Thursday, December 14, 2006

Foothill Alum out in the world: Austin Ku

Austin Ku (Anthony Hope in Sweeney) is appearing in what sounds to be a very interesting new musical indeed!

It is called Homeland and performs this weekend 12/16-12/19 at the Magic Theatre in San Francisco, presented by a new company called The San Francisco New Theatre Workshop.

Per Austin:
The story is very powerful, weaving elements of West Side Story and Miss Saigon (star-crossed lovers--but this time it's and Asian American Juliet/Capulets and a Republican Texan Romeo/Montagues), including many moving themes such as race, religion and politics in modern-day America. There are also some amazingly beautiful musical moments, with orchestral complexity reminiscent of Miss Saigon (again) and even Light in the Piazza.

I play the Juliet-heroine's brother, but my intertwined storyline is about coming out to my traditional Asian family and covering up a failed career--it's good stuff, and I am very proud to be in this show.

For more details/cast/music samples/tickets, please visit the website

Music and Lyrics by Jay Kuo ("Insignificant Others" at New Conservatory Theatre, 2006)
Directed by George Quick
Choreography by David E. Garcia

Cast: Yilin Hsu, Luke Klipp, Lily Tung, Austin Ku*, Jason Hoover, Erin Diamantides, Brandon Mears, Sean Grady*, Nancy Dobbs Owen*, Mary Kalita, William J. Brown III, and featuring Kelly Ground* (Fantine in the first national tour of Les Miserables) as Trudy Daniels.

Saturday 12/16 2 pm preview $15
Saturday 12/16 8 pm opening SOLD OUT
Sunday 12/17 2 pm $30
Sunday 12/17 7:30 pm $25
Monday 12/18 7:30 pm $25
Tuesday 12/19 7:30 pm $25

Editor's Two Cents: I wish he hadn't compared it not once, but twice, to Miss Saigon , because we all know I loathe that show! But despite the unfortunate comparison, it sounds quite intriguing.

And given the numerous revivals, jukebox musicals and movie adaptations flooding the stage it's always nice to hear of an original new musical!

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