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.