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).
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. Butterfly, Flower 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.