Paris By Night 122, “Duyên Phận”, takes its name from Thái Thịnh’s song of the same name, which was written for Như Quỳnh and performed by the singer in 2010. With her performance garnering over 54 million views on YouTube alone, the song has been covered countless times by both professional and amateur singers, and has become a major hit among Vietnamese people all over the world. It only seems appropriate that Trung Tâm Thúy Nga creates a show based on this song, exploring the idea of “fate” when it comes to love, relationships, life, with a focus on Vietnamese women.
Paris By Night 122 includes a variety of performances, all of which are meticulously choreographed and artfully presented, as is expected of Trung Tâm Thúy Nga. The opening performance of Hoàng Thi Thơ’s “Chuyện Tình Người Trinh Nữ Tên Thi” is an inspired interpretation featuring Hoàng Nhung, Hà Thanh Xuân and Hoàng Mỹ An. Nguyễn Hồng Nhung shows off her versatility, with a haunting rendition of Phú Quang’s “Đêm Ả Đào”, while Ngọc Hạ and Thiên Tôn give a dramatic duet of the classic, “Hòn Vọng Phu 3”. Another highlight of the show is the cải lương, “Duyên Kiếp” where Phi Nhung displays her abilities as an actress, taking on a truly emotionally demanding character.
Of course, the show would not be complete without a performance of “Duyên Phận” – this time the song serves as the finale, featuring a fashion show by 11 female singers. Như Quỳnh, the original singer of the song is included in this performance, and also performs another new song by Thái Thịnh called “Lênh Đênh Phận Buồn”, which could be seen as a “sequel” to “Duyên Phận”.
Paris By Night 122 is currently available on DVD and Blu-Ray. Be sure to purchase an ORIGINAL copy at your local Vietnamese music store, or online at www.thuyngashop.com.
Dương Thái Hòa has always been passionate about Vietnamese music. Graduating from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Music, Thái Hòa currently performs alongside the Liberty Band in shows within the Vietnamese community. In addition, Thái Hòa also writes, records and performs his own music on his YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/JamesDuongMusic