“Waterfall” at 5th Avenue Theatre, through October 25

Posted on October 14, 2015, 12:00 pm
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5th Avenue Theatre is in the midst of its run of Waterfall, a new musical from award-winning duo Richard Maltby, Jr. and David Shire. Seattle is only the second locale on the show’s tour; Waterfall debuted at the Pasadena Playhouse this past June, and plans to open on Broadway next year.

Set in 1930s Bangkok and Tokyo, Waterfall follows cross-cultural star-crossed lovers in the vein of Miss Saigon, with politics reminiscent of the driving conflict in The King and I. A visually stunning set design and sweeping romantic melodies have been equally applauded by critics, and the all-star cast includes Laura Griffith, J. Elaine Marcos, Thom Sesma and Thai pop star Bie Sukrit, with co-direction by Tak Viravan and Dan Knechtges.

From the press release:

Waterfall is an epic love story set in Bangkok and Tokyo between the turbulent years of 1933 and 1939, as a monarchy falls in Thailand and Japan is on the brink of war. A young Thai student falls in love with the American wife of a Thai diplomat, and 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. With a gloriously romantic score, Waterfall is a modern love story of timeless scale.

Waterfall marks a groundbreaking collaboration between American and Asian theatrical artists. The musical, based on a contemporary classic Thai novel, Behind the Painting by Sriburapha, features book and lyrics by Tony Award® winner Richard Maltby, Jr. (Ain’t Misbehavin’, Miss Saigon) and music by Oscar winner and two-time Tony® Award nominee, David Shire (Baby, Big, written in collaboration with Richard Maltby, Jr.) The production will be co-directed by Broadway and Thai theatrical impresario Tak Viravan and Tony® Award nominee Dan Knechtges (Xanadu, Lysistrata Jones) with choreography by Knechtges and music direction by John McDaniel. Casting for Waterfall is by Stewart/Whitley.

Waterfall runs at 5th Ave through October 25 with shows six days a week. You can buy tickets on their website.

5th Avenue Theatre Presents Shire and Maltby’s Waterfall

Where: 5th Avenue Theatre (1308 5th Ave)

When: Through October 25, times vary depending on the day. Check their calendar for details.

Claire Biringer is a Seattle-based music lover, educator and writer. She holds an MA in Music History from University of Washington, where her primary research involved contemporary opera and its social implications. She enjoys using music and writing to build communities and broaden minds.