By Malie Bifc USA
On September 29, 2014, “WATERFALL” an epic new Broadway musical was announced, followed by a press release (see below). Thai superstar, Bie Sukrit Wisetkaew is set to lead the cast and make his American stage debut in the role of Nopporn.
WATERFALL was formerly known as Behind the Painting. The production has done workshops during the last year and gave a lab presentation in New York City last February 2014 with Sierra Boggess as its star. The name has now been changed to WATERFALL.
The musical is set to have its U.S. premiere at the Pasadena Playhouse with the official press opening on June 7, 2015. The production will then play at Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre in the Fall of 2015. It was reported that the musical aimed to have its Broadway opening in the Spring of 2016.
The musical based on a classic Thai novel “Kang Lhang Parp” or Behind the Painting written by Sriburapha. WATERFALL features book and lyrics by Tony Award-winner Richard Maltby Jr. and music by Oscar Award-winner and Tony nominee David Shire. The musical will be directed by TakonkietViravan and choreographed by Tony nominee Dan Knechtges, Scenario Company Ltd. and Jack M. Dalgleish production.
WATERFALL is an epic new Broadway love story, set in Bangkok and Tokyo during the turbulent years of 1933 and 1939, as Thailand’s monarchy began to fall while Japan was on the brink of war. A young Thai student fell in love with the American wife of a Thai diplomat.
WATERFALL is a story of their forbidden love parallels history as the new democracy of Siam moves into the vortex of increasingly anti-American and Japanese.
“WATERFALL marks a groundbreaking collaboration between American and Asian theatrical artists”.
Sheldon Epps, Artistic Director of The Pasadena Playhouse… “I am tremendously excited that The Playhouse, in collaboration with Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theater, will have the great honor of presenting the American premiere of this evocative, romantic, and visually stunning new musical…”
Executive Director, Elizabeth Doran… “As the State Theater of California, we are proud to reflect and build bridges between the many diverse communities that represent our great state. This new musical will round out a season of shows that celebrates and amplifies this vision. WATERFALL will provide audiences with a night of powerful, epic entertainment!”
Boy Takonkiet Viravan, director of WATERFALL… “This is a beautiful, epic love story that deals with the different cultures of the world. It touches people’s hearts with a beautiful score by David Shire and Richard Maltby Jr. It is a combination of the American musical and the authenticity of the eastern world, but told for a western audience. It combines all the beauties of the world with the different cultures of the world…”
Thai superstar Bie Sukrit Wisetkaew will make his American stage debut in WATERFALL. From his discovery in 2006 on the Thai television talent contest, “The Star”, Bie has become one of Thailand’s most famous and recognizable young talents, starring on stage, screen and television. As a recording artist, his credits include several top-selling albums and sold out concert tours. Bie created the role of Noppon in the musical Behind the Painting, the earlier version of WATERFALL.
Bie’s co-stars, additional casting including creative team will be announced in the coming weeks.
From $47.00 to $87.00 – for more information go to: http://www.pasadenaplayhouse.org/
Accommodations: The Pasadena Playhouse is located at 39 S. El Molino Avenue in Pasadena, California.
Link to list of hotels provided by the Pasadena Playhouse: http://www.concerthotels.com/venue-hotels/pasadena-playhouse-hotels/329179.
Aug. 25, 2015 – rehearsal
Sept. 30, 2015 – official opening day
Oct. 1 – Oct. 25, 2015
Official website: https://www.5thavenue.org/
Ticket information: https://www.5thavenue.org/boxoffice#ticketing-info
News about “WATERFALL” appeared on the NY Times, Broadway.com, Houston Style Magazine, LA Times, Theater Mania and more…
The New York Times
The Pasadina Playhouse
Houston Style Magazine (3 pages)
New York Theatre Guide