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The Wedding Banquet
Opens in Novell Hall, Taipei, Taiwan August 8, 2003, 7.30pm Tickets info:

The Karaoke Show
Extended Indefinitely!

Little Known Fact

In 1998, eight times a week on Broadway, Tyley Ross and Welly Yang played Chris and Thuy, mortal enemies in Miss Saigon. Today, they are playing life-long partners Simon and Wai-Tung, in the world premiere production of THE WEDDING BANQUET in Taiwan, Singapore, and Seattle!

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Want to be involved in the Concert of Excellence at Lincoln Center on Dec. 1st. This highly anticipated follow up event to last year's sold-out Carnegie Hall with broadway and movie stars needs key volunteers (marketing, production, community outreach, VIP handling). Please contact Angela Lee () if interested.

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From the Editor's Desk
Songs from Making Tracks was a great success on July 19. Thanks to all of you who came out to support it. There is so much excitement at 2g! The new musical The Wedding Banquet is set to open in Taipei in just under 2 weeks. Thus far, rehearsals have been going really well. The Wedding Banquet has also gotten some great coverage, including a profile on Welly Yang on Visit and click on 'press' to read all the latest. For all those who are out there in Asia, it would be a sin to miss it! Get your tickets before it's too late! And, big congrats to Anita Cheung for being our Karaoke Idol Grand Finals Champion - crowned last month. If you missed it, don't worry! An all new Kidol Challenge began on July 10! Rumor has it - the grand prize is to catch the show in Hawaii next year.... so get yourself in! And, if you are interested in joining all this excitement, contact us! 2g is now hiring!

Grace Leung, editor

  Behind the Scenes: The Wedding Banquet - An Update!

The show will open in Taipei in just two weeks. How is it looking you wonder? Well, according to Welly Yang, founder and artistic director of Second Generation, who will star in the role of Wei-Tung, The Wedding Banquet "is the most ambitious project 2g has ever taken on. [The show] is funny as hell and poignant as hell." And why shouldn't it be? []

Meet the Artist: Steve Park - Comedian At Large

You may have seen him on Mad About You, Friends, or Fargo. Or maybe you remember his starring role on In Living Color. Perhaps you've stopped by The Karaoke Show recently. No matter where you've seen him, Steve Park has always been a funny guy. To you, that is. But Steve hardly considers himself a natural comedian or born actor. He thought about being a doctor, hated doing stand-up routines, and wrote an open letter to Hollywood condemning racism in the industry. Whatever you've thought of Steve Park before, know now that he is not just your average comedian. [].

Steve as the lamenting husband in The Karaoke Show

Q: How did the idea for Concert of Excellence come about?
Welly Yang, Second Generation Founder and Artistic Director, originated Concert of Excellence (COE) in order to provide deserved recognition to leading artists of Asian heritage. "At the same time, it also inspires a new generation of theater artists and provides crucial funds for Second Generation to give voice to that new generation and enable our vibrant stories to reach the world," says Welly.

Each year, these individuals have been recognized with the Remy Martin X.O Excellence Award. Previous honorees include Oscar-winning composer Tan Dun, Golden Globe nominated director Shekhar Kapur (Elizabeth and the upcoming Phantom of the Opera), platinum recording artist Coco Lee, Jason Scott Lee, and director Zhang Yi Mou (Raise the Red Lantern, Hero).

The first was held in 2001 at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall. The second year was another sold-out extravaganza, this time at Carnegie Hall. The third COE promises to be yet another star-studded celebration. Mark your calendar - December 1, 2003 at Lincoln Center's State Theater.

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