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Baayork Lee

 
Bio:
Baayork Lee has performed in dozens of Broadway shows and created the role of Connie in A Chorus Line, also serving as Michael Bennett's assistant choreographer on A Chorus Line, of which she has directed and choreographed many national and international companies. Her Directing and Choreography ... (read complete bio)
 

Bio:
Baayork Lee has performed in dozens of Broadway shows and created the role of Connie in A Chorus Line, also serving as Michael Bennett's assistant choreographer on A Chorus Line, of which she has directed and choreographed many national and international companies. Her Directing and Choreography ... (read complete bio)

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Stage Credits

  [US Tour]
National Tour, 1976
Connie
  [Broadway]
Broadway Transfer, 1975
Connie Wong
  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 1975
Connie Wong
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1973
Baby Ballerina [Replacement]
Citizen of New York
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1968
Vivien Della Hoya [Replacement]
Miss Wong
Lum Ding Hostess
  [West End]
London Production, 1968
Performer
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1967
Norton School Student
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1966
Ensemble Dancer
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1964
Ensemble
Terry (Understudy)
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1963
Dancer
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1962
Deborah Chakronin
Dancer
Snow Queen [Replacement]
East Indian Marching Team Leader
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1962
Dancer
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1958
Dancing ensemble
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1951
Princess Yaowlak
Princess Ying Yaowalak

Productions

 
[Los Angeles, 2016]
Director and Choreographer
 
[US Tour, 2010]
Choreographer
Director
 
[US Tour, 2008]
Choreographer
 
[Off-Broadway, 2007]
Director
 
[Broadway, 2006]
Choreographer
 
[Off-Broadway, 2004]
Director
 
[US Tour, 2004]
Director
 
[Regional (US), 2003]
Choreographer
 
[Milburn, NJ (Regional), 2001]
Director/Choreographer
 
[Milburn, NJ (Regional), 1991]
Director/Choreographer
 
[Broadway, 1983]
Associate Choreographer
 
[Off-Broadway, 1981]
Choreographer
 
[Broadway, 1975]
Dance Captain
Assistant to the Choreographers
 
[Off-Broadway, 1974]
Choreographer
 
[Broadway, 1973]
Dance Captain
 
[Broadway, 1968] [Replacement]
Dance Captain[Replacement]

Baayork Lee Biography

Baayork Lee has performed in dozens of Broadway shows and created the role of Connie in A Chorus Line, also serving as Michael Bennett's assistant choreographer on A Chorus Line, of which she has directed and choreographed many national and international companies.
Her Directing and Choreography credits also include; The King and I and Bombay Dreams (national tours), Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella (NYC Opera), Barnum (Australia), Carmen Jones (Kennedy Center), Porgy and Bess and Jesus Christ Superstar (European tours), Gypsy and A New Brain. She has also choreographed Miss Saigon (Kansas City Starlight), Mack and Mabel (Shaw Festival), Animal Crackers, South Pacific (Helen Hayes nominations,) Coconuts, Camelot, Damn Yankees, all at Arena Stage in Washington, D.C., South Pacific at Sandy Springs theater, GA., and most recently, A Chorus Line Spanish Production with Antonio Banderas (Malaga, Spain).

Through her nonprofit National Asian Artists Project (NAAP), Baayorks' vision includes educating, cultivating, and stimulating audiences and artists of Asian descent through the many outreach programs the company offers. The organization has produced Oklahoma!, Carousel, Hello Dolly!, Oliver! and Into the Woods and Honor (collaboration with Prospect Theater Company) with all Asian-American casts. With these classic shows, NAAP has demonstrated that famous works can speak to all audiences and ethnicity is no longer a barrier.

She has been the recipient of numerous awards for her work, including the Isabelle Stevens Tony Award, Paul Robeson Award from Actors Equity Association, the Asian Woman Warrior Award for Lifetime Achievement from Columbia College, Asian Pacific American Heritage Association Achievement In Arts Award, the Dynamic Achiever Award from OCA Westchester. Chen Dance Center Artist Award, Arena Stage American Artist Award, Actors Fund for Outstanding Contribution to the World of Dance.

Baayork Lee Awards and Nominations

 
Tony Awards - 2017 - Isabelle Stevenson Award Gold Star
Baayork Lee
 
Helen Hayes Awards - 2003 - Outstanding Choreography, Resident Production
Baayork LeeSouth Pacific
 
Helen Hayes Awards - 2000 - Outstanding Choreography, Resident Production
Baayork LeeAnimal Crackers

Baayork Lee News

Tony Award-Winning Broadway Legend Chita Rivera and BroadwayWorld's Richard Ridge Set Photo Tony Award-Winning Broadway Legend Chita Rivera and BroadwayWorld's Richard Ridge Set to Host BWW 20th Anniversary Celebration Event
by Team BWW - Nov 30, 2022

BroadwayWorld's 20th Anniversary Concert will take place on Sunday, May 21, 2023 at the iconic Sony Hall (235 W 46th St., NY, NY), in the heart of Broadway’s theatre district. The evening will be hosted by Tony Award-Winning Broadway legend Chita Rivera, along with her longtime friend, BroadwayWorld’s own Richard Ridge.

