Maltby & Shire's Waterfall Musical Opens at 5th Avenue Theatre Tonight

News   Maltby & Shire's Waterfall Musical Opens at 5th Avenue Theatre Tonight Thai pop superstar Bie Sukrit is making his American stage debut in Seattle's Fifth Avenue Theatre production of the new Maltby & Shire musical Waterfall, which officially opens Oct. 15.

Laura Griffith (Sweet Smell of Success, The Light in the Piazza), J. Elaine Marcos (Annie, Priscilla Queen of the Desert) and Thom Sesma (Man of La Mancha, The Times They are A-Changin') are featured in the production, which began previews Oct. 1 and is scheduled to continue through Oct. 25.

Laura Griffith
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The show features a book and lyrics by Richard Maltby, Jr. and music by David Shire (Starting Here, Starting Now; Closer Than Ever; Big). It is co-directed by Tak Viravan and Dan Knechtges with choreography by Knechtges and music direction by John McDaniel.

The cast of Waterfall also includes Eymard Cabling, Jordan de Leon, Steven Eng, Rona Figueroa (Miss Saigon, Les Miz), Kimberly Immanuel, Rie Hatanaka, Lisa Helmi Johanson, Ryan Kim, Kenway Kua (Wicked), Leon Le (Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark), Celia Mei Rubin (Matilda the Musical), Colin Miyamoto, Koh Mochizuki (Mary Poppins, Aida), Darryl Semira (Mamma Mia!), Riza Takahashi and Kay Trinidad (The Little Mermaid).

Waterfall, based on "Behind the Painting," a contemporary novel by Siburapha, is a love story set in Bangkok and Tokyo between 1933-39 as a monarchy falls in Thailand and Japan is on the brink of war. The show tells the story of a young Thai student who falls in love with the American wife of a Thai diplomat. The story of their forbidden love parallels history as the new democracy of Siam moves into the vortex of the increasingly pre-World War II Japan.

Waterfall is billed as "Broadway bound." Dates and a theatre have yet to be announced.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit 5thAvenue.org.

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