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HIGHLIGHTS OF A STAR-FILLED 08-09 BROADWAY SEASON

2008-2009 Broadway Season Officially Ends

 

HIGHLIGHTS OF AN HISTORIC STAR-FILLED YEAR,

PACKED WITH PLAYS,  INCLUDES: 

 

The Seagull • A Man For All Seasons •  To Be Or Not To Be • All My Sons • White Christmas 

 Shrek •  Pal Joey •  Soul of Shaolin•  The American Plan  • Hedda Gabler •  33 Variations 

God Of Carnage •  Impressionism •  Exit The King • Mary Stuart •  The Norman Conquests 

The Philanthropist • Accent on Youth •  Waiting for Godot 

 

as well as the stars:

Joan Allen •  Matthew Broderick •  Stockard Channing    Jeff Daniels   Hope Davis

Jane Fonda    Sutton Foster   James Gandolfini •  John Glover •  John Goodman

Colin Hanks   Marcia Gay Harden • Katie Holmes   Jeremy Irons  •  Bill Irwin

Brian d’Arcy James   Nathan Lane •   Frank Langella John Lithgow   Samantha Mathis

Jan Maxwell   Janet McTeer •  Mary Loiuse Parker    David Hyde Pierce

Lily Rabe  David Rasche   Matthew Risch     Mercedes Ruehl    Geoffrey Rush

Susan Sarandon •  Peter Sarsgaard   Christopher Sieber  Kristin Scott Thomas

Harriet Walter • Steven Weber •  Dianne Wiest   Patrick Wilson

 

Visit the link below for a 2.5 minute glance back at the stars and shows this season

www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZ1ZH2TZNT8

 

 

Here are some highlights from the season. 

 

This was one of the busiest, starriest and eclectic Broadway seasons in years, featuring productions and performances that will make it one to remember.   Starting in October with The Seagull starring Kristin Scott Thomas and Peter Sarsgaard, through last night’s Roundabout Theatre Company revival of Waiting for Godot starring Nathan Lane, Bill Irwin, John Goodman and John Glover, 43 productions have opened on Broadway, including 10 new musicals, nine new plays, four musical revivals, 16 play revivals and five “special events.” 

 

Fall kicked off with the Royal Court’s acclaimed production of Chekhov’s The Seagull directed Ian Rickson, examining the romantic entanglements and regrets of a group of artists gathered on a Russian estate. 

 

Roundabout Theatre Company began autumn exploring politics, religion and power with Frank Langella in A Man for All Seasons directed by Doug Hughes, and wrapped up 2008 with Stockard Channing , Martha Plimpton  and Matthew Risch in Pal Joey, directed by Joe Mantello.  Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler starring Mary Louise Parker rang in the new year at Roundabout, in an adaptation by Christopher Shinn.

 

 

Arthur Miller’s All My Sons, asked audiences to reexamine the costs of war when it returned to Broadway this fall, directed by Simon McBurney and starring John Lithgow, Patrick Wilson, Dianne Wiest and Katie Holmes. 

 

Snow fell early on Broadway when Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, a new stage adaptation of the classic film, opened in November starring Stephen Bogardus, Kerry O’Malley, Jeffry Denman and Meredith Patterson, featuring direction by Tony Award winner Walter Bobbie and choreography by Randy Skinner.

 

The Great White Way saw green in December when Shrek The Musical landed at the Broadway Theatre starring Brian d’Arcy James as the loveable ogre and Sutton Foster as Princess Fiona. Also starring Daniel Breaker, Christopher Sieber and John Tartaglia, the new musical is directed by Jason Moore and written by David Lindsay Abaire (book & lyrics) and Jeanine Tesori (musical) with choreography by Josh Prince.   Flying monks were spotted a few blocks south when Soul of Shaolin played a limited run at the Minskoff.

 

Manhattan Theatre Club opened their season with To Be Or Not to Be, directed by Casey Nicholaw and began the new year in the Catskill Mountains of the 1960s with Richard Greenberg’s The American Plan starring Mercedes Ruehl and Lily Rabe.  They wrapped up their season with Samuel Raphaelson’s on-and-off stage love story, Accent on Youth starring David Hyde Pierce and directed by Daniel Sullivan.

