Italy’s second largest newspaper, La Repubblica, recently ran an 8-page article on world musicals…where it congratulated Giang Huong musical as the representative of Oriental musicals.
The author researched the development of musicals in many countries, from Russia, France, China, Korea and Vietnam… In Russia, productions adapted from classical literature such as Anna Karenina, Crime and Punishment and Les Miserables have found the most success. In China, Broadway shows such as Mamma Mia, Les Miserables, A Chorus Line and Chicago have attracted hundreds of thousands audience each year.
In Vietnam, Giang Huong musical by Tran Nguyen Thien Huong, launched in October 2016, marks a turning point in the Vietnamese entertainment industry.
“Giang Huong musical is a Broadway-styled performance that retains traditional and cultural values,” said Ms. Tran Nguyen Thien Huong – Director and Screenwriter. “I wish to respect the Vietnamese poetic language and moral expression of the local fables.”
Thien Huong has seen many famous musicals around the world, such as The Phantom of the Opera, Billy Elliot, Wicked, and Vietnamese style musical called Cheo (in the North) and Cai Luong (in the South). She decided to take an initiative in combining Western and Asian flavors for a brand new musical style.
“It’s the duty of people like me,” Thien Huong said in La Repubblica newspaper, “to find a new way to rebuild interest in the theatre arts in Vietnam. Stage equipment is limited to laser lights and video clips, so the weight of the production rely on versatile actors. For all these reason, Giang Huong musical was born.”
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