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Mar. 30: Telly Leung, Adam Pascal, Mandy Gonzalez, Marcus Paul James, Eden Espinoza and Lindsay Mendez Set for SEASONS OF BROADWAY at BB King’s

Telly Leung

Eden Espinosa, star of Wicked, Rent, Brooklyn, and more, has joined “Seasons of Broadway” at BB King’s on Monday, March 30th. imageShe joins previously announced special guest Lindsay Mendez and replaces Anthony Rapp, who had an unexpected conflict.

Featuring four of Broadway’s brightest stars, “Seasons of Broadway” is an evening of songs and stories celebrating some of the greatest shows to ever hit the streets of New York City. The show will play a one night engagement at BB King’s Blues Club and Grill, 237 W 42nd St, New York, NY 10036.

With hits from Broadway shows like RENT, WICKED, MEMPHIS, IN THE HEIGHTS, and GODSPELL, accompanied by behind the scenes stories and funny anecdotes, Adam Pascal, Telly Leung, Mandy Gonzalez, and Marcus Paul James celebrate the diversity of Broadway and the powerful impact it has had far beyond the theater. The concerts will be presented by Telly Leung, Mike Karns, and Rich Aronstein, with Musical Direction by Jesse Vargas.

Tickets begin at $35. All $100 VIP tickets are sold out. Click here to purchase tickets.

Adam Pascal became part of theatrical history by creating the role of Roger Davis in Rent, earning a Best Actor Tony nomination and reprising his performance in the 2005 movie adaptation. Pascal has since juggled a career as a concert and recording artist with leading roles on Broadway in Aida (Radames), Cabaret (Emcee) and Memphis (Huey Calhoun).

Telly Leung’s Broadway and national touring credits include FLOWER DRUM SONG, PACIFIC OVERTURES, WICKED (Boq, original Chicago company), RENT (final Broadway company) and GODSPELL. Off-Broadway, he was featured in Manhattan Theatre Club’s THE WORLD OF EXTREME HAPPINESS. Regionally, some of his favorite roles include Sammy in the world-premiere of ALLEGIANCE (the Old Globe, with George Takei and Lea Salonga), Song in M. BUTTERFLY (Philadelphia Theater Company), Angel in RENT at the Hollywood Bowl (directed by Neil Patrick Harris), Harold Bride in TITANIC (The Muny), Teen Angel in GREASE (Paper Mill Playhouse), Simon in JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR (Sacramento Music Circus) and Thuy in MISS SAIGON (Pittsburgh CLO). Television audiences will recognize his work on Fox’s GLEE (Wes, the Warbler), LAW AND ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT, and Hulu’s DEADBEAT. He has performed all over the world at venues likeCarnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, the London Hippodrome, New York’s 54 Below, San Francisco’s Feinstein’s at the Nikko and the Hollywood Bowl. His debut album, {i’ll cover you}, was released on The Yellow Sound Label in 2012. Telly holds a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University, and has taught as an adjunct professor at NYU’s New Studio on Broadway. Telly can also be seen coaching the next generation of Broadway performers on the PBS documentary, “Broadway or Bust”. Producing credits include “GRIND” (a musical short film starring Anthony Rapp and Claire Coffee) and “Seasons of Broadway” (a concert series that celebrates the diversity of the Great White Way). Please check out his website at http://www.tellyleung.com and follow him on twitter @tellyleung.

Mandy Gonzalez played the role of Nina Rosario in the 2008 Tony Award winning musical In The Heights, a role she created in the Off-Broadway production for which she received a Drama Desk Award. Mandy starred as Elphaba in the Broadway blockbuster Wicked. Mandy made her Broadway debut as Princess Amneris in the Tim Rice/Elton John musical AIDA. She appeared in the musical Lennon, based on the life of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, and she also starred opposite Michael Crawford as Sarah in Dance of the Vampires.

Marcus Paul James a NY native who can currently be seen in the Broadway cast of Motown. Recently, Marcus was in the off-Broadway cast of RENT as Mr. Jefferson. He also played the role in the original Broadway closing cast production as well as the movie “RENT:Filmed Live on Broadway”(Dir. Mike Warren). Broadway credits also include the cast of TONY award winning musical In The Heights. Other credits include “Radio Shack” national commercial and the Grammy award winning Broadway Inspirational Voices. Marcus also is a singer/songwriting with his last CD project titled “Meant to Be”.

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cropped-lia-chang_photo-by-carlos-flores-3.jpgLia 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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