 

This spring, Jane Fonda returned to Broadway after 46 years to confront an obsession with Beethoven and to settle with her on stage daughter played by Samantha Mathis in Moisés Kaufman’s 33 Variations, alongside Colin Hanks and Zach Grenier.  Jeff Daniels, Hope Davis, James Gandolfini and Marcia Gay Harden tried to make nice (and failed) in Yasmina Reza’s comedy God of Carnage directed by Matthew Warchus.  Jeremy Irons and Joan Allen returned to Broadway after long absences to star in Michael Jacobs’ examination of art and love in Impressionism, directed by Tony Award-winner Jack O’Brien.

 

Fictitious monarchs Geoffrey Rush, Susan Sarandon, and Lauren Ambrose – and unappreciated servant Andrea Martin – added their regal presence to the Rialto in Eugene Ionesco’s Exit the King under the direction of Broadway newcomer Neil Armfield.  Historic British royalty was welcomed when Harriet Walter and Janet McTeer took to the stage in the Donmar Warehouse production of Mary Stuart, directed by Phyllida Lloyd.  And The Norman Conquests, Alan Ayckbourn’s trilogy, showcased a somewhat more middle class group of Brits, helmed by the busy Matthew Warchus.

 

Christopher Hampton’s The Philanthropist , directed by David Grindley and starring Matthew Broderick and Steven Weber, looked at the empty, insular lives of college intellectuals.  Appropriately closing the season is Samuel Beckett’s historic Waiting for Godot starring Nathan Lane, Bill Irwin, John Goodman and John Glover, and directed by Anthony Page.  It tells of two seemingly homeless men waiting for someone or something to explain life’s meaning – which, of course, never shows up.  Vladimir and Estragon might be relieved to know that as of yesterday, this year’s season has arrived at its end.

 

Please visit the link below for a 2.5 minute long glance back at the stars and shows this season  www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZ1ZH2TZNT8

 

 

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SOUL OF SHAOLIN BEGINS FINAL WEEK, CELEBRATES LUNAR NEW YEAR

SOUL OF SHAOLIN

BEGINS FINAL WEEK OF PERFORMANCES TONIGHTAS LIMITED ENGAGEMENT

 

CELEBRATES LUNAR NEW YEAR

 

“SOUL OF SHAOLIN IS THRILLING!”

— Cindy Adams, 1/26/2009

 

SOUL OF SHAOLIN, the Chinese martial arts spectacular, begins its final week of performances tonight at the Marquis Theatre (1535 Broadway). In addition, tonight marks the special Lunar New Year performance of SOUL OF SHAOLIN as the world rings in the Year of the Ox.

 

The production began performances on Tuesday, January 13 and opened Thursday, January 15. The show will end its strictly limited 24 performance engagement on Saturday, January 31.

 

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. Tickets will be $95, $75, and $50. Student Rush tickets are 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 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.

 

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www.SoulOfShaolin.com

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

 

SOUL OF SHAOLIN BEGINS PERFORMANCES TONIGHT

SOUL OF SHAOLIN

BEGINS PERFORMANCES TONIGHT

AT THE MARQUIS THEATRE

 

FOLLOWING APPEARANCE AT 2008 BEIJING OLYMPICS

CHINESE MARTIAL ARTS SPECTACULAR

MAKES BROADWAY DEBUT

 

SOUL OF SHAOLIN, the Chinese martial arts spectacular that was a highlight of the 2008 Beijing Olympic festivities, will begin performances tonight at Broadway’s Marquis Theatre (1535 Broadway). The production will open Thursday, January 15 and play a limited engagement of 24 performances (through Saturday, January 31, 2009) in celebration of the Lunar New Year* – the year of the Ox.

 

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 will feature 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

  • TUESDAY, JANUARY 13 – 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.

 

BIOGRAPHIES

Nederlander Worldwide Productions, LLC and affiliates (NWP) are led by Robert Nederlander, Jr., a third generation member of the Nederlander family, one of the great dynasties of the American theater. Mr. Nederlander founded and has personally overseen NWP’s efforts in China since 2000, establishing the first Chinese foreign joint venture in the performance industry and creating a highly successful network of Chinese theaters for their touring productions including, in part, Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Nanjing, Ningbo, Wuhan, Xi’an and Tianjin.  Recent productions presented by NWP that have toured China include 42nd Street and Aida.

