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PHANTOM OF THE OPERA stars Ali Ewoldt, Jordan Donica Set for 2016 STARS IN THE ALLEY on Jun. 3

Newly minted Phantom of the Opera stars Ali Ewoldt and Jordan Donica, who begin their run as Christine Daaé and Raoul respectively on Monday, June 13 at The Majestic Theatre (247 West 44th Street), are among the stellar lineup of Broadway talent to perform at STARS IN THE ALLEY®, presented by United Airlines, on Friday, June 3rd from 12:30pm-2:30pm in Shubert Alley, between Broadway and 8th Avenue and 44th and 45th Streets.

Jordan Donica and Ali Ewoldt. Photo courtesy of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Twitter.

Jordan Donica and Ali Ewoldt. Photo courtesy of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Twitter. Ali Ewoldt Takes Stage as First Asian-American Female Lead in Broadway’s ‘Phantom’

Stars in the Alley will be hosted by Sean Hayes and Mo Rocca. Sean Hayes is currently starring in Broadway’s An Act of God and was nominated for a Tony Award for his performance in Promises, Promises and Mo Rocca is a Correspondent for CBS Sunday Morning and appeared on Broadway in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.

Stars in the Alley will include performances or appearances by*:

Pascale Armand, Nicholas Barasch, Reed Birney, Richard H. Blake, Heidi Blickenstaff, Alfie Boe, Ava Briglia, Danny Burstein, Akosua Busia, Carmen Cusack, Jordan Donica, Kathryn Erbe, Ali Ewoldt, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Alyssa Fox, John Gallagher Jr., Heather Headley, Eduardo Hernandez, Jayne Houdyshell, James Monroe Iglehart, Zainab Jah, Chilina Kennedy, Tyler Lea, Sarah Charles Lewis, Michael Lomenda, Beth Malone, Willow McCarthy, Alan Mingo Jr., Rory O’Malley, John Owen-Jones, Mauricio Perez, Gabriella Pizzolo, Billy Porter, Garen Scribner, Saycon Sengbloh, Michael Shannon, Jennifer Simard, Emily Skeggs, Alexandria Suarez, Kevin Tellez, Brandon Uranowitz, Quinn VanAntwerp, Max von Essen, Aviva Winick and more.

*(subject to change)


Aladdin, An American in Paris, Beautiful – The Carole King Musical, Bright Star, Chicago, The Color Purple, Disaster!, Fiddler on the Roof, Finding Neverland, Fun Home, Jersey Boys, Kinky Boots, LES MISERABLES, Matilda The Musical, On Your Feet! The Story of Emilio & Gloria Estefan, The Phantom of the Opera, She Loves Me, Something Rotten!, Tuck Everlasting, Waitress, Wicked.


An Act of God, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Eclipsed, The Father, Fully Committed, Hamilton, The Humans, Long Day’s Journey into Night, School of Rock-The Musical, Shuffle Along Or The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed.

To add to the festivities leading up to the Tony Awards, the free outdoor concert in the heart of the Theatre District will celebrate Broadway with star appearances and exciting performances from over 30 new shows and long-running favorites, accompanied by a 12-piece live orchestra, including many of this year’s 2016 Tony Award® – nominated plays and musicals!

2016 Tony nominated actors/actresses scheduled to appear include: Carmen Cusack (Bright Star), Jennifer Simard (Disaster!), Danny Burstein (Fiddler on the Roof), Reed Birney and Jayne Houdyshell (The Humans), Michael Shannon (Long Day’s Journey Into Night), Pascale Armand and Saycon Sengbloh (Eclipsed) as well as performances from 2016 Tony Award-nominated musicals including: The Color Purple, On Your Feet!, She Loves Me, Tuck Everlasting and Waitress.

Stars in the Alley information can be found at


Ali Ewoldt will join the Broadway Company as its new leading lady, the first Asian American to assume the role of Christine Daaé, the innocent young soprano. Ms. Ewoldt made her Broadway debut in 2006 in Mr. Mackintosh’s first Broadway revival of LES MISERABLES as Cosette. She joins direct from playing Tuptim in the Chicago Lyric Opera production of The King & I. She also appeared in the original cast of the current Lincoln Center Theater production. Other credits include Luisa in The Fantasticks (Off-Broadway), Maria in West Side Story (first national tour), Lili in Carnival! (Musicals Tonight) and the national tour of LES MISERABLES. Born outside of Chicago and raised in Pleasantville, NY, she has a BA in Psychology from Yale University.

Jordan Donica will make his Broadway debut in the role of Raoul, the dashing vicomte completing the musical’s leading trio. Regional credits include the title role in Jesus Christ Superstar, Dames at Sea and South Pacific, as well as notably playing Jean Valjean in Otterbein University’s production of LES MISERABLES. Mr. Donica is a native of Indianapolis and a graduate of Otterbein (BFA in Musical Theater, cum laude).

Continuing in their roles are current star James Barbour (The Phantom) and co-stars Laird Mackintosh (Monsieur André), Craig Bennett (Monsieur Firmin), Michele McConnell (Carlotta), Rebecca Eichenberger (Madame Giry), John Easterlin (Piangi) and Kara Klein (Meg Giry).

Based on the classic novel Le Fantôme de L’Opéra by Gaston Leroux, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA tells the story of a masked figure who lurks beneath the catacombs of the Paris Opera House, exercising a reign of terror over all who inhabit it. He falls madly in love with an innocent young soprano, Christine, and devotes himself to creating a new star by nurturing her extraordinary talents and by employing all of the devious methods at his command.

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA is produced by Cameron Mackintosh and The Really Useful Group, has music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and is directed by Harold Prince. Lyrics are by Charles Hart (with additional lyrics by Richard Stilgoe) and the book is by Richard Stilgoe and Andrew Lloyd Webber. THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA has production design by the late Maria Björnson, lighting by Andrew Bridge and sound design by Mick Potter with original sound by Martin Levan. Musical staging and choreography is by Gillian Lynne. Orchestrations are by David Cullen and Andrew Lloyd Webber.

The performance schedule for THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA is Monday evenings at 8, Tuesday evenings at 7, Wednesday through Saturday evenings at 8, with matinees on Thursdays and Saturdays at 2. Ticket prices range from $27 – $155 with Premium Tickets also available. To order tickets, visit or call (212) 239-6200. A daily digital lottery with $28 tickets for all performances is available by visiting

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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

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