David Henry Hwang, Jin Ha, Julie Taymor and Clive Owen. Photo by Lia Chang

Inside the Opening Night Party of the Broadway Revival of David Henry Hwang’s M. BUTTERFLY with Clive Owen, Jin Ha and More

Photography, Theater

The first Broadway revival of David Henry Hwang’s Tony Award-winning play, M. BUTTERFLY, opened at the Cort Theatre (138 W 48th Street) on October 26, 2017. Check out my coverage at the theater and opening night party at the Red Eye Grill.

Directed by Tony Award winner Julie Taymor, M. BUTTERFLY stars Academy Award nominee and Golden Globe Award winner Clive Owen as Rene Gallimard and Broadway newcomer Jin Ha in the role of Song Liling.

The cast also features Murray Bartlett, Michael Countryman, Enid Graham, Clea Alsip, Emmanuel Brown, Celeste Den, Jess Fry, Jason Garcia Ignacio, Kristen Faith Oei, Thomas Michael Hammond, Jake Manabat, Erica Sweany, John Leonard Thompson, Scott Weber and Erica Wong.

David Henry Hwang’s modern classic, M. BUTTERFLY, charts the scandalous romance between a married French diplomat and a mysterious Chinese opera singer – a remarkable love story of international espionage and personal betrayal. Their 20-year relationship pushed and blurred the boundaries between male and female, east and west – while redefining the nature of love and the devastating cost of deceit.

David Henry Hwang, Jin Ha, Julie Taymor and Clive Owen. Photo by Lia Chang

David Henry Hwang, Jin Ha, Julie Taymor and Clive Owen. Photo by Lia Chang

For the Tony Award-winning play’s first Broadway return, Hwang has written new material inspired by the real-life love affair between French diplomat Bernard Boursicot and Chinese opera singer Shi Pei Pu that has come to light since the play’s 1988 premiere.

M. BUTTERFLY features original music by Academy Award winner Elliot Goldenthal, choreography by Ma Cong, scenic design by Paul Steinberg, costume design by Constance Hoffman, lighting design by Donald Holder, sound design by Will Pickens, wig and hair design by Dave Bova, makeup design by Judy Chin, and casting by Telsey + Company/Will Cantler, CSA & Adam Caldwell, CSA.

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David Henry Hwang, Ken Smith, Joanna C. Lee, Kathryn Layng and Grace Hwang. Photo by Lia Chang

David Henry Hwang, Ken Smith, Joanna C. Lee, Kathryn Layng and Grace Hwang. Photo by Lia Chang

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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 Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.

All text, graphics, articles & photographs: © 2000-2017 Lia Chang Multimedia. All rights reserved. All materials contained on this site are protected by United States copyright law and may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, displayed, published or broadcast without the prior written permission of Lia Chang. You may not alter or remove any trademark, copyright or other notice from copies of the content. For permission, please contact Lia at liachangpr@gmail.com

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The company of GOLD MOUNTAIN. Photo by Lia Chang

Jason Ma’s GOLD MOUNTAIN Concert and AfterParty

Performances, Photography, Theater
GOLD MOUNTAIN Director Alan Muraoka, Ali Ewoldt, Jonny Lee, Jr. and Creator Jason Ma. Photo by Lia Chang

GOLD MOUNTAIN Director Alan Muraoka, Ali Ewoldt, Jonny Lee, Jr. and Creator Jason Ma. Photo by Lia Chang

Prospect Theater Company launched its 2017-18 IGNITE Series on October 21st, with a glorious one night only concert of GOLD MOUNTAIN, featuring book, music, lyrics and orchestrations by 2017 ASCAP Foundation Cole Porter Award winner Jason Ma, and starring PHANTOM OF THE OPERA star Ali Ewoldt and Jonny Lee, Jr. This original musical spins an epic love story, set against the backdrop of the 1860s construction of The Central Pacific Railroad.

The Asian American theatrical community was out in full force for the sold-out performance presented in partnership with National Asian Artists Project (NAAP founders: Baayork Lee, Steven Eng and Nina Zoie Lam) at TheTimesCenter, 242 West 41st Street in New York.

The cast also includes Alan Ariano, Lawrence-Michael Arias, Eric Badique, Eric Bondoc, Tyler Bunch, Marc de la Cruz, Dan Edwards, Steven Eng, Alex Hsu, Brian Kim, Daniel May, and members of the NAAP Broadway Community Chorus: Ben Bartels, Eric Elizaga, David Eng, Alphonse Gonzales, Andrew Sakaguchi, and Viet Vo.

