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Jennifer C. Paz as Kim in a scene from the Cameron Mackintosh production of 'Miss Saigon,' a musical by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg, with music by Claude-Michel Schonberg and lyrics by Alain Boublil and Richard Maltby, Jr. 'Miss Saigon' is directed by Nicholas Hytner with musical staging by Bob Avian.

Photo by Joan Marcus.

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Orientalism and the Portrayal of Asian Americans in Musicals

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Mar 15, 2018 at 6–7:30pm

Venues Around L.A.

Orientalism and the Portrayal of Asian Americans in Musicals

Center Theatre Group invites you to attend a panel discussion on selected nights that feature local thought-leaders in dialogue about the context, issues, and ideas finding voice on our stages.*

South Pacific, The King and I, and Miss Saigon are firmly ensconced within the canon of Broadway classics. Along with presenting some of the most beloved songs from 20th-century musicals, they also capitalize on exoticizing the people, landscapes, and cultures of the Asian Pacific. Join us in a sing-along and panel discussion on Broadway's shift from Orientalism to Asian American authenticity. Our sing-along includes favorite tunes like "Bali Ha'i" (South Pacific), "Getting to Know You" (The King and I), and "I'd Give my Life for You" (Miss Saigon), as well as songs from the Los Angeles premiere of Allegiance.

No ticket purchase is required to attend.

*An RSVP to the Community Conversation does not include a ticket to the production of Soft Power at the Ahmanson Theatre. Existing ticketholders are welcome to join us, but are encouraged to RSVP.

Soft Power is produced in association with East West Players.

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Japanese American Cultural & Community Center

244 S San Pedro St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

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Join us for 'Soft Power'

Onstage at the Ahmanson Theatre May 3 – June 10, 2018.

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Wine provided by

Malibu Family Wines