April 24th, 2002
Veteran of the
442nd Donates Purple Heart to Making Tracks
by Brian Yorkey - Co-Bookwriter/Lyricist
A veteran from the 442nd Regimental Combat Team came to the show on the
afternoon of Saturday the 20th, loved the production, and met the cast
afterwards. (The 442nd is the all-Japanese-American WWII battalion that
became the most highly decorated unit in military history). The gentleman
told us he wanted to donate his Purple Heart and 442nd insignia patch to
the show. After thanking him profusely (and after many pictures were
taken of us all), I gave him my card and expected he'd contact us. To be
honest, I didn't quite understand at the time why exactly he would want to
donate his Purple Heart.
Turns out he showed up the next day (Sunday, before the last show of our
Issaquah run) with an envelope containing his Purple Heart and 442nd uniform
insignia and a letter asking that they travel with the show, so that the
actor can wear them in the scene at the end of the first act in which the
soldier returns from war. He didn't leave a name. His accompanying letter
said "The items are given to the show as a token of appreciation and for luck.
Please respect and honor them so that the emblems and all veterans who have
received them will be honored and appreciated."
That afternoon, Mike Lee wore the medal in the scene in which he plays young
Paul Narita, returning from Europe having lost a leg in combat. I hadn't
yet heard about the actual donation, so as I was sitting there in the fifth
row I saw the medal over Mike's heart and thought "is that a new costume
piece? I don't remember...ohhhhh...that must be...he must have...Wow." It
was incredibly moving. I later heard from a couple of the actors on stage
with Mike that they, too, were taken by surprise, fighting back tears as
they realized how the medal had come to be pinned over his heart.
According to his letter, the man wanted his donation to be anonymous, to
honor the veterans of the 442nd and of all wars. An incredible gesture. He
had dropped off his medal and disappeared.
But with a little detective work, I was able to reach him by phone the next
day. Our benefactor insisted on remaining anonymous. "It's not about one
person," he told me, "It's in honor of all the veterans, of all the men who
made the sacrifice." He reiterated his wish that the medal and the patch
travel with the show, wherever it may go. The best gratitude he could
receive, he said, and the best way to honor his gift, was to continue
bringing the messages of MAKING TRACKS to audiences across the country. I
promised we would continue to strive to do just that. It's our great privilege
to honor the men of the 442nd, and all Americans who have sacrificed in the
service of freedom.
Making Tracks is playing at the Village Theater until May 12th.
BOX OFFICE: (425) 257-8600, or stop by 2710 Wetmore Avenue, Everett, WA,12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. For more info, go to www.villagetheatre.org
What the SEATTLE PRESS has to say about MAKING TRACKS:
"Making Tracks is a stunning rock-music saga of Asian immigration to America.
The show...[with] its youthful fire, shakes the walls with nonstop rock 'n roll
energy" - The Eastside Journal
"The latest version of Making Tracks may be the greatest compilation of Asian
American Talent on stage-- ever. The struggle, history and romance in Making
Tracks is right on par with that in Les Miserables. Moreover, the energy and
passion seen in this show rivals the power and excitement of RENT and stands
up to any great musical theatre experience I ve had, on or off Broadway. You
will laugh, cry and be swept away. Everyone Asian American or not can enjoy
this show, because it is not just an Asian American story, it is an American
story. A sense of pride and joy can be felt for something that has long been
overdue: a story told through [Asian American] eyes and delivered by a cast
of veterans of the most prestigious stage venues in this country. Go see
this show. Take your friends and family. And let everyone know around
you that you have done your part: you have done your part and witnessed
Asian American history." -International Examiner
"Making Tracks should have audiences making tracks to the Eastside-based Village
Theatre to experience its artistry and passion. Jamie H.J. Guan's Chinese movement
choreography achieves some dazzling effects and Steve Tomkin's handles the brassy
San Francisco nightclub numbers with easygoing aplomb. UndeJeff Steitzer's concise
and staccato paced direction, they move the all-ready impressive work to a new
level." - Broadwaysbiggesthits.com
"Enthusiastically received by a diverse crowd opening night...This musical promises
much, not only for itself but for Asian American productions yet to be written."
