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Token Theatre Friends: Ali Ewoldt On Why Psychologists Make Great Actors

The first Asian American Christine in ‘Phantom of the Opera’ discusses how she got into theatre, plus a review of ‘Daddy’ by Jeremy O. Harris.

Twice a month on the Token Theatre Friends video series and podcasts, theatre critics (and theatre besties) Jose Solís and Diep Tran bring a POC perspective to the performing arts.

On this episode the Friends interview Ali Ewoldt, who made Broadway history when she became the first Asian American to play Christine in Phantom of the Operaon Broadway. This month she’s back singing Andrew Lloyd Webber’s songs in a 54 Below concert dedicated to Webber’s work. She also talks about how her psychology degree from Yale has made her a better actor, andher upcoming role in a new musical about the Chinese railroad workers.

Watch the video of the interview below.

On the podcast, the Friends have included the audio of the interview and review three shows currently running in New York City:

Daddy by Jeremy O. Harris, about a young black man who gets into a relationship with a much older, wealthy white man. (Through March 31, $40-$135)

Anything That Gives Off Light, co-created by the TEAM and the National Theatre of Scotland. Two Scots and one American meet in a bar in London and bond over their messy personal lives and loss of national identity. (Through March 30, $35)

Recent Alien Abductions by Jorge Ignacio Cortiñas about trauma, family, and “The X-Files.” (Through March 24, $15-$45)

Plus, the Friends close out the podcast by discussing “Leaving Neverland,” the Michael Jackson documentary, what it means for the Michael Jackson jukebox musical that’s supposedly coming to Broadway next summer, and if it’s possible to separate the art from the artist.

Download the episode here.

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