The company of GOLD MOUNTAIN. Photo by Lia Chang

The company of GOLD MOUNTAIN. Photo by Lia Chang

The company of GOLD MOUNTAIN. Photo by Lia Chang

The company of GOLD MOUNTAIN. Photo by Lia Chang

Helmed by Alan Muraoka, GOLD MOUNTAIN featured choreography by Billy Bustamante, music direction by Kristen Lee Rosenfeld, with Todd Low on erhu and viola, Steven Lyon on dizi, flute, and piccolo, and Leigh Stuart on cello. The concert was line produced by Julie L. Miller.

GOLD MOUNTAIN choreographer Billy Bustamante, Creator Jason Ma, NAAP Co-founder Baayork Lee, Musical Director Kristen Lee Rosenfeld, Director Alan Muraoka, NAAP Co-founder Steven Eng and Prospect Theater Company Artistic Director Cara Reichel. Photo by Lia Chang

GOLD MOUNTAIN choreographer Billy Bustamante, Creator Jason Ma, NAAP Co-founder Baayork Lee, Musical Director Kristen Lee Rosenfeld, Director Alan Muraoka, NAAP Co-founder Steven Eng and Prospect Theater Company Artistic Director Cara Reichel. Photo by Lia Chang

It is 1866 and the Central Pacific Railroad is being built by the thousands of Chinese men who comprise the majority of laborers employed in the dangerous, backbreaking work. As blasting and tunneling begins at the granite base of the Sierra Nevada, new workers arrive: Guan Ming Chong and his son, Lit Ning. They find the work camp populated with an eclectic cross-section of their countrymen. To his father’s dismay, Lit Ning is persuaded to accept the lucrative but extremely risky job of “fuse runner,” the man who lights the fuses of explosives in the tunnels and then runs to safety. Lit meets and falls in love with a Chinese woman, Yook Mei, shunned because she works in a brothel patronized by “white demons.” Amidst the railroad workers’ strike, Lit tries to rescue the woman he loves from her degradation, but fate intervenes and the lovers must find their own way to salvation and peace.

GOLD MOUNTAIN melds the sound and form of American musical theater with elements of Chinese opera, Far Eastern mythology, Confucian ideology and Chinese language idioms, as well as dramatizing the Chinese railroad workers’ strike and a freezing, deadly winter living in the tunnels as the workers continued their labors in the Sierra Nevada.

Francis Jue, Lia Chang, Robert Sella, Ann Harada, GOLD MOUNTAIN Director Alan Muraoka, Christine Toy Johnson and Creator Jason Ma. Photo by Daniel J. Edwards

Francis Jue, Lia Chang, Robert Sella, Ann Harada, GOLD MOUNTAIN Director Alan Muraoka, Christine Toy Johnson and Creator Jason Ma. Photo by Daniel J. Edwards

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Broadwayworld.com: Photo Flash: Alan Muraoka Helms Jason Ma’s GOLD MOUNTAIN; Concert At TimesCenter On October 21

Broadwayworld.com: Photo Flash: PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Star Ali Ewoldt and Jonny Lee, Jr. Rehearse Jason Ma’s GOLD MOUNTAIN

PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Star Ali Ewoldt and Jonny Lee, Jr. Rehearse Jason Ma’s GOLD MOUNTAIN; Concert at The TimesCenter on October 21

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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 Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.

All text, graphics, articles & photographs: © 2000-2017 Lia Chang Multimedia. All rights reserved. All materials contained on this site are protected by United States copyright law and may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, displayed, published or broadcast without the prior written permission of Lia Chang. You may not alter or remove any trademark, copyright or other notice from copies of the content. For permission, please contact Lia at liachangpr@gmail.com

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(l-r) 2017 Catalyst for Change Honorees Suyin So, Sayu Bhojwani and Vishaan Chakrabarti. Photo by Lia Chang

Lisa Ling, Suyin So, Vishaan Chakrabarti and the New American Leaders Project (NALP) Receive 2017 CACF Catalyst for Change Awards at Annual Benefit Gala

Awards, Benefits, Photography
(l-r) 2017 Catalyst for Change Honorees Suyin So, New American Leaders Project (NALP) Founder Sayu Bhojwani and Vishaan Chakrabarti. Photo by Lia Chang

(l-r) 2017 Catalyst for Change Honorees Suyin So, New American Leaders Project (NALP) Founder Sayu Bhojwani and Vishaan Chakrabarti. Photo by Lia Chang

The Coalition for Asian American Children and Families (CACF) recognized its honorees on October 25th at the inaugural Catalyst for Change Benefit and Awards Gala, hosted in espace (635 West 42nd Street). Bringing together over 300 community advocates and professionals across industries, Catalyst for Change was a celebration not only of CACF’s dedication to empowering Asian Pacific American children and families, but also of those whose work and leadership have transformed lives and communities. Proceeds from the gala benefit CACF’s leadership training programs and policy and advocacy campaigns.

