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“Waterfall” a new musical with Bie Sukrit as its star, set its sights on Broadway Spring 2016

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.

Official logo

Official logo

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.

Page 1 of WATERFALL press release from the Pasadena Playhouse

press release from the Pasadena Playhouse – page 1

click here for a full press release:  WATERFALL press release

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.

The Pasadena Playhouse, CA:

the Pasadena Playhouse, CA

the Pasadena Playhouse, CA

Performance

  • May 29 to June 28, 2015  
  • Tuesday through Friday at 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday at 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
  • Sunday at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Ticket prices

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.  

The 5t Avenue Theatre in Seattle, WA

the 5th Avenue Theatre, Seattle, WA

interior of the 5th Avenue Theatre, Seattle, WA

Aug. 25, 2015 – rehearsal

Performance

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

About Bie Sukrit Wisetkaew

  • WATERFALL is set to star the Thai singer Bie Sukrit Wisetkaew, who participated in a developmental workshop of the show last winter in New York…” (the New York Times, 09/29/14)
  • “Bie Sukrit Wisetkaew (Noppon) One of Thailand’s biggest stars, Bie is a preeminent singer and actor on stage and screen.  From 2008 to 2012, he was consecutively voted “Thailand’s Most Popular Star of the Year”.  His acting credits began with his work in television drama and sit-coms, many of which were also broadcast in China and other Asian countries, expanding his fan base outside of Thailand.  His theatrical credits include the musicals Behind the Painting and Rainbow in the Night.  In 2014, he starred in the movie The Teacher’s Diary which topped box-office upon its release.  He has released six solo albums with a number of chart-topping hit songs, including “I Need Somebody,” “Jungwa Huajai” and “Na Bud Now”, as well as having staged several sold-out 10,000 seat arena concerts.” (the Pasadena Playhouse, 09/29/14)
  • Thai singer Bie Sukrit Wisetkaew is set to lead the cast. Wisetkaew appeared in a developmental workshop production of the musical opposite Sierra Boggess. His theatrical credits include Behind the Painting andRainbow in the Night. He has released six solo albums that have led to multiple chart-topping hits.” (Broadway.com, 09/29/14)
  • 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.” (Houston Style Magazine, 09/29/14)
  • The cast will include Thai celebrity Bie Sukrit Wisetkaew, who appeared in the musical when it was seen in Thailand.” (LA Times, 09/29/14)
  • “Bie Sukrit Wisetkaew shot to fame in 2006 through Thailand’s television talent show ‘The Star’. Since then, he has released six studio albums, embarked on sold-out concert tours and appeared on both the stage and screen in his native Thailand, along with other Asian countries, such as China. He was voted “Thailand’s Most Popular Star of the Year” from 2008 to 2012 consecutively.” (New York Theatre Guide, 09/30/14)

News clipping:

News about “WATERFALL” appeared on the NY Times, Broadway.com, Houston Style Magazine, LA Times, Theater Mania and more…

The New York Times

Artsbeat NY times

Arts Beat NY times

The Pasadina Playhouse

the Pasadena Playhouse, 092914

the Pasadena Playhouse, 092914

Broadway.com

09.29.14

PR 09.29.14

Broadway World

Broadway World

Broadway World

Houston Style Magazine (3 pages)

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LA Times

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LA times

New York Theatre Guide

PR 09.29.14

PR 09.29.14

Pasadena Now

press release

press release

Theater Mania

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Theater Mania

Playbill

Playbill

Playbill

Variety

Variaty

Variety

References:

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14 comments on ““Waterfall” a new musical with Bie Sukrit as its star, set its sights on Broadway Spring 2016

  1. Jane Jane
    October 3, 2014

    So excited! Great news. Bie and BTP, now become Bie and WF, has a great step. CA and Seattle fans are so lucky.

  2. rosekwanjai
    October 3, 2014

    I’m so excited. I’m totally gonna go see him even though I live states away! Nothing can stop me! 555 Thanks Malie! 😀

    • Malie BIFC
      November 17, 2014

      you’re welcome. Alright! L.A./ Bie here we come!

  3. pam sourivong
    October 3, 2014

    I’m so excited. Now is finally Bie really get into it.
    Hopely I will have a chance to go to NY to see him play.
    Can wait. dee jai kub Bie na ka!! 🙂

  4. Fujia69
    October 3, 2014

    Oh, Malie! Thank you very much for this. I’m so glad for Bie, for us! I love this news, but why they must change the name? I like the title ‘Behind the Painting’ the most.
    I’ll pray that Bie will do a wonderful performance and let all enjoy his skill of a one of the most, and best, actor, singer and dancer of the time.
    I would like to see Bie too on stage… I’m sure… One day!!!

    • Malie BIFC
      October 3, 2014

      many of us are starting to make traveling plans. It would be wonderful if you could go 🙂
      so happy and exciting for Bie and khun Boy… their dream is about to be realized.

      • Kashie
        October 17, 2014

        Yes, same here,. Just waiting for those tickets to go on sale now.

  5. Thanawan Johnstone
    October 4, 2014

    Hello Malie , many thanks for these wonderful articles . I’m start counting down and making my traveling plan too . I know it is still some months to go but the time is passing so quick , and because I live in France , never been to America so I prefer to be well prepare . My husband said that I was like a girl waiting for christmas present …ha ha…I can’t deny it .

    • Malie BIFC
      November 17, 2014

      hahaha… I know this is so exciting. It’s really coming true. A trip to see Bie in L.A. would be a wonderful Christmas present 😀 wow! I am excited for you, too. Can’t wait for 2015. Funny how we are waiting for the new year to arrive 😀

  6. Kelly
    October 5, 2014

    Pasadena is too far from me I won’t be able to go all the way over there 😦

    • Malie BIFC
      November 17, 2014

      awww… that’s too bad. Well, it will be about 3 days driving from Chicago to L.A. 😀 No, I won’t be driving. It would be crazy to drive. It’s about 4 hours flight from Chicago

  7. Sonia
    October 14, 2014

    Omg. Im so excited about this!

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