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SOUL OF SHAOLIN AMAZES NEW YORK CRITICS

SOUL OF SHAOLIN

AMAZES NEW YORK CRITICS

 

PRODUCTION HONORED AT LAST NIGHT’S OPENING

BY GOVERNOR PATERSON & MAYOR BLOOMBERG

 

“TRULY AMAZING!  A DAZZLING DISPLAY OF SKILL –

MASTERFUL AND IMPRESSIVE!”

Frank Scheck, New York Post

 

“A KUNG-FU SPECTACULAR – ASTONISHING AND AMAZING!”

Michael Kuchwara, Associated Press

 

SOUL OF SHAOLIN, the Chinese martial arts spectacular now on Broadway, opened last night and amazed New York critics and audiences alike.

 

Below is a sample of what some of New York’s theatre critics said about the production which is playing a limited engagement at Broadway’s Marquis Theatre (1535 Broadway) through January 31:

 

“A FRESH SENSATION, CRISPLY CHOREOGRAPHED!”

– Charles Isherwood, The New York Times

“AWESOME FEATS – FAST AS LIGHTNING!”

– Joe Dziemianowicz, New York Daily News

“IT’S EXTRAORDINARY!  UNBELIEVABLE AND WONDERFUL DANCING – YOU’LL LOVE IT!”

-Dr. Joy Browne, WOR Radio

“TRULY DAZZLING DISPLAYS!”

– Dan Bacalzo, Theatermania.com

“EYE-CATCHING!”

– Matt Windman, AM New York

“IMPRESSIVE FEATS – FUN AND AWE-INSPIRING!”

– David Sheward, Backstage

 

In addition, at yesterday’s opening, David A. Paterson, Governor of the State of New York, and Michael R. Bloomberg, Mayor of the City of New York, issued official proclamations declaring Thursday, January 15 “China on Broadway”Day

 

Below are brief samplings from both the gubernatorial and mayoral proclamations.

 

GOVERNOR’S PROCLAMATION EXCERPT

Whereas, this event represents such a valuable opportunity whereby for the first time in New York State’s history, a production from the People’s Republic of China has come to Broadway with a presentation of Soul of Shaolin, a remarkably superb artistic performance highlighting the Chinese martial arts form of Shaolin Kung Fu, which has been created by world class artists from Chinese theatre, opera and ballet;…

Now, Therefore, I, David A. Paterson, Governor of the State of New York, do hereby proclaim January 15, 2009 as CHINA ON BROADWAY DAY

 

MAYOR’S PROCLAMATION EXCERPT

WHEREAS: SOUL OF SHAOLIN IS THE FIRST PRODUCTION TO OPEN ON BROADWAY FROM CHINA AND, THE FIRST TO USE KUNG FU AS A WAY TO TELL A POWERFUL STORY. THE PERFORMERS’ LONG TRAINING IN THE SHAOLIN STYLE IS EVIDENT IN THEIR EXTRAORDINARILY GRACEFUL DISPLAYS OF ALMOST UNBELIEVABLE STRENGTH. THIS COMBINATION OF MARTIAL ARTS TECHNIQUES EARNED CHINA WIDE ACCLAIM AT THE BEIJING OLYMPICS, AND ITS DRAMATIC USE HERE IS SURE TO MAKE SOUL OF SHAOLIN A GREAT SUCCESS DURING ITS LIMITED RUN. I COMMEND NEDERLANDER WORLDWIDE ENTERTAINMENT FOR THEIR DEDICATION TO CREATING AN OPEN CHANNEL BETWEEN AMERICAN AND CHINESE THEATRE, AND I HOPE THAT THIS PRODUCTION MARKS THE FIRST OF MANY TO BE STAGED HERE IN NEW YORK CITY.

 

NOW THEREFORE, I, MICHAEL R. BLOOMBERG, MAYOR OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK, IN CELEBRATION OF THE OPENING OF SOUL OF SHAOLIN, DO HEREBY PROCLAIM THURSDAY, JANUARY 15TH, 2009 IN THE CITY OF NEW YORK AS: “CHINA ON BROADWAY DAY.”

 

INFORMATION ON SOUL OF SHAOLIN

Direct from appearances in Sydney, Macau, and at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, comes a theatrical event that is unparalleled on Broadway. SOUL OF SHAOLIN tells the story of a boy named Hui Guang who is separated from his mother by war. Hui Guang is found and taken in by the legendary monks of the Shaolin temple and raised among them. As he becomes a man, Hui Guang becomes an accomplished master of Shaolin Kung Fu and embarks on a spectacular journey of self-discovery.

 

SOUL OF SHAOLIN marks the first time a production from the People’s Republic of China has appeared on Broadway.

 

SOUL OF SHAOLIN features 30 Chinese nationals who are highly skilled in Shaolin Kung Fu, the breathtaking martial art that has been featured in such films as Fearless (starring international superstar Jet Li) and Shaolin Soccer, both of which were recent US box office successes.

 

Shaolin Kung Fu is the collection of martial arts that is associated with the monks of the Shaolin temple in China’s Henan province. This particular style is characterized by almost superhuman displays of strength and agility, but is tempered with the monks’ philosophical belief in training the mind, body, and Soul.

 

SOUL OF SHAOLIN marks the inaugural production of China on Broadway which is a historic partnership between Nederlander Worldwide Productions and Eastern Shanghai Cultural Film and Television Group. China on Broadway’s American and Chinese partners will work together to develop and produce theatrical projects for global audiences. China on Broadway will bring an annual theatrical event featuring leading Chinese artists to Broadway in celebration of the Lunar New Year.

 

TICKETING INFORMATION

Tickets to SOUL OF SHAOLIN are on sale now at Ticketmaster.com and at all Ticketmaster outlets.  The Marquis Theatre Box Office (1535 Broadway) will open December 22, 2008.   Tickets will be $95, $75, and $50. Student Rush tickets will be available for $30 day of the show at the Marquis Theatre Box Office (1535 Broadway) with a valid ID, two tickets per student pending availability.

 

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

  • THROUGH SUNDAY, JANUARY 25: Tuesday at 7 PM, Wednesday at 2 & 8 PM, Thursday and Friday at 8 PM, Saturday 2 & 8 PM, Sunday 3 PM.
  • MONDAY, JANUARY 26 – SATURDAY, JANUARY 31 (WEEK OF LUNAR NEW YEAR): Monday at 8 PM (Day of the Lunar New Year), Tuesday at 7 PM, Wednesday at 2 & 8 PM, Thursday and Friday at 8 PM, Saturday at 2 & 8 PM. Please note there is no performance on Sunday.

 

* Please note that the Lunar New Year will be celebrated Monday, January 26, 2009.

 

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www.SoulOfShaolin.com

 

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