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By Malie Bifc USA

WATERFALL, Nov. 2014 press conference in LA

Back in November 2014, WATERFALL, an epic new Broadway Musical held a press conference at the Pasadena Playhouse in Pasadena, CA.  Management from the Pasadena Playhouse, including Jack Dalgleish (Producer),  Boy Takonkiet Viravan (Director), Tony Award Winner Richard Maltby Jr., and Academy Award Winner, David Shire participated at the conference.  

source:  The Pasadena Playhouse

source: The Pasadena Playhouse

JACK M. DALGLEISH (Producer) said he met Boy Takonkiet Viranvan in 2009 as they co-produced one of the musicals at West End of London.  He later had opportunities to see a few musicals directed by Boy Takonkiet, one of them was Kang Lhang Parp, the musical in which he was quite impressed with the musical both as spectator and musical producer.

“Back in 2010,  Tak  (Takonkiet) and I came up with an idea.  We wanted to turn Kang Lhang Parp the musical international. Our sight was Broadway.  I introduced Tak to Richard Maltby Jr.  whom at first acted as our adviser.  Richard was also very impressed with Kang Lhang Parp.  As a result, Richard is WATERFALL’s book and lyricist.  Music is composed by David Shire . We have been working on the musical for 3 years now.  WATERFALL is scheduled to premier at the Pasadena Playhouse in May 2015.  Other people may think that it’s still a long way to go… but to us it’s just around the corner.  After the Pasadena Playhouse, we plan to go to Seattle, then Broadway right after.

Takonkiet Viravan

Takonkiet Viravan

Boy Takonkiet Viranvan said he is very honored to be working with Richard Maltby Jr. and David Shire, both of whom he had admiration of their works since he was in high school.  He never thought and dreamed that he would have the opportunity to work with them 30 years later.  

Richard Malby Jr. and David Shire were asked the reason for his involvement with the musical.  Richard Maltby Jr. replied… “Kang Lhang Parp has very interesting literary works”.

Listen to khun Boy (cr. Jane Sasipol on youtube for the clip)

Why did Behind the Painting become WATERFALL?

Boy Takonkiet said the production team decided to change the musical name last summer for the reason that “we wanted to make it clear to people that the content of the musical is no longer the same as in the book.”

 The musical’s lead actor, Bie Sukrit Wisetkaew…

Boy Takonkiet clarified that the production team in US made their own decision.  He did not submit Bie’s name nor made a push for Bie. 

I showed Richard a recording of Kang Lhang Parp, the first question Richard asked was “who is that kid?”.   I said “he is a reputable Thai pop star”.   When Bie took the lead role in Kang Lhang Parp the musical, he was not that popular, yet… but after the musical, he became quite well known.  Richard asked if he would come and perform over here.  In fact, I was quite shocked.  I asked Richard “why?”.  He said Bie had the honesty and sincerity in him which is hard to find in US performers.  I was quite pleased as a Thai person.  After tough training and preparation, Bie will perform at the the Pasadena Playhouse as lead actor of WATERFALL.  Fans can come and see him in May of 2015.”

After the press conference, khun Boy was asked about Thai actor/ actress in the musical… which there will be only one Thai actor in the musical and why…

Boy Takonkiet… “Other actors or actresses from Thailand cannot be apart of the musical due to American labor union which is called “Actors’ Equity”.  Actors’ Equity’s policy allows only American to perform live theatrical performance but there are two exceptions:

  1. that you cannot find anyone in America to take the role
  2. that the actor has to be a real BIG star (in country of origin)

We used both of the reasons (to make the case for Bie)…  the first reason was, it’s hard to find an actor who fit the character and has the ability to carry the role, including someone who believes in love (the way Nopporn does in the story).  We feel that it would be very hard to find an American with Asian national origin to believe in that kind of love.  At the same time, Bie is a big star in Thailand.  He is also well know in China.  After the team looked at him, they all said “yes”.   I was even told that they never said “yes” quickly to anyone.”

