A dream of something beautiful & extraterrestrial
The legend took place during King Tran Thuan Tong’s reign at the end of the 14th century. Tu Thuc, the protagonist, was thought to be a low level Mandarin (a leader) of a village in the old province of Hoa Chau, now known as the Thanh Hoa province. At a local festival, Tu Thuc happened to rescue Giang Huong, a beautiful girl who was arrested by the villagers for plucking a sacred moon-flower.
Like many Mandarins of his time, Tu Thuc was disappointed by the injustices in the country. Feeling powerless in helping the poor people, he resigned from his post to find something more fulfilling in life. While travelling, he met Giang Huong again in the mountains, who revealed that she was actually an immortal fairy. Tu Thuc and Giang Huong shortly thereafter were married and settled down in Fairy Land.
However, Tu Thuc soon became homesick. After much discussion, Giang Huong agreed to let him leave Fairy Land to visit his home. On earth, Tu Thuc realized 300 years had passed. With his family and friends all gone, yet unable to return to Fairy Land, he died from his sorrows.
The Tran Kings ruled Vietnam for almost 100 years. In three different instances these powerful leaders lead the country to defend and defeat the powerful Mongolian invaders. The dynasty boasts the greatest kings in Vietnam’s history. Unfortunately, their reigns fell into chaos at the end of the 14th century. The legend of when “Tu Thuc Met Giang Huong” reflected the disappointment of the people at the time, while Giang Huong the Fairy symbolized a beautiful dream which did not exist in real life.
Inspired by the Vietnamese legend “Tu Thuc Met His Fairy,” author and show director Thien-Huong Tran and composer Hoang-Anh Nguyen have presented several new dimensions and surprising scenarios elevating the story to a sensational climax that makes Giang Huong Musical so memorable. It is a story that touches the heart with a joyful outcome leaving a warm glow that restores our faith in humanity.