Concept, text, and direction Chen Shi-Zheng
Composer Damon Albarn
Visual concept, animation, and costumes Jamie Hewlett
Conductor Brad Lubman
Lighting design Nick Richings
Sound design Barry Bartlett
Masks, prosthetics, makeup, and wigs Bertrand Dorcet
Company includes Jiangsu Yancheng Acrobatic Company
Be transported into the enchanting, fantastical world of Monkey: Journey to the West in a vibrant musical retelling of the Chinese classic by Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett, creators of the wildly popular musical collective Gorillaz. Equal parts epic music theater and stunning animation, this hugely successful production includes a remarkable cast of Chinese acrobats, singers, mind-bending contortionists, martial artists, and transfixing animated displays, all under the inspired direction of Chen Shi-Zheng. This spectacular event, which has performed before sold-out audiences around the world, tells the story of a monk, Tripitaka, who journeys from China to India to find the Buddha and receive the scriptures’ enduring impossible challenges. The irrepressible Monkey King leads the monk and his animal companion protectors, creating havoc along the way. Don’t miss this stunning international retelling of this ancient tale.
Performed in Mandarin with English subtitles.
“The score peaks achieving a shimmering serenity worthy of Philip Glass.”
—New York Post
“Lavishly staged...elaborate juggling acts and contortionists...irrepressible energy. A Chinese version of ‘The Wizard of Oz.’”
—New York Times
“An eye-popping extravaganza of opera, dance, circus acrobatics, and visual pyrotechnics.”
This performance is approximately two hours with no intermission.
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