September 10, 1996. Ho Chi Minh City, VN

While serving as an Ambassador for the Performing Arts in his birthplace, Vietnam, Kym Purling presented several concerts throughout the country. Kym's colleagues made this slideshow of this historical first non-classical concert ever to be held at the Conservatory of Music in Ho Chi Minh City.

Archive: Kym Purling In Vietnam - Introduction Slideshow (4:52)
Venue: Ho Chi Minh City Conservatory of Music
Location: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

September 10, 1996. Ho Chi Minh City, VN (1/5)

Ms. Binh Trang, a well-respected teacher at the Ho Chi Minh City Conservatory of Music, tells the audience of Kym Purling's life story, his career thus far and the historical importance of this concert. Kym Purling also speaks about the personal meaning of being back in his birthplace presenting jazz music to the country.

Archive: HCMC Concert - Part 1/5 - Introductory Speeches (10:03)
Venue: Ho Chi Minh City Conservatory of Music
Location: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

September 10, 1996. Ho Chi Minh City, VN (2/5)

Kym Purling opened his first concert in Vietnam (and each thereafter) with the famous marching song, Len Dang, by renowned Vietnamese composer, Luu Hu Phuoc. The purpose of this was to demonstrate within the first song, how a simple recognizable melody called be completely transformed into jazz.

Archive: HCMC Concert - Part 2/5 - Opening Piece, Len Dang (2:55)
Venue: Ho Chi Minh City Conservatory of Music
Location: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

September 10, 1996. Ho Chi Minh City, VN (3/5)

Kym Purling introduced and taught jazz music to many musicians and students when he visited Vietnam. Here he plays Leslie Bricusse's "Who Can I Turn To" with Minh Tan on bass and Tan Quoc on drums. This concert is the result of only 2-3 weeks of working together and playing jazz for the first time.

Archive: HCMC Concert - Part 3/5 - Who Can I Turn To (6:43)
Company: Conservatory of Music of Ho Chi Minh City
Location: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

September 10, 1996. Ho Chi Minh City, VN (4/5)

Kym Purling became good friends when collaborating with renown vocalist, Tuyet Loan. They performed in concert halls and popular venues and clubs in Ho Chi Minh City. Tuyet Loan sang in many of the GI camps during the Vietnam War. Here they perform an arrangement Kym wrote for her of one of her favorite tunes.

Archive: HCMC Concert Part 4/5 - How Long Has This Been Going On (4:03)
Venue: Nhac Vien Thanh Pho Ho Chi Minh City
Location: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

September 10, 1996. Ho Chi Minh City, VN (5/5)

View the closing of Kym Purling's first concert in Vietnam. All the musicians join together on stage while entrepreneur Robert Morgado and Director of the Conservatory of Music Professor Quang Hai speak about the cultural barriers that Kym's concert broke down through music, the universal language.

Archive: HCMC Concert - Part 5/5 - Closing of Concert & Speeches (6:32)
Company: Conservatory of Music of Ho Chi Minh City
Location: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

November 11, 1996. SAMI Awards. Adelaide, SA

At age 24, Kym Purling received the award for the Most Outstanding Keyboard Player at the 1996 South Australian Music Industry Awards. This archival footage includes announcement of nominees, the presentation of the award and Kym Purling's acceptance speech.

Archive: South Australian Music Industry Awards (2:28)
Company: South Australian Music Industry Association (SAMIA)
Location: Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

May, 1998. ABC-TV 2. National, Australia

One of Australia's leading current affairs programs, The 7.30 Report, presents the first of two documentaries about Kym Purling's life story and musical background. Shows footage of Kym's parents, his work as an ambassador in Vietnam and takes place just prior to Kym's European tour and move to the United States.

Segment: The 7.30 Report (5:49)
Station: ABC-TV 2 on the Australian ABC Network
City: National, Australia

May 31, 1999. ABC-TV 2. National, Australia

This second 7.30 Report documentary features Kym Purling's first return to Australia since moving to the United States. It focusses on the UNLV Big Band's international tour of Australia, a tour that Kym organized by himself. Also shows footage of the parliamentary reception and discusses the Las Vegas music scene.

Segment: The 7.30 Report (3:33)
Station: ABC-TV 2 on the Australian ABC Network
City: National, Australia

August 29, 2000 & October 19, 2000. New York City, NY

In the summer of 2000, Footloose The Musical ran in both Las Vegas and Atlantic City. Soon after, the show traveled North America in two national tours. These excerpts were taken before Kym Purling joined the tour and musical-directed and conducted the show through 247 cities in just eleven months.

Segment: 42nd Street Montage (1:05)
Company: Big League Theatricals
City: New York City, New York, United States

December 26, 2002. WJZ-TV 13. Baltimore, MD

Kym Purling came into Baltimore's WJZ-TV 13 at 5.30am the morning after Christmas Day and has a coffee and plenty of laughs with the guys on the popular morning show, Coffee With... They chat about everything from Miss Saigon and Kym's career to the size of the beer cans in Australia!

Segment: Coffee With... (6:41)
Station: WJZ-TV 13 on the American CBS Network
City: Baltimore, Maryland, United States

February 12, 2003. New York City, NY (1/5)

From 2002-2004, Kym Purling toured North America and Canada with the sixth longest running musical in Broadway history, Miss Saigon. A documentary consisting of five parts was produced, showing interviews, promo and a behind the scenes look at the long process of putting the show together.

