Backstage Pass with Lia Chang

CHRISTMAS EVE’S HOLIDAY HUNKFEST with Ann Harada to Benefit BC/EFA on Dec. 12

Ann Harada Will Lead CHRISTMAS EVE'S HOLIDAY HUNKFEST Benefit This DecemberAnn Harada is reprising her role as the sincere and sassy therapist from Avenue Q for Christmas Eve’s Holiday Hunkfest (#hunkfest), featuring an all-star bevy of Broadway beaus on Monday, December 12, 2016, produced by and benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

The adorably offensive Christmas Eve, played by Harada, will redefine romance through a hilarious cabaret of show tunes and modern hits, joined by some of the hottest hunks on the Great White Way.

The 7:30 pm show will take place at Howl at the Moon, 240 W. 52nd Street in New York City. Doors open at 6:30 pm. Tickets range from $50 to $110 and are now available on broadwaycares.org. VIP tickets include a party with the cast after the show. The burly Broadway men scheduled to perform will be announced in the coming weeks.

Christmas Eve’s Holiday Hunkfest is directed by Alan Muraoka with choreography by Michael Mindlin and music direction by Gary Adler. The show was conceived and written by Adler, Harada and Muraoka.

Alan Muraoka and Ann Harada backstage in the star dressing room of The Allen Room in New York on February 22, 2014. Photo by Lia Chang

Alan Muraoka and Ann Harada backstage in the star dressing room of The Allen Room in New York on February 22, 2014. Photo by Lia Chang

Harada originated the role of Christmas Eve in both the Broadway and London productions of the Tony Award-winning Avenue Q. She is currently starring in Off-Broadway’s Stuffed, an irreverent comedy written by Lisa Lampanelli. Harada also was previously featured in Broadway’s Cinderella, 9 to 5, LES MISERABLES, Seussical The Musical and M. Butterfly, Off-Broadway’s Brooklynite and Love, Loss and What I Wore and in George Street Playhouse’s production of God of Carnage. She also was featured in The Actors Fund productions of Chess and Hair. Her TV work includes “30 Rock,” “The Big C,” “The Electric Company,” “The Good Wife,” “It Could Be Worse,” “The Jim Gaffigan Show,” “Lipstick Jungle,” “Master of None,” “Redheads Anonymous,” “Rescue Me,” and “Smash.”

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is one of the nation’s leading industry-based, nonprofit AIDS fundraising and grant-making organizations. By drawing upon the talents, resources, and generosity of the American theatre community, since 1988 BC/EFA has raised more than $285 million for essential services for people with AIDS and other critical illnesses across the United States.

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is the major supporter of the social service programs at The Actors Fund, including the HIV/AIDS Initiative, the Phyllis Newman Women’s Health Initiative and the Al Hirschfeld Free Health Clinic. Broadway Cares also awards annual grants to more than 450 AIDS and family service organizations in all 50 states.

For more information, please visit Broadway Cares online at broadwaycares.org, at facebook.com/BCEFA, at instagram.com/BCEFA, at twitter.com/BCEFA and at youtube.com/BCEFA.

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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