Boy Takonkiet on Bie Sukrit Wisetkaew’s preparation

“Bie has been training very hard.  He is getting a lot better with his English.  From didn’t know how to speak, he can now speak and sing in English. Bie will be here in April 2015 for the rehearsal and will stay till he performs.” 

training hard for WATERFALL (cr. jade8jade)

Boy Takonkiet, Kris (Bie’s voice instructor) & Bie Sukrit  “training hard for WATERFALL”  (cr. jade8jade)

WATERFALL  to go Broadway, NY…

Shows at the Pasadena Playhouse is regional or pre-Broadway shows.  After the Pasadena, we are going to Seattle in October.  After that it’s Broadway.  We have to wait and see.  We are following each and every step accordingly.”

How hard Boy Takonkiet work before he gets to this point…

“It’s hard work for everyone.  Everyone who produces musicals, all dream to produce Broadway musical.  For me, it was a distant dream.  Finally, I was presented with the opportunity.  Whether I’ll reach my destination, that would be another story.  At the moment, we have traveled the right course step by step, starting from writing the script, built on the story line,  reading presentation in October 2013 and lab presentation in February 2014.  In May 2015, we will be playing at the Pasadena Playhouse, a regional theater .  We are going to Seattle in October.  These are the steps that each Broadway musical has to take.  Whether we get to Broadway and get to stay, it’s something else.”

Will Thai people be able to accept the changes in the story line since this is a timeless story that Thai people love?

Like we said, we changed the name to let people know that this is a different story.  The musical was inspired by Kang Lhang Parp.    We changed to name to WATERFALL because WATERFALL came from Mitake waterfall which is the most important scene and the turning point of the story.”  Boy Takonkiet ended. 

One of the songs that Bie Sukrit/ Nopporn will sing in the musical is “Once you fall in love”.

Click the link below for the original version of the news clip

  • source:  http://www.siamtownus.com/New-1411000033-1.aspx

Something cute from Bie Sukrit…

 

from biesukrit_w, 01.08.15

from biesukrit_w, 01.08.15

Bie's cutest audiences :)

Bie’s cutest audiences 🙂 … the mom is on the sofa… (cr. biesukrit_w)

P.S.  khun Prim’s puppies

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10 comments on “WATERFALL, Nov. 2014 press conference in LA

  1. Malie BIFC
    February 2, 2015

    khun Boy’s interview

    • songielove
      February 4, 2015

      So exciting Malie! Showtimes and tickets are available at The Pasadena Playhouse already. The first Saturday show is already sold out (May 30th). Some of us fans plan to attend the first show on Friday, May 29th. Will you join us? Or would you like to help us arrange a time for all Bie fans to show him support all together? Do you have an email address? ^^

      • Malie BIFC
        February 5, 2015

        wow… really? you are going? that’s great!
        I know Thai community in LA is organizing a party for khun Boy and Bie after the last show either on the 29th to the 30th. I forgot the exact date. Will have to check the news clip again.
        Would love to go the open night but unfortunately, I couldn’t 😦

        I know a few people who plan to go the opening night… they live in CA. hahaha… I’d better tell them to reserve their ticket soon, else they will miss it.

      • songielove
        February 5, 2015

        Got it, Malie. Thanks, I’ll email you. 🙂

      • Malie BIFC
        February 5, 2015

        I think the show on May 30 @ 8 PM must have been bought out by Thai Community in LA. This is exciting. They sold lots of tickets already and still 3 months away. If I were Bie, I would be so excitied 🙂

      • songielove
        February 5, 2015

        It’s the first Saturday, so I actually think it might be filled with more industry people and press. 555 I wouldn’t be too surprised though! XD

      • Malie BIFC
        February 5, 2015

        Let me double check… I think May 30 could also be the press day as well.
        Just found out, tickets for the 30th were bought out by the Buddy Production. If anyone needs ticket(s) for the 30th… they said to contact them

        https://m.facebook.com/buddyproduction

  2. Malie BIFC
    February 5, 2015

    question & answer session: audiences can talk to the cast, production members, etc… on June 9, 16, 20 and 23, 2015…

    • songielove
      February 5, 2015

      Thanks Malie, my sister will be emailing you. We really hope to see you!

  3. Ar Yang
    February 26, 2017

    I’m so happy that you came to this far, it hard for Asian people to go in Broadway and best wish for you in the future.Your USA fan.

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