Segment: On The Road To Miss Saigon, Part 1 (7:53)
Company: Big League Theatricals
City: New York City, New York, United States

February 12, 2003. New York City, NY (2/5)

Part 2 of On The Road To Miss Saigon starts at the first day of rehearsal and features short interviews from the cast as they begin rehearsals. Features behind the scenes footage of actual rehearsals and includes comments from the executive producer and creators.

Segment: On The Road To Miss Saigon, Part 2 (5:41)
Company: Big League Theatricals
City: New York City, New York, United States

February 12, 2003. New York City, NY (3/5)

In Part 3 of On The Road To Miss Saigon, visit the workshop in Brooklyn, NY where the show's scenery is built. See the on-site wardrobe and choreography and dance rehearsals in New York City. Hear the creators talk about the book and musical elements of the show and watch the director work behind the scenes.

Segment: On The Road To Miss Saigon, Part 3 (7:11)
Company: Big League Theatricals
City: New York City, New York, United States

February 12, 2003. New York City, NY (4/5)

Part 4 of On The Road To Miss Saigon features footage from behind the scenes and excerpts from the show during opening night in Dayton, OH.

Segment: On The Road To Miss Saigon, Part 4 (6:27)
Company: Big League Theatricals
City: New York City, New York, United States

February 12, 2003. New York City, NY (5/5)

Part 5 of On The Road To Miss Saigon shows what happens in the background once the show has opened and is out on the road. See some more excerpts from the show and learn how the show is marketed and booked across the country.

Segment: On The Road To Miss Saigon, Part 5 (5:16)
Company: Big League Theatricals
City: New York City, New York, United States

April 24, 2003. ABC-TV 4. Salt Lake City, UT

Kym Purling joins Miss Saigon's female leads Jennifer Hubilla and Rachel Kopf on Salt Lake's popular television show, Good Things Utah. Together, they discuss the synopsis of the show, Kym's early life and connection with the story of Miss Saigon and perform a selection from the show.

Segment: Good Things Utah (8:17)
Station: ABC-TV 4 on the American ABC Network
City: Salt Lake City, Utah, United States

May 14, 2003. KTNV-TV 13. Las Vegas, NV (1/3)

KTNV-TV 13 in Las Vegas produced three featurettes about Kym Purling's life story, his personal connection to Miss Saigon and his professional career thus far. It also discusses what it is like being part of such a huge production, what life is like on the road and the content of the following two featurettes.

Segment: Good Morning Las Vegas on Inside Las Vegas (2:09)
Station: KTNV-TV 13 on the American ABC Network
City: Las Vegas, Nevada, United States

May 14, 2003. KTNV-TV 13. Las Vegas, NV (2/3)

In this second featurette, Kym Purling talks to KTNV-TV 13 about what it is like being part of such an elite touring company. Also discusses the story of Miss Saigon and outlines Kym's personal connection to it before being further explored in the third and final featurette.

Segment: Good Morning Las Vegas on Inside Las Vegas (2:06)
Station: KTNV-TV 13 on the American ABC Network
City: Las Vegas, Nevada, United States

May 16, 2003. KTNV-TV 13. Las Vegas, NV (3/3)

KTNV-TV 13's third and final featurette presents a very personal account of Kym Purling's life story and describes how Kym is closely connected to the story of Miss Saigon. Also discusses a little about Kym's career thus far and his move to Las Vegas, the entertainment capital of the world.

Segment: Good Morning Las Vegas on Inside Las Vegas (4:25)
Station: KTNV-TV 13 on the American ABC Network
City: Las Vegas, Nevada, United States

October 3, 2003. NBC 10. Philadelphia, PA

Philadelphia's NBC 10 news crew gather around the piano with Kym Purling for a light-hearted chat about Kym's early life and Miss Saigon's run at Philly's Merriam Theater.

Segment: Morning News (1:28)
Station: NBC 10 on the American NBC Network
City: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

April 21, 2004. WCCO-TV 4. Minneapolis, MN

Reporter and anchorman Bill Carson talks to Kym Purling about how it must be an unusual experience to be part of a show who's story parallels much of your own life. Kym talks about the story of the show, discusses his background and ponders the unknown questions surrounding his early life.

Segment: Entertainment Segment on Noon Report (2:14)
Station: WCCO-TV 4 on the American CBS Network
City: Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

April 23, 2004. KSTP-TV 5. Minneapolis, MN

A short television interview featuring Kym Purling in the 'twin cities' of Minneapolis and St. Paul, while on tour with the 2002-2004 U.S. National Tour of Miss Saigon. This clip outlines the story of Miss Saigon and describes the personal relationship between the show and Kym's own early life.

Segment: Around Town with Rusty Gatenby on Eyewitness News 5 (1:09)
Station: KSTP-TV 5 on the American ABC Network
City: Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

November 24, 2004. New York City, NY

From the summers of 2004-2005, Kym Purling musical-directed and conducted the Japanese and U.S. national tours of the Tony Award winning Broadway musical, 42nd Street. View a short montage clip of that actual tour's spectacular music and dance numbers.

Segment: 42nd Street Montage (1:05)
Company: Big League Theatricals
City: New York City, New York, United States

November 24, 2004. New York City, NY

Following a very successful run in Japan, Kym Purling musical-directed and conducted the U.S. National Tour of 42nd Street, and has now traveled throughout 49 of the 50 U.S. states. Enjoy watching 11 excerpts of the show from this actual tour from the Reviewer's Reel.

Segment: 42nd Street Montage (17:56)
Company: Big League Theatricals
City: New York City, New York, United States