Ann Harada, Jose Llana, Telly Leung, Jason Ma and More Set for Into the Woods Concert

News   Ann Harada, Jose Llana, Telly Leung, Jason Ma and More Set for Into the Woods Concert
 
Ann Harada, who memorably created the role of Christmas Eve in the Tony-winning Avenue Q, will play the Witch in an upcoming concert version of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Into the Woods to benefit The National Asian American Theatre Company (NAATCO).

Ann Harada
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Directed by Alan Muraoka, the Oct. 11 performance will be held in the Engelman Recital Hall at the Baruch Performing Arts Center.

The cast will also boast Jose Llana, Telly Leung, Jason Ma, Orville Mendoza, Manu Narayan, Olivia Oguma, Eileen Rivera, Anne Fraser Thomas and Virginia Wing. Musical director Kary Haddad will accompany the artists.

The evening will begin at 6 PM with a cocktail reception followed by the 7 PM concert.

With book and direction by James Lapine and a score by Stephen Sondheim, Into the Woods originally opened at Broadway's Martin Beck Theatre on Nov. 5, 1987, playing 765 performances before closing Sept. 3, 1989. The original Broadway company boasted Bernadette Peters, Chip Zien, Robert Westenberg, Joanna Gleason, Tom Aldredge, Barbara Bryne, Kim Crosby, Chuck Wagner and Ben Wright. The musical won Tonys for Best Book, Best Score and Best Actress in a Musical (Gleason). The 2002 revival — starring Vanessa Williams, Laura Benanti, Stephen DeRosa, Gregg Edelman, Kerry O'Malley and Christopher Sieber — played 18 previews and 279 regular performances at the Broadhurst Theatre.

The Sondheim score features such tunes as "Agony," "On the Steps of the Palace," "Children Will Listen," "Giants in the Sky," "No One Is Alone" and the title tune.

Baruch Performing Arts Center is located in Manhattan at 55 Lexington Avenue (enter on 25th Street between Lexington and Third Avenue). For tickets, priced $125, $250, $500 and $1,000, visit www.naatco.org or call (212) 244-0447.

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