Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Talking musicals

I had dinner with Sarah O'Brien tonight, after she arrived in town from a successful stint of filming in Angkor for the documentary she is making about her efforts to bring her musical, Winds of Angkor, to Cambodia. Sarah and her team will present highlights from the musical at Chaktomuk Theatre on Sunday and I recommend you get along to attend. It's part of the Cambodian Youth Arts Festival and tickets can be obtained at the Cambodian Living Arts office on Sothearos Boulevard. The performance on Sunday will begin at 8pm and includes international and Cambodian performers. The musical has been a dream of Sarah's since her first visit to Cambodia back in 1999 and the performance at Chaktomuk will be the culmination of a lot of hard work by a lot of people. The next stage of the process will be to perform the world premiere of the full musical, here in Cambodia, and preferably at Angkor Wat, sometime at the beginning of next year, though that will depend on getting the right amount of sponsorship. When Sarah is not involved in the musical, she's a cellist of some repute, either on tour with international artist Yanni or supporting singers of the ilk of Celine Dion or Andrea Bocelli. We ate at Fish restaurant next to the night market, my first visit there for a few months. Unfortunately, they still weren't able to match my request for crispy batter with my red snapper but it was tasty enough. Talking of food, I ordered fish amok at the Chayyam restaurant on Street 278 on Sunday and it was the best fish amok I've tasted in years. I will definitely return for more of the same in the near future and also try to catch one of their traditional Khmer dance performances at the same time. They perform them 4 times a week for diners.

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