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CollaborAzian's A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder Benefitting Stop AAPI Hate

Last Thursday, CollaborAzian presented an abridged streaming version of the Tony-Award winning musical A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder benefitting Stop AAPI Hate.



CollaborAzian is a group of Asian-American and Pacific Islander artists responding to the rise of anti-Asian bias, prejudice, and hate.


The production was presented on Broadway On Demand, and will be available to stream until July 22nd. Tickets can still be purchased via donation, with proceeds going directly to Stop AAPI Hate, a non-profit coalition that tracks and responds to incidents of hate, violence, harassment, discrimination, shunning, and bullying against Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States.


A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder is based on a 1907 novel by Roy Horniman. The musical by Robert L. Freedman and Steven Lutvak follows Monty Navarro, a very distant heir to a family fortune who sets out to speed up the line of succession using charm (and murder) with all eight heirs meeting their ends in creative ways.


The abridged version is directed by Alan Muraoka (Sesame Street), with music direction by Steven Cuevas (Once On This Island) and features the talents of Cindy Cheung (13 Reasons Why), Karl Josef Co (Pacific Overtures), Ali Ewoldt (The Phantom of the Opera), Diane Phelan (School of Rock), and Thom Sesma (Sweeney Todd). Lea Salonga also makes an appearance during the stream as the evening’s host.


This production was excellent across the board and thoroughly enjoyable!


The small cast is brilliant! Karl Joseph Co is charismatic as Monty, Diane Phelan sparkles as Sibella, and Ali Ewodlt is a delightful Phoebe. Cindy Cheung and Thom Sesma give tour de force performances as everyone else!


In addition to being a fabulous abridged concert version, the production was incredibly well suited to the world of virtual theatre! Backgrounds and special effects gave the production an exciting depth and rounded out the presentation.


The show is still available to stream for one more day, and you can find tickets at the link below:

https://www.classy.org/event/collaborazian-presents-a-gentlemans-guide-to-love-and-murder/e346282


To learn more and support CollaborAzian and Stop AAPI Hate, you can follow these links:

https://www.collaborazian.com/

https://stopaapihate.org/

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