Kristian will be appearing in Outside of Eden at the New Ohio Theater as part of the Ice Factory Festival from June 26 through June 29! Created by Byzantine Choral Project, book and lyrics by Helen Banner, music by Grace Oberhofer, directed by Colette Robert and music direction by Fernanda Douglas. Tickets are on sale now! More info: http://byzantinechoralproject.com.
Kristian is currently working on voicing several characters in an upcoming animated comedy series (adult-friendly content, sorry kids.) More details to follow!
I am currently writing from Dallas, TX on the road with School of Rock! It's been an incredible year traveling the country with this high-energy musical, and I'm happy to continue on through the second year of this tour. Check the School of Rock tour website to see if we're coming to a city near you! Pro tip: We're coming to Canada later this year!
I am very excited and proud to announce that this September I begin traveling with the 1st National Tour of SCHOOL OF ROCK! Check out the dates and cities below to see if we're coming to a city near you!
Rochester (September 30–October 7)
Columbus (October 10–15)
Pittsburgh (October 17–22)
Hartford (October 24–29)
Chicago (November 1–19)
Milwaukee (November 21–26)
Durham (November 28–December 3)
Greenville (December 5–10)
Ft. Lauderdale (December 12-24)
Orlando (December 26–31)
Tampa (January 2–7, 2018)
Charlotte (January 9–14)
St. Louis (January 16–28),
Houston (January 30–February 4)
Oklahoma City (February 6–11)
Austin (February 13–18)
Cincinnati (February 21–March 4)
Minneapolis (March 6–11)
Louisville (March 13–18)
Baltimore (March 20–25)
Philadelphia (March 27–April 1)
Buffalo (April 3–8)
Detroit (April 10–22)
Appleton (April 24–29)
Los Angeles (May 3–27)
Denver (May 29–June 10)
San Diego (June 12–17)
Tempe (June 19–24)
San Francisco (June 27–July 22)
Costa Mesa (July 24–August 5)
Las Vegas (August 7-August 12)
Dallas (August 15–26)
Ft. Worth (August 28–September 2)
We are just a few days away from opening night of PLAY LIKE A WINNER at the New York Musical Festival! Play Like A Winner runs at the Peter Jay Sharp Theater at Playwrights Horizon on July 25, 27, 29 and 30. More info and tickets available HERE!
My band, OVER THE PASS, will be performing at Lovecraft NYC on Wednesday, July 12 at 9:30pm. The performance is part of The Set NYC - raising money to end child trafficking. This will be Over The Pass' last show for a while; we'll be going on a hiatus of an undetermined amount of time. So come on down to rock out with us one last time - for a great cause!
It's going to be another fun summer of creating some new work at the New York Musical Festival! This July I'll be appearing as ALLISON in PLAY LIKE A WINNER, with book/lyrics by Erik Johnke, music by David Wolfson, and directed by Kevin Connors. Performances are July 25, 27, 29, and 30 at the Peter Jay Sharp Theater. TICKETS ARE NOW AVAILABLE HERE! More details coming soon.
Very excited to be joining fellow Here Lies Love'rs for a medley of Here Lies Love numbers at The Public Theater's annual gala at the Delacorte Theater this upcoming Monday! This year's gala, titled Hair to Hamilton, will celebrate 50 years of revolutionary musicals at The Public. Both honored and incredibly stoked to visit a favorite of mine on the Delacorte stage in Central Park!
Tonight, I join 16 other Broadway beltresses for a concert of music written by Rebekah M. Allen (WE ARE THE TIGERS, THE RAGE: CARRIE 2, AN UNAUTHORIZED PARODY). Directed by Michael Bello, with music direction and arrangements by Patrick Sulken and Max Gordon. The concert will take place at Joe's Pub at The Public. Doors at 6pm, show at 7pm. Tickets still available!
It has been quite a busy spring season that I'm quite surprised to sit down and reflect on everything I've done in the last few months!
Throughout the fall and winter, I collaborated with two other actors from Scorched to write and produce our all women's cabaret, In The Boys' Club. We toured the San Francisco area for a week in late February to sold-out shows at Martunis and PianoFight! We also debuted the show in NYC on March 20 to a roaring house of laughter and tears at The Laurie Beechman Theatre. ITBC is currently making plans for future shows in NYC and the surrounding areas.
Shortly after, I started rehearsals for a new and modern adaptation of Lysistrata! Our wild and wacky, sometimes raunchy, but surely moving production ran from April 29 through May 7 at Bushwick's Temporary Storage gallery. Directed and adapted by Lily Riopelle with original songs by Cody Owen Stine, our fresh take on Lysistrata called on women AND men to take action in whatever way they can. We hope it spoke to the folks feeling helpless during this presidency.
NEXT UP: I'll be performing at Joe's Pub for a concert of music composed by Rebekah M. Allen on Monday, May 22 at 7pm. More information coming soon!
October was the world premiere of Scorched, a fairytale derailed. It ran for five performances at the John Cullum Theater at the American Theater of Actors. Written and produced by Molly Houlahan, Benji Goldsmith, and Yuvika Tolani. I had a blast playing the perfect princess-not-princess Margaret, following her best friend and love interest, Prince Edward, into the forest, where he falls in love with a two-headed dragon. Anything can happen after the fire!
I am currently working on a staged reading of Welcome To Shoofly, a hilarious musical romp written by Johnathan Lee, Justin Anthony Long and Joanna Burns, with music by Joanna Burns, Amanda Duncan, Lee and Long. This delicious musical about a bakeoff gone awry in a small, southern town is being presented at the Playwrights Horizon South Studios on Tuesday, November 15 at 1pm and 4pm. More info can be found HERE!
And finally, my band Over The Pass has just recently released our first single! Not Sorry can now be streamed via Apple Music and iTunes, Band Camp, and Google Play (soon to be available on Spotify). Our EP - Time Display - will be released this coming December. Stay tuned for more.
Till next time!
This summer I've been working on The Last Word, a new musical by Brett Sullivan, that premiered last week at the New York Musical Festival! My NYMF debut! It's a fun 70's story about a bunch of misfits trying to save a family restaurant by playing -- SCRABBLE. Apart from the amazingly talented cast of Broadway, national tours, and tv/film actors, the creative team is equally outstanding and a joy to work with!
There are only two performances left: Friday, July 29th at 5pm and 9pm. Tickets can be purchased at NYMF.org or TheLastWordMusical.com. Don't miss it!
After a summer hiatus of opening a new restaurant, Brian having his first kid (Congrats!) and writing a few new tunes, the Chef Brian Tsao Band is coming back to The Bowery Electric! We're excited to share our new songs, as well as our old ones, and a couple of familiar covers!
The Chef Brian Tsao Band
@ The Bowery Electric in LES
Tuesday, November 10
11pm | $8 Cover
You can check out one of our new songs, Stop & Go, on my Media page. See you there!