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Christine Toy Johnson

 
Bio:
Christine Toy Johnson is an award-winning playwright, actor, and filmmaker. As a performer, she has appeared extensively on Broadway, off-Broadway, in regional theatres across the country, in film, television, and concerts worldwide for over 25 years. Highlights include the New York revivals of THE ... (read complete bio)
 

Bio:
Christine Toy Johnson is an award-winning playwright, actor, and filmmaker. As a performer, she has appeared extensively on Broadway, off-Broadway, in regional theatres across the country, in film, television, and concerts worldwide for over 25 years. Highlights include the New York revivals of THE ... (read complete bio)

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Stage Credits

  [US Tour]
First National Tour, 2018
Diane & Others
  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 2000
Ethel Toffelmier [Replacement]
  [Off-Broadway]
York Theatre Company Production, 1994
K.T.
K.T.
  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 1994
Patty Simcox [Replacement]
  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 1992
Performer
  [Broadway]
Broadway Transfer, 1989
Concubine (Understudy)
Lei-An (Understudy)
Na-Mi (Understudy)
Villager (Understudy)
  [Off-Broadway]
1988
Angel/Cherubim/Miriam
  [Off-Broadway]
Off-Broadway Revival, 1984
Ensemble
Proscenium Servant

Christine Toy Johnson Biography

Christine Toy Johnson is an award-winning playwright, actor, and filmmaker.
As a performer, she has appeared extensively on Broadway, off-Broadway, in regional theatres across the country, in film, television, and concerts worldwide for over 25 years. Highlights include the New York revivals of THE MUSIC MAN, MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG, PACIFIC OVERTURES, and FALSETTOLAND, the national tours of CATS, FLOWER DRUM SONG and BOMBAY DREAMS, and leading roles at theatres including the New York Shakespeare Festival, Williamstown, the Huntington, Yale Rep, The Denver Center Theatre Company, The Minnesota Opera and New York City Opera. Almost 100 television/film appearances include two years as "Lisa West" on ONE LIFE TO LIVE, SMASH, 666 PARK AVENUE, 30 ROCK, UGLY BETTY, THE BIG C, ROYAL PAINS, FRINGE, CROSSING JORDAN, NUNSENSE 1 and 2, and many episodes of various LAW AND ORDERS.

As a playwright, her first play, THE NEW DEAL, was the inaugural play to be developed in the "Different Voices" program at the Roundabout Theatre Company in NYC (2006) and was part of Wesleyan University's 2011 Playwriting Curriculum. Its prequel, PAPER SON, was in Diverse City Theatre Company's 2008 Green Room Reading Series and the Queens Theatre in the Park's 2009 Asian Heritage Festival, and is an ongoing part of the University of Michigan's Multi-cultural Drama curriculum as well as Wesleyan University's 2009 Playwriting curriculum. Other plays: INTERNAL BLEEDING (2012 Atlanta Black Theatre Festival, Crossroads Theatre Company 2010 "Genesis Festival", ReImagined World Entertainment's 2011 NYC Workshop starring Daryl "Chill" Mitchell), ADVENTURES OF A FAUX DESIGNER HANDBAG (developed with Leviathan Lab, and a part of Wesleyan University's 2011 Playwriting Curriculum), "EVER SEE A FAT CHINESE?" (produced by NYC's New Perspectives Theatre Company), TANFORAN (produced by NYC's Barrow Group Theatre Company, presented in Leviathan Lab's Asian American Female Playwrights 2011 Short Play Festival, and included in the 2011 International Art of Public Memory Conference), DO THESE GENES MAKE ME LOOK FAT? (commissioned by the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance), HALO HALO BIRTHDAY (commissioned by Leviathan Lab), PEACE PLAZA (Leviathan Lab "Dark Nights" Series), EMPRESS MEI LI LOTUS BLOSSOM (commissioned by Gorilla Rep) and WELCOME TO TELEVISION (for the Barrow Group Theatre Company). She is currently developing a play with dance, SECONDARY IMPACT, with Broadway choreographer JoAnn M. Hunter and writing book and lyrics to BARCELONA, with composer/lyricist Jason Ma. The Christine Toy Johnson Portfolio, a collection of her work, is included in the Library of Congress Asian Pacific American Performing Arts Collection.

