Dozens of veteran and young cai luong (reformed theatre) artists and singers will perform at HCM City Theatre for a charity programme to raise funds for poor farmers living in the Mekong Delta provinces.
The 90-minute concert, Vang Trang Me (Mother is the Moon), will feature cai luong stars like Ngoc Giau and Phuong Hong Thuy, together with young singers Quang Thanh and Kim Anh. Vietnamese-American singer Khanh Ly will be a guest artist.
They will stage songs in praise of love and women composed by veteran artists Trinh Cong Son and Pham Duy. Famous extracts from historical cai luong plays will also be highlighted.
"Our annual concert which began in 2012 aims to raise money to upgrade and build bridges in remote areas of the region," said 54-year-old actress and director Thanh Thuy, the event’s organiser.
“We hope our art will encourage more associations and individuals, including artists in theatre and movie, to work for charity,” she said.
All of the artists taking part in the event will perform for free. They will also donate clothes, food and money.
Last year, Vang Trang Me raised over 500 million VND (22,000 USD) to build five bridges in Long An, Tien Giang and Dong Thap provinces.
Thuy began her professional career after graduating from the HCM City Theatre & Cinematography in 1992.
She later worked with her colleagues, Quoc Thao and Thanh Hoang, opening and developing the 5B Small Drama Theatre, one of the region’s leading drama troupes.
She has performed in more than 200 plays, videos and movies.
In 2003, she began working as a theatre director for dozens of State-owned and private drama troupes. She won several top prizes for the best dramatic actress and director at national professional drama festivals and contests.
In 2011, she won the Favourite Dramatic Actress award presented by HCM City Television.
The show Vang Trang Me will open at 8pm on September 15 at 26/6A Nguyen Binh Khiem St in District 1. Tickets are available at the theatre’s box office.