Photo Flash: Inside NAAP & Prospect Theater's INTO THE WOODS In Concert Opening Night

National Asian Artists Project and Prospect Theater Company presented a sold-out concert reading of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Into the Woods at The TimesCenter in New York on October 20. Scroll down for photos of backstage, performance and the reception.

Directed by Steven Eng with music direction by Kristen Lee Rosenfeld, the all-Asian American cast starred Katie Mariko Murray (Passion) as Cinderella, Alex Chester (How the Grinch Stole Christmas) as Little Red Riding Hood, Joanna Carpenter as the Baker's Wife, Karl Josef Co (CSC's Pacific Overtures) as Cinderella's Prince, Daniel J. Edwards (Anything Goes) as Rapunzel's Prince, Lydia Gaston (The King and I) as Jack's Mother, Ann Harada (Cinderella, Avenue Q) as the Witch, Kennedy Kanagawa (Dinner with Georgette) as Jack, Raymond J. Lee (Groundhog Day, Honeymoon in Vegas) as The Baker, and Jason Ma (writer/composer, Gold Mountain) as the Mysterious Man.

Other cast members included Rona Figueroa (Cinderella's Stepmother), Kimbirdlee Fadner (Florinda), Rebecca Lee Lerman (Lucinda), Colin Miyamoto (Steward), David Shih (Cinderella's Father, Wolf), Laura Yen Solito (Cinderella's Mother), Virginia Wing (Grandmother, Giant), and Xiaoqing Zhang (Rapunzel).

Members of the NAAP Broadway Community Chorus included Bianca Bastian, Kiet Tai Cao, Cailin Chang, Ann Chow, Shay Y. Chuang, Andy Danh, David Eng, Jiho Kang, Karin Kawamoto, Alex Lawrence, Linda Lee McBride, Mio Nakanishi, Anthony Obnial, Jeremy Rafael, Melissa Rivera, Kui-Fang Tseng, Viet Vo, Tomo Watanabe, Mandarin Wu and Layla Yu.

NAAP Kids - with current and alumni of NAAP's P.S. 124 Theatre Club included Astrid Chen, William Cui, Andrea Guo, Jack Robert Fadner, Mika Kwan, Michelle On, Gabriella Rodriguez, Kassidy Shyu, Maxmilan Shyu, Charlotte Wang, Sydney Wong, Madelyn Woo and Russell Yang.

The production and design team included Katrina Olson (Production Stage Manager), Hannah Barudin (Deck Stage Manager), Julie Miller (Line Producer) Jimm Halliday (Costume Designer), Cassey Kivnick (Associate Director), Alison Zador (Associate Costume Designer), Griffin Strout (Assistant Music Director), Zack Childers (Assistant Stage Manager), Bella Iorio and Elise Selah (Production Assistants).

Musical Director Kristen Lee Rosenfeld conducted the band with Griffin Strout (Piano), Kiku Enomoto (Violin), Clyde Daley (Trumpet), Josh Johnson (Reeds) and Matt Covey (Percussion).

This event is part of NAAP's annual Rediscover Series, which explores classic musicals with professional artists of Asian descent, proving that great works of theatre speak to all communities. The event is also part of Prospect's ongoing IGNITE concert series.

For more information, visit NAAProject.org or ProspectTheater.org.

Photo Credit: Lia Chang

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Photo Flash: Inside NAAP & Prospect Theater's INTO THE WOODS In Concert Opening NightJaygee MacapugayJason Ma and Garth Kravits

Photo Flash: Inside NAAP & Prospect Theater's INTO THE WOODS In Concert Opening Night
NAAP Co-founders Nina Zoie Lam, Baayork Lee and Steven Eng

Photo Flash: Inside NAAP & Prospect Theater's INTO THE WOODS In Concert Opening NightProspect Theater Company’s Producing Artistic Director Cara Reichel and Line Producer Julie Miller

Photo Flash: Inside NAAP & Prospect Theater's INTO THE WOODS In Concert Opening Night
Backstage: Laura Yen Solito (Cinderella's Mother)

Photo Flash: Inside NAAP & Prospect Theater's INTO THE WOODS In Concert Opening Night
The Band: Kristen Lee Rosenfeld (Conductor), Griffin Strout (Piano) Kiku Enomoto (Violin), Josh Johnson (Reeds) Clyde Daley (Trumpet), Matt Covey (Percussion)

Photo Flash: Inside NAAP & Prospect Theater's INTO THE WOODS In Concert Opening Night
ReBecca Lee Lerman (Lucinda), Kimbirdlee Fadner (Florinda), Rona Figueroa (Stepmother), Katie Mariko Murray (Cinderella)

Photo Flash: Inside NAAP & Prospect Theater's INTO THE WOODS In Concert Opening Night
Backstage: Kimbirdlee Fadner (Florinda), ReBecca Lee Lerman (Lucinda), Rona Figueroa (Stepmother)

Photo Flash: Inside NAAP & Prospect Theater's INTO THE WOODS In Concert Opening Night
Backstage: Daniel J. Edwards (Rapunzel's Prince), Kimbirdlee Fadner (Florinda), Alex Chester (Little Red Riding Hood), ReBecca Lee Lerman (Lucinda) and Kennedy Kanagawa (Jack)