Screenplays: NO WAVE WITHOUT WIND (with Charles Randolph-Wright), JUMPING THE THIRD RAIL, DULLY FOR PRESIDENT and OLD, FAT AND UGLY. Her short film about inadvertent discrimination, ALL AMERICAN EYES, (which she also starred in and produced) was the winner of the Audience Award at the Waves International Film Festival, and played the Hearts and Minds and New York International Film and Video Film Festivals.

Awarded three grants from the California Civil Liberties Public Education Program, Christine executive produced and co-directed a documentary film with her husband, filmmaker Bruce Johnson, about the first person of color to be drafted into what is now the NBA, Japanese American basketball star Wat Misaka, of the 1947 Knicks. TRANSCENDING √Į¬Ņ¬Ĺ THE WAT MISAKA STORY received the "Gold Kahuna" Award from the Honolulu International Film Festival, the "Emerging Eye Directorial Discovery Award" from the Roving Eye Documentary Film Festival, was an official selection of the Rhode Island International Film Festival, the Carmel Art and Film Festival, RightsFest, the Chicago Asian American Showcase, the San Diego Asian Film Festival, and opened the Houston APA Film Festival.

An active advocate of diversity in the industry, she is an officer and board member of the Alliance For Inclusion in the Arts (which received a 2011 Tony Honor for Excellence in Theatre), and as part of the elected leadership of Actors' Equity Association, is co-chair of the union's Eastern Regional Equal Employment Opportunity Committee and a founding member of AAPAC (Asian American Performers Action Coalition). She was honored by the JACL (the nation's largest and oldest Asian American civil rights organization) in 2010 for "exemplary leadership and dedication" and by the Asian American Arts Alliance for Outstanding Service in the Arts, in 2012.





Christine Toy Johnson News

Review: COME FROM AWAY National Tour at Durham Performing Arts Center Photo Review: COME FROM AWAY National Tour at Durham Performing Arts Center
by Jeffrey Kare - Jan 19, 2023

Come From Away is based on a true story of when the isolated community of Gander, Newfoundland played host to the world. What started as an average day in a small Canadian town turned into an international sleep-over when 38 planes, carrying thousands of people from across the globe, were diverted to Gander's air strip on September 11th, 2001. Undaunted by culture clashes and language barriers, the people of Gander cheered the stranded travelers with music, an open bar, and the recognition that they're all part of a global family.

Review: COME FROM AWAY at Ottawa's National Arts Centre Photo Review: COME FROM AWAY at Ottawa's National Arts Centre
by Courtney Castelino - Dec 28, 2022

What did our critic think of COME FROM AWAY at Ottawa's National Arts Centre?

Review: COME FROM AWAY at Shea's Buffalo Theatre Photo Review: COME FROM AWAY at Shea's Buffalo Theatre
by Michael Rabice - Dec 14, 2022

The best uplifting evening of theatrical magic is happening again just in time for the Christmas season. And no, it's not the annual Christmas Pageant at your family church. It is the remarkable true story of goodness that came out of the unthinkable tragedy of 9/11. COME FROM AWAY has returned to the Shea's Buffalo stage and it continues to enthrall audiences.

Review: COME FROM AWAY at Rochester Broadway Theatre League Photo Review: COME FROM AWAY at Rochester Broadway Theatre League
by Colin Fleming-Stumpf - Dec 7, 2022

What did our critic think of COME FROM AWAY at Rochester Broadway Theatre League?

Submissions Now Open for VIRTUAL FESTIVAL OF SHORT PLAYS at Abingdon Theatre Company Photo Submissions Now Open for VIRTUAL FESTIVAL OF SHORT PLAYS at Abingdon Theatre Company
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Dec 5, 2022

Abingdon Theatre Company has announced the opening of submissions for their Virtual Festival of Short Plays. The third annual Virtual Festival of Short Plays is a virtual festival shedding light on stories by people of color. 

