Backstage Pass with Lia Chang

Alvin Ing in “GOT A LOT OF LIVIN’ TO DO,” with Special Guests Jose Llana, Darren Lee, Hazel Anne Raymundo and Virginia Wing, at The Duplex Cabaret Theatre on May 23

Alvin Ing

The Duplex will present stage, film and television veteran Alvin Ing in his new cabaret show – GOT A LOT OF LIVIN’ TO DO – written, produced and directed by Lainie Sakakura, at The Duplex Cabaret Theatre, 61 Christopher Street (@ 7th Avenue) in New York on Monday, May 23, 2016, at 7:00 p.m. Doors open 30 minutes before showtime.

Mr. Ing will be celebrating his 84th birthday with special guests Jose Llana (The King and IFlower Drum Song), Darren Lee (AllegiancePacific Overtures), Hazel Anne Raymundo (Pacific OverturesAvenue Q) and Virginia Wing (Chu Chem). The evening will feature musical direction by Thomas Conroy, with Vince Fay on Bass.

Baayork Lee, Virginia Wing and Nancy Kwan at the New York Historical Society in New York on October 15, 2014. Photo by Lia Chang

Baayork Lee, Virginia Wing and Nancy Kwan at the New York Historical Society in New York on October 15, 2014. Photo by Lia Chang

Alvin Ing and Virginia Wing in rehearsal for “GOT A LOT OF LIVIN’ TO DO”; set for The Duplex Cabaret Theatre on May 23 

Armando Bravi serves as tech director, promo designer and videographer, with Yuka Takara handling social media.

"Chrysanthemum Tea" (or "when the Shogun is weak...") : Mako and Alvin Ing. (Photo: Martha Swope)

“Chrysanthemum Tea” (or “when the Shogun is weak…”) : Mako and Alvin Ing in PACIFIC OVERTURES, 1976 (Photo: Martha Swope)

Alvin Ing shares his funny, heartbreaking, and inspiring story of his extremely long journey to come out and his struggles (and triumphs) as an Asian American actor. Born in Hawaii, Mr. Ing matriculated at the U of Hawaii and Columbia University in New York with a Bachelor and a Master’s in Music Education. He began his singing and acting career in summer stock (South PacificSong of NorwayOklahoma!Annie Get Your Gun), and landed his first principal role in stock as Lun Tha in The King and I. He has performed in five national tours, including The World of Suzie WongTwo Gentlemen of Verona and City of Angels. Mr. Ing portrayed the Shogun’s Mother in the original Broadway production of Pacific Overtures in 1976, and reprised the role 28 years later in the 2004 revival.

PACIFIC OVERTURES – ORIGINAL BROADWAY CAST RECORDING 1976

The cast and creative team of David Henry Hwang's revisal of Flower Drum Song in rehearsal in 2002. Photo by Lia Chang

The cast and creative team of David Henry Hwang’s revisal of Flower Drum Song in rehearsal in 2002. Photo by Lia Chang

Lea Salonga, Jose Llana and Alvin Ing in rehearsal with David Henry Hwang's revisal of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Flower Drum Song at 890 Broadway Studios in New York on September 22, 2002. Photo by Lia Chang

Lea Salonga, Jose Llana and Alvin Ing in rehearsal with David Henry Hwang’s revisal of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Flower Drum Song at 890 Broadway Studios in New York on September 22, 2002. Photo by Lia Chang

Mr. Ing toured with Flower Drum Song and has performed in more productions of FDS in the role of Wang Ta than any other actor. He starred as Chin in David Henry Hwang‘s 2002 revisal of the Flower Drum Song on Broadway and at the Mark Taper Forum. Mr. Ing’s TV credits include “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” “Third Watch,” “Law and Order: Criminal Intent,” “Highway to Heaven,” “Dynasty,” “Dallas,” “Charlie’s Angels,” “Fantasy Island,” “Falcon Crest” and “All American Girl”. He has appeared in numerous films including Final CountdownSmilla’s Sense of Snow, and the 2014 release of The Gambler opposite Mark Wahlberg as Mister Lee, a Korean casino owner. Mr. Ing released a CD, Swing with Ing in 2010, and competed on “The X Factor” in 2013. Mr. Ing resides in Los Angeles.

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$15 Ticket in Advance & a 2 Drink Minimum in the Cabaret Theatre

$20 Ticket at the Door (plus service fee) & a 2 Drink Minimum in the Cabaret Theatre

Click here to purchase tickets. For more information, call 212-989-3015 or www.theduplex.com.

Alvin Ing as Mister Lee in THE GAMBLER.Photo credit: Claire Folger - © 2014 Paramount Pictures. All Rights Reserved.

Alvin Ing as Mister Lee in THE GAMBLER.Photo credit: Claire Folger – © 2014 Paramount Pictures. All Rights Reserved.

Photos and Video: Alvin Ing, Jose Llana, Virginia Wing. Darren Lee and Hazel Anne Raymundo in rehearsal for “GOT A LOT OF LIVIN’ TO DO”; set for The Duplex Cabaret Theatre on May 23

Click here for the Lia Chang Articles Archive and here for the Lia Chang Photography Website.

Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers,  musicians and corporations. Lia is also an internationally published and exhibited photographer, a multi-platform journalist, and a publicist. 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 Examiner.comJade Magazine and Playbill.com.

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