Tony-nominated screen and stage actor Ken Watanabe is battling stomach cancer.
Entertainment Weekly reports the man who portrayed the King in the Broadway revival of the King & I recently underwent surgery after an early diagnosis.
Watanabe had been scheduled to revive his 2015 role March 1 – April … Read more
By Lia Chang
The 2015 Broadway Cast Recording of the Lincoln Center Theater production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s THE KING AND I starring six-time Tony Award nominee Kelli O’Hara (THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA, SOUTH PACIFIC) as Anna Leonowens and newly minted Tony Award nominee (Best … Read more
This happened so quickly I had to read it twice to make sure I wasn’t hallucinating.
In a letter published in Broadway World responding to concerns about yellowcasting in its production of The King & I, Dallas Summer Musicals’ president Michael Jenkins wrote:
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By Ernabel Demillo
Asian Americans theater actors are suddenly in demand. With several big name revivals opening in 2015, along with more plays and musicals focusing on the Asian and Asian American narrative, Asian American actors are finding their names high on the list of casting agents.
According to the Asian American Performers Action Coalition … Read more
Some of the names you’ve probably already know–people like Daniel Dae Kim of Hawaii Five-O and Naveen Andrews of Lost.
Others you may recognize but not know by … Read more
A story in Yahoo sets up a seeming contradiction.
The majority of roles for actors from Asia in Hollywood have gone to men. Jackie Chan, Chow Yun-Fat, Jet Li, and Ken Watanabe are some of the big name from Asia that have starred in movies produced by Hollywood studios.
For Asian American actors, the exact … Read more