I am working with the talented Ali Ewoldt, currently starring as Christine in Broadway's The Phantom of the Opera, in her Feinstein's/54 Below solo debut on Sunday, March 12th at 9:30PM.
She made her Broadway debut in 2006 in Mr. Mackintosh's first Broadway revival of LES MISERABLES as Cosette. She joined the company direct from playing Tuptim in the Chicago Lyric Opera production of The King & I, and appeared in the original cast of the 2015 Tony award winning revival at Lincoln Center Theater. Other credits include Luisa in The Fantasticks (Off-Broadway), Maria in West Side Story (first national tour), Lili in Carnival! (Musicals Tonight) and the national tour of LES MISERABLES.
Doors open at 8:45PM; show is at 9:30PM. $25-$35 cover charge. $60 premium seating. $25 food and beverage minimum.
HUMANS OF SESAME STREET
After a sold-out show at the Museum of the Moving Image in NYC, The Humans of Sesame Street is ready to visit your city or town! Perfect for theatres, museums, colleges, and other performance venues, this show pays tribute to the human cast of the iconic children's television series Sesame Street. Join cast members Bob McGrath (Bob), Sonia Manzano (Maria), Roscoe Orman (Gordon), Alan Muraoka (Alan), Emilio Delgado (Luis) and Allison Bartlett (Gina) as they share their unique stories. (Cast members may vary depending on availability)
Through classic clips, music photographs, and live performance, you will understand the humor and the heart that has made Sesame Street the world's most beloved and revered children's show. A beloved memory is priceless, and Sesame Street has been creating these memories for 46 years (and counting!). Click here for more information on booking.
Jason Ma's musical Gold Mountain was chosen as one of 4 musicals to be highlighted at the 2016 ASCAP/Dreamworks Musical Theatre Workshop under the leadership of Oscar, Tony, and Grammy-winning composer Stephen Schwartz. Gold Mountain was granted a staged reading on Tuesday, February 16th at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Los Angeles.
Gold Mountain is the musical journey of the Chinese men who came to California to build the Central Pacific Railroad, urged on by stories of unlimited wealth and opportunity in this new world, only to discover the harsh realities that awaited them.
Click here for more information on this project and to listen to excerpts from the show.
AWESOMER & AWESOMER!!!
(Check back for our next performance dates)
This revue by composer/lyricist Phoebe Kreutz highlights her unique and spirited take on life, love and tacos. Her downtown “joke-folk” ditties get reimagined for a theatrical evening complete with props and fancy dancing. AWESOMER AND AWESOMER!!! features the talents of Ann Harada (TV’s Smash, Broadway revival of Cinderella), Carey Anderson (Mamma Mia!, Avenue Q), Gwen Hollander (Little Women) and Travis Morin (Broadway Boys) . Musical direction is by Jason Loffredo (Xanadu) and musical supervision is by Gary Adler (Altar Boyz), with choreography by Michael Mindlin (Bring It On). The evening will be directed by Alan Muraoka (NAATCO’s Falsettoland and Sesame Street).
Here’s what Seth Rudetsky, has to say about the show:
“At the beginning of the week, I saw a show at the Triad called Awesomer and Awesomer and it was so great! Phoebe Kreutz writes folk-joke songs (a genre I never heard of but when you hear the music, you'll understand the name) and Alan Muraoka helped take her solo songs and turn them into an evening of various solos, duets and group numbers. Alan's direction was amazing and each number was so well-staged and acted“
– Seth Rudetsky on Playbill.com
And here’s what Tony-winning playwright David Henry Hwang had to say:
"AWESOMER & AWESOMER is a little gem: hilarious, smart, heartfelt, and beautifully performed. I had a thoroughly enoyable time at the best revue I've seen in years."
