2012 / Thru Dec 9 / Classic play “Tea” about Japanese war bride to become new musical

Play: Tea With MusicTEA, WITH MUSIC, by Velina Hasu Houston, is the critically-acclaimed play about Japanese war brides from World War II now living in Kansas gathering for a farewell tea ceremony for one of their members who has mysteriously passed away.

In honor of the play’s 25th Anniversary, the East West Players presents something different as Houston pens lyrics and adds original music to this classic play.

The music for TEA is written by Nathan Wang and choreographed by Giovanni Ortega.

This production is directed by Jon Lawrence Rivera.

The musical features Joan Almedilla (Miss Saigon, Les Miserables), Tiffany-Marie Austin (Miss Saigon, A Little Night Music), Yumi Iwama (Our Town, South Pacific), Jennie Kwan (TV’s California Dreams, Avenue Q), and Janet Song (Twelfth Night, Medea).

All performances of TEA, WITH MUSIC will be staged at the David Henry Hwang Theater at the Union Center for the Arts at 120 Judge John Aiso St., Los Angeles, CA 90012.

Previews run from Nov. 8-10 at 8 pm, and Nov. 11 at 2 pm.

TEA, WITH MUSIC opens Nov. 14 and closes on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012.

Opening night will be accompanied by a pre-performance cocktail reception and a post-show reception with the cast and creative team.

Performances are Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm, and Sundays at 2 pm.

The Pay-What-You-Can Performance will be held Wednesday, Nov. 21 at 8 pm.

The post-show discussion will be held on Sunday, Dec. 2.

General Tickets range from $31-$41. Preview tickets are $21 general admission, $16 for students.

Opening night tickets are $65 for all seats. Tickets are currently on sale.

For ticket purchases or more information, call East West Players at (213) 625-7000 or visit www.eastwestplayers.org. Senior, student and group discounts are available. Dates and details are subject to change.

East West Players partners with the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center and the USC Center for Japanese Religion and Culture for world premiere TEA, WITH MUSIC.