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Town Hall Theatre Production Trailer

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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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

  • "Kahng has crafted a winning musical and story." - Vince Mediaa, VMedia Backstage

  • "Enchanting... a very well-calibrated production of a treasured story." - Marc Gonzalez, The Road to 1000

Reviews for the 2013 Altarena Playhouse production

  • "...an exquisite musical stage version of Hans Christian Andersen's story." - Alice Grace Chalip, Contra Costa Times

  • "...a very entertaining piece of theater that imparts its positive message in a charming and compelling way." - Sally Hogarty, San Jose Mercury News

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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


  • 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