BWW Review: PEARL at Lincoln Center is Extraordinary Through 8/30

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"I feel no need for any other faith than my faith in human beings."

-Pearl S. Buck

With just a few performances left of Pearl at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center, we suggest you get your tickets now. This World Premiere production is a dazzling tribute to Pearl S. Buck. It is a true retrospective of her extraordinary life. Wonderful new choreographies, captivating special effects and elaborate costumes are presented in this show that is "A New American-Chinese Dance Theater Spectacular." Pearl will surely delight a broad audience.

Directed and choreographed by Daniel Ezralow, the score is by Jun Miyake and features an international cast of 30 including acclaimed dancer, Margie Gillis. Audiences will enjoy the brilliant numbers that blend the best of contemporary dance and ballet. Thrilling special effects include an onstage river and exciting projections and lighting.

Yet, it is truly Pearl Buck's dynamic life that is illuminated in the show. Pearl is presented in five symbolic stages: Spring, River, Flower, Moon and Night. Starting with her youngest years in China and continuing with her travels between the East and West, Ms. Buck's triumphs and trials are well represented. Known to many as the Pulitzer Prize winning writer of "The Good Earth," she won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1938. Buck was a visionary and a humanitarian who fought for women's rights and created the concept of international adoption.

Pearl contains numbers like "Revelation" that depict her as a child seeing the farmers and workers that gave her imprints for her future writings. "Makeover" tells how she came of age in the United States. "Gravitational Pull" shows how people were drawn to her special magnetism. These pieces and so many more fill the two acts with spectacular staging.

Dance has the power to convey beautiful and transformative stories. Pearl is a theatrical production that does this with a real magic. You will be entertained and inspired.

Pearl is presented by Legend River Entertainment, Zhenjiang Media and Culture Group, Angela Xiaolei Tang and Steven Ship.

Don't miss Pearl. It will be performed through Sunday, August 30th. Tickets are priced from $27 to $162 and are currently available at the David H. Koch Theater Box Office. They are online at You can also call 212.496.0600.

Photo Credit: Jim Cox

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