CORNER OF BITTER AND SWEET, Musical
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.
Book and Direction by Lainie Sakakura
Music and Lyrics by Paul Fujimoto
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.
CELEBRATING THE 60th ANNIVERSARY OF FLOWER DRUM SONG & ASIAN AMERICANS ON BROADWAY, Co-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
ALVIN ING - GOT A LOT OF LIVING TO DO, Written & 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 OPTIMIST, Written & Directed by Lainie Sakakura
Don't Tell Mama, NYC
Music Direction & Piano, Sarah Brett England
Drums, Kory Grossman Bass, Vince Fay