright and Baayork Lee. Photo by Lia Chang

Christine’s concert, helmed by Bruce Alan Johnson, featured musical director David Dabbon on piano and Jeff Roberts on drums, with guest appearances by Baayork Lee (A Chorus Line) and Jose Llana (Here Lies Love).

Baayork Lee, Jose Llana, Ann Harada and Christine Toy Johnson. Photo by Lia Chang

Baayork Lee, Jose Llana, Ann Harada and Christine Toy Johnson. Photo by Lia Chang

Jose Llana. Photo by Lia Chang

Jose Llana. Photo by Lia Chang

Christine kicked off the evening with a few of her favorite Broadway standards- “Cockeyed Optimist,” “Wonderful Guy,” “How are Things in Glocca Morra?,” “My Favorite Things,” “Not a Day Goes By”. She was joined by her pal Jose Llana who sang “Being Alive,” and had great fun with their duet, “You’re Just in Love.”

Christine also introduced a few of her original compositions – “Hawaii is the Place for You and Me” (Johnson & Shenton), “Underneath the Same Moonlit Sky” (Johnson & Shenton), and “Fill Our World with Hope” (Johnson & Katona).

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Other songs in her set included “Something Wonderful,” “Little by Little,” by Dodie Pettit, “Before the Parade Passes By,” and “This Can’t Be Love.”

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A highlight of Christine’s evening featured Baayork Lee joining Christine onstage to perform “Turkey Lurkey Time,” from Promises, Promises, with Lee performing for the first time in 37 years.

Baayork Lee and Christine Toy Johnson. Photo by Lia Chang

Baayork Lee and Christine Toy Johnson. Photo by Lia Chang

For more information, please visit www.christinetoyjohnson.com

Tom and Mary Toy with their daughter Christine Toy Johnson. Photo by Lia Chang

Tom and Mary Toy with their daughter Christine Toy Johnson. Photo by Lia Chang

Jaygee Macapugay and Ali Ewoldt with Baayork Lee, Christine Toy Johnson, Diane Phelan and Lia Chang.

Jaygee Macapugay and Ali Ewoldt with Baayork Lee, Christine Toy Johnson, Diane Phelan and Lia Chang.

Charles Randolph-Wright and Dodie Pettit. Photo by Lia Chang

Charles Randolph-Wright and Dodie Pettit. Photo by Lia Chang

Other articles about Christine Toy Johnson:
playbill.com: Jose Llana and Baayork Lee Join Christine Toy Johnson for Stage 72 Concert
Nov. 11: 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
“Sesame Street” Star Alan Muraoka Helms Lyric’s The King and I Starring Mel Sagrado Maghuyop, Heather Geery, Christine Toy Johnson and Ron Domingo, July 9-13, 2013
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

Other articles by Lia Chang:
Nov. 25: David Byrne and the Cast of Public Theater’s HERE LIES LOVE including Jose Llana, Ruthie Ann Miles, Conrad Ricamora, Melody Butiu and More to Host Benefit Concert for the Philippines at Terminal 5
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
Photos: John Earl Jelks, DeWanda Wise, Harvey Gardner Moore, André De Shields at Dominique Morisseau’s Sunset Baby
Photos: André De Shields, Michael Shannon, Rajiv Joseph, Christine Sherrill, Doug Peck, Alexis J. Rogers, Karen Ziemba and More Celebrate 2013 Jeff Equity Awards
Nov. 14 – Dec. 29: Paolo Montalban and Eileen Ward Lead Cast of Olney Theatre Center’s Production of The King and I
Nov. 18: David Henry Hwang, Annie Baker and Rajiv Joseph to be honored at Sixth Annual Steinberg Playwright “Mimi” Awards
Photos: André De Shields, Mary Zimmerman, Akash Chopra, Richard M. Sherman, Kevin Carolan, Larry Yando, Nehal Joshi and More Celebrate The Jungle Book Opening Night at Huntington Theatre in Boston
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
National Black Theatre Festival Photos: Backstage with André De Shields, Marie Thomas, Erin Cherry, Sean Phillips and Morocco Omari in Knock Me A Kiss
Photos: Backstage Q & A with Thom Sesma and the cast of Signature’s Miss Saigon
Photos: Backstage with Michi Barall and the cast of Regina Taylor’s stop.reset. at Signature Theatre
Photos: All-Access Pass to August Wilson’s Two Trains Running with John Earl Jelks, Harvy Blanks, Chuck Cooper, Anthony Chisholm, Owiso Odera, Roslyn Ruff and James A. Williams
Signature Theatre’s 2013-14 Season Features New Works by Albee, Hwang, Enos, Taylor, Wilson, Clarke and Jacobs-Jenkins
Photos: The 58th Annual Drama Desk Awards and After Party
Here Lies Love, Starring Jose Llana and Ruthie Ann Miles, Extends at The Public through July 28, 2013
Performing Arts Images from the Asian American Pacific Islander Collection on Display at the Library of Congress to Celebrate APA Heritage Month
Photos: Yellow Fever Playwright Rick Shiomi Explores New Territory with An All-Female Cast
Click here for the Lia Chang Articles Archive and here for the Lia Chang Photography Website.

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