I have the privilege of being selected as one of the directors of this year’s ABC Diversity showcase, which will take place on October 4, 2017 at New World Stages. This year 12 actors from various and diverse backgrounds have been chosen to showcase their talents in front of industry professionals. More details to follow.
In a partnership with NAAP and the Prospect Theatre Company, "Gold Mountain" will have a staged reading on Saturday. October 21st (8:00pm) at The Times Center
(242 West 41st Street). Music and lyrics by Jason Ma, Book by Jason Ma, I will be directing, with musical direction by Kristen Rosenfeld and choreography by Billy Bustamante.
This original musical spins an epic love story, set against the backdrop of the 1860s construction of The Central Pacific Railroad, built by thousands of Chinese men.
I am currently back on the boards in the off-Broadway musical "Curvy Widow," starring Tony-nominated actress Nancy Opel. Based on a true story, this sassy and witty musical follows the exploits of a feisty fifty-something whose adventures inspire laughter and reveal truth about life, love and sex. Featuring a brilliant cast of best friends, a dead husband, and a myriad of suitors, Curvy learns the hard way what it means to start life over in the modern age.
Currently in performances at the Westside Theatre (407 W. 43rd St.)
After a sold-out show at the Museum of the Moving Image in NYC, The Humans of Sesame Street is ready to visit your city or town! Perfect for theatres, museums, colleges, and other performance venues, this show pays tribute to the human cast of the iconic children's television series Sesame Street. Join cast members Bob McGrath (Bob), Sonia Manzano (Maria), Roscoe Orman (Gordon), Alan Muraoka (Alan), Emilio Delgado (Luis) and Allison Bartlett (Gina) as they share their unique stories. (Cast members may vary depending on availability)
Through classic clips, music photographs, and live performance, you will understand the humor and the heart that has made Sesame Street the world's most beloved and revered children's show. A beloved memory is priceless, and Sesame Street has been creating these memories for 46 years (and counting!). Click here for more information on booking.
AWESOMER & AWESOMER!!!
(Check back for our next performance dates)
This revue by composer/lyricist Phoebe Kreutz highlights her unique and spirited take on life, love and tacos. Her downtown “joke-folk” ditties get reimagined for a theatrical evening complete with props and fancy dancing. AWESOMER AND AWESOMER!!! features the talents of Ann Harada (TV’s Smash, Broadway revival of Cinderella), Carey Anderson (Mamma Mia!, Avenue Q), Gwen Hollander (Little Women) and Travis Morin (Broadway Boys) . Musical direction is by Jason Loffredo (Xanadu) and musical supervision is by Gary Adler (Altar Boyz), with choreography by Michael Mindlin (Bring It On). The evening will be directed by Alan Muraoka (NAATCO’s Falsettoland and Sesame Street).
Here’s what Seth Rudetsky, has to say about the show:
“At the beginning of the week, I saw a show at the Triad called Awesomer and Awesomer and it was so great! Phoebe Kreutz writes folk-joke songs (a genre I never heard of but when you hear the music, you'll understand the name) and Alan Muraoka helped take her solo songs and turn them into an evening of various solos, duets and group numbers. Alan's direction was amazing and each number was so well-staged and acted“
– Seth Rudetsky on Playbill.com
And here’s what Tony-winning playwright David Henry Hwang had to say:
"AWESOMER & AWESOMER is a little gem: hilarious, smart, heartfelt, and beautifully performed. I had a thoroughly enoyable time at the best revue I've seen in years."
– David Henry Hwang
I had the honor of directing some scenes for the current season of “Sesame Street” with Tony-winning actor Bill Irwin. Bill is back portraying “Mr. Noodle,” and the fact that I got to be in a room with him and share ideas was definitely a highlight of my directing career.