THE THEATRE PODCAST WITH ALAN SEALES Hosts Composer Michael Mott in New Episode Photo THE THEATRE PODCAST WITH ALAN SEALES Hosts Composer Michael Mott in New Episode
by Blair Ingenthron - Nov 26, 2022

The Theatre Podcast with Alan Seales talks to Michael Mott on its latest episode, now available for streaming.

Review: COME FROM AWAY at The Overture Center Photo Review: COME FROM AWAY at The Overture Center
by Scott Rawson - Nov 18, 2022

What did ¬†¬†¬† These 12 actors have created the most perfect professional ensemble show I have ever seen. There was no stand out star of this show, there were no pro or antagonists. There was only circumstances and stories. Often reviewers say things like, ‚ÄúThis is not a show to be missed!‚Äô ‚ÄúCatch it while you can!‚ÄĚ and other such things, so I won‚Äôt. But I will tell you that you will be missing out on some of the best theater I have seen. So, get your tickets, it‚Äôs only ‚Äú90 minutes without an intermission‚ÄĚ and worth every second. This is a show I personally hope to see again and again.

COME FROM AWAY Comes to The Bushnell This December Photo COME FROM AWAY Comes to The Bushnell This December
by Stephi Wild - Nov 17, 2022

The Bushnell has announced the national tour of Come From Away, a Broadway musical about the true story of the small town that welcomed the world, will return to Hartford for a limited engagement December 20-24, 2022. Come From Away, tickets are on sale now!

COME FROM AWAY Makes Its Madison Debut At Overture Center This Month Photo COME FROM AWAY Makes Its Madison Debut At Overture Center This Month
by Stephi Wild - Nov 1, 2022

The national tour of COME FROM AWAY, a Broadway musical about the true story of the small town that welcomed the world, makes its Madison debut at Overture Center on Tuesday, Nov. 15 through Sunday, Nov. 20 in Overture Hall.

COME FROM AWAY Plays the Morris Performing Arts Center This Month Photo COME FROM AWAY Plays the Morris Performing Arts Center This Month
by Stephi Wild - Nov 1, 2022

The American Theatre Guild will present the South Bend engagement of COME FROM AWAY, a Broadway musical about the true story of the small town that welcomed the world. This production is part of the BROADWAY IN SOUTH BEND SERIES and will take the Morris Performing Arts Center stage November 29‚ÄďDecember 4, 2022.

Christine Toy Johnson Videos

VIDEO: TUTS Presents Talkback With COME FROM AWAY Cast, Diane and Nick Marson & Capta Videoplay
VIDEO: TUTS Presents Talkback With COME FROM AWAY Cast, Diane and Nick Marson & Captain Beverley Bass

by Chloe Rabinowitz - Mar 29, 2022

The National Tour of Come From Away is playing MARCH 22 ‚Äď APRIL 3 at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts. TUTS presents a¬†virtual talk back with cast members of Come From Away and true to life counterparts, Diane and Nick Marson and Captain Beverley Bass.

VIDEO: Nick Duckart Talks Bringing COME FROM AWAY To Chicago Videoplay
VIDEO: Nick Duckart Talks Bringing COME FROM AWAY To Chicago

by Stage Tube - Feb 25, 2022

Come From Away is now in Chicago through March 6th, 2022. Watch as Nick Duckart who plays Kevin J and others talks about bringing a bit of Gander to the Windy City.

VIDEO: Watch Michael Mott's Music Video for 'Lost in Love,' Featuring Ciara Renée! Videoplay
VIDEO: Watch Michael Mott's Music Video for 'Lost in Love,' Featuring Ciara Renée!

by Stage Tube - May 25, 2021

Mott's recent 6 track collection features vocals by 'Frozen' on Broadway star Ciara Renée, 'Hamilton' standout Blaine Krauss, and 'American Idol' standout Pia Toscano.

VIDEO: Watch COME FROM AWAY's Becky Gulsvig Eat Chicago Deep Dish Pizza And More! Videoplay
VIDEO: Watch COME FROM AWAY's Becky Gulsvig Eat Chicago Deep Dish Pizza And More!

by Alan Henry - Aug 8, 2019

Direct from the Come From Away National Tour, Becky Gulsvig gets In Too Deep with T.J. Pieffer as they contemplate accents, Peter Pan, and Giordano's Deep Dish Pizza.