 

Eastern Shanghai International Culture Film and Television Co., Ltd. is an entertainment conglomerate with interests in television, film, and live entertainment. The company is supported directly by the Shanghai Mayor’s office, with a goal of making the city China’s premiere world-class city for musical theater and live entertainment. As a comprehensive culture and performance organization in the People’s Republic of China, Eastern Shanghai has dedicated significant resources to improving the cultural industry in China as well as the export and introduction of Chinese cultural products around the world.  

 

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

 

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www.SoulOfShaolin.com 

 

SOUL OF SHAOLIN AND CRUNCH PRESENT EXCLUSIVE FITNESS CLASS

SOUL OF SHAOLIN & CRUNCH

PARTNER TO PRESENT

EXCLUSIVE “SOUL OF SHAOLIN” FITNESS CLASS

 

CLASS TO BEGIN TOMORROW

AT CRUNCH’S 38TH STREET LOCATION

(144 WEST 38TH STREET)

 

“Soul of Shaolin,” the new Chinese martial arts spectacular, and Crunch have partnered to present an exclusive fitness class based on the Broadway show. The class will offer Crunch members the chance to learn Shaolin Kung Fu techniques that are used in the upcoming production.

 

The class will be offered at the gym’s 38th Street location (144 West 38th Street) starting tomorrow, January 9 at 5:30 PM. Classes will be offered every Friday through January 23.

 

Taught by Shaolin Kung Fu Master Wu. This three week class will teach Crunch members traditional Shaolin Kung Fu moves like kicks, jumps and punches with a focus on connecting the mind, body, and soul.

 

For more information on Crunch’s “Soul of Shaolin” fitness class, please visit www.Crunch.com

 

“Soul of Shaolin,” which will begin previews on Tuesday, January 13 and open Thursday, January 15 at Broadway’s Marquis Theatre (1535 Broadway). “Soul of Shaolin” will play a limited engagement of 24 performances in celebration of the Lunar New Year* – the year of the Ox.

 

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” will feature 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.

 

Robert Nederlander, Jr. of Nederlander Worldwide Productions said, “We are thrilled to bring ‘Soul of Shaolin’ to Broadway as the first production of ‘China on Broadway,’ our historic partnership with our colleagues at The Eastern Shanghai Cultural Film and Television Group. This partnership has already experienced tremendous success with our touring production of Aida in China. We are honored to be able to bring this partnership to Broadway with ‘Soul of Shaolin,’ an amazing show that blends the fantastic spectacle of Shaolin Kung Fu with the rich history and tradition of the Chinese people in a new show that has been created by world class artists from Chinese theatre, opera, and ballet.”

 

TICKETING INFORMATION

Tickets to “Soul of Shaolin” go on sale October 29, 2008 and will be available 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 with a valid ID, two tickets per student pending availability.

 

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

  • TUESDAY, JANUARY 13 – 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.

 

BIOGRAPHIES

Nederlander Worldwide Productions, LLC and affiliates (NWP) are led by Robert Nederlander, Jr., a third generation member of the Nederlander family, one of the great dynasties of the American theater. Mr. Nederlander founded and has personally overseen NWP’s efforts in China since 2000, establishing the first Chinese foreign joint venture in the performance industry and creating a highly successful network of Chinese theaters for their touring productions including, in part, Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Nanjing, Ningbo, Wuhan, Xi’an and Tianjin.  Recent productions presented by NWP that have toured China include 42nd Street and Aida.

 

Eastern Shanghai International Culture Film and Television Co., Ltd. is an entertainment conglomerate with interests in television, film, and live entertainment. The company is supported directly by the Shanghai Mayor’s office, with a goal of making the city China’s premiere world-class city for musical theater and live entertainment. As a comprehensive culture and performance organization in the People’s Republic of China, Eastern Shanghai has dedicated significant resources to improving the cultural industry in China as well as the export and introduction of Chinese cultural products around the world.  

 

Crunch is a health club chain that leads the industry in fusing fitness and entertainment.  Since opening our doors in 1989, our mission has been to make working out a good time.  Today, we are renowned for creating one-of-a-kind group fitness programs and innovative and unique workouts.  Often cited as the gym with the “best classes,” Crunch has raised the bar for the entire fitness industry.

 

 

 

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

 

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www.SoulofShaolin.com

 

www.Crunch.com 

SOUL OF SHAOLIN TO PLAY PRE-BROADWAY ENGAGEMENT AT SHANGHAI DRAMA INSTITUTE DECEMBER 8 & 9

MARTIAL ARTS SPECTACULAR

TO ARRIVE ON BROADWAY JANUARY 13

SOUL OF SHAOLIN, the martial arts spectacular that will be arriving on Broadway in January, will have a pre-Broadway engagement Monday, December 8 and Tuesday, December 9 at the prestigious Shanghai Drama Institute.