BWW Poll: Is 'Turkey Lurkey Time' A Thanksgiving Song or Christmas Song? Photo BWW Poll: Is 'Turkey Lurkey Time' A Thanksgiving Song or Christmas Song?
by Social Watch - Nov 23, 2022

Thanksgiving is here and it's 'Turkey Lurkey' time! ... right?

Photos: Noche de estreno de COMPANY con Antonio Banderas en Madrid Photo Photos: Noche de estreno de COMPANY con Antonio Banderas en Madrid
by Juan-Jose Gonzalez - Nov 18, 2022

El clásico musical de Stephen Sondheim y George Furth reinauguró oficialmente el reformado Teatro Albéniz.

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by Stephi Wild - Oct 28, 2022

92NY Presents 'Yuriko, A Celebration Of Life' Photo 92NY Presents 'Yuriko, A Celebration Of Life'
by Stephi Wild - Oct 17, 2022

The 92nd Street Y, New York Harkness Dance Center’s 2022/23 Mainstage Series continues with Yuriko, A Celebration of Life, paying tribute to the trailblazing dancer, choreographer and performing artist Yuriko Kikuchi, in a free event on Thursday, October 27 at 7:30 pm.

92NY Presents YURIKO, A CELEBRATION OF LIFE Photo 92NY Presents YURIKO, A CELEBRATION OF LIFE
by A.A. Cristi - Oct 13, 2022

The 92nd Street Y, New York Harkness Dance Center's 2022/23 Mainstage Series continues with Yuriko, A Celebration of Life, paying tribute to the trailblazing dancer, choreographer and performing artist Yuriko Kikuchi, in a free event on Thursday, October 27 at 7:30 pm.

Photos: National Asian Artists Project Comes Out of the Darkness with THE PAJAMA GAME Photo Photos: National Asian Artists Project Comes Out of the Darkness with THE PAJAMA GAME
by Team BWW - Oct 12, 2022

On October 3rd, Baayork Lee’s National Asian Artists Project (NAAP) reunited with their first live audience since the pandemic began. Check out photos from inside this special event.

Michael Arden, Amber Gray, Baayork Lee, and More Join TRY IT LIKE THIS Benefit For SD Photo Michael Arden, Amber Gray, Baayork Lee, and More Join TRY IT LIKE THIS Benefit For SDCF
by Stephi Wild - Oct 11, 2022

Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation, the not-for-profit foundation of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC), has announced the line-up of artists for Try It Like This: Directors and Choreographers Take the Stage, an evening of performances on Monday October 17, 2022 at 54 Below in New York City.

TFANA Extends REMEMBER THIS: THE LESSON OF JAN KARSKI Starring David Strathairn Photo TFANA Extends REMEMBER THIS: THE LESSON OF JAN KARSKI Starring David Strathairn
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Sep 27, 2022

Theatre for a New Audience has announced the one-week extension of Remember This: The Lesson of Jan Karski, by Clark Young and Derek Goldman, directed by Goldman, and starring David Strathairn (Nightmare Alley; Nomadland; Good Night, and Good Luck).

Kristin Chenoweth & More Join Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction; Full Table Lineup Photo Kristin Chenoweth & More Join Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction; Full Table Lineup Announced!
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Sep 23, 2022

The biggest day for Broadway fans is this Sunday, September 25, 2022, and Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS announces even more treasure-filled tables, special Broadway guests and more unique auction items and experiences up for bid at the much-anticipated Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction.

Baayork Lee Videos

BWW Poll: Is 'Turkey Lurkey Time' A Thanksgiving Song or Christmas Song? Videoplay
BWW Poll: Is 'Turkey Lurkey Time' A Thanksgiving Song or Christmas Song?

by Social Watch - Nov 23, 2022

Thanksgiving is here and it's 'Turkey Lurkey' time! ... right?

VIDEO: Get A First Look At Tommy Bracco, Sarah Bowden & More in Pittsburgh CLO's A CH Videoplay
VIDEO: Get A First Look At Tommy Bracco, Sarah Bowden & More in Pittsburgh CLO's A CHORUS LINE

by Stage Tube - Jul 27, 2022

Get a first look at Pittsburgh CLO's A Chorus Line - from the pen of legendary composer Marvin Hamlisch comes this Tony¬ģ Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning ‚Äúsingular sensation!‚ÄĚ

Broadway Rewind: 'Turkey Lurkey Time'- Thanksgiving Song or Christmas Song? Videoplay
Broadway Rewind: 'Turkey Lurkey Time'- Thanksgiving Song or Christmas Song?

by BroadwayWorld TV - Nov 26, 2020

Thanksgiving is here and it's turkey lurkey time! Or is it?

