Once On This Island Concert, with Harada, Leung, Llana, Johnson, Presented May 16

News   Once On This Island Concert, with Harada, Leung, Llana, Johnson, Presented May 16
A host of Asian-American Broadway singing actors join forces for a concert version of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty's Once On This Island May 16 at the York Theatre.

Telly Leung
Telly Leung Photo by Chris Macke

The 7:30 PM event, which celebrates Asian Heritage Month, is directed by original cast member Gerry McIntyre with musical direction by Randy Redd and lighting design by Susan Nicholson.

The cast boasts Ann Harada (Asaka), Jose Llana (Papa Ge), Yuka Takara (Ti Moune), Telly Leung (Daniel), Christine Toy Johnson (Erzulie), Paolo Montalban (Agwe), Jason Ma (Ton Ton Julian), Hazel Ann Raymundo (Mama Euralie), Deborah Lew (Andrea), Alan Ariano (Armand) and Kylie Liya Goldstein (Little Ti Moune).

The musical features book and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens and music by Stephen Flaherty, the creators of Ragtime, Dessa Rose, A Man of No Importance and Seussical, among others.

The original 1991 Broadway production of Once on This Island received nine Tony Award nominations, including one for Best Musical. The show tells the story of the orphaned Ti Moune and features such tunes as "Waiting for Life," "The Human Heart" and "Mama Will Provide." Graciela Daniele choreographed and directed the Broadway mounting, which featured LaChanze as Ti Moune.

The concert is sold out. The York Theatre is located at the Theatre at St. Peters, 619 Lexington Avenue in New York City.


This concert is made possible in part with public funds from the Manhattan Community Arts Fund supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and is being presented in conjunction with the Equal Employment Opportunity Committee of Actors' Equity Association.

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