Lea Salonga (Photo: Raymund Isaac)
Broadway star, Disney icon, and Tony Award winner Lea Salonga will host an all-Asian American production of A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder. CollaborAzian’s production of this Tony-winning musical will premiere on July 15, 2021 at 7 p.m. ET. Sesame Street‘s Alan Muraoka helms the production, which features an all-Asian American cast and production team.
The production has an exclusive streaming partnership with Broadway On Demand. Commenting on the event, Broadway On Demand Vice President of Programming and Partnerships Tralen Doler said, “Broadway On Demand is committed to celebrating diversity and amplifying the voices of marginalized communities. It is an honor to partner with CollaborAzian in bringing this incredible production the attention it deserves.”
The all-Asian American cast will star Cindy Cheung, Karl Josef Co, Ali Ewoldt, Diane Phelan, and Thom Sesma. Steven Cuevas serves as music director, and A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder won Best Musical at the 2014 Tony Awards.
Speaking about the event she will make a special appearance in, Salonga said, “Historically, Asian American artists have been marginalized in media and on stage. Productions like this help to spotlight the tremendous talent that has been overlooked. We’re here to show the world that we are here, and we are fantastic.”
Donations for StopAAPIHate.org are now being accepted, and tickets for the virtual show are available here.