Nederlander Worldwide Productions and The Eastern Shanghai Cultural Film and Television Group are partnering to present the production, under the producing brand China on Broadway. Opening is Jan. 15. Performances, featuring 33 Chinese artists, continue to Jan. 31.
The production is in celebration of the Lunar New Year — the year of the Ox — which will be celebrated Jan. 26, 2009.
Soul of Shaolin, which has appeared in Sydney, Australia; Macau, People's Republic of China; and at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, "tells the story of a boy named Hui Guang who is separated from his mother by war," according to production notes. "Hui Guang is found and taken in by the legendary monks of the Shaolin temple and raised among them. As he becomes a man, Hui Gang becomes an accomplished master of Shaolin Kung Fu and embarks on a spectacular journey of self-discovery."
Soul of Shaolin marks the first time a production from the People's Republic of China has appeared on Broadway. The show "will feature 33 Chinese nationals who are highly skilled in Shaolin Kung Fu, the breathtaking martial art" that has been featured in such films as "Fearless" (starring international superstar Jet Li) and "Shaolin Soccer."
Shaolin Kung Fu is described as the collection of martial arts that is associated with the monks of the Shaolin temple in China's Henan province. This particular style is characterized "by almost superhuman displays of strength and agility, but is tempered with the monks' philosophical belief in training the mind, body, and Soul."
Soul of Shaolin marks the inaugural production of China on Broadway, a partnership between Nederlander Worldwide Productions and Eastern Shanghai Cultural Film and Television Group. China on Broadway's American and Chinese partners will work together to develop and produce theatrical projects for global audiences. China on Broadway will bring an annual theatrical event featuring leading Chinese artists to Broadway in celebration of the Lunar New Year.
Robert Nederlander, Jr. of Nederlander Worldwide Productions stated, "We are thrilled to bring Soul of Shaolin to Broadway as the first production of 'China on Broadway,' our historic partnership with our colleagues at The Eastern Shanghai Cultural Film and Television Group. This partnership has already experienced tremendous success with our touring production of Aida in China. We are honored to be able to bring this partnership to Broadway with Soul of Shaolin, an amazing show that blends the fantastic spectacle of Shaolin Kung Fu with the rich history and tradition of the Chinese people in a new show that has been created by world class artists from Chinese theatre, opera, and ballet."
This limited engagement will play at the Marquis following a limited run of Irving Berlin's White Christmas (ending Jan. 4, 2009) and before the April 7, 2009, launch of 9 to 5: The Musical.
Tickets go on sale Oct. 29 at Ticketmaster.com and at all Ticketmaster outlets. The Marquis Theatre box office (1535 Broadway) will open Dec. 22. Tickets will be $95, $75 and $50. Student rush tickets will be available for $30 day of the show at the Marquis, with a valid ID, two tickets per student pending availability.
Performances Jan. 13-25, 2009, will be Tuesday at 7 PM, Wednesday at 2 & 8 PM, Thursday and Friday at 8 PM, Saturday 2 & 8 PM and Sunday at 3 PM. Performances Jan. 26-31, 2009 (The Week of Lunar New Year) will be: Monday at 8 PM (Day of the Lunar New Year), Tuesday at 7 PM, Wednesday at 2 & 8 PM, Thursday and Friday at 8 PM and Saturday at 2 & 8 PM. There is no performance on Sunday.
Nederlander Worldwide Productions, LLC and affiliates (NWP) are led by Robert Nederlander, Jr., a third generation member of the Nederlander family, one of the great dynasties of the American theatre. Nederlander founded and has personally overseen NWP's efforts in China since 2000, establishing the first Chinese foreign joint venture in the performance industry and creating a highly successful network of Chinese theatres for their touring productions including, in part, Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Nanjing, Ningbo, Wuhan, Xi'an and Tianjin. Recent productions presented by NWP that have toured China include 42nd Street and Aida.
Eastern Shanghai International Culture Film and Television Co., Ltd. is an entertainment conglomerate with interests in television, film, and live entertainment. The company is supported directly by the Shanghai Mayor's office, with a goal of making the city China's premiere world-class city for musical theatre and live entertainment. As a comprehensive culture and performance organization in the People's Republic of China, Eastern Shanghai has dedicated significant resources to improving the cultural industry in China as well as the export and introduction of Chinese cultural products around the world.