The National Asian Artists Project is presenting an All-Asian production of OLIVER! at The Pershing Square Signature Center (480 W. 42nd Street) in The Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre, Thursday, June 5th at 7:30PM, Friday, June 6th at 7:30PM and Saturday, June 7th at 2PM and 7:30PM. Tickets are $75, $50 & $25 and are on sale now at Ticket Central. Tickets can be purchased through Ticket Central or by calling 212-279-4200, or in person at 416 W. 42nd Street (12-8pm daily).
The OLIVER! cast stars Raul Aranas as Fagin, Anthea Neri as Nancy and Bonale Zohn Fambrini as Oliver, and features Cindy Cheung as Widow Corney, Scott Watanabe as Mr. Bumble, Mel Sagrado Maghuyop as Bill Sikes, David Shih as Mr. Sowerberry, Virginia Wing as Mrs. Bedwin, Timothy TV Cao as The Artful Dodger, Tony Romero as Dr. Grimwig, Connor Johnston as Noah Claypole/Mr. Brownlow, Kendyl Ito as Bet/Old Sally, Fay Ann Lee as Mrs. Sowerberry, and Rebecca Lee Lerman as Charlotte Sowerberry. Helmed by Steven Eng, NAAP’s benefit production will be fully staged, complete with sets and costumes, and will feature choreography by Broadway legend Baayork Lee, the original ‘Connie Wong’ in the original cast of Chorus Line.
Furthering their mission to showcase the work of Asian-American theatre artists through performance, outreach and educational programming, National Asian Artists Project (NAAP) has produced over the past four years Oklahoma, Carousel, and Hello Dolly! as part of their Re-Discover Series using all Asian casts. The setting for this year’s production moves across the pond to Charles Dickens’ London with the production of the classic award-winning musical, OLIVER!. With book, music and lyrics by Lionel Bart, OLIVER! has become one of the most popular and best-loved musicals in the world. The 1983 London revival of Oliver! transferred to Broadway in 1984. It opened at The Mark Hellinger Theater and ran from April 29, 1984 through May 13, 1984, for 17 performances and 13 previews.
The 65-member cast includes 20 children, 25 professional actors and 20 members of the NAAP Broadway Community Chorus. The ensemble of OLIVER! features Whit Lee on Violin, John Yi as Knife grinder, Allen “Lucky” Weaver, Jeffrey Wei, Rommel Pierre O’Choa, Loresa Lanceta, Robyn DeGuzman, Shoba Narayanan, Jung Kim. Fagin’s Gang includes Matthew Chan, Sarah Chiu, Zoe Eng, Emerson Fok, Justin Lai, Derek Lee, Isabel Ma, Stanley Ng, Eden Rolle, and Phoebe Young. James Ignacio, Michelle Lu, Selina Ng, David Ning, Julia Rosenburg, Kirsten Shyu, Emily Gu Siegel, Aaron Zheng, Tina Zheng will play the orphans.
The production and design team includes Kevin Farrell (Musical Director) Joe Sheridan (Production Stage Manager), Jimm Halliday (Costume Designer), Susan Kikuchi (Associate Choreographer), Kyle Garvin (Assistant Choreographer), Jose Simbulan (Children’s Musical Director), Cassey Kikuchi Kivnick (Assistant Director), and Kirk Bookman (Lighting Designer.
Tickets are $75, $50 & $25 and are on sale now at Ticket Central. Tickets can be purchased through Ticket Central or by calling 212-279-4200, or in person at 416 W. 42nd Street (12-8pm daily).
The Pershing Square Signature Center, the permanent home of Signature Theatre, is a three-theatre facility on West 42nd Street designed by Frank Gehry Architects to host Signature’s three distinct playwrights’ residencies and foster a cultural community. The Center is a major contribution to New York City’s cultural landscape and provides a venue for cultural organizations that supports and encourages collaboration among artists throughout the space. In addition to its three intimate theatres, the Center features a studio theatre, rehearsal studio, a bookstore, and Signature Cafe and Bar, open to public from noon-midnight Tuesdays – Sundays. For more information on renting the Center, please visit http://www.signaturetheatre.org/rentals.
NAAP exists to be a leader in educating, cultivating and stimulating audiences and artists – current and future – through showcasing exceptional work by vibrant artists of Asian descent. Art constantly evolves and NAAP strives to command a place at the fore with a uniquely compelling American voice.
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 2013 National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem, N.C., with Pauletta Pearson Washington, Roscoe Orman, Lorey Hayes, Marcus Naylor and Phynjuar, and made her jazz vocalist debut in Rome Neal’s Banana Puddin’ Jazz “LADY” at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe in New York. She is profiled in Jade Magazine.
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