Angie Wang, Alexander Tsui, 2017 Catalyst for Change honorees Suyin So, New American Leaders Project (NALP) Founder Sayu Bhojwani, Vishaan Chakrabarti, CAFC Co-directors Vanessa Leung and Anita Gundanna. Photo by Lia Chang

Angie Wang, Alexander Tsui, 2017 Catalyst for Change honorees Suyin So, New American Leaders Project (NALP) Founder Sayu Bhojwani, Vishaan Chakrabarti, CAFC Co-directors Vanessa Leung and Anita Gundanna. Photo by Lia Chang

CACF Co-Executive Director Vanessa Leung states, “CACF is building a movement, and we cannot do this on our own. We create strong coalitions of organizations to establish a unified pan-Asian voice for change. We build social justice leaders by training on the skills to identify community issues, develop solutions, and influence change.”

CACF Co-Executive Directors Vanessa Leung and Anita Gundanna. Photo by Lia Chang

CACF Co-Executive Directors Vanessa Leung and Anita Gundanna. Photo by Lia Chang

CACF Co-Executive Director Anita Gundanna adds, “We envision an Asian Pacific American (APA) community with strong leaders who understand our community’s strengths and challenges, and who are willing to push for change and address inequities. This evening, we are celebrating honorees that reflect CACF’s guiding principles of fostering collaboration, promoting community leadership, and building collective voice.”

2017 Catalyst for Change honoree Lisa Ling. Photo by Lia Chang

2017 Catalyst for Change honoree Lisa Ling. Photo by Lia Chang

Lisa Ling is currently the executive producer and host of “THIS IS LIFE”on CNN. Previously, she was the executive producer and host of OWN’s “Our America,” a field correspondent for “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” and the first female host of National Geographic’s “Explorer.”

2017 Catalyst for Change honoree Suyin So. Photo by Lia Chang

2017 Catalyst for Change honoree Suyin So. Photo by Lia Chang

Suyin So is the founder and executive director of Central Queens Academy Charter School, whose student outcomes have distinguished it as the highest performing charter school in Queens. “To be recognized by CACF, our community’s staunchest advocate for health and family policy equity, is a deep honor,” she thanks. “I congratulate my fellow distinguished honorees on their accomplishments on behalf of our community and CACF on its groundbreaking work.”

2017 Catalyst for Change honoree Vishaan Chakrabarti. Photo by Lia Chang

2017 Catalyst for Change honoree Vishaan Chakrabarti. Photo by Lia Chang

The founder of Practice for Architecture and Urbanism and author of “A Country of Cities: A Manifesto for an Urban America,” Vishaan Chakrabarti teaches architectural design studios and urbanism seminars at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation. “I am humbled to receive this wonderful award, among extraordinary fellow honorees, from this great organization so dedicated to the well-being of our youth in this great, but challenged, metropolis,” Vishaan shares. “These are trying times for all of us, particularly those of us who feel some sense of otherness; CACF reminds us that we are all in this together.”

2017 Catalyst for Change honoree New American Leaders Project (NALP) Founder Sayu Bhojwani. Photo by Lia Chang

2017 Catalyst for Change honoree New American Leaders Project (NALP) Founder Sayu Bhojwani. Photo by Lia Chang

Founded by Sayu Bhojwani in 2010 in direct response to anti-immigrant state policies, The New American Leaders Project trains first- and second-generation Americans to run for office and govern effectively once elected, fostering national discourse around inclusive democracy.

2017 Catalyst for Change honoree Sayu Bhojwani and The New American Leaders Project Team. Photo by Lia Chang

2017 Catalyst for Change honoree The New American Leaders Project Team. Photo by Lia Chang

Sayu says, “I am excited to be honored by the CACF, who shares our mission to create systems for long-lasting impact on Asian Pacific American and immigrant communities.”

CeFaan Kim, Reporter on WABC-TV Channel 7 Eyewitness News and Ernabel Demillo, Reporter/Host of

CeFaan Kim, Reporter on WABC-TV Channel 7 Eyewitness News and Ernabel Demillo, Reporter/Host of “Asian American Life” and Contributing Reporter for “Arts in the City” and “Science and U” on CUNY-TV emceed the evening’s festivities. Photo by Lia Chang

Emcees for the evening were Ernabel Demillo, Reporter/Host of “Asian American Life” and Contributing Reporter for “Arts in the City” and “Science and U” on CUNY-TV; and CeFaan Kim, Reporter on WABC-TV Channel 7 Eyewitness News. A live auction and a pledge auction led by auctioneer Charles Antin took place after the awards ceremony.

The Catalyst for Change 2017 Benefit and Awards Gala was sponsored in large part by the Ong Family Foundation, Abigail E. Disney & Pierre Hauser, Bloomberg Philanthropies, and Edward Pauly & Barbara Turvett. Please visit www.cacf.org for more information.

