By Malie Bifc USA
Richard Maltby Jr. and David Shire’s new project:
Richard Maltby: “We’re working on a big musical, which is currently called Behind the Painting. It’s a love story set in Tokyo. We’re really excited about it. There are a couple of songs from that that I think people will be intrigued to hear. And we’ll do a song from Take Flight , which has not been done in New York…”.
Another song that they are working on is called “Once You Fall in Love” for a Broadway-bound musical Behind the Painting.
(posted by Laichang @ liachang.wordpress.com)
“Behind the Painting is a very, very interesting new musical which I absolutely love, not just because it takes place in Bangkok, or that it has Asian themes, or that the leading man is a young Thai man. The thing that I love about it is that is an unapologetic, mature romantic love story between two grownups, with some of the most rapturous, romantic music that I’ve heard in a Broadway score in years. Very, very traditional American musical theater.
The plot is based on a very famous Thai short story which has been made into a couple of films there, is about a young man who has a love affair with the younger wife of a Siamese diplomat. This is in the years right before World War II.
In this incarnation of Behind the Painting, the Thai diplomat’s wife happens to be an American. This young Thai man, in addition to falling head over heels with this beautiful woman, is also in love with America. So much in love that he is in danger of cutting himself off from his Thai roots. It is an interesting journey because it is a well told story about how this American woman whom he loves, is obsessed with, and who loves him in return, is the one who inspires him to return to his Siamese roots…”.
*** Thom Sesma has done many shows on and off Broadway… i.e. the King & I, Miss Saigon, The Lion King, etc…