Backstage Pass with Lia Chang

Joshua Dela Cruz, Ashley Park, Paolo Montalban, Raymond J. Lee and More Set for ‘PRINCE JEN’ Reading in New York, Nov. 14-15

Joshua Dela Cruz (ALADDIN, HERE LIES LOVE), Ashley Park (THE KING AND I, MAMMA MIA!), Alan Ariano (MISS SAIGON, M. BUTTERFLY), Sean MacLaughlin (THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, EVITA), Raymond J. Lee (MAMMA MIA!, ANYTHING GOES), Paolo Montalban (ABC-TV’s “Cinderella,” PACIFIC OVERTURES), Ann Sanders (BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, AVENUE Q), Zoe Manarel (MATILDA), Scott Watanabe (THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, ALLEGIANCE), Jay Paranada (SUITES BY SONDHEIM), EJ Zimmerman (LES MISERABLES), Kelvin Moon Loh (THE KING AND I, HERE LIES LOVE), Eric Badiqué (COSTS OF LIVING), Samantha Funk (THE GOLDEN BRIDE), and Dorcas Leung (BYE BYE BIRDIE) are set for special invitational presentations of THE REMARKABLE JOURNEY OF PRINCE JEN, a new musical based on the novel by Lloyd Alexander, on November 14th and 15th at MTC Studio 1 (311 West 41 Street). Music for THE REMARKABLE JOURNEY OF PRINCE JEN is by Daniel Green, with book & lyrics by Lezlie Wade. The presentations will be directed by Brian Hill, with music direction by David Gardos.

The cast of THE REMARKABLE JOURNEY OF PRINCE JEN. Photo courtesy of Raymond J. Lee/Facebook

The cast of THE REMARKABLE JOURNEY OF PRINCE JEN. Photo courtesy of Raymond J. Lee/Facebook

Set in a mythical Chinese kingdom, THE REMARKABLE JOURNEY OF PRINCE JEN is a family-friendly adventure tale about the transformative powers of friendship, courage and love. When his father’s kingdom is threatened, Prince Jen embarks on a quest to seek the aid of a powerful Emperor, carrying with him five seemingly ordinary gifts. But sometimes that which appears ordinary can be truly remarkable. The young Prince soon discovers that the objects hold magical powers, and with the help of some newfound friends learns that he, too, is capable of more than anyone imagined.

Author/lyricist Lezlie Wade began working with composer Daniel Green at the renowned BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop. Initially they collaborated on a ten-minute piece based on the Prince Jen story and ultimately created this full length musical, which has been presented at ASCAP and as part of the Bound for Broadway concert series at NYC’s Kaufman Music Center.

The industry readings of THE REMARKABLE JOURNEY OF PRINCE JEN are being presented by Somerled Arts. For more information, visit www.SomerledArts.org.

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 Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.

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