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

www.NAAProject.org

www.ProspectTheater.org

www.goldmountainthemusical.com

www.alanmuraoka.tv

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.

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