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Lia Chang Photos and Video: THE KING AND I’s Jose Llana, Ruthie Ann Miles and Betsy Morgan sing in 106.7 LITE FM’s Broadway in Bryant Park

A great turnout for Broadway in Bryant Park in New York on August 13, 2015. Photo by Lia Chang

A great turnout for Broadway in Bryant Park in New York on August 13, 2015. Photo by Lia Chang

Free concerts in city parks and alternative spaces are among New York’s ultimate summer pleasures. It’s even better when you know someone that is performing.

The King and I's Jose Llana, Betsy Morgan and Ruthie Ann Miles attend 106.7 LITE FM's Broadway in Bryant Park in New York on August 13, 2015. Photo by Lia Chang

The King and I’s Jose Llana, Betsy Morgan and Ruthie Ann Miles attend 106.7 LITE FM’s Broadway in Bryant Park in New York on August 13, 2015. Photo by Lia Chang

Yesterday was a glorious afternoon for me and many others as Jose Llana, Tony award-winner Ruthie Ann Miles and Betsy Morgan from the Tony award-winning revival of Lincoln Center’s The King and I, took center stage at the 15th annual lunchtime theatre summer series, ‘106.7 LITE FM’s Broadway in Bryant Park.’ The 2015 program has presented the best of Broadway, FREE to the public, on six consecutive Thursdays at 12:30 p.m. ET on the Bryant Park Stage.

Llana and Miles last starred together as Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos in the long-running hit musical Here Lies Love by David Byrne and Fat Boy Slim at the Public Theater.

Jose Llana from the cast of The King and I performs at 106.7 LITE FM's Broadway In Bryant Park on August 13, 2015 in New York City. Photo by Lia Chang

Jose Llana from the cast of The King and I performs at 106.7 LITE FM’s Broadway In Bryant Park on August 13, 2015 in New York City. Photo by Lia Chang

Llana, who is currently playing a limited engagement as The King of Siam through Sunday, September 27, sang “A Puzzlement”.

Jose Llana from the cast of The King and I performs at 106.7 LITE FM's Broadway In Bryant Park on August 13, 2015 in New York City. Photo by Lia Chang

Jose Llana from the cast of The King and I performs at 106.7 LITE FM’s Broadway In Bryant Park on August 13, 2015 in New York City. Photo by Lia Chang

After his turn as The King, Llana is headed to the recording studio to lay down tracks for his new CD, which will feature a lineup of songs that he performed in his sold-out Lincoln Center American Songbook Concert last March. He is also planning more concert dates in the late fall and winter to promote the album.

A Chat with Broadway’s New King of Siam, Jose Llana

Jose Llana from the cast of The King and I performs at 106.7 LITE FM's Broadway In Bryant Park on August 13, 2015 in New York City. Photo by Lia Chang

Jose Llana from the cast of The King and I performs at 106.7 LITE FM’s Broadway In Bryant Park on August 13, 2015 in New York City. Photo by Lia Chang

Ruthie Ann Miles, who garnered a Best Featured Actress in a Musical Tony Award for her role as Lady Thiang, sang “Something Wonderful”.

Tony winner Ruthie Ann Miles from the cast of The King and I performs at 106.7 LITE FM's Broadway In Bryant Park on August 13, 2015 in New York City. Photo by Lia Chang

Tony winner Ruthie Ann Miles from the cast of The King and I performs at 106.7 LITE FM’s Broadway In Bryant Park on August 13, 2015 in New York City. Photo by Lia Chang

She had her adorable daughter, Abigail and her mother, Esther in tow.

Tony winner Ruthie Ann Miles, her daughter, Abigail and her mother, Esther attend 106.7 LITE FM's Broadway In Bryant Park on August 13, 2015 in New York City. Photo by Lia Chang

Tony winner Ruthie Ann Miles, her daughter, Abigail and her mother, Esther attend 106.7 LITE FM’s Broadway In Bryant Park on August 13, 2015 in New York City. Photo by Lia Chang

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And Betsy Morgan sang “Hello, Young Lovers”.

Betsy Morgan from the cast of The King and I performs at 106.7 LITE FM's Broadway In Bryant Park on August 13, 2015 in New York City. Photo by Lia Chang

Betsy Morgan from the cast of The King and I performs at 106.7 LITE FM’s Broadway In Bryant Park on August 13, 2015 in New York City. Photo by Lia Chang

The line-up also included performances from the casts of Daddy Long Legs, Once Upon a Mattress, Dames at Sea, Spring Awakening and Hand to God.

The King and I's Jose Llana and family members attend 106.7 LITE FM's Broadway in Bryant Park in New York on August 13, 2015. Photo by Lia Chang

The King and I’s Jose Llana and family members attend 106.7 LITE FM’s Broadway in Bryant Park in New York on August 13, 2015. Photo by Lia Chang

Hosted by LITE FM’s on-air personalities, the annual presentation of open-air, On- and Off- Broadway lunch hour performances in Bryant Park is presented by NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, Aruba Tourism Authority and SheaMoisture.

Lia Chang

Lia Chang

Lia Chang is an award-winning filmmaker, a Best Actress nominee, a photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in FebOne1960.com Blog, Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.

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