Paramount Theatre Downtown
Oct 29–Nov 3
A very young Vietnamese woman and an American GI have a romantic (and ultimately tragic) encounter in this musical theater take on Madama Butterfly, written by Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil, the team behind Les Misérables. While the musical has enjoyed popularity and acclaim, it's also been protested over the years for its depiction of exoticized Vietnamese bar girls, conniving Asian men, and other stereotypes. Notes for this production emphasize the heroine's "transformation from a naive victim of circumstance into a steely conduit of fearless maternal resolve."