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Asian Americans on Broadway: Opening Doors

Broadway and television's leading Asian American performers are coming to San Francisco's Brava Theatre on October 13th and 14th in ASIAN AMERICANS ON BROADWAY: OPENING DOORS. Alan Muraoka (television's Sesame Street, Broadway's Miss Saigon and The King and I) directs and performs with six other Asian American Broadway veterans: Christine Toy Johnson (The Music Man, Bombay Dreams, and Flower Drum Song), Deborah Lew (The Threepenny Opera), Hazel Anne Raymundo (Pacific Overtures), Michael K. Lee (Rent, Jesus Christ Superstar, and Pacific Overtures) and Alvin Ing (Flower Drum Song) along with special local guest appearances by 14 year-old sensation Sophie Oda (Star Search, Annie) and Japantown's legendary diva Colette Ikemi singing songs from such classic shows as West Side Story, Miss Saigon, Follies, Les Miserables, Rent, Wicked, and Avenue Q.  The concert proceeds will benefit the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California cultural arts programs for children and youth in the community.  Directed by Muraoka, the show will be Musical Direction by Edward G. Robinson, and choreography by Francis Jue.

This concert performance is the return of the "Salute to the Stars" performers from last year's gala event which honored the lifetime achievements of some of the greatest Japanese American performers to grace the silver screen and Broadway stage.  This New York produced 90-minute concert will feature Broadway's biggest hits over the years with personal anecdotes from the performers on how these songs have influenced or inspired them on their path to success in theater.  These talented Asian Americans are traveling from New York exclusively for this JCCCNC production.  Don't miss this latest segment of the "Salute to the Stars" series, the JCCCNC's tribute to live theater and performers from our community.

Asian Americans on Broadway: Opening Doors is a presentation sponsored by Citibank.  Other corporate sponsors include: Gold Level: Union Bank of California; Silver Level: Comcast; Bronze Level: The Seligman Family Foundation.  Also sponsored by Kristi Yamaguchi's Always Dream Foundation and 3D Investments.

Tickets are now on sale online at Ticket Web at www.ticketweb.com.  Single tickets are $50 and $30.  Group discount tickets are available for groups of 15 or more.  VIP tickets are only available for the Friday show and also include a post-show cocktail reception with the performers.  The Friday performance will also include a pre-show silent auction featuring autographed memorabilia from the performers.  For more information, or to purchase VIP tickets or group discount tickets, please call <a href="http://www.jcccnc.org/events/sep-dec.htm#aabroadway" target="_blank">JCCCNC</a> at 415.567.5505.

About JCCCNC
Envisioned by the Japanese American community, JCCCNC will be an everlasting foundation of our Japanese American ancestry, cultural heritage, histories and traditions. The JCCCNC strives to meet the evolving needs of the Japanese American community through programs, affordable services and administrative support and facilities for other local service organizations.  The JCCCNC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit community center based in San Francisco.


- JCCCNC press release

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