National Asian Artists Project (NAAP) To Present OLIVER!


Bonhale Zohn Fambrini as Oliver!

One of the highlights of last year was the production of Hello, Dolly! that was put on by an entirely Asian cast at the National Asian Artists Project.  I never saw a cast have such a great time performing a show before.  Asian actors who had wanted to be in Hello, Dolly! all their lives were getting their chance to shine.  There was a sense of joy about that production that I’ll never forget.

This year the same group will be putting on a production of Oliver!  I can hardly wait.  Oliver! is a show that I’ve never seen performed on the stage.  Since the 1960’s, it was only briefly on Broadway, and seen by New York City audiences, in 1984, when a London production came here and closed soon after opening, so it’s about time it came back – and it will be done to perfection by NAAP!

The star of this upcoming and long-awaited production is Bonhale Zohn Fambrini, who will be playing Oliver.  Also joining Fambrini are Raul Aranas (Fagin), Anthea Neri (Nancy), Whit Lee (The Artful Dodger), Scott Watanabe (Mr. Bumble), Mel Sagrado Maghuyop (Bill Sikes), David Shih (Mr. Sowerberry), Tony Romero (Dr. Grimwig), John Haggerty (Mr. Brownlow), Connor Johnston(Noah Claypole), Virginia Wing (Mrs. Bedwin), Cindy Cheung (Widow Corney), Kendyl Ito (Bet, Old Sally), Fay Ann Lee (Mrs. Sowerberry), and Rebecca Lee Lerman (Charlotte Sowerberry).  I wish a nice Broadway “break a leg” to everybody!

It’s a limited engagement – June 5 – 7, 2014.  The minute the tickets went on sale, I made sure I reserved mine.

Here’s more information, below.  See you all there!

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For Immediate Release Media Contact: Richard Skipper, Richard Skipper Celebrates!
Phone: (845) 365-0720 TW: @richardskipper e-mail:
National Asian Artists Project To Present All-Asian Production of
Classic Broadway Hit Musical OLIVER!

Production to Have Limited Engagement
at The Pershing Square Signature Center in NYC, June 5-7, 2014

(May 8th, 2014– New York, NY) – Furthering their mission to showcase the work of Asian-American theatre artists through performance, outreach and educational programming, National Asian Artists Project (NAAP) has produced over the past four years “Oklahoma”, “Carousel”, and “Hello Dolly!” as part of their Re-Discover Series using all Asian casts. The setting for this year’s production will move across the pond to Charles Dickens’ London with the production of the classic award-winning musical, OLIVER!. With book, music and lyrics by Lionel Bart, OLIVER! has become one of the most popular and best-loved musicals in the world. The 1983 London revival of Oliver! transferred to Broadway in 1984. It opened at The Mark Hellinger Theater and ran from April 29, 1984 through May 13, 1984, for 17 performances and 13 previews.

NAAP’s production will be under the direction of Steven Eng with choreography by Broadway legend Baayork Lee, the original ‘Connie Wong’ in the original cast of “Chorus Line”. This multi-talented cast includes Raul Aranas as Fagin, Anthea Neri as Nancy and Bonale Zohn Fambrini as Oliver.
NAAP is delighted to be returning to The Pershing Square Signature Center (480 W. 42nd Street) again this year to present this production of OLIVER! in The Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre. The show will open on Thursday, June 5th at 7:30PM. Additional performances are scheduled for Friday, June 6th at 7:30PM and Saturday, June 7th at 2PM and 7:30PM.
There will be a 65-member cast consisting of 20 children, 25 professional actors and 20 members of the NAAP Broadway Community Chorus. This benefit production will be fully staged, complete with sets and costumes.

Tickets are $75, $50 & $25 and are on sale now at Ticket Central. Tickets can be purchased through Ticket Central via or by calling 212-279-4200, or in person at 416 W. 42nd Street (12-8pm daily).

The Pershing Square Signature Center, the permanent home of Signature Theatre, is a three-theatre facility on West 42nd Street designed by Frank Gehry Architects to host Signature’s three distinct playwrights’ residencies and foster a cultural community. The Center is a major contribution to New York City’s cultural landscape and provides a venue for cultural organizations that supports and encourages collaboration among artists throughout the space. In addition to its three intimate theatres, the Center features a studio theatre, rehearsal studio, a bookstore, and Signature Cafe and Bar, open to public from noon-midnight Tuesdays – Sundays. For more information on renting the Center, please visit

NAAP exists to be a leader in educating, cultivating and stimulating audiences and artists – current and future – through showcasing exceptional work by vibrant artists of Asian descent. Art constantly evolves and NAAP strives to command a place at the fore with a uniquely compelling American voice.


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