Following a world premiere in Los Angeles in May, Soft Power, the new collaboration from Tony Award-winning playwright David Henry Hwang (M. Butterfly) and Tony Award-winning composer Jeanine Tesori (Fun Home), is now in performances at San Francisco’s Curran. The second West Coast production of the “play with a musical” began June 20 and is scheduled to continue through July 8.
Soft Power, directed by Leigh Silverman and choreographed by Sam Pinkleton, rewinds recent political history and plays it back, a century later, through the Chinese lens of a future, East-meets-West musical. As the power balance between the U.S and China shifts in the wake of the 2016 election, the story follows a Chinese executive who falls in love with a good-hearted U.S. leader while visiting America.
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The cast, reprising their performances from the Los Angeles run, is made up of Conrad Ricamora (The King and I, How to Get Away with Murder), Francis Jue (M. Butterfly), Raymond J. Lee (Groundhog Day), Billy Bustamante (Miss Saigon), Jon Hoche (War Horse tour), Kendyl Ito (Matilda tour), Austin Ku (Chinglish tour), Alyse Alan Louis (Amélie), Jaygee Macapugay (School of Rock), Daniel May (Thoroughly Modern Millie tour), Paul HeeSang Miller (Miss Saigon), Kristen Faith Oei (M. Butterfly), Maria-Christina Oliveras (Amélie), Geena Quintos (Miss Saigon), Trevor Salter (Here Lies Love), and Emily Stillings (The King and I).