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Soft Power

Closed June 10, 2018

A Tony-winning dream gear up for a world premiere comedy musical play in 2018!

Why See Soft Power?

A world premiere musical play by two Tony-winners

Fresh from his recent success with Chinglish, Tony-winning playwright David Henry Hwang is back with another darkly comic examination into Chinese culture - albeit 150 years from now! A comedy play that evolves to become a play with music, Hwang has teamed up with the Tony-winning composer of Fun House, Jeanine Tesori, in a seductive new project that challenges East Asian stereotypes formed in Western culture.

What to expect

With tensions between America and China at an all-time high, what better way to relieve the worry than to view the latter's hypothetical rise to domination, through the lens of the often oversimplified stereotypes of Asian people, often seen on stage and screen. Fans of Hwang's black comedy Chinglish will find plenty of comparisons to be made about Western stereotyping, but with his trademark snap-sharp humor stopping it from getting maudlin.

The rise of David Henry Hwang

Chinglish made such an impression on Broadway that it was optioned for a London transfer for this summer; this would be the second production of Hwang 's to be staged at the Park Theatre following the successful production of Yellow Face in 2013.

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Opening night: 3 May 2018



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Images shown courtesy of official show

Cast and Creative


By David Henry Hwang
Music by Jeanine Tesori
Choreography by Sonya Tayeh
Directed by Leigh Silverman

What you thought

20 reviews, average rating: (2.6 Stars)

2.5 star rating

Anonymous: “NaNa ”

I absolutely LOVED this show !!! So creative and funny . Conrad Ricamora,... more

Thomas Craig Smith: “Get your tickets now.”

A brilliant, ballsy political fantasia/satire that imagines a Chinese... more

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