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    Showtune songs and all that jazz

    Life, Alongkorn Parivudhiphongs, Published on 17/08/2018

    » At first, it seemed like an unsuitable decision to stage a concert of Pia Douwes, a musical diva from Europe, at the Small Auditorium of Thailand Cultural Centre. But it turned out that the 300-pax space allowed the powerfully-lunged songstress to offer a cozy and intimate night, with a spice of musical variety.

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    The vocal empress

    Life, Alongkorn Parivudhiphongs, Published on 10/08/2018

    » 'Close your eyes. Hear the sound around you. Feel the environment in the room. Think of fear. How does it make you feel?"

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    Classic Thai story and a triumphant musical feast

    Life, Alongkorn Parivudhiphongs, Published on 01/03/2018

    » From folk tale to legend, from a royal play to a new musical, the century-old story of Phra Ruang has been recounted in different versions in Thai nationalistic narrative. The most recent version of the story is imagined as a show tune, evident that its virtue is still meaningful to contemporary Thais.

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    The Four Reigns rings out again

    Life, Alongkorn Parivudhiphongs, Published on 24/08/2017

    » How would one tell the story of a lady who witnessed the ups and downs of Thai society over six decades? In a three-hour-plus restaging of Si Phaen Din (The Four Reigns), by Scenario, such a lifetime story was recounted in a fast and furious manner through a loose interpretation of characters and stereotypical portrayals, while revolving around loyalty to the monarchy amid social change.

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    Love, hardship and cutthroat business

    Life, Alongkorn Parivudhiphongs, Published on 16/02/2017

    » Tales of Chinese immigrants forced to leave their hometowns in China and going on to make fortunes in Thailand have created many nostalgic stories among Chinese descendants. Scenario's new musical retells such a tale in Lod Lai Mungkorn The Musical that spans three long generations, starting with friendship and hardship, love and romance, family conflict and cutthroat business.

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    Many shades of life

    Life, Alongkorn Parivudhiphongs, Published on 09/02/2017

    » How do you recount the stories of 11 non-related people from different walks of life with dramatic and colourful details? Director Panpassa Tubtien has done just that, in an intense yet captivating play entitled Lai Chiwit (Many Lives), which just closed after a short two-week run.

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    Season of Love

    Life, Alongkorn Parivudhiphongs, Published on 18/08/2016

    » Love is in the air. For theatregoers who crave heart-wrenching, tear-jerking romance filled with different flavours of love tunes, the revival of Lom Haijai: The Musical (The Breath) is here for you.

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    Love Actually

    Life, Alongkorn Parivudhiphongs, Published on 28/07/2016

    » At first glace, the new play by Nikorn Sae-tang, Wan Bok La (Goodbye My Love), suggested that it would deal either with a dark, inconsolable romance or soap opera-like melodrama. Instead, the play features different shades of love when one departs their beloved. It was as if the director/writer Nikorn, noted for his original writing, was falling in love again -- more or less -- with recounting his personal experiences.

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    Behind the Golden Sand Mansion

    Life, Alongkorn Parivudhiphongs, Published on 21/07/2016

    » The deconstruction of classic stories has become more prevalent in Thai theatre. It usually aims to bring new life to the beaten-to-death tales, from modernising the setting to reinterpreting the dated contents, or simply mocking the fate of the characters or reinventing the storyline. But without clear direction, the results can be scatterbrained.

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    Beating a path to Broadway

    Life, Alongkorn Parivudhiphongs, Published on 02/07/2015

    » For TV mogul Takonkiet Viravan, musical theatre is the love of his life. Since 1997, he has spared time from lucrative TV production to direct a dozen contemporary Thai musicals. His latest ambition is to have a production on Broadway, though the path is not as simple as following the yellow brick road to the Emerald City.

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