National Asian Artists Project’s Rediscover Series presented Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella – In Concert starring Ali Ewoldt (Phantom of the Opera) and Josh Dela Cruz (Aladdin, “Blues Clues And You”) as Ella and Prince Topher on March 2 at The Alvin Ailey Citicorp Theater.
NAAP’s Rediscover Series explores classic American musicals, with professional artists of Asian descent, proving that great works of theater speak to all communities. Through this special Rediscover Series concert presentation, directed by Alan Muraoka, music directed by Kristen Lee Rosenfeld, and choreographed by Billy Bustamante, NAAP brings a new and unique voice to interpret a timeless classic.
Cinderella features music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, a new book by Douglas Carter Beane, and the original book by Oscar Hammerstein II. Orchestrations by Danny Troob, Music Adaption & Arrangements by David Chase.
Based on historic tales, Cinderella tells the story of Ella, a thoughtful and kind young woman whose situation seem dire as she is made to work for her unkind stepmother, Madame and serve her stepsisters Charlotte and Gabrielle. There is great excitement in the kingdom when a ball for Prince Topher is announced, a party that has been planned by the chancellor, Sebastian to find a wife for the future king. When Crazy Marie unexpectedly becomes Cinderella’s fairy godmother, she magically transforms the country girl into a vision of beauty so that she may attend the ball; but the magic will only last until midnight. Although Cinderella beguiles the prince, she must leave quickly and he becomes desperate to find her. Prince Topher must also deal with unrest in the kingdom where activist, Jean-Michel and the townspeople want to be treated fairly. The heartwarming tale proves that goodness overcomes adversity and that dreams really do come true.
The cast featured Cáitlín Burke as Marie; Jaygee Macapugay as Gabrielle; Ann Harada as Madame; Vishal Vaidya as Jean-Michel; Kendyl Ito as Charlotte; James Seol as Sebastian; and Jason Ma as Lord Pinkleton.
The ensemble includes Carol Angeli, Hannah Balagot, Jordan De Leon, Kevin Kulp, Mia Mooko, Anthony Obnial, Kyra Smith, Matheus Ting and Kelli Youngman as Knights, Townspeople, Lords & Ladies of the Court and Peasants.
The production team includes includes Peter T. Kulok (General Manager), Cassey Kivnick (Associate Director), Hannah Balagot (Assistant Choreographer), Zackry Childers (Production Stage Manager), Matthew Berman (Lighting & Sound Designer), Jimm Halliday (Costume Designer), Rocky Noel (Associate Light/Sound Designer), Molly Farrell-Savage (Costume Design Assistant), Zoe Arana (Assistant Stage Manager), Harry Lin (Production Assistant). Casting is by Michael Cassara, CSA.
Members of the NAAP Broadway Community Chorus
Mary Aranas, Lori Ann Bibat, Frank Camacho, Mark Casino, Cailin Chang, Peggy Chin, Susan Chong, Ann Chow, Shan Y. Chuang, Eric Davis, David Eng, Jianing Fan, Simon L. Hamilton, Hannah Jew, Mai Kawamura, Rachel Kim, Makiko Kuri, Joseph Lee, Harry Lin, Irene Lo, Cheyenne Lu, Mio Nakanishi, Marvin Pan, Alicea Price, Rose Anne Rabut, Jeremy Rafal, Melissa Rivera-Llaguno, Kae Sato, Grace Shih, Keiko Tomita, Melody Valdez, Jose Vargas, Monica Villa, Katie Wei, Jennifer Yip, Jing Zhang, Ying Zhang.
NAAP Kids – current students of NAAP’s P.S. 124 Theatre Club
Cadence Chang, Ethan Cheng, Leilani Colon, Lucas Guo, Jocelyn Kung, Leah Kusactay, Ava Lam, Chloe Lam, Josephine Rose Lee, Vince Liao, Angelina Lu, Ashley Mui, Justin Ouyang, Conner Soukhaseum.
The Band featured Music Director/Conductor Kristen Lee Rosenfeld (Keyboard), Josh Johnson (Reeds), Ron Harter (Trumpet), Matt Covey (Percussion) and Sabina Torosjan (Violin).
Cinderella is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of The Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization. www.concordtheatricals.com
National Asian Artists Project (NAAP) is a community of artists, educators, administrators, community leaders, and professionals. It is a not-for-profit organization that recognizes the need to build bridges between the work of artists of Asian descent, and the many communities that the work can serve, from underserved primary school students to seasoned arts patrons. www.naaproject.org
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 has appeared in the filmsWolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman. She stars in and served as Executive Producer for the short independent films Hide and Seek, Balancing Act, Rom-Com Gone Wrong, Belongingness and When the World was Young which will be screened at the inaugural San Francisco Chinatown Community Film Festival at Clarion Performing Arts Center on March 22. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.
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