Already closed | 1h 30m | Chelsea

Dragon Spring Phoenix Rise

From 71 member  reviews
Members say: Disappointing, Ambitious, Slow, Confusing, Excruciating

About the show

The Shed's world-premiere kung-fu musical tells the story of a secret sect in Flushing, Queens, that possesses the magical power to extend human life, and the twin brother and sister caught in the struggle to control it. More…

Directed by Chen Shi-Zheng and written by Kung Fu Panda’s Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger,  "Dragon Spring Phoenix Rise" features songs by Sia remixed by The Haxan Cloak and Venezuelan artist and producer Arca, and choreography by Akram Khan. Fast-paced martial arts combat and balletic dance sequences unfold in front of, around, and above the audience in this original production designed specifically for the soaring, flexible space of The McCourt.

1h 30m | Already closed | The Shed / The McCourt (Chelsea)

Member Reviews (71)


Disappointing, Ambitious, Slow, Confusing, Excruciating
Avg Score

Ridiculous, Banal, Great choreography, Confusing, Cliched

See it if u enjoy overblown Vegas spectacles w/skilled dancers, visually stunning tableaux, bombastic music, cheesy dialogue & a superfluous storyline

Don't see it if u expect to see accomplished actors or adept singers; you want a show with coherence, wit, novelty, subtlety, intelligence or profundity.

Also The cast was clearly hired solely for their movement/stage combat skil... Read more Read less

Atmospheric, Slow, Disappointing, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if you’re curious about seeing a show at The Shed.

Don't see it if you need your shows to have good writing or good acting. And with just three songs this is barely a musical.

Banal, Cliched, Excruciating, Dizzying, Disappointing

See it if You want to visit a new venue and see a work that makes use of a big space.

Don't see it if You’re expecting a musical and/or Kung Fu. This is completely mismarketed. It’s basically a dance & light show. Acting is high-school level.

Disappointing, Great staging, Ambitious, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy beautiful choreography with emphasis on martial arts; dancers are wonderful & mesmerizing. The score is high for their benefit.

Don't see it if Certainly not a typical play or performance. Would be better strictly as a dance piece with no speaking or singing. Choreography is enough

Also Though a mishmash of possibilities and too little action, the show mig... Read more Read less

Mislabeled, Confused, Slow, Excruciating, Ambitious

See it if your mushrooms are about to kick in and you can ignore everything else that is happening and just stare at the really cool light show.

Don't see it if I actually think everyone should see this to appreciate how good other shows are.

Riveting, Relevant, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if You want to see superb dancing, kung-fu style. Interesting story, nice singing voices.

Don't see it if You are not interested in king-fu or spectacles

Poor script, Slow, Ambitious, Disappointing, Great staging

See it if You want to see a show full of spectacle, with impressive light design, simple but effective staging, and great dancing and fight choreo.

Don't see it if You want a show to have substance, a strong script, and a more engaging plot.

Also Truly a missed opportunity. Visually appealing with excellent light de... Read more Read less

Overrated, Insipid, Excruciating, Disappointing, Banal

See it if There's no possible reason to see this mess

Don't see it if want good acting, good music, or even good kung fu. A total mess. Just horrible.

Puny, Confusing, Disappointing, Indulgent, Excruciating

See it if you get a really cheap ticket and have an overwhelming desire to check out the new performing arts space.

Don't see it if you are looking for a show with style, grace, spectacle, dramatic coherence, memorable music, grandeur or imagination.

Epic, Cliched, Confusing

See it if You want to see a new performance space.

Don't see it if You want a complex or interesting story.

Riveting, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if Interested in a modern day Kung Fu that takes place in Flushng Queens & Manhattan. staging, lighting & special effects riveting.

Don't see it if If strobe lights are harmful to you Don't want modern Kung Fu

Also The stage is round so all seats are great. Cast is so talented with da... Read more Read less

Disappointing, Cool choreography, Flashy, High-tech, Excruciating

See it if you like Vegas or Cirque de Soleil style flashiness and acrobatics. The set is really striking. Lots of cool kung fu style moves.

