The Tale of  Kieu Musical

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Artistic Team 

       

 

Burton Wolfe, Author and Artistic Director

After completing his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degree in Speech and Drama, Burton became a teacher and Chairman of New York Speech and Drama Department.  His love of teaching still continues, now as a College Professor instructing advanced courses in Theatre and Speech.  The Artistic side of Burton Wolfe's career has been as Author, Artistic Director and Producer of Performing Arts and Special Events. Burton has been producing theatrical productions, international events and cultural exchanges for over two decades.  His passion is to produce, write and direct musical theatrical productions that contain a wide range of styles and subject matter.  The musicals he has directed have received outstanding reviews including:   Miss Saigon, A Funny Thing Happen on The Way To The Forum, West Side Story, Caberet and many others.  Mr. Wolfe has had the priviledge of working with renowned clebrities: Audrey Hepburn, Helen Hayes, Mickey Rooney, Julio Iglesias, Willie and Lobo and many more.      Wolfe's national and international experience includes producing international Cultural Exchanges, Festivals and diverse Education Programs.  Over the past years, Burton has received the following recognition for his work: Gold Metal from the Peoples Republic of China for his musical theatre lyric writing,  "Outstanding Arts Leader" award from the Sarasota County Art's Council; from Natural Awakening Magazine "The Bridge Builder Award";From West Coast Center for Human Development, Award for  "Actively Supporting and Promoting Productions that enhance  Diversity in the Arts".

The Mayor of Houston, Texas called Mr. Wolfe's Cultural Exchange "A Breakthrough Event."  The Mayor of Boca Raton, Florida,  said "Burton Wolfe has brought Theatrical Magic to Boca Raton..." Burton Wolfe spearheaded "AsiaFest" in Miami with the participation of performing arts and business leaders from nine Asian Nations.  The Festival was acknowledged by President Ronald Regan as "Strengthening the ties between the Pacific Rim and the United States."
Burton believes in Producing Culturally diverse theatrical Presentations that are entertaining as well as enlightening, to support global Peace and Prosperity.  He is delighted to see the Vietnamese Cultural Treasure, "The Tale of Kieu" brought to life; the bi-lingual musical Miller Theatre performances can reach out to multicultural audiences as well as the Vietnamese community. As the Artistic Director of the musical, Burton Wolfe plans to bring new dynamic production elements to the 2013 Miller performances.



Scott Gehman, Composer of Music and Orchestrations


Dr. Gehman studied music at HSPVA, North Texas State and holds a B.M, M.M, and D.M.A from the Shepherd School of Music of Rice University. Prior to his faculty position at HCC, Scott served as Music Director for Strake Jesuit College Preparatory; was Director of Houston's Summer Jazz Workshop; and taught electronic music at Rice University. He has held positions as Special Assistant to the President and Head of the Audio Recording and Film Making Department at Houston Community College.  Currently Dr. Gehman is one of the HCC pioneer professors working at Houston Community College in the Sovereign Arab State of Qatar.

Scott has composed music and orchestrations for theatrical musicals over the past twenty years.  His collaborations with Burton Wolfe include:
the musical adaptation of Paul Dukas’ Sorcerer’s Apprentice which toured Houston and Beijing; his music and orchestrations to  The Legend of Yin & Yang, matched to Burton Harold Wolfe’s book and lyrics, created the first Sino-Caucasian musical ever produced in South China and was documented in PBS Television production of "Making The Legend." Before Scott started his music composition for The Tale of Kieu, Musical, he researched different Vietnamese musical instruments and music forms, to include the sounds of Broadway along with traditional Vietnamese musicality.


Lawrence Wong - Director of Operations

Over the past decades, Mr. Wolfe and Mr. Wong have co-produced Musical Theatre, Dramatic and Comedy works, Children's Theatre, pop Concerts, Cultural Exchanges, International Festivals and Educational Programs along with diverse world class Special Events.  As Director of Operations, Lawrence has supervised all of the logistics for productions and events.  Together, Burton Wolfe and Lawrence Wong have produced over 50 popular Broadway Musicals along with dramatic and comedy shows; and over 50 Special Events representing thousands of performances.  Lawrence is grateful that through his work, he is able to bring multicultural events to entertain and educate diverse audiences.  He is extremely proud and grateful to have the opportunity to present  The Tale of Kieu, Musical at the Miller Outdoor Theatre.



Linh Phuong - Lyric Translations:


Linh Phuong was the recipient of Cambridge, England's award  “2000 Outstanding Musicians of the 20thCentury.” She is a graduate of the Viet Nam Conservatory and was a church music director from 1968 through 1985.  Her Linh Phuong Production Company has produced numerous Vietnamese Music CDs. Linh is an accomplished author of music books and histories as well as poetry.  She is grateful that the Tale of Kieu Musical can  reach out to younger Vietnamese generations and at the Miller Outdoor Theatre performances can entertain and enlighten  Houston’s diverse multicultural audiences.



 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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