Backstage Pass with Lia Chang

Garth Kravits Joins B-Side Productions’ THE WILD PARTY, Helmed by Billy Bustamante, Sept. 6-17

Garth Kravits. Photo by Lia Chang

Garth Kravits. Photo by Lia Chang

B-Side Productions is presenting Michael John LaChiusa and George C. Wolfe’s 2000 Broadway musical The Wild Party helmed by Associate Artistic Director Billy Bustamante with music direction by Addison Frei, at the TBG Theatre, Sept. 6th -17th.  Jasper Grant is Artistic Director of B-Side Productions.

Garth Kravits (The Drowsy Chaperone) joins the cast as Goldberg. The cast will be lead by Denis Lambert as Burrs (Dr. Zhivago, A Chorus Line) and Jamey Hood as Queenie (The Shaggs, Playwrights Horizons). Also featured are Joan Barber as Delores Montoya, Jodi Bluestein as Mae, Kyle Carter as Eddie Mackerel, Greg Carter as Gold, Sam Edgerly as Jackie, Kyle Garvin as Phil D’Armano, Lauren Hooper as Kate, Ben Maters as Black, Christopher Patterson as Oscar D’Armano, Joanna Parson as Madelaine True, Sarah Smithton as Nadine, and Adrienne Tang as Sally.

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“The decadence of 1920’s Manhattan is the setting for B-Side Productions’ next offering, The Wild Party, where the gin and jazz is flowing and no one is exactly what they seem. Michael John LaChiusa and George C. Wolfe’s gripping Tony-nominated musical, based on the scandalous 1928 poem of the same name by Joseph Moncure, follows the story of a reckless relationship between a Vaudeville clown and a chorine that spirals into the depths of despair as the night unfolds.”

Showtimes are Sept. 6th-17th at 7:30 PM. The TBG Theatre is located at 312 West 36th Street. For tickets and information, visit www.b-sideproductions.org.

Garth Kravits has appeared in the Broadway production of The Drowsy Chaperone. His Off-Broadway credits include Old Jews Telling Jokes and Toxic Audio Loudmouth and his Regional credits include Gettin’ The Band Back Together (George Street Playhouse), Meet Me in St. Louis: A Live Radio Play, and It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, (Bucks County Playhouse); The Producers (Gateway Playhouse), Happy Days: A New Musical (Goodspeed Opera House); and as Benny Southstreet in the regional tour of Guys and Dolls. His TV and Film credits include “Civil” (coming this fall on TNT), “30 Rock,” “The Blacklist,” “Nurse Jackie,” “Hostages,” “The Carrie Diaries,” Sweet November and can currently be seen in the Mike Birbiglia film Don’t Think Twice. You can see his comedy short films at cutanddryfilms.com

b-side productionsBilly Bustamante is a New York City-based performer, director/choreographer and teaching artist. He is Associate Artistic Director of B-Side Productions and just made his Broadway debut in The King and I at Lincoln Center Theatre. His performing credits include Here Lies Love at the Public Theatre, Arena Stage, The Old Globe, Paper Mill Playhouse, Sacramento Music Circus, Walnut Street Theatre, San Jose Rep, North Shore Music Theatre, Pan Asian Rep, Prospect Theatre Company and the Arden Theatre Company, to name a few.

As a director/choreographer he recently directed Guys and Dolls in Shanghai, China. Other directing/choreography credits include Goodspeed Musicals, Lincoln Center, Houston TUTS, Dreamlight Theatre Company, Philly Music Theater Works, Merry Go Round and Walnut Street Theatre. He is co-founder of Broadway Barkada, a Filipino philanthropic organization and serves on teaching faculty at NYC’s Jen Waldman Studio which boasts students in over a dozen Broadway shows. Bustmante is passionately committed to the development of new works and new artists.

Click here to read more about the cast and creative team.

The company also presents new work” Sandy Rustin and Elin Bolin’s play with music and dance, Houston, which received the New American Musical Award and will have a New York city workshop in September.

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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