The audience experienced a masterpiece of an evening at
Gong Dee Studio in Soi Nimmanhaemin when Book Kitavadhana returned to the
stage for his first concert in five years. It was musical theater that was
sold out in four days after the event was published in the Chiangmai Mail,
and one that enchanted the entire audience.
you recognize Eliza Doolittle, the flower seller? David Wilson and Book
presenting one of the famous songs from ‘My Fair Lady’.
The patrons were thrilled when baritone Book, accompanied
by pianist Bernard Sumner (well known in Chiang Mai for his expertise and
humor), opened with Rodgers and Hammerstein’s sentimental ‘Sound of
hands on the piano, sounding like at least eight, playing one of the
beautiful songs from the ‘Sound of Music’.
The performance featured a perfect combination of songs
and comedy, from some of the most popular musicals of the last century,
including ‘My Fair Lady’, ‘Oklahoma’, ‘The King and I’ and
and Book during a duet.
The audience was smitten by even some more serious love
songs as Book has a way to keep everybody under his spell. They sang with
him and I am sure that Gong Dee Studio rarely has so many singers as there
were when Book and Bernard acted as voice teachers and made the audience
join in ‘Do-Re-Mi-Fa-So’ until ‘they thought’ it was perfect.
want to hear the whole audience. Do-Re-Mi-Fa-So!”
Comedy theatre was seen in the duet between Bernard and
Book, regarding ‘My cup of tea’ and by the time the first guest artist
appeared, the audience was in a wonderful mood.
Panit Somana was the first, a singer who acted as
Book’s counterpart ‘Christine’ in ‘Phantom of the Opera’ six years
ago, a performance which Book refused as it requires an ugly face and he
prefers beauty. But after Panita sang ‘I have dreamed’ from The King and
I, the audience insisted on a ‘Phantom song’ and it was ‘Love changes
everything’, in a marvelous and strong interpretation by the two artists.
as appreciation given to the artists. (From left) Book Kiavadhana, CG Bea
Camp, Amy Robertson, Tianchai Sooktiang and Panit Somana.
David Wilson, the second internationally renowned
pianist, joined the concert after the intermission and his playing is hard
to describe without getting lost in superlatives. Excellence and innovation,
serious with a touch of humor, especially after Book insisted that both
pianists share one piano.
second ‘encore’ for Amy Robertson, Tianchai Sooktiang, Panit Somana and
Tianchai Sooktiang was the next guest and he proved once
again that he is an excellent singer who besides wit, skill, and warmth,
brings a sense of the character to every word that is sung. The last of the
guest artists was Amy Robertson, who was as professional as she was elegant,
playfully flirting with the pianist.
serious classic night but high class musical entertainment at Gong Dee
To summarize with the words of the artists as well as those of the
audience, it was “Exactly my cup of tea!”