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Romance of the Western Chamber

Members say: Entertaining, Delightful, Enchanting, Romantic, Funny
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2 reviews
Members
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50 reviews
 

In this musical adaptation of the classic 'Xi Xiang Ji,' two young lovers fly in the face of tradition and parental disapproval in 9th-century China.

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Known as China's most popular love story, 'Romance of the Western Chamber' features a couple from different classes—think 'Romeo and Juliet' as poor student/rich girl romance. The lovers are aided by a clever maid, who helps them overcome daunting obstacles such as an imperious mother, a prior betrothal, and an attempted abduction by a cruel bandit. The story plays out during the surprisingly liberal 9th-century Tang dynasty, with a score combining Eastern and Western musical influences.
 

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Reviews (52)

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95
Hi! Drama

"An absolutely charming production...Elegant, beautiful, funny and engaging, the show is a wonderful example of passion and collaboration among artistic veterans and newcomers...Wu’s Ying-ying is delightfully expressive...Pang’s A-rei Chang is very appealing...The book and lyrics and the directing are flawless...The ensemble cast is small but superb...Clearly a labor of love on every level...Perfectly captures a romantic tale that is universal. Don’t miss it!" Full Review

85
China Press

"Faithful to the original story, but in the form of a Broadway musical, the show is interwoven with dialogue, narrative, dance, and songs...Smooth and compact. Interspersed with humorous dialogues, lyrical singing and lighthearted lines, it captured the audience’s attention from the beginning until the end...With his affectionate singing, Pang fully delivered Chang’s passion for romance...All characters were vividly portrayed." Full Review

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79
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81
Delightful, Enchanting, Romantic, Great staging

See it if you enjoy old Chinese tales. This one has romance and humor and some dance. Nicely staged and good performers.

Don't see it if you do not like Chinese tales or old fashioned stories.

Also Show is about 2 1/2 hours. Seats are not well cushioned so you might w... Read more Read less

66
Romantic, Indulgent, Great singing, Fluffy, Beautiful costumes

See it if You know a cast or crew member. . You enjoy folk tales staged.

Don't see it if you don't care for musicals that are more like operettas. You want to see a contemporary musical. You can't sit through a full-length show.

72
Funny, Delightful, Slow, Lovely singing

See it if You're open to a lovely production, nice music, a predictable plot and over-the-top book (more telling than showing)

Don't see it if You like large scale productions, ensemble singing, or nuanced storylines

63
Amusing, Fluffy, Earnest

See it if you like old-school musicals with simplistic love plots punctuated by pretty songs and amusing over-the-top performances. Good live music.

Don't see it if you're looking for good writing; I think maybe the bookwriter was trying to translate Chinese directly? Some points overly belabored.

80
Delightful, Enchanting, Romantic, Slow, Cute

See it if Chinese folk tale of young lovers. Enriching cultural experience with Tang dynasty costumes, dancing, and musical style. Left with a smile.

Don't see it if Slow moving 2 1/2 hours. Simplistic characters. Uneven acting, singing, and dialog. Mostly solo and duet songs.

70
Funny, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if You enjoy stories about the Chinese culture or if you are familiar or interested in this particular story.

Don't see it if You like more polished productions, you are bothered by over-the-top acting or prefer a more modern drama.

80
Absorbing, Delightful, Exquisite, Great acting, Great singing

See it if You like musicals. You want to be entertained and enjoy a delightful, romantic and funny at times show. You like singing and dancing.

Don't see it if You are not interested in musicals. You are not interested in a love story. You don't want to see dancing and hear singing.

80
Original, Ambitious, Slow

See it if you're interested in performances from a non-Western tradition; you enjoy folk stories; you want to support diversity in theater

Don't see it if you're looking for traditional musical - this is more a drama with songs, and the songs feel distinctly Asian with English lyrics

70
Funny, Entertaining

See it if You're familiar with the story, or if you are interested in Chinese stories and culture

Don't see it if You're expecting excellent acting and singing. The whole thing was overacted (not sure if that was intentional) and the singing was okay.

83
Enchanting, Exquisite, Romantic

See it if You love the delightfully romantic genre. I found this thoroughly enjoyable.

