The Song of the Nightingale
Book, Music & Lyrics by Min Kahng
Based on Hans Christian Andersen's The Nightingale
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.
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"The Song of the Nightingale" in the media:
Revised 'Song of the Nightingale' swoops into Lafayette, Mercury News
Town Hall Theatre's 'The Song of the Nightingale,' Pink Section, SF Chronicle
5 Events Not To Miss, Theatre & Dance, Diablo Magazine
Castro Valley man writes musical for Asian actors, Mercury News
Reviews for the 2017 Town Hall Theatre production
"...a wonderfully funny as well as poignant theatrical piece." - Sally Hogarty, East Bay Times
"A sweet and simple story, it also touches upon deeper themes such as the nature of art, real and artificial pleasures, life and death." - Sophie Braccini, Lamorinda Weekly
"Kahng’s infectious music harmonizes perfectly with the exuberant cast" - Robert M. Gardner, Theatrius
"Enchanting... a very well-calibrated production of a treasured story." - Marc Gonzalez, The Road to 1000
Reviews for the 2013 Altarena Playhouse production
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Cast: 13+ Asian American Actors (2 Female Leads, 1 Female Dance Lead, 3 Male Leads, 1 Child, Ensemble w/ featured roles)
Music: 3-piece score (Piano, Flute/Clarinet, Percussion)
Duration: 2 hr 15 (including 15-minute intermission)
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
AWARDS & HONORS
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