Baayork Lee, recipient of the 2017 Isabelle Stevenson Award from the Tony Awards, is hitting the streets of New York City in a video that will be shown on the screens of 4,000 taxicabs.
Lee, an original cast member of musicals from The King and I and Flower Drum Song to A Chorus Line, was recognized by the Tonys for “outstanding dedication to social service in the global theatre landscape” through her work with the National Asian Artists Project (NAAP), an organization primarily of Asian-American stage performers who seek to widen their exposure on American stages through non-traditional casting.
Lee told Playbill, “I’m so excited to get this exposure for the company.” Take a look at the video above.
Lee appears in the video with designer Malan Breton, who designed her gown for the Tonys, which is seen in the video. In A Chorus Line, Lee played Connie Wong, the “four-foot-ten” dancer based on herself. Breton’s gown included images of sparrows because, as Breton says, “it’s the little petite bird that speaks the loudest.”
NAAP is based in New York’s Chinatown, and has performed traditional musicals such as Oklahoma!, Carousel, and Hello, Dolly!—all cast primarily with Asian actors.
In addition to its stage productions, NAAP engages in educational programming, community outreach and a new corporate partnership program. Information can be found at the company’s webpage and on their Facebook page.