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Soft Power - 2018 - Los Angeles Tickets, News, Info & More

soft pow·er (noun)

a persuasive approach to international relations, typically involving the use of cultural influence.

A contemporary comedy explodes into a musical fantasia in the first collaboration between two of America's great theatre artists: Tony Award winners David Henry Hwang (M. Butterfly, Flower Drum Song) and Jeanine Tesori (Fun Home). Soft Power rewinds our recent political history and plays it back through a Chinese lens: a future, beloved East-meets-West musical. A Chinese executive visiting America finds himself falling in love with a good-hearted US leader - Hillary Clinton - as the power balance between their two countries shifts following the 2016 election. As original as it is topical, Soft Power overflows with the romance, laughter, and cultural confusions of the golden age of Broadway. Hwang and Tesori have created one of the most eagerly anticipated new works of the year.


Run Type: Limited Run
Market: Los Angeles
Previews: May 03, 2018
Closing: June 10, 2018

Running Time:

Two hours and 20 minutes, with one intermission

Ahmanson Theatre

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135 N Grand Ave
Los Angeles,CA90012

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