The Duplex is presenting stage, film and television veteran Alvin Ing in his new cabaret show – GOT A LOT OF LIVIN’ TO DO – written, produced and directed by Lainie Sakakura, at The Duplex Cabaret Theatre, 61 Christopher Street (@ 7th Avenue) in New York on Monday, May 23, 2016, at 7:00 p.m. Doors open 30 minutes before showtime.
Mr. Ing will be celebrating his 84th birthday with special guests Jose Llana (The King and I, Flower Drum Song), Darren Lee (Allegiance, Pacific Overtures), Hazel Anne Raymundo (Pacific Overtures, Avenue Q) and Virginia Wing (Chu Chem). The evening will feature musical direction by Thomas Conroy, with Vince Fay on Bass.
Armando Bravi serves as tech director, promo designer and videographer, with Yuka Takara handling social media.
Alvin Ing shares his funny, heartbreaking, and inspiring story of his extremely long journey to come out and his struggles (and triumphs) as an Asian American actor. Born in Hawaii, Mr. Ing matriculated at the U of Hawaii and Columbia University in New York with a Bachelor and a Master’s in Music Education. He began his singing and acting career in summer stock (South Pacific, Song of Norway, Oklahoma!, Annie Get Your Gun), and landed his first principal role in stock as Lun Tha in The King and I. He has performed in five national tours, including The World of Suzie Wong, Two Gentlemen of Verona and City of Angels. Mr. Ing portrayed the Shogun’s Mother in the original Broadway production of Pacific Overtures in 1976, and reprised the role 28 years later in the 2004 revival.
A rare recording of the Original Broadway Cast of Pacific Overtures (1976).
Virginia and Alvin first worked together in a production of Flower Drum Song in summer stock in 1964. Below are photographs from their rehearsal with director Lainie Sakakura and musical director Thomas Conroy.
Mr. Ing toured with Flower Drum Song and has performed in more productions of FDS in the role of Wang Ta than any other actor. He starred as Chin in David Henry Hwang‘s 2002 revisal of the Flower Drum Song on Broadway and at the Mark Taper Forum. Mr. Ing’s TV credits include “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” “Third Watch,” “Law and Order: Criminal Intent,” “Highway to Heaven,” “Dynasty,” “Dallas,” “Charlie’s Angels,” “Fantasy Island,” “Falcon Crest” and “All American Girl”. He has appeared in numerous films including Final Countdown, Smilla’s Sense of Snow, and the 2014 release of The Gambler opposite Mark Wahlberg as Mister Lee, a Korean casino owner. Mr. Ing released a CD, Swing with Ing in 2010, and competed on “The X Factor” in 2013. Mr. Ing resides in Los Angeles. $15 Ticket in Advance & a 2 Drink Minimum in the Cabaret Theatre $20 Ticket at the Door (plus service fee) & a 2 Drink Minimum in the Cabaret Theatre Click here to purchase tickets. For more information, call 212-989-3015 or www.theduplex.com.
Video: VIRGINIA WING & PATRICK ADIARTE in “GOTTA DANCE!” choreographed by Wakefield Poole
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.com, Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.