Nelson Louis and guests. Photo by Lia Chang

Nelson Louis and guests. Photo by Lia Chang

Barbara Turvett, Edward Pauly and guests. Photo by Lia Chang

Barbara Turvett, Edward Pauly and guests. Photo by Lia Chang

Tuhina De O'Connor, guests, Joyce Yu, Bomsinae Kim, Vivian Tseng, Sonjie Feliciano Solomon, Aiyoung Choi and Angie Wang. Photo by Lia Chang

Tuhina De O’Connor, guests, Joyce Yu, Bomsinae Kim, Vivian Tseng, Sonjie Feliciano Solomon, Aiyoung Choi and Angie Wang. Photo by Lia Chang

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 Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.

All text, graphics, articles & photographs: © 2000-2017 Lia Chang Multimedia. All rights reserved. All materials contained on this site are protected by United States copyright law and may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, displayed, published or broadcast without the prior written permission of Lia Chang. You may not alter or remove any trademark, copyright or other notice from copies of the content. For permission, please contact Lia at liachangpr@gmail.com

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Doug Peck, Taylor Moore, Robert Reddrick, André De Shields, Kimberly Lawson, Anthony J. Mhoon and Donica Lynn. Photo by Lia Chang

André De Shields’ CONFESSIONS OF A P.I.M.P. at Victory Gardens- Tech to Closing Night

Dance, Photography, Theater
Matt De Caro, Monica Lopez Orozco, André De Shields, Lauren Molina. Photo by Lia Chang

Matt De Caro, Monica Lopez Orozco, André De Shields, Lauren Molina. Photo by Lia Chang

The Chicago theatrical community turned out to celebrate two-time Tony nominee and Emmy winner André De Shields (THE WIZ, AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’, THE FULL MONTY, PLAY ON!) during the three performance run of his self-penned CONFESSIONS OF A P.I.M.P., in the Začek McVay Theater at Victory Gardens this weekend.

André De Shields under the Victory Gardens marquee in Chicago on August 28, 2016. Photo by Lia Chang

André De Shields under the Victory Gardens marquee in Chicago on August 28, 2016. Photo by Lia Chang

Former castmembers and colleagues in the audience included Linda Kimbrough (THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO JAMES); Monica Lopez Orozco (CAMINO REAL); WONDERFUL TOWN stars Lauren Molina (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE) and Matt De Caro (CAMINO REAL); Bobbye Natkin, Cordis Fejer, Cookie Gluck (WARP/Organic Theatre Company); Kimberly Lawson, Mario Mazzetti, Scott Gryder, Nick Sula, Sarah Wurz, David Lipschutz (WOZ);  Eric Nathan and Velma Austin (Mr. De Shields won his first Jeff Award for directing THE COLORED MUSEUM starring Ms. Austin, in 1987 at Victory Gardens).

Also in the house, Tyrone L. Robinson and Chris Sams (upcoming Drury Lane Theatre’s SMOKEY JOE’S CAFE), Black Ensemble Theater Founder and CEO Jackie Taylor, Jim Corti, Artistic Director at the Paramount Theatre, William Osetek, Artistic Director for Drury Lane Theatre and Chicago theater critic Jonathan Abarbanel.

From the heat of urban insurrection in Baltimore, Maryland to the incandescent glare of New York’s Great White Way, “Jelly Belly” has many stories to tell. Through song, dance, and spoken word, Victory Gardens Theater’s Fox Foundation Resident Actor Fellow André De Shields shared his riveting solo-performance which follows his adventure from inner city impoverishment to self-actualization.

Kimberly Lawson, Robert Reddrick, André De Shields, Donica Lynn and Anthony J. Mhoon. Photo by Lia Chang

Kimberly Lawson, Robert Reddrick, André De Shields, Donica Lynn and Anthony J. Mhoon. Photo by Lia Chang

CONFESSIONS OF A P.I.M.P.’s cast stars André De Shields, Donica Lynn and Kimberly Lawson.

Doug Peck, Robert Reddrick, André De Shields, Kimberly Lawson, Anthony J. Mhoon and Donica Lynn. Photo by Lia Chang

Doug Peck, Robert Reddrick, André De Shields, Kimberly Lawson, Anthony J. Mhoon and Donica Lynn. Photo by Lia Chang

Directed by Dennis Začek and Samuel G. Roberson Jr., the creative team for CONFESSIONS OF A P.I.M.P. features Doug Peck (musical direction), Jake Huppert (sound design), Brandon Moorhead (lighting design), Austin Pettinger (costume design) and Charles Smith (dramaturge). The band includes Anthony J. Mhoon (bass) and Robert Reddrick (percussion), and guest percussionist Taylor Moore. Tina Jach is the stage manager and Nebi Berhane is Mr. De Shields’ personal assistant.

Taylor Moore, Robert Reddrick, André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang

Taylor Moore, Robert Reddrick, André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang