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Guest Starring on “Grey’s Anatomy” TONIGHT – Thursday 10/2/14 ABC @ 8:00PM

Grey’s Anatomy Season 11 Episode 2

I will be guest starring on Grey’s Anatomy  (Season 11, episode 2) tonight at 8PM (7 CST) on ABC.  I get to play Eric Patel, the husband to a sick, pregnant, wife named Rita.

Anisha Nagarajan and Manu Narayan on set at Grey's Anatomy

Anisha Nagarajan and Manu Narayan on set at Grey’s Anatomy

It was a wonderful surprise to arrive on set and see that Rita would be played by a dear friend and colleague of mine Anisha Nagarajan, from my hometown – Pittsburgh.   Anisha, known for her work on Outsourced, was my co-star on Broadway in the Andrew Lloyd Weber/A.R. Rahman musical Bombay Dreams.

Manu Narayan (Akaash) and Anisha Nagarajan (Priya) in the Original Broadway cast of Bombay Dreams

Manu Narayan (Akaash) and Anisha Nagarajan (Priya) in the Original Broadway cast of Bombay Dreams

She moved out to LA a few years ago with her husband, Aalok Mehta, another Bombay Dreams alumnus.  I hadn’t seen her in many years and what a wonderful reunion we had during our week on the set.

Rita (Anisha Nagarajan) and Eric Patel (Manu Narayan) at Grey's Anatomy's Seattle Grace Hospital on ABC.

Rita (Anisha Nagarajan) and Eric Patel (Manu Narayan) at Grey’s Anatomy’s Seattle Grace Hospital on ABC.

 

During my time on the set, I was reunited with so many colleagues from the my time in New York City.  Jessica Capshaw and I acted in Eric Bogosian’s subUrbia revival at Second Stage a few years ago in Manhattan.  She plays Dr. Arizona Robbins.  She was so wonderful in subUrbia. It was nice to catch up on the west coast and get to act with her again.

Jessica Capshaw (Dr. Arizona Robbins) and Manu Narayan (Eric Patel) on set at Grey's Anatomy

Jessica Capshaw (Dr. Arizona Robbins) and Manu Narayan (Eric Patel) on set

Kelly McCreary is playing Dr. Maggie Pierce and is the new lead on the show.  I met her in Baltimore a few years ago at the Baltimore Center Stage Caroline, or Change opening night party  .  She was acting under the direction of dear friend David Schweizer. We have gotten a chance to see each other a few times since at auditions.  Look at her now, I am so happy for her.

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Manu Narayan and Kelly McCreary on set

 I got to work with some really nice people like series regular Jerrika Hinton who plays Dr. Stephanie Edwards, Camille Luddington, who plays Dr. Jo Wilson, and director/ executive producer Rob Corn who was so generous, efficient, and was the catalyst for everything to go smoothly.

 Thank you ABC and Grey’s and I hope that you all enjoy the show tonight! 

Jerrika Hinton and Manu Narayan.

Jerrika Hinton and Manu Narayan.

Lia Chang: Nov. 4: The Jungle Book’s André De Shields Nominated for Jeff Award; will perform “I Wanna to Be Like You” at Ceremony

Congratulations To Andre DeShields for his Jeff Nomination for Mary Zimmerman’s “The Jungle Book.”  It also Features my Bombay Dreams Co-Star Anjali Bhimani.

Backstage Pass with Lia Chang

It’s been quite a jazzy year for Two-time Tony Award nominee and Broadway legend André De Shields, who completed his run as King Louie and Akela in the world premiere of Mary Zimmerman’s adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s THE JUNGLE BOOK, a co-production of Chicago’s Goodman Theatre and Boston’s Huntington Theatre on October 20, 2013.

For his critically-acclaimed role as King Louie, André has been nominated for a Jeff Award for Outstanding Achievement in the category of Actor in a Supporting Role – Musical, and recently garnered a 2013 BTAA for Best Featured Actor in a Play (Musical or Revue) at The 19th Annual Black Theater Alliance Awards, which honor excellence in African American theater and dance productions in the Chicago area.

On Monday, November 4, 2013, I’m off to Chicago with André, The Jungle Book‘s musicians Ronnie Malley and Neel Murgai to attend the 45th Annual Jeff…

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GETTIN’ THE BAND BACK TOGETHER at George Street Playhouse, NJ from 9/24-10/27/13

I am having a blast in rehearsals for Ken Davenport’s new musical Gettin’ The Band Back Together (previously known as Garage Band: the musical) at George Street Playhouse in New Brunswick, NJ. Performances run September 24th – October 27th, 2013. Opening night is scheduled for October 4th at 8PM.

