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Weekend with VOA Reviews 'Phantom of the Opera' - 2005-02-07


This week VOA Thai Team features our New York correspondent, Chanida Angkanarak's interview with the Thai chef of a popular restaurant called 'Sea' in Brooklyn, New York. Khun Jeerachai Raroengjai, the chef, uses 'Asian fusion' techniques in food presentation at 'Sea'. He reveals that Americans prefer red and panang curries to Thai green curry. The son of a hotel executive, Khun Jeerachai has a degree in liberal arts but prefers to cook. He advises prospective chefs that being a chef in America requires more than an ounce of patience.

Nittaya and Prabhassara summarize the Top 5 Movies of the Week and review 'The Phantom of the Opera', director Joel Schumacher's sexy interpretation of Andrew Lloyd Webber's famous Broadway musical.

One of the movie's surprises is that actor Minnie Driver was once a jazz singer and composes her own songs. She plays the comic Opera Diva Carlotta in "Phantom" while a professional operatic soprano sings her songs, but at the end of the movie, as the credits roll, you can hear Minnie singing the Oscar-nominated original song 'Learn To Be Lonely', in her real (much lower) singing voice.

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