Following this engagement, SOUL OF SHAOLIN will begin previews at Broadway’s Marquis Theatre (1535 Broadway) on Tuesday, January 13 and open Thursday, January 15. SOUL OF SHAOLIN will play a limited engagement of 24 performances in celebration of the Lunar New Year* – the year of the Ox.

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 will feature 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 go on sale October 29, 2008 and will be available 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 with a valid ID, two tickets per student pending availability.

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

  • TUESDAY, JANUARY 13 – 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.

BIOGRAPHIES

Nederlander Worldwide Productions, LLC and affiliates (NWP) are led by Robert Nederlander, Jr., a third generation member of the Nederlander family, one of the great dynasties of the American theater. Mr. Nederlander founded and has personally overseen NWP’s efforts in China since 2000, establishing the first Chinese foreign joint venture in the performance industry and creating a highly successful network of Chinese theaters for their touring productions including, in part, Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Nanjing, Ningbo, Wuhan, Xi’an and Tianjin.  Recent productions presented by NWP that have toured China include 42nd Street and Aida.

Eastern Shanghai International Culture Film and Television Co., Ltd. is an entertainment conglomerate with interests in television, film, and live entertainment. The company is supported directly by the Shanghai Mayor’s office, with a goal of making the city China’s premiere world-class city for musical theater and live entertainment. As a comprehensive culture and performance organization in the People’s Republic of China, Eastern Shanghai has dedicated significant resources to improving the cultural industry in China as well as the export and introduction of Chinese cultural products around the world.   

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

 

www.SoulOfShaolin.com 

 

SOUL OF SHAOLIN OFFERS BROADWAY INSIDERS SNEAK PEEK

BROADWAY INSIDERS GET A SNEAK PEEK AT

SOUL OF SHAOLIN

 

TO SEE NEWSDAY’S VIDEO COVERAGE,

INCLUDING PERFORMANCE FOOTAGE FROM MARTIAL ARTS SPECTACULAR,

CLICK HERE

 

TO SEE BROADWAY WORLD’S PHOTOS OF EVENT,

INCLUDING STUNNING PERFORMANCE PHOTOS,

CLICK HERE

 

This week, Broadway insiders got a sneak peek at SOUL OF SHAOLIN, the upcoming Chinese martial arts spectacular that will begin performances in January at Broadway’s Marquis Theatre.

 

The event featured three SOUL OF SHAOLIN cast members offering demonstrations of strength, agility, and showed the crowd their prowess with a sword and a whip.

 

The crowd also heard from producers Robert Nederlander, Jr of Nederlander Worldwide and Li Zhi-Xiang of the Eastern Shanghai Cultural Film and Television Group as well as SOUL OF SHAOLIN‘s executive director Xue Weijun.

 

CLICK HERE to see an exclusive video from Newsday.com featuring some of the amazing performances by SOUL OF SHAOLIN stars Yu Fei, Wang Sen, and Zhang Zhigang. In addition, Newsday’s Ari Mintz spoke to producer Robert Nederlander, Jr. and executive director Xue Weijun about bringing the production to Broadway.

 

CLICK HERE to see BroadwayWorld.com’s photo coverage by Peter James Zielinski, including photos of the astounding performances by the three cast members from SOUL OF SHAOLIN.

 

SOUL OF SHAOLIN will begin performances on Tuesday, January 13 at Broadway’s Marquis Theatre (1535 Broadway) and play a limited engagement of 24 performances in celebration of the Lunar New Year* – the year of the Ox.

 

Tickets are now on sale today for “Soul of Shaolin,” at Broadway’s Marquis Theatre Tuesday, January 13. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster.com and at all Ticketmaster outlets. The Marquis Theatre Box Office (1535 Broadway) will open December 22, 2008.  

 

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 will feature 33 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 available at Ticketmaster.com and at all Ticketmaster outlets.  The Marquis Theatre Box Office (1535 Broadway) will open December 22, 2008. Tickets are $95, $75, and $50. Student Rush tickets will be available for $30 day of the show at the Marquis Theatre Box Office with a valid ID, two tickets per student pending availability.

 

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

  • TUESDAY, JANUARY 13 – 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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