Photo Flash: Inside NAAP & Prospect Theater's INTO THE WOODS In Concert Opening Night
Wood Dwellers: Layla Yu, Alex Lawrence, Shan Y. Chuang and David Eng

Photo Flash: Inside NAAP & Prospect Theater's INTO THE WOODS In Concert Opening Night
David Shih (Wolf) and Alex Chester (Little Red Riding Hood)

Photo Flash: Inside NAAP & Prospect Theater's INTO THE WOODS In Concert Opening NightOpening Remarks: Prospect Theater Company’s Producing Artistic Director Cara Reichel and NAAP Co-founders Baayork LeeNina Zoie LamSteven Eng & Company

Photo Flash: Inside NAAP & Prospect Theater's INTO THE WOODS In Concert Opening Night Karl Josef Co (Cinderella’s Prince)

Photo Flash: Inside NAAP & Prospect Theater's INTO THE WOODS In Concert Opening NightRaymond J. Lee (Baker), Joanna Carpenter (Baker’s Wife)

Photo Flash: Inside NAAP & Prospect Theater's INTO THE WOODS In Concert Opening Night
Ann Harada (Witch)

Photo Flash: Inside NAAP & Prospect Theater's INTO THE WOODS In Concert Opening Night
Jason Ma (Mysterious Man)

Photo Flash: Inside NAAP & Prospect Theater's INTO THE WOODS In Concert Opening Night
Children Will Listen (The Company)

Photo Flash: Inside NAAP & Prospect Theater's INTO THE WOODS In Concert Opening Night
NAAP Kids -with current and alumni of NAAP's P.S. 124 Theatre Club

Photo Flash: Inside NAAP & Prospect Theater's INTO THE WOODS In Concert Opening Night
Raymond J. Lee, Ali Ewoldt, Austin Ku

Photo Flash: Inside NAAP & Prospect Theater's INTO THE WOODS In Concert Opening Night
Karin Kawamoto, Jason Ma, Lia Chang

Photo Flash: Inside NAAP & Prospect Theater's INTO THE WOODS In Concert Opening Night
Line Producer Julie Miller, Director Steven Eng

Photo Flash: Inside NAAP & Prospect Theater's INTO THE WOODS In Concert Opening Night
Colin Miyamoto (Steward), Ann Harada (Witch) and Chorus Members Jeremy Antonio Rafal, Viet Vo

Photo Flash: Inside NAAP & Prospect Theater's INTO THE WOODS In Concert Opening Night
Chris Ee, Stephanie Grayson and Kevin Bang

Photo Flash: Inside NAAP & Prospect Theater's INTO THE WOODS In Concert Opening Night
Jason Ma, Lydia Gaston and Raymond J. Lee

Photo Flash: Inside NAAP & Prospect Theater's INTO THE WOODS In Concert Opening Night
Kimbirdlee Fadner, Raymond J. Lee, Katie Mariko Murray, Daniel J. Edwards, Rona Figueroa

Photo Flash: Inside NAAP & Prospect Theater's INTO THE WOODS In Concert Opening Night
Associate Director Cassey Kivnick, Director Steven Eng and a guest

Photo Flash: Inside NAAP & Prospect Theater's INTO THE WOODS In Concert Opening Night
Virginia Wing and Garth Kravits

Photo Flash: Inside NAAP & Prospect Theater's INTO THE WOODS In Concert Opening Night
Raul Aranas, Alan Muraoka, Thom Sesma

Photo Flash: Inside NAAP & Prospect Theater's INTO THE WOODS In Concert Opening Night
Matt Chester-Blank and Alex Chester-Blank

Photo Flash: Inside NAAP & Prospect Theater's INTO THE WOODS In Concert Opening Night
Costume Designer Jimm Halliday with NAAP Co-founders Steven Eng, Baayork Lee and Nina Zoie Lam

Photo Flash: Inside NAAP & Prospect Theater's INTO THE WOODS In Concert Opening Night
David Shih, Daniel J. Edwards, Xiaoqing Zhang

Photo Flash: Inside NAAP & Prospect Theater's INTO THE WOODS In Concert Opening Night
Raymond J. Lee, Jonny Lee, Jr. E J Zimmerman

Photo Flash: Inside NAAP & Prospect Theater's INTO THE WOODS In Concert Opening Night
Virginia Wing, Baayork Lee

Photo Flash: Inside NAAP & Prospect Theater's INTO THE WOODS In Concert Opening Night
David Shih Kirsten Lee Rosenfeld, Jason Ma, Cara Reichel, Julie Miller and Karl Josef Co

Photo Flash: Inside NAAP & Prospect Theater's INTO THE WOODS In Concert Opening Night
Jason Ma, Kristen Lee Rosenfeld and Alan Muraoka

Photo Flash: Inside NAAP & Prospect Theater's INTO THE WOODS In Concert Opening Night
Steven Eng, Ann Harada, Baayork Lee, Lia Chang and Jason Ma. Photo by Garth Kravits

Photo Flash: Inside NAAP & Prospect Theater's INTO THE WOODS In Concert Opening Night
Steven Eng, Baayork Lee and Katie Mariko Murray

Photo Flash: Inside NAAP & Prospect Theater's INTO THE WOODS In Concert Opening Night
Zack Childers, Steven Eng, Cassey Kivnick and Raymond J. Lee

 

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