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Photos: First Look at THE EMPEROR'S NIGHTINGALE at Theatre Row

The six-member cast features DeAnna Choi, Jonathan Wong Frye. Fenton Li, Hyunmin Rhee, Xiaoxiao Sun and Xiaoqing Zhang.

A Lunar New Year Special: Pan Asian Repertory Theatre is launching its 45th Milestone Season of recovery and healing with the return to LIVE theater beginning after the new year and celebrating the Lunar New Year with the annual return engagement of the acclaimed 2018 production of The Emperor's Nightingale by Damon Chua (Incident at Hidden Temple). The limited return engagement that includes public and student matinee performances began January 15, 2022 and concludes Sunday afternoon, January 30, 2022 in Theatre 5 at Theatre Row (410 West 42nd Street).

Check out photos below!

Directed by Chongren Fan (Lost in Shanghai), the six-member cast features DeAnna Choi, Jonathan Wong Frye. Fenton Li, Hyunmin Rhee, Xiaoxiao Sun and Xiaoqing Zhang.

The Emperor's Nightingale is a family-friendly staged adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's story "The Nightingale," set in 18th century China, and brings to light the youthful exploits of the future Emperor Qianlong. This production employs traditional Chinese puppetry, folk songs and new illustrations teaching the art of Chinese calligraphy. Nominated by the Off-Broadway Alliance for "Best Family Show", this TYA production emphasizes the importance of leadership guided by a moral compass, through the story about two rival teen brothers competing for the throne. The Emperor's Nightingale by Damon Chua is produced by special arrangement with Plays for New Audiences.

The Emperor's Nightingale will play select public performances and student matinees.

Tickets for Public Performances are priced at $40.50 (includes $2.50 restoration fee). Premium seating is available in Row A only at $52.50 (includes $2.50 restoration fee).

Public Performances plays the following schedule: Saturday & Sunday afternoons, January 15 & 16 at 2:30 p.m.; Thursday - Saturday evenings, January 20 -22 at 7:00 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday afternoons, January 22 & 23 at 2:30 p.m.; Thursday - Saturday evenings, January 27 -29 at 7:00 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday afternoons, January 29 & 30 at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets for Public Performances may be purchased online at, or by calling the Box Office at (212) 714-2442, ext 45 (phone hours are 12:00PM - 5:00PM daily), or by visiting the Box Office.

Tickets for School Matinees are priced at $15 per student (minimum of 20 per class; one free chaperone ticket for every 10 students.)

School Matinees will play the following performance schedule: Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday: January 18 - 20 at 11:00 a.m. and Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday: January 25 - 27 at 11:00 a.m.

Reservations and payment is through Pan Asian office only by calling (212) 868-4030, or via email to Simon Rogers at, or

For more information about Pan Asian Rep, visit For information about Theatre Row, visit

Photo credit: John Quincy Lee

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