"Polished, performed with passion by a strong ensemble, staged efficiently by
Jeff Steitzer, and undeniably stirring at times... Group anthems and bravado
ballads with scale-climbing climaxes dominate. The gifted main actors sing
out with fervor and vocal gusto... This musical style is clearly accessible and
quite appealing to many theatergoers." -Seattle Times
February 21st, 2000
NEWS RELEASE: from Village Theatre in Issaquah and Everett
LOCAL AND BROADWAY LUMINARIES' PASSION BRINGS ORIGINAL ASIAN AMERICAN MUSICAL, "MAKING TRACKS", TO LIFE!
AT A GLANCE:
||March 14 - April 21
Sat, 2pm/Sun. 2pm & 7pm
(Complete performance schedule below)
||the Francis J. Gaudette Theatre
303 Front Street North
Issaquah, WA 98027
||$25 to $42
Additional discounts available for Students, Seniors, and Family Room tickets.
For tickets and more information, call Village Theatre's Issaquah Box Office
||April 26 - May 12
Sat & Sun, 2pm
(Complete performance schedule below)
||the Everett Performing Arts Center
2710 Wetmore Avenue
Everett, WA 98201
||$22 to $38
For tickets, call Village Theatre's Everett Box Office, (425) 257-8600
A young Asian-American rock musician journeys through six generations of his family's history in
the rousing and passionate new rock musical, Making Tracks, which opens at Village Theatre in
Issaquah on March 14th and runs through April 21st, before moving to Village Theatre at the
Everett Performing Arts Center for an additional 3-week run. After an acclaimed Off-Broadway
run (when the show was been hailed as "promising, energetic, and hopeful" by The New York Times
and as "making Asian American history" by NBC's The Today Show), the latest incarnation of the
show was developed in Village Theatre's 2000 "Village Originals" series. This all-American musical
combines the epic scope of Les Miserables with the youthful dynamism of Rent. Featuring a cast
that includes Broadway luminaries, the show has already been embraced by tens of thousands of people
across the US and Taiwan. In a groundbreaking international collaboration, this premier Village
Theatre production is scheduled to move on to Asia in 2002, with an eye toward a New York opening
in 2003. Puget Sound-area audiences will be among the lucky few to see it first!
The concept and book for this exciting new show are by Welly Yang. Yang is known on Broadway for
his role as Thuy in Miss Saigon, on TV for roles on Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, and as
a singer for performances with the New York Philharmonic, Taipei City Orchestra, and the Taipei
Philharmonic Foundation. The book and lyrics are by Brian Yorkey, a graduate of Columbia University
who has been writing and directing for the stage and screen for more than ten years. The
electrifying rock music is by Woody Pak, a graduate of Julliard, currently studying at New
York University for his doctorate in composition.
April 17th, 2000
Joe's Pub and Second Generation Productions
MUST BE THE MUSIC
Rock 'n roll versions of new and old songs from Making Tracks,
the hit musical sensation that's rockin the nation.
Rona Figueroa (Les Miserables, Dragonheart II, Miss Saigon)
Hoon Lee (Band 101)
Alex Tano (Disney's Mulan, Miss Saigon)
Welly Yang (MetroGuide, Miss Saigon)
Woody Pak, Matt Fieldes,
Hector Lopez, Shai Bachar
8:30 pm, Fri., April 21st
music by Woody Pak, lyrics by Brian Yorkey, conceived by Welly Yang
at The Public Theater
425 Lafayette St.
tele-charge: 212.239.6200 or
second generation productions:
contact Laura Bach, email@example.com
this performance is expected to sell out quickly,
so get your tickets NOW!!!
Joe's Pub is sponsored, in part, by Philip Morris Companies Inc.
