Corner Of Bitter And Sweet

Musical adaptation of NY Times Best Seller, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford.

Book by Lainie Sakakura

Music & Lyrics by Paul Fujimoto

Cantonese Consultant: Fenton Li

Documentarian: Lia Chang

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.

2020 Goodspeed Musicals Johnny Mercer Writers Grove

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. 

2019 Theatre 71, NYC - 29 Hr AEA Reading

Produced by 5th Avenue Theatre, Abingdon Theatre Co

Directed 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

2018 Playroom Theater, NYC - 29 Hr AEA Reading 

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

2018 BCEFA Red Bucket Follies Opening Number - Celebrating 60th Anniversary of Flower Drum Song  and Asian Americans on Broadway 

New Amsterdam Theatre, NYC

Dir/Choreography by Alex Sanchez

Co-Conceived/Written/Additional Lyrics by Lainie Sakakura

Co-conceived by Telly Leung

43 AAPI Broadway Performers: A.Albano, S.Allen, S.Ancheta, A.Ariano, P.Chin, M.Choi, A.Chu, M.Dionisio, A.Ewoldt, T.Fischer, L.Gaston, S.Hong, J.Hwang, J.Ignacio, S.Imamura, M.Imoto, A.Ing, N.Lam, T.Leung, J.Llana, B.Lee, J.Long, J.Marcos, P.Miller, C.Morra, K.Nakagawa, A.Park, V.Racimo, C.Ricafort, L.Sakakura, R.Sandhu, H.Sebek, S.Smith, R.Takahashi, Y.Takara, R.Tatad, V.Wing, M.Wong, E.Yang, W.Yang, K.Youngman, L.Yuen, M.Yusui


Alvin Ing - Got A Lot Of Living To Do 

2016 The Duplex, NYC 

Written & Directed by Lainie Sakakura

Music Direction & Piano: Thomas Conroy

Bass: Vince Fay

Cast: Alvin Ing, Darren Lee, Jose Llana, Hazel Anne Raymundo, Virginia Wing

The Ing And Out Of Alvin - Journey of a Cockeyed Optimist

2015 Don't Tell Mama, NYC 

Written & Directed by Lainie Sakakura

Music Direction & Piano: Sarah Brett England

Drums: Kory Grossman

Bass: Vince Fay

Alvin Ing - Time's A Wasting

2011 Don't Tell Mama, NYC

Directed by Lainie Sakakura 

Music Direction & Piano by Cathy Venable

Bass Joe Sinaguglia