KACF is co-sponsoring the upcoming concert titled “Broadway to Hollywood”, an evening of musical numbers from such favorite musical-films as The King and I, West Side Story and Chicago.
The newly formed group “Broadway to Boston Theater Company” (B2B - Heather Lee, leader; Robin Cho, music director) is composed of veteran musical performers and musicians in the Boston area with Korean roots, and aims to further enrich the music culture for the community audience while creating various performance opportunities for the budding musical talents. In their inaugural concert, hosted by ECC Oasis Cafe and co-sponsored by KACF, the program is built around segments of three beloved musicals from the past and the recent: The King and I, West Side Story and Chicago. The evening promises to be a delightful sampling of exciting and beautiful moments from these classics. The casts include veteran and budding musical talents backed by the superb band of Berklee musicians. The concert is free for seniors and children. Donation of 10$ or more for regular admission would be great and help us support musicians.
The following are the bios of the cast:
Gina Chung has a Master’s degree in vocal performance from Boston Conservatory. She appeared in the musical “Jesus Christ Super Star (Maria)”, “Beauty and the Beast, Swing" (Bell, Barbette) as well as highlight shows of “The Phantom of the Opera (Christine)", "Grease, (Sandy)” among others. She also performed as a member of KBS broadcasting. She won a Korean National Drama Award for Best New Actress. She is currently the director of Boston Korean Musical Singers.
Hugh Cha appeared in Off Broadway shows such as Bronze Mirror(Fang Hou/Second Master) and Chalk Circle(Guard). He lso performed in The King and I as Lun Tha (Lyric Theatre of OK), Anything Goes-Luke (North Shore Music Theatre, MA), Proper Place-Tomsett/Tiger (Goodspeed Opera House, CT), Archives & Etchings(Principle Dancer), Miss Saigon(Thuy) in various parts of the US; Film Credits include A Story of the Woods(Lead, Rochester Film Festival Shoestring Trophy), Love Me Tango. He also performed as dancer in Ground Hounds Breakdance Crew, Kinnect Modern Dance Company, ROC Multicultural Dance Group; MFA, Boston Conservatory, BFA, Brigham Young University. (www.hughcha.com)
Heather Lee performed in Ruth The Musical as Naomi (KCB), K-Pop Night(KCB) and participated in Hair as the vocal coach (The Longwood Players, MA), as well as in Cinderella, Snow White The Musical, and Pipin as the director. She took on various roles in other concerts: The Yodler as director (the Alpin Rose Yodel Club, Korea), Harvard International Night, Harvard Commencement Concert, Harvard annual Christmas Concert, Handel Society Annual Concerts, Haydn Society Annual Concerts, Annual Summer Concert Series of the Alpin Rose as a member of performers. She has a ScD in School of Public Health from Harvard University.
Ian DePriest majors in theater performance at Berklee College of Music. Past credits include Legally Blonde (Padamadan),Hair (Ensemble), and Into The Woods (Cinderella's Prince).
Robin Cho (Music Director) is a composer and pianist from Berklee College of Music and has been actively playing in the field of dance and theater. She composed the music for "Ruth: The Musical". She joined the B2BTC as the music director.
Martha Simmons (Choreographer) is a native Texan who just recently graduated from The Boston Conservatory with an MFA in Musical Theater. Some of her favorite roles include: Miss Dorothy (Millie), Cinderella (Into the Woods), Scotty (Merrily We Roll Along), and Tammy (Hairspray!). She has performed at TMEA, TETA, been a recording vocalist for Stemscope Music Educational Records, and been in three small films; Sub-Normal, El Nino, and Quitting Time. On top of performing she is also a choreographer and has choreographed many things in the Dallas & Central Texas area as well as assisted with shows at The Boston Conservatory including Hair and Elegies. While attending Boston Conservatory she has also worked for her church here in Boston, City on a Hill Church, helping lead worship.
The members of the band are Chungsung Ethan Kim (Piano), Lydia Yu-Lin Wang (Violin), Seungho Jang (Bass).