CHRISTMAS EVE'S HOLIDAY HUNKFEST
On December 12th, 2016 at Howl At The Moon in NYC, I had the honor of directing our 6th installment of this fun and unpredictable evening starring Ann Harada as Avenue Q's Christmas Eve, the opinionated, heavily accented therapist. Santa grants Christmas Eve's wish to perform with Broadway's most talented, hilarious and gorgeous leading men. This year's lineup of hunks included Tony-winner James Monroe Iglehart, Santino Fontana (Cinderella, My Crazy Ex Girlfriend), Jay Armstrong Johnson (Candide, On The Town), Devin Ilwa (Miss Saigon), Corey Cott (Bandstand), Ryan Silverman (Finian's Rainbow), Bobby Conte Thornton (Bronx Tale) , Aaron Findley (Kinky Boots), Jordan Gelber (Avenue Q), Howie Michael Smith (America's Got Talent), Michael Mindlin (Aladdin), Donald Jones Jr. (Sweet Charity) and Colin Cunliffe (Pippin). The evening featured choreography by Michael Mindlin and music direction by Gary Adler.
Martin Casella's haunting play, The Report just completed its run at NY International Fringe festival, and was met with full houses and critical success. Here's what the critics said:
"Huge kudos to director Alan Muraoka for wringing the best out of his actors and his staging, and… last but not least, here's hoping that the show will move, get booked for a run. It's well worth seeing again and again." - Julia Polinsky, Theatrescene.com
"The play unfolds as a mystery story. Director Alan Muraoka plunges the audience into the terror and confusion of inciting disaster… This is a verbal play that asks the audience to lean forward and listen closely, but the theatricality of Muraoka's production holds our attention" - Jason Jacobs, nytheaternow.com
"Director Alan Muraoka does a splendid job keeping things well-paced and accessible for the audience, despite the numerous characters who are being portrayed, the back-and-forth movement of time, and the layers of information we need to sift through." – -
Howard Miller, upstage-downstage.blogspot.com
"The Report is exceptionally well staged by director Alan Muraoka" -
Roark Littlefield, Stagebuddy.com
"4 STARS! "Gripping." -
Dana Varinsky, Time Out
"Director Alan Muraoka marshals the 12-person ensemble through a barrage of overlapping scenes jumping across time and space…Muraoka thrillingly succeeds in not only keeping everything straight, but adding the little details that one would expect from a particularly good mystery novel." - Zachary Stewart, TheaterMania
MACY'S THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE ON NBC
For the 4th year, I choreographed for the Sesame Street float. The float highlighted members of the cast of Sesame Street, as well as the loveable and popular Muppets. Our special guest this year was Chris Jackson (Hamilton, Bull).
ONCE ON THIS ISLAND
April 9 - May 4, 2014
Olney Theatre .
My new concept for this show takes this beautiful show and gives it more resonance for a 2014 audience, and the critics agree:
“Once on This Island” at the Olney Theatre Center is a burst of spring, a warm 90-minute fairy tale told to breezy Caribbean rhythms…a light-footed charmer”
– Nelson Pressley, The Washington Post
5 out of 5 stars “Director Alan Muraoka brings a stroke of genius to this musical with his framework for the production. Setting the opening scene in a storm crisis center, it draws a current emotional connecting bridge to the way a weather event can upend the lives of an island and the importance of telling a story. Muraoka draws together an exceptionally talented group of performers to bring a resplendent jubilance to the stage in this moving tale of compassion and life.
– Amanda Gunther, dcmetrotheaterarts.com
“Veteran theatre director Alan Muraoka…assembled a talented cast and creative team to deliver a tightly-staged, colorful spectacle in which the story showcases the best of humanity but at times presents a dark reality. He uses a Red Cross shelter following the storm as the setting in the present to symbolically remind the audience of the effects of such disasters on the population, which have been all too common in Haiti. These efforts come into play in Once On This Island as the high-voltage performers are clothed in vivid and at times, rather unconventional Caribbean garb while a stunning set provides an attractive and functional backdrop. Add to that the splashy bright pastel lighting and excellent sound design and you have a first-rate production through and through…This well directed and performed production is worthy of the standing ovation it received.”
– Steve Charling, mdtheatreguide.com
“Once On This Island” at the Olney Theatre Center is just plain exceptional…If you've ever watched "Sesame Street" during the last 16 years you'd recognize the Director, Alan Muraoka…And what a Director he is. He has done a masterful job with this production and amazing cast
– Charles Shubow, BroadwayWorld.com