Vietnam to produce High School Musical on Stage

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Actors selected in September for Vietnamese adaptation of the High School musical

The renowned High School Musical will be adapted into Vietnamese for the first time by the newly-founded Buffalo troupe of young artists from Ho Chi Minh City.

According to the troupe's young director-actor KhacDuy, casting for the musical began in September for performances during the Lunar New Year Festival of 2014.

Duy, 23, said that around 40 Vietnamese actors and actresses will sing live and perform new, unique dances in comparison with the original version.

They will perform 19 songs in total at the performance that will take place at the Hoa Binh Theater.

High School Musical is originally a 2006 American television film said to be the most successful one that Disney Channel Original Movie (DCOM) had produced. The movie, which globally has been seen by over 225 million viewers, is the first DCOM to have a theatrical sequel.

The High School Musical is a modern adaptation of Romeo & Juliet, featuring two high school juniors from rival cliques Troy Bolton, captain of the basketball team, and Gabriella Montez, a beautiful and shy transfer student who excels in math and science. Together, despite other students' attempts to thwart their dreams, the two try out for the lead parts in their high school musical, and as a result, divide the school.

The movie has been adapted into several languages by theaters around the world.Its Korean stage edition was introduced this summer in South Korea.

Vietnam's adaptation is said to cost approximately VND 500 million (US$24,000). 

"Chicago was Buffalo's first musical theater project. The play premiered last June at the 5B Theater on Vo Van Tan Street, District 3 in the city.

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