And the Earth Moved, New Musical About Asian-American on Unsteady Ground, Plays NY Musical Theatre Fest Sept. 16-29

News   And the Earth Moved, New Musical About Asian-American on Unsteady Ground, Plays NY Musical Theatre Fest Sept. 16-29 Timothy Huang's And the Earth Moved, a new musical inspired by the tragic earthquake that struck Taiwan in September 1999, killing thousands, gets a showing The New York Musical Theatre Festival Sept. 16-29.

Relentless Pursuits presents the staging of the "fictional account of one Asian’s role in the experiment called America."

Faced with the possible deaths of his overseas parents, "Will Chen steps out of his Manhattan apartment for a breath of air to find he does not recognize a single building," according to production notes. "Suddenly thrust into a constantly-changing, topsy-turvey landscape filled with as much wonder as danger, Will finds he must first discover what his home really is before discovering how to get back to it. Between a clairvoyant 18- year-old truant named Jenny, an eccentric cross-dressing restaurant owner with a penchant for Chinese Opera and The First Chinese Pentecostal Church of Harlem Gospel Choir, everyone Will encounters has something to teach him. But does he have anything to learn?"

The cast of And the Earth Moved includes Thomas C. Kouo (Miss Saigon, Flower Drum Song), Erin Quill (Avenue Q), Orville Mendoza (Disney's Aladdin, Miss Saigon), Melanie May Po (King and I, Miss Saigon) Kristi Tomooka (Miss Saigon) and Timothy Huang (Making Tracks).

Nina Zoie Lam directs the show, which has book, music and lyrics by Timothy Huang. The musical is billed as a "surreal, acerbically neurotic roller coaster ride of self discovery" that is about "country, culture and the Asian American experience."

Performances are Sept. 16 at 8 PM, Sept. 23 at 9:30 PM, Sept. 25 at 8 PM, Sept. 26 at 1 PM and 8 PM and Sept. 29 at 1 PM, at the 45th Street Theatre (Primary Stages), 345 W. 45th Street, in midtown Manhattan. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at www.nymf.org or (212) 352-3101.

For more information, visit www.AndtheEarthMoved.net.

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