Monday, July 17, 2017

"The Four Immigrants: An American Musical Manga"

The Four Immigrants: An American Musical Manga
Min Kahng (Book, Music & Lyrics)
Based on Manga Yonin Shosei by Henry Yoshitaka Kiyama
TheatreWorks Silicon Valley

The Cast of The Four Immigrants
The story of immigrants arriving on the shores of the Golden State is told with songs that often sound as all-American as “Yankee Doodle” – songs with notes of jazz, ragtime, country-western, and even Sousa-like march beats.  And the many songs of this new musical are actually hummable, remaining upon leaving as fun earworms (something often not true in today’s new musicals).  Add to all these elements a cast that is to a person phenomenally stellar and a director (Leslie Martinson) who orchestrates the story’s telling with daring deftness, an open heart, and a penchant for allowing much wit even against dire adversity.  The resulting prediction is that Min Kahng’s (book, music, lyrics) new musical, The Four Immigrants: An American Musical Manga, appears destined to be another widely recognized success in a long-line of over sixty world premieres as TheatreWorks Silicon Valley opens its 48th season.

For my full review, please click to Talkin' Broadway:

Rating: 5 E

The Four Immigrants: An American Musical Manga continues in world premiere through August 6, 2017 by TheatreWorks Silicon Valley at Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.  Tickets are available at

Photo by Kevin Berne

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