WRITER

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AT THE CORNER OF BITTER AND SWEET

Book by Lainie Sakakura, Music & Lyrics by Paul Fujimoto

1942 wartime Seattle. 12 year old Henry, a Chinese American boy, has a secret love of jazz music and his best friend is a black jazz saxophone player. Henry's life is turned upside down when he meets Keiko, a Japanese American girl and the only other Asian kid in school. A multi-generational story about fathers and sons, coming of age, Seattle jazz, racism, blind patriotism. and unbreakable bonds.

Adaptation of NY Times Bestseller, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford.

Cantonese Consultant: Fenton Li, Documentarian: Lia Chang

29 Hr AEA Reading, Theatre 71, NYC Produced by 5th Avenue Theatre and Abingdon Theatre Co.

Direction by Lainie Sakakura

Music Supervisor & Dance Arrangements: Sam Davis

Percussion: Kory Grossman

Stage Management: Anita Shastri, Nicole Marcon

Cast: Jane Bernhard, Darius de Haas, Carly Gendell, Rick Faugno, Kenny Ingram, Sala Iwamatsu, Spencer Jones, Kathleen Kwan, Darren Lee, Jonny Lee Jr., Fenton Li, Jason Ma, Zach Mackiewicz, Mary Beth Purdy, Alex Sanchez, Avelina Sanchez, Isabela Sanchez, Ian Saraceni, Virginia Woodruff, Timothy Yang

29 Hr AEA Reading, Playroom Theater, NYC Produced by Lainie Sakakura

General Manager Joey Monda

Directed by Darren Lee

Music Supervisor: Mark Hummel

Cast: Alan Ariano, Jane Bernhard, Rick Faugno, Kenny Ingram, Telly Leung, Fenton Li, Jeffrey Li, Carol To Moy, Mary Beth Purdy, Alex Sanchez, Avelina Sanchez, Yuka Takara, Allyson Tucker, Joshua Turchin

JOHNNY MERCER WRITERS GROVE AT GOODSPEED MUSICALS 2020

Goodspeed Musicals is the first of its kind in the country dedicated solely to the creation of new musicals, providing a sanctuary for composers, lyricists, and librettists to embark on new musical theatre work in an environment rich with creative energy. 

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CELEBRATING THE 60th ANNIVERSARY OF FLOWER DRUM SONG & ASIAN AMERICANS ON BROADWAYCo-Conceived-Written-Additional Lyrics by Lainie Sakakura

2018 BCEFA Red Bucket Follies Opening Number, New Amsterdam Theatre, NYC

Co-conceived by Telly Leung, Director-Choreographer, Alex Sanchez

43 AAPI Broadway Performers: Aaron Albano, Sandra Allen, Susan Ancheta, Alan Ariano, Paula Chin, Marcus Choi, Adrianne Chu, Ma-Anne Dionisio, Ali Ewoldt, Takayo Fischer, Lydia Gaston, Sally Hong, Joomin Hwang, Jason Ignacio, Sabrina Imamura, Miho Imoto, Alvin Ing, Nina Zoe Lam, Telly Leung, Jose Llana, Baayork Lee, Jodi Long, J. Elaine Marcos, Paul HeeSang Miller, Carol Morra, Kumiko Nakagawa, Ashley Park, Victoria Racimo, Catherine Ricafort, Lainie Sakakura, Rommy Sandhu, Herman Sebek, S.Smith, Riza Takahashi, Yuka Takara, Robert Tatad, Virginia Wing, Mae Wong, Ericka Yang, Warren Yang, Kelly Youngman, Lisa Yuen, Minami Yusui

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ALVIN ING - GOT A LOT OF LIVING TO DOWritten & Directed by Lainie Sakakura

The Duplex, NYC 

Music Direction & Piano: Thomas Conroy

Bass: Vince Fay

Guest stars: Darren Lee, Jose Llana, Hazel Anne Raymundo, Virginia Wing

ALVIN ING - JOURNEY OF A COCKEYED OPTIMISTWritten & Directed by Lainie Sakakura

Don't Tell Mama, NYC 

Music Direction & Piano, Sarah Brett England

Drums, Kory Grossman Bass, Vince Fay