Sam Pinkleton -Jeanine Tesori-Francis Jue-Leigh Silverman-David Henry Hwang-Conrad Ricamora–Alyse Alan Louis

Photos/Video: Maya Werner



The upcoming Center Theatre Group world premiere of Soft Power, the new play with a musical, hosted a press event at New 42ndStreet Studios where the cast performed a selection of songs from the new piece.  Soft Power will play Los Angeles’ Center Theatre Group’s Ahmanson Theatre (May 3-June 10) then move to San Francisco’s The Curran (June 20 – July 8).


Full Cast & Creatives

Conrad Ricamora, Alyse Alan Louis

David Henry Hwang, Leigh Silverman


A contemporary comedy explodes into a musical fantasia in the first collaboration between two of America’s great theatre artists: Tony Award winners David Henry Hwang (M. ButterflyFlower Drum Song) and Jeanine Tesori (Fun Home).

Soft Power rewinds our recent political history and plays it back through a Chinese lens: a future, beloved East-meets-West musical. A Chinese executive visiting America finds himself falling in love with a good-hearted U.S. leader, as the power balance between their two countries shifts following the 2016 election. As original as it is topical, Soft Power overflows with the romance, laughter, and cultural confusions of the golden age of Broadway.