Asian-American Benefit Production of Hello, Dolly!, Directed by Lee Roy Reams, Presented April 29

News   Asian-American Benefit Production of Hello, Dolly!, Directed by Lee Roy Reams, Presented April 29 National Asian Artists Project presents a Rediscover Series production of the Tony Award-winning musical Hello, Dolly! for two performances only: April 29 and May 6 at The Pershing Square Signature Center.

Christine Toy Johnson
Christine Toy Johnson (Photo by Bruce Alan Johnson)

The 7:30 PM performances — which are fully staged and choreographed — star Christine Toy Johnson (The Music Man, Grease, Chu Chem) and benefit the National Asian Artists Project.

Directed by Lee Roy Reams, director and choreographer of Carol Channing's last Broadway revival of Hello, Dolly! in 1995, the musical features a score by Jerry Herman with a book by Michael Stewart.

Joining Johnson as Dolly Gallagher Levi are Raul Aranas (Giant, Miss Saigon) as Horace Vandergelder, Karl Josef Co (Allegiance) as Cornelius Hackl, Sam Tanabe as Barnaby, Jaygee Macapugay as Irene Molloy, Alex Chester (How The Grinch Stole Christmas) as Minnie Fay, Rebecca Lee Lerman as Ermengarde, Austin Ku (Chinglish) as Ambrose Kemper, David Shih as Rudolph and Carla Ogden as Ernestina.

Rounding out the ensemble are Andrew Cristi (A Christmas Story), Robyn DeGuzman (Elf), Daniel J. Edwards (Anything Goes), Katie Lee Hill, Aaron Komo, JP Moraga, Gillian Munsayac, Rommel Pierre O'Choa (The King And I), Anna-Lee Wright and Jessica Wu (A Chorus Line).

Based on Thornton Wilder's play The Matchmaker, "the show takes place at turn of the 20th century New York City, where Dolly Levi (Johnson), professional matchmaker, sets her sights on bringing together numerous people looking for their matches, including herself," according to press notes. "This musical will be performed with a professional cast of Asian-Americans who've played on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and throughout the U.S., proving that this great American musical needs only great American artists."

The Pershing Square Signature Center is located at 480 West 42nd Street. For tickets, visit TicketCentral.com. For more information, visit NAAProject.org.