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KACF continues to collaborate with The Broadway to Boston (B2B) Theater Company, a group that fosters living arts for the Greater Boston area and provides local performers and musicians with an opportunity to share their talents in the Greater Boston communities. This year, B2B in collaboration with KACF, and with the support from , mounted “Musical Ladies: Broadway in Seoul” featuring young artists from the US as well as veteran performers from Korea. The show not only features various favorite tunes from Broadway shows but also, through a clever plot device, a Gayageum/Sori performance. Hopefully, Seoul will someday become a center of musical shows that rivals Broadway!

On the day of the performance, one of the leading actresses suddenly lost her voice and the production faced a crisis which under normal circumstances would have led to cancellation. With a tight budget, neither B2B nor KACF could afford to have an understudy ready for this kind of situation. However, B2B managed to find someone who were willing to brave the situation, quickly learning the numbers, ad libbing the parts (with occasional aid of the visual aid). The actress Caitlin Rose managed to save the day and won the audience’s hearts. A real life story that might happen only in a musical.

Truly, you wouldn’t expect such an unexpected suspense in a well-oiled Broadway machine of a show, but only in a B2B-KACF production, the audience gets to share both the fun and the roller-coaster ride intimately with the young, aspiring and talented performers gathered here. Don’t just take our words, but check for yourself in the highlight video.

Highlights from the Show

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The Cast

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Caitlin Rose

Caitlin, studying at MFA, joined the show literally on the last minute as the original performer unexpectedly lost her voice and had to drop out. Aa a result, she started her role without rehearsal and occasionally had to rely on the visual aid for her lines, but as can be seen on the video, she captivated the audience with her winning performance.

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Hilary Mayer

All the way from Sheboygan, Wisconsin, Hilary Mayer has been on the stage from a young age, and has recently transferred to Berklee College of Music. For the past five summers, she has worked for Pankratz Arts Exchange and performed in their song and dance review shows.

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Heather Lee 이혜승

Heather Lee is the director of the Broadway to Boston (B2B) Theater Compa- ny. She directed Musical Ladies, Blessed and Joyful Night and Broadway to Hollywood part 1 with B2B. She also performed in The King and I as Mrs. Anna (B2B, MA), West Side Story as Rosalia (B2B, MA), Chicago as Matron “Mama” Morton & Velma Kelly (B2B, MA), 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 Pippin as the music director. She took on various roles in other concerts: The Yodler as the director (the Alpin Rose Yodel Club, Korea), Harvard In- ternational Night, Harvard Commencement Concert, Handel Society Con- certs, Haydn Society Concerts, and Summer Concert Series of the Alpin Rose as a performer. She has a ScD in the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

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Shannon Ignatius

Shannon Ignatius is a senior at Berklee College of Music. He has performed in the productions of The Moon Princess (Luna-Hana Theatre Company), Legally Blonde (Arlington Friends of the Drama), Cabaret (Berklee Perfor- mance Centre) among others.

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Sukkyeong Won - Gayaguem/Sori

Sukkyeong Won started her music career early on by singing as her school representative, winning in various competitions and singing in a choir on the national TV. In college, she started to perform as an underground musician. With the singer Choi Bak Ho’s recommendation, she made her first album in 1983, with the debut performance at the National University Concert, and soon the second album followed. Since 1995, she has been living in the US, she also started with Gayageum and Pansori as the only resident person who performs the “Gayageum Byung-Chang” in Boston where she is also known for her traditional Korean paper (Hanji) craft and calligraphy.

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Jyoung Woun Choi - Tenor

Tenor Jyoung Woun Choi recently won the Second Place at the William E. Schmidt Youth Vocal Competition held in NewYork, 2013.
He performed with the Juilliard PreCollege Orchestra at The Peter Jay Sharp Theater and at the Lincoln Center Plaza Paul Hall, where he also gave a recital. His repertoire includes "Pria di partir" from Idomeneo by W.A.Mozart, “A nge adorable” from Romeo et Juliette by Charles Gounod, and “Core 'ngra- to” by Salvatore Cardillo.

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Yu Rang Han - Piano

Born in Seoul, Korea, Yu Rang Han started piano at six, and came to the US after graduating from Dongduk Women’s University. At Berklee, She per- formed in the Singers Showcase as well as in the Ray Charles tribute concert held in the Berklee performance center. She studied with Joanne Brackeen, Frank Carlberg, Bob Winter, Alain Mallet, and Leo Blanco. Currently, she is studying at the Longy School of Music of Bard College in the Piano Perfor- mance Master program, while working as a staff accompanist at the Berklee college of Music. She is currently working on her debut album.

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Yumi Bae - Cello

Yumi Bae is a classically trained cellist. Born in a musical family, she started cello at the age of eight. Besides being a superb soloist with refined sound and techniques, she also participated in chamber ensembles such as Hwaum Bos- ton String Orchestra, Haffner Sinfonietta, Boston Accompanietta and Ensem- ble Rose. Recently, she performed as the featured soloist with the Boston Uni- versity Symphony Orchestra. She studied with Hyejeong Chang, Byeonghun Park, and Huichul Chae. She holds a Masters of Performing Arts from Boston University School of Fine Arts, and is currently a Doctor of Musical Arts candidate under the guidance of Michael Reynolds.

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Helen YoungJi Cho - Violin

Helen YoungJi Cho began playing the violin at age 5. She has won numerous competitions including the Eastside Performing Arts Festival and the Seattle Young Artist Music Festival. Helen has served as concertmaster of the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra, associate concertmaster of the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra, and has soloed works such as the Tchaikovsky violin concerto and Ravel Tzigane with the Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra, Sammamish Sym- phony Orchestra, and Philharmonia Northwest. Helen has a B.A. in Neurobi- ology and minor in Music from Harvard University, and is currently a doctor- al student at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

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Robin Cho - Music Director

Robin Cho (Music Director, B2B) is a composer and pianist from Berklee Col- lege 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.

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Shan Y Chuang - Choreographer

Shan Y Chuang has been dancing and performing since the age of 5. She was trained in classical ballet, Chinese traditional dance as well as in the musical theater dance, tap, jazz and hip hop. She also trained at Circle in the Square Professional Musical Theater Workshop. She is currently a member of LINKED Dance Theater. As a choreographer, she has choreographed numer- ous pieces including “Bang Tshun Hong”, “Lonely Radio”, “All That Jazz”, “Roxie”, “Finale: Nowadays/Keep it Hot”, “Steam Heat”, “Tango Maureen” among others. As a dancer, she was in a piece called “9/11 Table of Silence Project 2015” choreographed by Jacqulyn Buglisi at Lincoln Center and in “Until We Get Caught...” choreographed by Megan Mizanty at Ailey Citi- group Theater. Theater credits include Comfort Women:A New Musical (Off Broadway), Behind the Mask (Lead), Gen (Dolce Vita), The City (Alive Worldwide), Anything Goes (Angel), Smokey Joe’s Cafe (DeLee), Bat Boy, The Lesson (Maid).

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