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The Song of The Nightingale: A Fairy Tale Musical

October 15, 2017
2:00 pm
Town Hall Theatre

THE SONG OF THE NIGHTINGALE Town Hall Theatre "Generations" Season 2017-2018 kicks off this fall with THE SONG OF THE NIGHTINGALE - A Musical Fairy Tale, with book, music and lyrics by award-winning Bay Area playwright Min Kahng. Based upon the Hans Christian Andersen fairy-tale, THE SONG OF THE NIGHTINGALE is an enchanting, pop musical romp for the whole family that reminds us that true beauty and worth is always found within. THE SONG OF THE NIGHTINGALE will have 12 performances, including two previews, September 28 through October 21, 2017, at Town Hall Theatre Company, 3535 School Street, in Lafayette, CA. Tickets are - , and are available through the Box Office at (925) 283-1557 or online at THT will host two Special Events for THE SONG OF THE NIGHTINGALE: Opening Night, on Saturday, September 30, 2017; and Lit Up at Town Hall, a community literary series, on Wednesday, October 4, 2017. THT's production of THE SONG OF THE NIGHTINGALE is directed and choreographed by Michael Mohammed, with music direction by Margaret Halbig, and features an impressive ensemble of local performers: Isabel To as Mei Lin, DC Scarpelli as the Emperor, Pauli Amornkul as the Nightingale, Lisa Woo as Madame Wu, Matt Ono as Xiao Hai, Ted V. Bigornia as Bing Wen, Christopher Juan as Fake Nightingale/Ensemble, Kenneth Greenwell as Tai Yun, Miyoko Sakatani as Head Fisherwoman/Ensemble, Chelsea Wellott as Messenger/Ensemble, MinSeob Yeom as Death/Ensemble, Benjamin Nguyen as Head Chef/Ensemble, and Ji-Yun Kim as Peasant/Ensemble. THE SONG OF THE NIGHTINGALE is set in an ancient Chinese empire, where an ambitious kitchen maid hoping to better her station in life captures the beautifully singing Nightingale. She presents the bird to the Emperor who is enchanted by its magical song of hope, and is promoted to the court, leaving behind the man who loves her deeply. But the Emperor is soon dazzled and distracted by a new toy, a golden bejeweled Fake Nightingale, and the plain little brown bird is neglected and forgotten. It's always a mistake to judge by outer appearances alone, and the Emperor and others must learn to look within to find the truth, to grow and become better people. "... an exquisite musical stage version of Hans Christian Andersen's story ... do go to see this enchanting "Song of the Nightingale." - Contra Costa Times When asked about the inspiration for the musical, playwright/composer Min Kahng responded, "The story of The Nightingale has a special place in my heart. When I was in the 3rd grade, I performed in a children's play adaptation of the fairy tale, and the story stuck with me ever since. I also long to expand the roles available to Asian American actors in musical theatre. Andersen's setting of a mythical China provides a choice opportunity to do just that."


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3535 School St, Lafayette, CA 94549, United States

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