“Interstate:” A new musical telling Asian American LGBTQ stories

NEW YORK CITY — “Interstate” is a new Asian American musical about a transgender man’s journey through life and his music.

Fil-Am Jon Viktor Corpuz plays the lead role of Dash.

Dash tours across the US with his best friend Adrian – a lesbian singer-songwriter played by Angel Lin.

The story is based on their internet-famous band called Queer Malady.

“Interstate is about two groups of people, coming of age, and going on a journey together, and discovering who they are, and what their identities are, through song and music and a lot of other things that happen as well,” said Lin.

Corpuz is known for his past Broadway roles as Prince Chulalongkorn in “The King and I,” and his special performance at the Democratic national convention with Darren Criss.

“I’m a queer person, but taking up the space of a female to male transgender person within this role what that meant, navigating that with one of our writers who the character is loosely based on Kit Yan.”

Writer Kit Yan says his mission is to further LGBTQ Asian American arts through original content, and provide a platform for the underrepresented voices from the transgender community.

“Our show is really special — it’s the first time a queer and transgender Asian American musical is gonna be on an off-Broadway platform. Our show written by queer and transgender Asian Americans will feature queer and transgender Asian Americans, in queer and transgender Asian American roles.”

Interstate is playing at the Acorn Theater in the Theatre Row complex until July 15.

 

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