– David Henry Hwang
CHRISTMAS EVE'S HOLIDAY HUNKFEST
On December 12th, 2016 at Howl At The Moon in NYC, I had the honor of directing our 6th installment of this fun and unpredictable evening starring Ann Harada as Avenue Q's Christmas Eve, the opinionated, heavily accented therapist. Santa grants Christmas Eve's wish to perform with Broadway's most talented, hilarious and gorgeous leading men. This year's lineup of hunks included Tony-winner James Monroe Iglehart, Santino Fontana (Cinderella, My Crazy Ex Girlfriend), Jay Armstrong Johnson (Candide, On The Town), Devin Ilwa (Miss Saigon), Corey Cott (Bandstand), Ryan Silverman (Finian's Rainbow), Bobby Conte Thornton (Bronx Tale) , Aaron Findley (Kinky Boots), Jordan Gelber (Avenue Q), Howie Michael Smith (America's Got Talent), Michael Mindlin (Aladdin), Donald Jones Jr. (Sweet Charity) and Colin Cunliffe (Pippin). The evening featured choreography by Michael Mindlin and music direction by Gary Adler.
Martin Casella's haunting play, The Report just completed its run at NY International Fringe festival, and was met with full houses and critical success. Here's what the critics said:
"Huge kudos to director Alan Muraoka for wringing the best out of his actors and his staging, and… last but not least, here's hoping that the show will move, get booked for a run. It's well worth seeing again and again." - Julia Polinsky, Theatrescene.com
"The play unfolds as a mystery story. Director Alan Muraoka plunges the audience into the terror and confusion of inciting disaster… This is a verbal play that asks the audience to lean forward and listen closely, but the theatricality of Muraoka's production holds our attention" - Jason Jacobs, nytheaternow.com
"Director Alan Muraoka does a splendid job keeping things well-paced and accessible for the audience, despite the numerous characters who are being portrayed, the back-and-forth movement of time, and the layers of information we need to sift through." – -
Howard Miller, upstage-downstage.blogspot.com
"The Report is exceptionally well staged by director Alan Muraoka" -
Roark Littlefield, Stagebuddy.com
"4 STARS! "Gripping." -
Dana Varinsky, Time Out
"Director Alan Muraoka marshals the 12-person ensemble through a barrage of overlapping scenes jumping across time and space…Muraoka thrillingly succeeds in not only keeping everything straight, but adding the little details that one would expect from a particularly good mystery novel." - Zachary Stewart, TheaterMania
MACY'S THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE ON NBC
For the 4th year, I choreographed for the Sesame Street float. The float highlighted members of the cast of Sesame Street, as well as the loveable and popular Muppets. Our special guest this year was Chris Jackson (Hamilton, Bull).
ONCE ON THIS ISLAND
April 9 - May 4, 2014
Olney Theatre .
My new concept for this show takes this beautiful show and gives it more resonance for a 2014 audience, and the critics agree:
“Once on This Island” at the Olney Theatre Center is a burst of spring, a warm 90-minute fairy tale told to breezy Caribbean rhythms…a light-footed charmer”
– Nelson Pressley, The Washington Post
5 out of 5 stars “Director Alan Muraoka brings a stroke of genius to this musical with his framework for the production. Setting the opening scene in a storm crisis center, it draws a current emotional connecting bridge to the way a weather event can upend the lives of an island and the importance of telling a story. Muraoka draws together an exceptionally talented group of performers to bring a resplendent jubilance to the stage in this moving tale of compassion and life.
– Amanda Gunther, dcmetrotheaterarts.com
“Veteran theatre director Alan Muraoka…assembled a talented cast and creative team to deliver a tightly-staged, colorful spectacle in which the story showcases the best of humanity but at times presents a dark reality. He uses a Red Cross shelter following the storm as the setting in the present to symbolically remind the audience of the effects of such disasters on the population, which have been all too common in Haiti. These efforts come into play in Once On This Island as the high-voltage performers are clothed in vivid and at times, rather unconventional Caribbean garb while a stunning set provides an attractive and functional backdrop. Add to that the splashy bright pastel lighting and excellent sound design and you have a first-rate production through and through…This well directed and performed production is worthy of the standing ovation it received.”
– Steve Charling, mdtheatreguide.com
“Once On This Island” at the Olney Theatre Center is just plain exceptional…If you've ever watched "Sesame Street" during the last 16 years you'd recognize the Director, Alan Muraoka…And what a Director he is. He has done a masterful job with this production and amazing cast
– Charles Shubow, BroadwayWorld.com