Backstage Pass with Lia Chang

Dec. 8: Christine Toy Johnson, Thom Sesma, Cindy Cheung, Raymond J. Lee, Pearl Sun, Marc delaCruz, Arielle Jacobs, Daniel J. Edwards, Kamala Sankaram, Mel Sagrado Maghuyop & More Set for The Asian American Composers and Lyricists Projects’ “Arriving In Asian America”

The Asian American Composers and Lyricists Project and ReImagined World Entertainment will present “Arriving In Asian America,” a song cycle collectively written by members of the project with original words and music by Adam Gwon, Timothy Huang, Christine Toy Johnson, Ming Aldrich-Gan, Hyeyoung Kim (with Michael Cooper), Leon Ko, Robert Lee, Yoonmi Lee (with Gaby Gold & Zhu Yi), Yan Li, Jason Ma, J. Oconer Navarro, Kamala Sankaram, Tidtaya Sinutoke (with Ty Defoe) and Jeff Tang.
Directed by Dax Valdes, the one night only performance will take place on Monday, December 8, 2014 at 7:30 pm, at Peter Norton Symphony Space’s Leonard Nimoy Thalia, 2537 Broadway (at 95 St.).

Emceed by Ann Harada (“Cinderella”), singers will include Raymond J. Lee (Honeymoon in Vegas), Pearl Sun (If/Then), Marc delaCruz (If/Then), Thom Sesma (The Times They Are A-Changin’), Man of La Mancha, Nick and Nora, Arielle Jacobs, Hansel Tan, Manna Nichols, Eric Bondoc, Anne Fraser Thomas, Joanna Carpenter, Joanne Javien, EJ Zimmerman, Cindy Cheung, Daniel J. Edwards, Robert Lee, Q GyuJin Lim, Kamala Sankaram, Mel Sagrado Maghuyop, and Christine Toy Johnson.

This world premiere concert is free and open to the public, with support from the Manhattan Community Arts Fund and The Puffin Foundation. Seating is limited. Please RSVP by 12/5 to

Song Set:

1. “Family Dinners” (music by Jason Ma, lyrics by Christine Toy Johnson)
– sung by Christine Toy Johnson, accompanied by Ming Aldrich-Gan
2. “Talkin’ Small” (music & lyrics by Adam Gwon) – sung by Raymond J. Lee & Thom Sesma, accompanied by Adam Gwon
3. “How To Cry” (music & lyrics by J. Oconer Navarro) – sung by Cindy Cheung & Manna Nichols, accompanied by J. Oconer Navarro
4. “The Life We’re Given” (music by Kamala Sankaram, lyrics by Christine Toy Johnson and Kamala Sankaram)– sung by Kamala Sankaram, accompanied by Ming Aldrich-Gan
5. “Just So” (music by Leon Ko, lyrics by Robert Lee. Directed by BD Wong. From Chinese Hell) – sung by Cindy Cheung & Robert Lee, accompanied by Yan Li
6. “My Superpower” (music & lyrics by Yan Li) – sung by Joanna Carpenter & EJ Zimmerman, accompanied by Brian Detlefs on the guitar & Yan Li at the piano
7. “Green Card” (music & lyrics by Ming Aldrich-Gan)– sung by Marc delaCruz & Arielle Jacobs with Timothy Huang, accompanied by Ming Aldrich-Gan
8. “Tradewinds” (music by Hyeyoung Kim, lyrics by Michael Cooper) – sung by Raymond J. Lee, accompanied by Yoonmi Lee
9. “Disappear” (music & lyrics by Jeff Tang) – sung by Pearl Sun, Mel Sagrado Maghuyop & Thom Sesma, accompanied by Jeff Tang
10. “Little Bird” (music by Tidtaya Sinutoke, lyrics by Ty Defoe)– sung by Q Lim, accompanied by Tidtaya Sinutoke
11. “Back in China” (music & lyrics by Jason Ma) – sung by Raymond J. Lee, accompanied by Ming Aldrich-Gan
12. “Passports Please” (music by Yoonmi Lee, lyrics by Gaby Gold, book by Zhu Yi) – sung by Eric Bondoc, Daniel J. Edwards, Joanne Javien, Q Lim, Hansel Tan & Anne Fraser Thomas, accompanied by Ming Aldrich-Gan
13. “My Grandma Says” (music & lyrics by Timothy Huang) – sung by Hansel Tan and full company, accompanied by Yan Li

THE ASIAN AMERICAN COMPOSERS AND LYRICISTS PROJECT (Christine Toy Johnson, Founder) is dedicated to nurturing and presenting works created and sung by Asian American Theatre Artists. Follow them on Twitter @aasongwriters

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Lia Chang is an actor, a performance and fine art botanical photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. Lia 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, 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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