Broadway Rewind: A CHORUS LINE Is a Singular Sensation on Broadway! Videoplay
Broadway Rewind: A CHORUS LINE Is a Singular Sensation on Broadway!

by BroadwayWorld TV - Apr 9, 2020

This episode of Broadway Rewind takes you to the opening night celebration of the new production of Michael Bennett's Pulitzer Prize winning musical A Chorus Line. But we start things off at a rehearsal for the one night only Actors Fund Benefit of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, which starred Emily Skinner as Miss Mona and Broadway's original 'Annie' herself, Andrea McArdle as Doatsey Mae. McArdle told BroadwayWorld's own Richard Ridge about her take on the role and her song, 'She reminds me a little bit of that Mabel Normand character. Doatsey Mae is very smart. If it wasn't for that Chicken Ranch in town, she would have been a happening girl. She's overshadowed by all of this tardiness in this tiny little town, (and the song), is a heartbreaking number. It's sweet and a great country number.

VIDEO: Antonio Banderas Teaches Conan Choreography From A CHORUS LINE Videoplay
VIDEO: Antonio Banderas Teaches Conan Choreography From A CHORUS LINE

by Stage Tube - Feb 4, 2020

Oscar nominee Antonio Banderas was a guest on Monday night's episode of Conan. During the interview, he spoke about the  theater he bought in his hometown of Malaga, Spain. Banderas told Conan about how the theater opened with a production of A Chorus Line, where he played Zach. Banderas even sshowed Conan some of his dance moves from the production!

BWW Exclusive: 'Turkey Lurkey Time'- Thanksgiving Song or Christmas Song? Videoplay
BWW Exclusive: 'Turkey Lurkey Time'- Thanksgiving Song or Christmas Song?

by BroadwayWorld TV - Nov 28, 2019

In 1968, Promises, Promises, a musical based on the 1960 film The Apartment, premiered on Broadway. Featuring music by Burt Bacharach, lyrics by Hal David, and a book by Neil Simon, the show features enduring classics like 'Say a Little Prayer,' 'A House Is Not a Home' and 'I'll Never Fall in Love Again,' but none left such a legacy (especially at this time of year) as 'Turkey Lurkey Time.' Featuring the unforgettable choreography of Michael Bennett, and danced originally by Donna McKechnie, Baayork Lee and Julane Stites, the song has undoubtedly become a beloved classic of the musical theatre holiday cannon... but which holiday?

Exclusive Video: Get A First Look At Antonio Banderas In A CHORUS LINE Videoplay
Exclusive Video: Get A First Look At Antonio Banderas In A CHORUS LINE

by Alan Henry - Nov 13, 2019

BroadwayWorld has a first look at the production of A CHORUS LINE now on stage in Spain, co-directed by and starring Antonio Banderas!

Summer Flashback: A CHORUS LINE Opens on Broadway! Videoplay
Summer Flashback: A CHORUS LINE Opens on Broadway!

by BroadwayWorld TV - Jul 26, 2019

A five, six, seven, eight! The legendary original production of A Chorus Line celebrates the 44th anniversary of its opening night this week. In honor of the occasion, we're looking back at the opening of the show's revival featuring Tony Yazbeck, Jason Tam, Charlotte d'Amboise, and more! Check out the video to see what the show's cast did for love!

BWW EXCLUSIVE: Rehearsal Clips From INTO THE WOODS at the Hollywood Bowl, Plus Interv Videoplay
BWW EXCLUSIVE: Rehearsal Clips From INTO THE WOODS at the Hollywood Bowl, Plus Interviews With the Cast!

by BroadwayWorld TV - Jul 20, 2019

Michael Sterling, BroadwayWorld's LA On Air Host and Co-Producer for BWW TV and Jerry Evans of JLE Media in Los Angeles spent the day at rehearsal for Hollywood Bowl's upcoming, new production of Into the Woods.

Antonio Banderas Will Co-Direct A CHORUS LINE in Spain; Auditions Announced! Videoplay
Antonio Banderas Will Co-Direct A CHORUS LINE in Spain; Auditions Announced!

by Jose German Martinez Paneque - Feb 28, 2019

On February 6th Antonio Banderas announced his new project: he will open the new Teatro del Soho Caixabank in Malaga, Spain, and the first show to run in it will be A CHORUS LINE. Today, Banderas, who will co-direct and co-star in the production, has announced auditions for the musical.


Baayork Lee Frequently Asked Questions

How many Broadway shows has Baayork Lee been in?
Baayork Lee has appeared on Broadway in 11 shows.

How many West End shows has Baayork Lee been in?
Baayork Lee has appeared on London's West End in 1 shows.

What was Baayork Lee's first West End show?
Baayork Lee's first West End show was Golden Boy which opened in 1968

What awards has Baayork Lee been nominated for?
Isabelle Stevenson Award (Tony Awards) Outstanding Choreography, Resident Production (Helen Hayes Awards) for South Pacific and Outstanding Choreography, Resident Production (Helen Hayes Awards) for Animal Crackers .

What awards has Baayork Lee won?
Isabelle Stevenson Award (Tony Awards).