The East Side

The East Side: A New Musical

Harvard University, Farkas Hall, April 2019

Book by Julia Riew, Jared Leong, and John Lim; Music and Lyrics by Julia Riew

As New York City Chinatown becomes increasingly gentrified, 17-year-old Ryan and his immigrant mother, Ms. Chen, must decide whether to reimagine their restaurant to appeal to American interests, or go bankrupt. Jaded by life at the restaurant, distracted by romance, and full of idealistic fantasies, Ryan struggles to balance spending time with friends, studying for the SATs, working at the Dumpling House, and investing in his hobbies. The East Side is a new coming-of-age musical about family, authenticity, gentrification, and Asian-American identity.

The East Side in the News:

Student-penned musical puts the spotlight on the Asian Student Arts Project

‘The East Side’ Explores the Struggle of Living in the West

‘The East Side’ Takes On Asian-American Identity Onstage

Senior co-writes Harvard musical to raise Asian representation in theater

Watch and Listen

Jason Yoo (Harvard ’21) performing “The East Side” – Video by Jared Leong
Bo Chen (Harvard ’17) performing “The Things I’ve Always Known”
Short Demo from “Last Night” from The East Side
“SAT” from The East Side
“The East Side” from The East Side
“Janet” from The East Side
“Lose Yourself” live from The East Side
“The Things I’ve Always Known” from The East Side

Production Photos

Final Shot
Full Cast and Crew

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