An Asian-American musical about forbidden love has made its world premiere at The Pasadena Playhouse…
July 21 – August 16, 2015 at The Pasadena Playhouse
Published : Thursday, June 25, 2015 | 2:56 PM
The Pasadena Playhouse (Sheldon Epps, Artistic Director) announced today full casting for A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN. Conceived, written and directed by Randy Johnson, with choreography by Patricia Wilcox and musical direction by Tyler Evans. A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN stars Mary Bridget Davies, following her Tony Award® nominated Broadway run. Pasadena native Kacee Clanton, also from the Broadway production of A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN, will alternate the role of Janis Joplin with Davies…
Returning from his Playhouse debut in DANGEROUS BEAUTY, Marcus Choi stars as the Thai minister in WATERFALL. We had a chance to ask him a few questions.
Q: How does it feel to return to The Playhouse stage? And welcome back!
A: It feels amazing. It’s such an honor to be part of The Pasadena Playhouse family. I have the utmost respect for Sheldon Epps and the theatre. All the work The Playhouse does has such integrity. Also, I’m from Los Angeles so it’s special to me that I get to work locally for one on the best theatres in town.
Q: You’re starring in George Takei’s Broadway musical Allegiance this fall. What’s it like working with the legendary actor?
A: George is so boisterous and lively, in everyday life and as a performer. He’s so giving and kind, and such a role model to younger actors as an example of a lifelong career.
The theatre is special because you go through rehearsals and the tech process, and you really become a family. I enjoyed getting to know George in the workshops, and I look forward to getting to know him better in the fall.
Q: As an actor, what’s one question that you never get tired of hearing?
A: There’s one answer I never get tired of saying. You can ask the question multiple ways, but it’s basically, “Do you have any advice for younger actors?” The thing I try to stress is the importance of staying hungry and trying to stay passionate about your career. I’ve been a performer for the last 20 years and people ask me, “How have you been in the business for so long?” The truth is that most of the time, I don’t feel like I’m working. When I’m passionate about something, I feel like I get to play and have fun for my career. I guess the trick is to remember where the initial love came from and continue to be passionate about that.
To learn more about Marcus, visit MarcusChoi.net.
WATERFALL tickets may be purchased online or by calling 626-356-7529.