Backstage Pass with Lia Chang

Feb. 22: Lincoln Center Presents Cinderella’s Ann Harada in the American Songbook Series in the Allen Room at Frederick P. Rose Hall

Ann Harada

Ann Harada

On Saturday, February 22, 2014, Broadway vet Ann Harada takes centerstage in the Allen Room at Frederick P. Rose Hall, Broadway at 60th St. in New York at 8:30pm, for Lincoln Center’s American Songbook Concert Series. Helmed by frequent collaborator Alan Muraoka, with musical direction by Gary Adler, Harada has invited Kevin Pariseau as a special guest star. The musicians include Brian Koonin (Guitar), Scott Neumann (Drums), Mary Ann McSweeney (Bass) and JJ Johnson (Viola).

Harada is currently giving “a hoot of a performance” (NY 1 News) in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella as the evil stepsister Charlotte, but fans may remember her better as Christmas Eve, the heavily accented Japanese therapist in the hit show, Avenue Q, which she performed on Broadway and in London. Other Broadway credits include 9 TO 5, Madame Thenardier in LES MISERABLES (revival), SEUSSICAL and M. BUTTERFLY. She has appeared in the films ADMISSION, HOPE SPRINGS, FEEL, THE ART OF GETTING BY and HAPPINESS; and recent television credits include “30 ROCK,” “THE BIG C,” “LIPSTICK JUNGLE,” “RESCUE ME,” “THE ELECTRIC COMPANY,” and a recurring role as Linda the stage manager on “SMASH”. Don’t miss the opportunity to sample Harada’s wild comedic talents up close on her night off from Cinderella, when she makes her Lincoln Center debut on The Allen Room stage.

Tickets, starting at $30, are available online at, by calling CenterCharge at 212.721.6500, or at the Avery Fisher, Alice Tully, and Frederick P. Rose Hall box offices.

Alan Muraoka

Alan Muraoka

ALAN MURAOKA (Director) – New York credits include: Kung Fu (Signature Theatre-Assistant Director), Ann Harada: American Songbook (Lincoln Center), Awesomer & Awesomer!!! (Triad Theatre), The King and I (Harbor Lights Theatre Company), Telly Leung: Playlist and What Makes a Man? (54 Below), Who Loves Ya’ Baby? (Laurie Beechman Theatre), Grand Hotel (NYU/Cap 21), Falsettoland (NAATCO), John Tartaglia AD-LIBerty (Joe’s Pub) Karaoke Stories (IMUA Theater Company), Christmas Eve With Christmas Eve 1,2, & 3 (BC/EFA Benefits at the Midtown Theatre) Empty Handed (Musicals Tonight) and cabarets for Tony-nominated actress Stephanie D’Abruzzo and Ann Harada. Regionally: At the Lyric Theatre in Oklahoma City, he has directed The King and I, Xanadu, Disney’s High School Musical and Disney’s High School Musical 2. Other regional credits include Disney’s High School Musical (MUNY, Casa Manana), Urinetown (Trinity University), and Associate Director for Up In The Air (Kennedy Center). Television: Alan has directed for “Sesame Street” and for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on NBC. Mr. Muraoka is a member of the SSDC and an alumni of the Lincoln Center Director’s Lab. Current projects in development include a musical version of Steven Kluger’s The Last Days Of Summer, an original song cycle of composer Jason Loffredo called Turning The Page. As an actor, Mr. Muraoka has been a cast member of the Emmy-winning television series “Sesame Street” for the past 15 years, where he plays Alan, the proprietor of Hooper’s Store. Mr. Muraoka is a graduate of UCLA, where he received the Carol Burnett Musical Comedy Award for performance. He was also the 2004 recipient of the APEX Inspiration Award and the FCC’s 2007 Role Model of the Year Award opportunity.

Other articles about Ann Harada:
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 on May 19, 2013
Ann Harada Plays Cinderella’s Stepsister Charlotte in Broadway Premiere of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella at the Broadway Theatre
Photos and Video: Daniel Dae Kim, Ann Harada, Greg Watanabe and More at Jeanne Sakata’s Hold These Truths starring Joel de la Fuente
Shinsai: Theaters for Japan Photos: (8pm) with Oskar Eustis, Patti LuPone, Lisa Emery, Ann Harada, Paolo Montalban, Thom Sesma, Sab Shimono, Henry Stram, Richard Thomas, John Weidman and more
Daryl “Chill” Mitchell and Ann Harada to Star in Staged Reading of Internal Bleeding by Christine Toy Johnson on 4/5
Ann Harada stars in “Christmas Eve with Christmas Eve” on 12/14 to benefit Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS
Harada, Leung, Llana, Johnson, Takara Sing Once On This Island on May 16 at Theatre at Saint Peter’s

Other articles by Lia Chang:
Mar. 1: Rome Neal’s Banana Puddin’ Jazz Presents “LADY” Featuring Lia Chang, Monica Garrido, Carolyn Holmes, Noel Simon’ Wippler, Linda Hudson, Adi Meyerson and Kathleen Doran
Mar. 21 – May 4: Arena Stage Presents World Premiere of Lawrence Wright’s Camp David Starring Tony Award winner Ron Rifkin and Emmy Award winner Richard Thomas
Signature’s Production Photos of David Henry Hwang’s Kung Fu; Opens February 24, 2014
Bryan Cranston Makes Broadway Debut in Robert Schenkkan’s All the Way at The Neil Simon Theatre, Opens March 6, 2014
Celebrating the Year of the Horse with David Henry Hwang’s Kung Fu at Signature Theatre; Previews begin February 4, 2014
Feb. 4 – Mar. 16: Phoebe Strole, Jon Rua, Join Cole Horibe and More for Signature’s World Premiere of David Henry Hwang’s Kung Fu
Photos: David Henry Hwang, Annie Baker and Rajiv Joseph 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
Feb. 7-22: Maggie Alexander and Ciarán Sheehan Star in Michael Weller’s Fifty Words at The Gene Frankel Theatre
2014 is the Year of the Horse, Dragons and Lions in The Chinese New Year Parade
Q & A with Meet Me in St. Louis: A Live Radio Play’s Garth Kravits
Peter Scolari, C.J. Wilson, Francois Battiste, Chris Henry Coffey and More in Eric Simonson’s The Bronx Bombers at Circle in the Square Theatre
Photos: André De Shields, Michael Shannon, Rajiv Joseph, Christine Sherrill, Doug Peck, Alexis J. Rogers, Karen Ziemba and More Celebrate 2013 Jeff Equity Awards
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: Backstage with Michi Barall and the cast of Regina Taylor’s stop.reset. at Signature Theatre Review: Power Play Powerful & Suspenseful
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
Click here for the Lia Chang Articles Archive and here for the Lia Chang Photography Website.

Lia Chang. Photo by Charles Richard Barboza

Lia Chang. Photo by Charles Richard Barboza

Lia Chang is an actor, a performance and fine art botanical photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. Lia will make her jazz vocalist debut on March 1, 2014, in Rome Neal’s Banana Puddin’ Jazz “LADY” at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe in New York.

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