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Photography by Patrick Tracy

The Song of the Nightingale

Book, Music & Lyrics by Min Kahng
Based on Hans Christian Andersen's The Nightingale

Newly revised production coming to Town Hall Theatre September-October 2017!

When Mei Lin, an ambitious kitchen-maid, hears that the Emperor of China is searching for the Nightingale – the bird whose song brings hope to the people of the land, she offers to help find and capture the bird in exchange for a lofty promotion. This transaction has tragic consequences, however, as Mei Lin soon learns that the Emperor is a foolish ruler who cannot see beyond the bird's plain outer appearance. Based on a Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, The Song of the Nightingale is a magical, musical romp that reminds us that true beauty and worth is always found within.


  • Sep-Oct 2017: Town Hall Theatre in Lafayette, CA
  • Oct-Nov 2013, World Premiere: Altarena Playhouse in Alameda, CA


  • May 2017, Developmental Reading: Town Hall Theatre in Lafayette, CA
  • Jun 2011, Developmental Reading: Diablo Theatre Company in Walnut Creek, CA
  • Nov 2010, Staged Reading: Altarena Playhouse at the Little Theatre in Alameda, CA


  • 2017: Lafayette Community Foundation, Anonymous Donor for Student Matinee performances at Town Hall Theatre
  • 2017: Bill Graham Foundation Grant for Student Matinee performances at Town Hall Theatre
  • 2017: Mechanics Bank Grant, Lafayette Branch for Student Matinee performances at Town Hall Theatre
  • 2011: Nominated for a SF Bay Area Theatre Critic's Circle Award for Original Musical


  • "Composer-playwright Min Kahng has created an exquisite musical stage version of Hans Christian Andersen's story."  -- Contra Costa Times
  • "...a very entertaining piece of theater that imparts its positive message in a charming and compelling way." -- San Jose Mercury News