Lew, Montalban and Cudia Cast in Reading of New Wildhorn Musical, Tears of Heaven

News   Lew, Montalban and Cudia Cast in Reading of New Wildhorn Musical, Tears of Heaven
A by-invitation-only reading of Tears of Heaven — a new musical commissioned for a South Korean production in Seoul in 2010 — will be presented Sept. 11 in Manhattan.
Paolo Montalban
Paolo Montalban

Deborah Lew, Paolo Montalban and John Cudia will head the cast of the reading, which will also feature Maryann Hu, Marcus Choi, Albert Guerzon, Chad Fornwalt, Devin Ilaw, Raymond Lee, Mark Ludden, Andrew Smith, Rene Albulario, April Berry, Cheryl Daro, Rona Figueroa, Ann Sanders and Anne Fraser Thomas. Gabriel Barre directs. Tears of Heaven features music by Jekyll & Hyde's Frank Wildhorn, book by Phoebe Hwang and lyrics by Robin Lerner. The musical, according to press notes, "takes place in Vietnam in 1968 and is a love triangle between a beautiful Vietnamese singer, a Korean private, and an American Colonel set against the backdrop of the days leading up to and during the Tet Offensive. The action follows our characters to Seoul, Korea, and the shores of America in San Francisco's Chinatown."

The creative team also includes musical director Adrian Werum and stage manager Chris Choi.

The full South Korean production will feature dance, mask work and other unique forms of far eastern puppetry, dance and combat choreography. A recording of many of the songs from the show will be released in Korea prior to the production.

Creative Production and Seol & Company produce.

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