Joshua Dela Cruz, Jeremy Stolle, Liz Casasola, Ali Ewoldt, Rodney Ingram, Alan Muraoka, Derek Gregor and Rona Figueroa. Photo by Lia Chang

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Star Ali Ewoldt Celebrates Feinstein’s/54 Below Solo Debut with Liz Casasola, Joshua Dela Cruz, Rona Figueroa, Derek Gregor, Rodney Ingram, Jeremy Stolle and More

Music, Performances, Photography, Theater
Gary Adler, Ali Ewoldt, JJ Johnson and MaryAnn McSweeney. Photo by Lia Chang

Gary Adler, Ali Ewoldt, JJ Johnson and MaryAnn McSweeney. Photo by Lia Chang

Ali Ewoldt, currently starring as Christine in Broadway’s The Phantom of the Opera, was luminous and enchanting in her sold-out Feinstein’s/54 Below solo debut, helmed by Alan Muraoka and featuring musical direction by Gary Adler on March 12th.

Special guests artists who shared the stage with Ms. Ewoldt included Liz Casasola, Joshua Dela Cruz (Aladdin), Rona Figueroa (Les Miserables, Nine), Jeremy Stolle (The Phantom of the Opera), Derek Gregor of Carner & Gregor and her newest Phantom co-star Rodney Ingram (Aladdin), who joins the show on March 20th as Raoul. The band featured Gary Adler on keys, JJ Johnson on violin and MaryAnn McSweeney on bass.

Joshua Dela Cruz, Jeremy Stolle, Liz Casasola, Ali Ewoldt, Rodney Ingram, Alan Muraoka, Derek Gregor and Rona Figueroa. Photo by Lia Chang

Joshua Dela Cruz, Jeremy Stolle, Liz Casasola, Ali Ewoldt, Rodney Ingram, Alan Muraoka, Derek Gregor and Rona Figueroa. Photo by Lia Chang

Her set list was a compendium of her career to date including “Home” (Yeston/Kopit Phantom), “Secret of Happiness” (Daddy Long Legs), “I Have Dreamed” (The King and I), “I Yi Yi Yi” (I Like You Very Much–Andrews Sisters with Liz Casasola and Rona Figueroa), “Pakiusap” (Filipino Kundiman Song (art Song)), “Advice to a Young Firefly” (Carner & Gregor), “Yes, My Heart” (Carnival), “Castle on a Cloud” (Les Miserables), “Before and After You”/”One Second” and “A Million Miles” (Bridges of Madison County with Joshua Dela Cruz), “A Lovely Night”/”On The Steps of The Palace” (Cinderella/Into The Woods), Duet Medley (with Rodney Ingram), “Try to Remember” (The Fantasticks), “Phantom” Ukulele Medley (with Jeremy Stolle), ‘Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again” (The Phantom of the Opera) and “Somewhere” (West Side Story). AliEwoldt.com

Full company: JJ Johnson, Rona Figueroa, Jeremy Stolle, Alan Muraoka, Ali Ewoldt, Liz Casasola, Rodney Ingram, MaryAnn McSweeney, Gary Adler, Derek Gregor, Adelaide Sleeman. Photo by Lia Chang

Full company: JJ Johnson, Rona Figueroa, Jeremy Stolle, Alan Muraoka, Ali Ewoldt, Liz Casasola, Rodney Ingram, MaryAnn McSweeney, Gary Adler, Derek Gregor, Adelaide Sleeman. Photo by Lia Chang

Ms. Ewoldt joined the Broadway Company of The Phantom of the Opera last June as its new leading lady, the first Asian American to assume the role of Christine Daaé, the innocent young soprano on Broadway.  Born outside of Chicago and raised in Pleasantville, NY, Ms. Ewoldt made her professional debut at age 10 in Yeston/Kopit’s Phantom and fell madly in love with musical theater. She made her Broadway debut in 2006 in Mr. Mackintosh’s first Broadway revival of LES MISERABLES as Cosette. She joined the company direct from playing Tuptim in the Chicago Lyric Opera production of The King & I, and appeared in the original cast of the 2015 Tony award winning revival at Lincoln Center Theater. Other credits include Luisa in The Fantasticks (Off-Broadway), Maria in West Side Story (first national tour), Lili in Carnival! (Musicals Tonight) and the national tour of Les Miserables.

You can catch Ali in The Phantom of the Opera at the Majestic Theatre, 245 West 44th St in New York. Click here for tickets.

PHANTOM STAR Ali Ewoldt Set for Solo Debut at Feinstein’s/54 Below with Special Guests Joshua Dela Cruz, Liz Casasola, Rona Figueroa, Rodney Ingram, Jeremy Stolle and Carner & Gregor on March 12

PHANTOM, Starring James Barbour, Ali Ewoldt, and Jordan Donica, Celebrates 12,000 Performances on Broadway on Nov. 28

Photo: Backstage with Ali Ewoldt and Jordan Donica at Broadway’s THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA 

Ali Ewoldt and Jordan Donica Begin Their Star Turns in Broadway’s THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA 

Paolo Montalban, Kate Baldwin, Ali Ewoldt, Alan Ariano, Rona Figueroa, Sam Simahk and More set for Lyric Opera’s THE KING AND I 

Photos: Ali Ewoldt, Arielle Jacobs, Joel Perez, Chris Vasquez, Adam Jacobs, Telly Leung and Alan Muraoka at Christine Toy Johnson and Jason Ma’s Barcelona at The Theatre at CAP21 

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.

SaveSave

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s