Don't see it if you want a moving story - it is just so cheesy. Also, poor singing is unacceptable. This is a bad start for the Shed.

Disappointing, Fluffy, Entertaining, Interesting staging, Great dancing

See it if You enjoy Kung Fu dancing and acrobatics with interesting staging.

Don't see it if You prefer a better story and acting along with it

Disappointing, Edgy, Clever

See it if you want to see a story played out by some martial arts to music.

Don't see it if if you are expecting more martial arts dancing.

Cliched, Ambitious, Slow, Awful, Insipid

See it if Just don’t

Don't see it if You desire a plot, are looking for good voices, want cohesive dancing, and are offended by racial stereotypes.

Also Such a shame as they could have done a lot with this show. The space w... Read more Read less

Dizzying, Unsafe, Pointless, Tokenizing, Ludicrous

See it if you want to witness high-budget & high-production fight choreography at The Shed, for its inaugural season.

Don't see it if you need any semblance of a storyline or can’t stomach obtuse racial stereotypes.

Contrived kung fu, Terrible acting, Great lighting, Excruciating, Disappointing

See it if you want to experience this new theater space and love creative stage lighting.

Don't see it if You expect exciting Kung Fu drama with action.

Also Description of the action in the program is totally unrecognizable fro... Read more Read less

Overrated, Cool lighting, Slow, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if you want to check out The Shed at Hudson Yards or are a die hard fan of Kung Fu dancing though!

Don't see it if you are wanting a real musical with good singers and music, you have anything else to do with two hours of your life.....

Bad singing, Entertaining, Great staging, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if You appreciate the choreography of martial arts.

Don't see it if You are expecting a musical.

Also I thought that this show was very brave. My complaints were that there... Read more Read less

Insipid plot, Cool lighting, Ambitious

See it if you want to see some energetic dances and some cool lighting concepts

Don't see it if you want to see a kung fu musical because it is nothing like that even though that's what it calls itself

Also I think this show would've been almost tolerable if they removed all t... Read more Read less

Cliched, Bad concept, Bad writing, Bad acting

See it if Since the show is closing soon, I’ll save the negative critique. This is just a pretty terrible experience.

Don't see it if Sell your tickets if you have them.


See it if You love special effects and want to be in a great air-conditioned space... and have time for a nap.

Don't see it if You're expecting to see professional theater with a believable plot line... of, even if plotless, were in some way engaging the audience.

Also Clearly there were some good ideas in the formulation of this show, bu... Read more Read less

Confusing, Flawed, Great staging, Intelligent, Ambitious

See it if You wish to support new works.

Don't see it if You are unforgiving with artistic experimentation.

Slow, Disappointing, Banal

See it if If you want a slow show with a small amount of martial arts included, or if you want to see this new and unusual venue.

Don't see it if You want good dialogue, plot, choreography, or excitement.

Epic, Quirky, Disappointing, Banal, Cliched

See it if You want to see The Shed, as it's a major new space in Manhattan.

Don't see it if You will be angered by the resources devoted to this travesty.

Also This show's an insult to all the theater makers in this city who spend... Read more Read less

June 27th, 2019
"The show’s mismatched creators — apparently assembled by random spins of a Rolodex — call the result a kung fu musical. I can report that what the director Chen Shi-Zheng and the 'Kung Fu Panda' writing team of Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger have come up with does involve martial arts and tonal...
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July 3rd, 2019
★ "A ludicrously awful dud assembled by a coterie of international artists who seem to have collaborated via Google Translate. The leads can’t sing, the fights are lackluster, and the highly touted aerial sequences are done in slo-mo, so the only danger is that you’ll fall asleep."
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July 1st, 2019
"Dragon Spring Phoenix Rise at the Shed Is Cirque du Soleil's Low-Rent Cousin The writers of Kung Fu Panda created a martial arts musical using Sia songs. Yes, you read that correctly."
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June 28th, 2019
"★ The latest commissioned endeavor in the Hudson Yards arts space is an incredible mishmash of martial arts, pop songs, and a silly story"
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