Don't see it if Romance against all the odds is nt your thing

80
Funny, Enchanting, Great singing

See it if and old saga from China told through exquisite music, dancing, singing and delicate choreography. Adventure, romance, and humor. See it!

Don't see it if you prefer a dark or serious show, this is a musical with a light and humorous theme. A delightful night at the theater!

Also The cast was fantastic, especially Mari Uchida as Hong-Niang, a maid w... Read more Read less

83
Delightful, Great acting, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You want to see a beautiful love story about Chinese culture. Actors were engaging and enjoyable. Dancing excellent. Staging minimal

Don't see it if If not interested in Chinese dynasty. You want splashy costumes and staging. Very minimalistic staging. Don't like shows longer than 2hours

Also Welcoming and unique venue.

70
Great acting, Romantic, Slow, Dated, Great singing

See it if You are interested in Asian or Chinese culture.

Don't see it if You don't like ancient love story.

84
Epic, Exquisite, Masterful, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You like stories like Romeo and Juliet. Great stories about Chinese culture and love stories.

Don't see it if You expect to see a short story or like catchy musical numbers

75
Funny, Delightful, Cliched, Slow

See it if Enjoy english versions of chinese folk tales. Enjoy over the top acting.

Don't see it if Want a polished show and top shelf singing.

Also A few of the ensemble cast was quite funny and made the show enjoyable... Read more Read less

83
Ambitious, Delightful, Romantic, Entertaining, Sweet

See it if appreciate chinese style of storytelling and music, not the most polished production, but entertaining. Nice set and musical accompaniment.

Don't see it if prefer big stage extravaganza perfectly performed and have hard time hearing low volume.

69
Disappointing, Slow, Entertaining, Poor acting, Fair singing

See it if You enjoy traditional Chinese stories and music, enjoy a more intimate theater setting, or something different from conventional Broadway.

Don't see it if You need a show with powerful singing and strong acting. Supporting cast had good voices, but felt that singing of the leads was not strong.

75
Enchanting

See it if You enjoy musicals

Don't see it if You don't enjoy romance or historical settings

80
Delightful, entertaining, well performed

See it if Opportunity to watch a Chinese classic with local color, folk music and dance A lite version of Red Chamber, most entertaining and feel good

Don't see it if If you are looking for serious classical drama this Gilbert and Sullivan version may not be to your liking. Nor length or dance interludes

Also Very imaginative musical adaptation in the Gilbert and Sullivan style,... Read more Read less

70
Funny, Exquisite, Quirky, Slow

See it if you are interested in Chinese culture and want to see a small stage production of a classic. Plot was easy to follow and some strong singing

Don't see it if you only enjoy traditional musicals, acting/singing was uneven and did not feel polished for some parts.

77
Romantic, Unique, Slow paced, Poetic, Quaint

See it if interested in ancient chinese fable exhibited in operetta musical form. Brings this chinese genre closer to english speaking audience.

Don't see it if not intent on romantic & poetic at times slow paced classical melodrama. Show is well done, but still off-broadway production.

84
Funny, Ambitious, Clever, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if you like to laugh & good ballet intermittently THROUGH THE PERFORMANCE. This is also a musical, some singers are good & some need a tutor.

Don't see it if You don't like musicals & don't have patience. You don't like a love story..don't like screaming laughter & scene stealers-cook/lying man.

72
Romantic, Overlong, Quaint

See it if You'd like to see more Asian artists and culture represented on the New York stage. This show features an unpolished (yet endearing) cast.

Don't see it if You're looking for a snappy and well-paced musical. You don't enjoy romantic fables, operettas, or melodramas.

Also Rough around the edges - it felt very much in preview stages and could... Read more Read less

60
Romantic, Dated, Long, Good singing, Amateurish acting

See it if You're ok with a 5th century Chinese story.

Don't see it if You don't like musicals and can't sit through a 2 1/2 hour show.

Also Interesting idea--translating into English an ancient Chinese opera, c... Read more Read less

88
Enchanting, Must see, Resonant, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you support multi-cultural voices in theater and enjoy surprisingly hi-level production values in a showcase. Great cast, set, costumes

Don't see it if You like more traditional fare, and a faster ace. This is not your usual NY show.