Exclusive Video: Watch Becky Gulsvig Perform 'Me And The Sky' and More Highlights fro Videoplay
Exclusive Video: Watch Becky Gulsvig Perform 'Me And The Sky' and More Highlights from COME FROM AWAY on Tour

by TV - On the Road - Oct 25, 2018

BroadwayWorld has an exclusive first look at Come From Away on Tour! Check out the video below! The touring production of Come From Away stars Kevin Carolan (Disney's Newsies), Harter Clingman (Peter and The Starcatcher), Nick Duckart (In the Heights), Chamblee Ferguson, Becky Gulsvig (School of Rock the Musical), Julie Johnson (Memphis), Christine Toy Johnson (The Music Man), James Earl Jones II (The Gershwin's Porgy and Bess), Megan McGinnis (Les Miserables), Andrew Samonsky (South Pacific), Danielle K. Thomas (Avenue Q), Emily Walton (August Osage County), Marika Aubrey, Jane Bunting, Michael Brian Dunn, Julie Garnye, Adam Halpin, Aaron Michael Ray.

VIDEO: Becky Gulsvig Performs 'Me And The Sky' From COME FROM AWAY and Chats With Rea Videoplay
VIDEO: Becky Gulsvig Performs 'Me And The Sky' From COME FROM AWAY and Chats With Real Life Captain Beverley Bass

by Stage Tube - Oct 16, 2018

The national tour of Come From Away opened last week at The 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle. Becky Gulsvig, who plays Captain Beverley Bass, among others, recently performed the song 'Me and the Sky' on K5 News. Following the performance, she joined the real-life Beverley Bass to talk more about the story's background.

VIDEO: National Tour of COME FROM AWAY Launches at Seattle's 5th Avenue Theater Videoplay
VIDEO: National Tour of COME FROM AWAY Launches at Seattle's 5th Avenue Theater

by Stage Tube - Aug 9, 2018

The 5th Avenue Theatre kicks off its 2018-19 season with the launch of Come From Away's North American tour, playing October 9 - November 4, 2018. Single tickets are on sale now and season subscriptions are still available for purchase online at www.5thavenue.org, by phone at 206-625-1900, or in person at the Box Office (1308 5th Avenue in Downtown Seattle).

STAGE TUBE: Ann Harada, Jose Llana and More in CHANGING THE STATS: ASIAN AMERICANS ON BROADWAY
by Stage Tube - Nov 13, 2015

CHANGING THE STATS: ASIAN AMERICANS ON BROADWAY, which took place on November 2nd at Symphony Space, welcomed Asian American actors to perform in dream roles not traditionally cast with Asian American stars. Click below to watch highlights from the concert!

VIDEO: Sneak Peek - 'A Crowd of Demons' on ABC's 666 PARK AVENUE
by Caryn Robbins - Oct 26, 2012

On Sunday's episode of ABC's 666 PARK AVENUE titled 'A Crowd of Demons,' as Olivia works to put the finishing touches on the lobby for the annual Drake Halloween costume gala, it brings to mind another memorable Halloween night in 1929, when murder and mayhem reigned in the building. Get a sneak peek below!

VIDEO: Sneak Peek - 666 PARK AVENUE's Halloween Episode on ABC
by Caryn Robbins - Oct 25, 2012

On this Sunday's episode of the new ABC drama 666 PARK AVENUE titled 'A Crowd of Demons' - as Olivia works to put the finishing touches on the lobby for the annual Drake Halloween costume gala, it brings to mind another memorable Halloween night in 1929, when murder and mayhem reigned in the building. Get a sneak peek below!


Christine Toy Johnson Frequently Asked Questions

How many Broadway shows has Christine Toy Johnson been in?
Christine Toy Johnson has appeared on Broadway in 3 shows.

How many West End shows has Christine Toy Johnson been in?
Christine Toy Johnson has not appeared in the West End