Christmas in Hanoi Explores Roots of Family and Conflict
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After dazzling audiences in New York and Boston -- and winning the 2013 Tony Award for Best Musical revival -- this exciting new staging of Pippin comes to the Pantages. This updated version of the Broadway classic infuses the production with amazing acrobatics and wondrous magical feats, along with the music and lyrics of Stephen Schwartz, award-winning composer of Wicked and Godspell. With classic songs "Corner of the Sky," "No Time at All," "Magic to Do" and "Extraordinary," and recreated versions of Bob Fosse's original choreography, this sexy and sophisticated version of Pippin tells the story of the son of Charlemagne, leader of the Holy Roman Empire, who goes on a death-defying journey to find meaning in life. He encounters love, sex, war and politics, and must ultimately choose between a life that's ordinary or a flash of singular glory. Learn More
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Featured review from Goldstar MemberRed Velvet
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It is a very interesting story of a mixed-race, American/Vietnamese family going back to Vietnam for the first time after 25 years. Congratulations to the writer who is able to show the long and glorious history and culture of Vietnam, the ravages and destruction of the war, and the lingering death toll in a new and fresh perspective. As for the staging: The much too frequent changing of the props (surely more than 12 times) felt really disruptive. Most of the arrangements felt quite arbitrary except when all the stools were combined to form a bridge. This theatre and this play deserve a much wider audience.
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Christmas in Hanoi was an ambitious effort to tell the story of a biracial family and the roots of its internal conflicts, but was a bit of an overreach. The storyline seemed somewhat untidy, and the story's supernatural elements were especially...continued
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[An] intriguing drama … rich in emotion and mystery." —Los Angeles Times
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East West Players (EWP), the nation’s first and foremost Asian Pacific American Theatre, was founded in 1965 by nine individuals with the unprecedented idea of creating a home dedicated to promoting Asian Pacific American work and talent not available under Hollywood’s limited opportunities for Asian Americans.