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A first in Cambodia

October 30, 2008|Associated Press

Cambodia's first rock opera will premiere in Phnom Penh next month, a cultural milestone in the Southeast Asian country where performing arts were banned during the brutal Khmer Rouge years.

"Where Elephants Weep" is an East-meets-West blend of traditional Cambodian music and Western rock that is modeled after "Romeo and Juliet" and inspired by the Broadway musical "Rent."

Organizers said Wednesday that the show would open a 10-day run Nov. 28 in a converted movie theater in the capital, a year later than its planned premiere at the end of 2007. It is expected to later tour in other countries, including the United States, South Korea and Singapore.

-- Associated Press

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