Tony Award winners David Henry Hwang ("M. Butterfly") and Jeanine Tesori ("Fun Home," "Caroline, or Change") bring their new musical-within-a-play to The Public for its New York premiere. More…
From the show:
One of the most exciting theatrical collaborations in recent memory, SOFT POWER is an exploration of America's current place in the world, told through an East-West musical from China's point of view, in which a theater producer from Shanghai forges a powerful bond with Hillary Clinton. SOFT POWER is a fever dream of modern American politics amidst global conversations, asking us all – why do we love democracy? And should we?
Featuring the choreography of Tony nominee Sam Pinkleton (Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812), Tony nominee Leigh Silverman (Violet, Yellow Face, Wild Goose Dreams) directs this exhilarating new show The Los Angeles Times calls “smart & wonderfully funny. A meeting of dauntingly innovative theatrical minds.”
See it if you are a fan of original musical theatre pieces. This is not based on a movie from the 80's or 90's.
Don't see it if you are easily confused. There is a lot going on, so concentration is imperative.
See it if A nearly all-Asian cast turns the cliches we sadly have about Asia on its head, while addressing real world issues. Great music.
Don't see it if If you're an American who can't take a joke about some of our most cherished traditions, you might not like this.
See it if A musical within a play that reverses The King and I problems, a variety of songs that seem to reference other musicals incl. My Fair Lady
Don't see it if you don't like busy and glitz, too much going on,too many points, political humor
See it if you have a true open mind -- to not only what makes interesting theater but also to geopolitical ideas you may find unappealing
Don't see it if stories about people outside America disinterest you or you are looking for a traditional musical
See it if You appreciate clever musicals , Great staging, on current political themes w an irreverent spin
Don't see it if The second act is a bit tidy wanting to leave you with an upbeat hopeful air that’s a bit thin after the fabulous first act
See it if the world from China’s point of view. Our democracy is under siege! This is America! Good fortune will follow, if we somehow survive.
Don't see it if “play with a musical”, Chinese-American identity, stereotypes, hate crimes, voting system, guns, democracy, infidelity, cultural differences
See it if You ever concerned about American’s future post-election; High-energy parody drives audience into constant laughter; discuss Sino-American
Don't see it if .. relationship in a witty way; could be offensive to some - Queen (Hilary) & I, Book of ‘Merica; 2 hrs with 1 intermission; Ends 11/10;
See it if Fun, pleasant musical that looks at America through a different lens, but the satire and humor often felt preachy. Some good music, worth it
Don't see it if Don't like stories that grow from a real-life event. Have had enough political theater involving current personalities.
See it if You like new musicals. You like politically relevant theater.
Don't see it if You only like traditional musicals by Rogers and Hammerstein, Sondheim, etc and don’t appreciate parodies.
See it if you appreciate theater that’s pushes boundaries. It’s relevant and unpredictable but also very entertaining.
Don't see it if you want linear stories or hummable music. It’s unconventional and thought provoking, but also lots of fun.
See it if You want to see a show with all Asian cast about America and China, elections, gun violence, etc.. in a most ridiculously funny way.
Don't see it if You expect to see a serious political play; you are not interested in musicals; or you like simple storylines.
See it if you want to understand how foreigners see us and what it means to be American. It's satire but with a story and a message. I loved it!
Don't see it if you don't like thought-provoking and funny musicals
See it if Entertaining and smart. Politically charged and simultaneously delightful. The kind of show that could be around for awhile.
Don't see it if You don’t want to think while you are watching a show.....you don’t have an appreciation for classic shows or contemporary politics.
See it if you're a fan of Hwang or Tesori & want to see anything they do; you want to see any art that deals with feeling foreign in the USA.
Don't see it if you want a fresh or coherent musical; flatfooted parody or satire is for you so much screeching chalk on the blackboard.
See it if you're a fan of Hwang or Tesori, like subversive, original musicals & references to classic show tunes, like shows inspired by real life
Don't see it if Don't like satire, not a fan of the classic show tune style, don't want to see HIllary C. depicted, not into topics like dominance of Chines
See it if brilliant riff on "The King and I" told from Chinese perspective; wild satire of US democracy & Trumpism; plus a piercing love story
Don't see it if confusing; lush score not work well w/ jagged satire; not for those who dislike uber-meta/self-aware vehicles
See it if you enjoy good acting/singing, some hysterical musical parody, lots of energy, political satire, East meets West themes, wonderful orchestra
Don't see it if looking for something memorable & moving; score is inconsistent; needs tightening. The play is enjoyable enough but wanted something more .
See it if you are a fan of Tesori or Hwang, neither of whom is at their best here, or if you like satire, no matter how lame.
Don't see it if you are expecting a coherent book that says anything of substance about US-China relations, Hillary, "heart" vs. "face" or our current mess.
See it if you decode the agenda behind the art/content you consume and want to see that mental activity externalized in metamusical form.
Don't see it if you’d rather see an enveloping story than a knotty analogy (made possible via dream sequence); you’re for the GOP. Semi stilted but…
See it if you enjoy creative, thought provoking theater. Show was an unexpected take on the American musical - a pleasant surprise.
Don't see it if you are tired of hearing about the last presidential election and don't want to see a tap dancing Hillary Clinton.
See it if You like Hwang. Clever interesting original. Lots of wigs, costumes, dance numbers; need to listen and pay attention.
Don't see it if You want a clear cut plot. This is confusing. Part dream, part zaney musical. Hard to follow. Very political.