March 17th, 2000
Making Tracks in Seattle
April 8 - April 30
Tickets only $5-$14
Concept and Book by Welly Yang
Book and Lyrics by Brian Yorkey
Music by Woody Pak
Directed by Alan Muraoka
Music Direction by Tancioco
First Stage Theatre
120 Front Street North, Issaquah
February 15th, 2000
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Angela Gist
Feb.15, 2000 Phone: 425-392-1942 x112
VILLAGE THEATRE PRESENTS
originally commissioned by Second Generation Productions
(see below for audition information)
Rehearsals: March 13 - April 12
Performances: April 13 - 30.
SEEKING ROCK SINGERS/MUSICAL THEATER ACTORS
AEA AND NON-UNION PERFORMERS
FEB.26 10:00AM - 1:00PM BY APPOINTMENT
Issaquah- Village Theatre will hold auditions for Asian/Asian American
actors/singers for the new musical: Making Tracks. General auditions will
be held on February 26 from 10:00am - 1:00pm by appointment. To make an
appointment, call Village Theatre at (425) 392-1942 between 9:00am and
5:30pm, Monday through Friday. Voicemail messages for an audition will not
All auditioners are asked to bring a resume of theatre experience and a
non-returnable headshot. To audition, please prepare a monologue and one
verse and chorus of a pop song or a song from a rock musical. Actors must
bring sheet music in their key and have a second song prepared, as they may
be asked to sing an alternate selection. An accompanist will be provided.
Auditions are limited to three minutes each. Call-backs will be held
February 26; 2 - 6pm and February 27; 12 - 5pm.
Breakdown- 6 Males: Asian or Asian American, Roles range in age from 20's
to 50's, all actors will play multiple characters. 4 Females: Asian or
Asian American, Roles range in age from 20's to 50's, all actors will play
June 23rd, 1999
Catch the Evening Stars
OnStage! at the Twin Towers
Tuesday, June 29th, 7pm
World Trade Center Plaza
An Evening of Cabaret with
selections from MAKING TRACKS
a Second Generation Production
Cindy Cheung, Mel Gionson, Tim Huang, Tom Kouo, Mimosa, Michael Minn, Kiki Moritsugu, Aiko Nakasone, Rodney To, Virginia Wing, and Welly Yang
Woody Pak, Tom Kitt, Mowg , and Hector Lopez
sharing the evening with:
The Williamstown Theater Festival
*presented by the Port Authority of NY & NJ
Review: Making Tracks. Click
here to read the article.
February 8th, 1999
PERFORMANCE REVIEWS: Making Tracks. Click here to read the article.
February 5th, 1999
'Making Tracks': Immigrants Traverse Miles and Generations in Song, from Anita Gates of The New York Times. Click here to read the article.
February 2nd, 1999
'Making Tracks': Reviewed by David Roberts for Theatre Reviews Limited. Click here to read the article.
February 1st, 1999
MY RAVE REVIEW OF "MAKING TRACKS", from the desk of Jeff Yang (founder and publisher of A. Magazine: Inside Asian America). Click here to read the article.
January 29th, 1999
New OB Musical Has Asian-Americans Making Tracks in New World, Jan. 30-Feb. 14. Click here to read the article (as appeared in Playbill Online).
January 18th, 1999
New OB Rock Musical Makes Tracks Over Asian-American Life, Jan. 30-Feb 14. Click here to read the full article (as appeared in Playbill Online).
January 9th, 1999
Making Tracks will be having its Off-Broadway world premiere this month. Previews begin January 30th and closing night is February 14th. There will be an opening night gala fundraiser on February 4th:
Dr. David Ho and Mr. David Henry Hwang
cordially invite you to
the Opening Gala Benefit of
at the Taipei Theater
1221 Ave. of the Americas
McGraw-Hill Building, Concourse Level
Thurs., February 4th, 1999
Show begins at 7:00 pm
$100 per person
Please RSVP by January 30, 1999 at (212) 340-1095
December 23rd, 1998
Second Generation Productions proudly presents the world premiere production of Making Tracks, a new Asian-American rock musical. Click Here for the press release. Contact: Phil Bond, Tony Origlio Publicity,