Why See Waterfall?
Love in a time of War
An epic wartime romance, much in the tradition of Miss Siagon, Waterfall is a brand new musical for 2015. Revolving around a forbidden love between a Thai student and an American woman in 1930s Bangkok, the show will play Seattle's 5th Avenue Theatre this October, before heading off to the bright lights of Broadway next year.
Based on the novel Behind the Painting by celebrated Thai author Siburapha, the musical has a creative team of considerable pedigree behind it. The book and lyrics come courtesy of Richard Maltby Jr., who won a Tony for the 1978 musical Ain't Misbehavin', while the score is written by Academy Award winner David Shire. The pair previously worked together on the Broadway musicals Big and Baby. A groundbreaking collaboration between American and Asian theatrical artists, the show will be directed by Tak Viravan.
Waterfall will debut at the Pasadena Playhouse in May, before coming to Seattle. It will then transfer to Broadway in 2016.
What is Waterfall About?
Set in 1930s Bangkok and Japan, the story of Waterfall plays out as the impending spectre of World War II looms ever closer. It follows the passionate love affair between a Thai student and the American wife of a Thai diplomat, whose relationship puts them both in mortal danger.
Opening night: 1 October 2015
Cast and Creative
Book & Lyrics by Richard Maltby Jr.
Music by David Shire
Directed by Tak Viravan
Choreographed by Dan Knechtges
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