The Sound of Music, Beijing's smash hit this past February, can be heard again at Poly Plaza International Theatre, from May 22 until May 31.
Cheng Fangyuan and Wang Gang, Maria and Capt.von Trapp in the play and a couple in life, have just come back from the States where they went to watch Broadway's newly revived The Sound of Music. They are now working hard with the original cast to improve the play after absorbing the quintessential Sound from their American counterparts.
When asked about her impression of the Broadway show, Cheng said that in terms of singing and acting, the American version is not much better than the Chinese one, if cultural difference is taken into consideration. However, their set design was excellent. But she also pointed out that the stage conditions on Broadway are not as good as Poly Plaza International Theatre. So Cheng is very confident about her own production.
This time Cheng and Wang, both superstars in China, have invested 100,000 Yuan ( about $12,000 USD) in this next round of performances. They expressed their worries about promotion , because they don't have a producer to support them, so they have to do a lot of work on marketing. But with the first round's ground-breaking success, the box office is still optimistic.
The Sound of Music will run at Poly Plaza International Theatre, 14, Dong Wai Nan Da Jie, at 7 PM till May 31, For tickets call 86 010 65001188-5682. --By Wang Ling