Getting_the_band_back_together_flyer1This original Mike Myers/Will Farrell style ensemble musical is about four high school friends from a small town in New Jersey, who, while grappling with turning 40, reunite their hometown garage band to reclaim their dreams and finally triumph over their high school nemesis.

The cast is incredibly talented with the resumes that speak to their superb singing, acting, dancing and instrumental skills. The rehearsal room is a constant source of fun as we are having a ball collaborating with the creative team here in New Brunswick, NJ. I am hopeful that this funny, poignant musical will be a hit here and later up the New Jersey transit lines to Manhattan.  You definitely will be humming the tunes back home from the theatre.

I won’t give away too much, but our re-formed band of heroes are called “Juggernaut.” It consists of four high school classmates: I play Robbie, the dermatologist on keyboards;  my fellow Carnegie Mellon alumnus Mitchell Jarvis (Rock of Ages) is Mitch the investment banker and lead singer;  Jay Klaitz (High Fidelity) is Bart, the high school math teacher on Bass; Adam Monley (Mamma Mia!) is Sulley, the hometown cop on drums, as the reuniting band mates.  Newcomer to the band is Evan Daves (The Coast of Utopia) on guitar.  The cast also features two-time Tony nominee Alison Fraser (GSP’s Lend Me a Tenor, Gypsy on Broadway) as Sharon, Mitch’s mom, and another fellow Carnegie Mellon alumnus and classmate of mine Brandon Williams (TV’s “Entourage,” “Stay at Home Dad”) as Tygen, the band’s high school arch-nemesis.  The company is rounded out by Heather Brave (Circle of Friends) as Billie , Michelle Duffy (Leap of Faith) as Dani, Ryan Duncan (Soul Doctor) as Dr. Patel, Sr., Deidre Goodwin (A Chorus Line) as Officer Roxy, Christopher Gurr (Memphis national tour) as Sargent Sullivan & JP, Garth Kravits (The Drowsy Chaperone) as Ritchie, Emily McNamara (NEWSical the Musical) as Tawney, and Tad Wilson (Wonderland) as the Mayor.

photo courtesy of Ken Davenport productions

The cast and creative team of “Gettin’ the Band Back Together” at George Street Playhouse. photo courtesy of Ken Davenport productions

Mitch Jarvis (MITCH) on a Coffee Break

CMU Alumnus Mitch Jarvis (MITCH) on a Coffee Break

Jay Klaiitz (BART) on Bass in “Juggernaut” music rehearsal

Evan Daves,Ryan Duncan, Heather Brave,

Evan Daves (RICKY), Ryan Duncan (Dr. PATEL), Heather Brave (BILLIE) in GTBBT Rehearsal at Davenport Studios, NYC 8/27/13

Fellow CMU Alumnnus Brandon Williams (TYGEN), Deidre Goodwin (ROXY), Emily McNamara (TAWNEY) at Davenport Studios in NYC 8/27/2013

Fellow CMU Alumnnus Brandon Williams (TYGEN), Deidre Goodwin (ROXY), Emily McNamara (TAWNEY) at Davenport Studios in NYC 8/27/2013

Tony Award-winner John Rando (Urinetown, GSP’s Toxic Avenger) is director of Gettin’ The Band Back Together which is written by Ken Davenport and The Grundelshotz, with additional material by Sarah Saltzberg, and music and lyrics by Mark Allen.  Fred Hartenstein is Stage Manager.

Orchestrations are by Doug KatsarosFred Lassen serves as musical director, Kelly Devine is choreographer. Creating the world of the play are scenic designer Derek McLane, lighting designer Ken Billington, costume designer Gregory Gale and sound designer Peter Fitzgerald.

George Street Playhouse is run by Artistic Director David Saint.  It was founded in 1974 by former Rutgers faculty member Eric Krebs.

Discount code using the word BOMBAY

GSP flyer advertising the 2 for 1 discount code using the code BOMBAY

A 2 for 1 ticket deal is available using the code “Bombay” which harkens back to my Broadway debut as the lead in AR Rahman’s Bombay Dreams.

Read more about Gettin’ the Band Back Together

George Street Playhouse

Manu Narayan, Alison Fraser, Garth Kravits, Emily McNamara and More Set for Gettin’ The Band Back Together at George Street Playhouse, September 24-October 27, 2013 – Backstage Pass with Lia Chang

Alison Fraser & Mitchell Jarvis to Lead GETTIN’ THE BAND BACK TOGETHER at George Street Playhouse; Full Cast Announced by www.broadwayworld.com