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Soft Power - 2018 - Los Angeles

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.


Running Time: Two hours and 20 minutes, with one intermission

Ahmanson Theatre

( Los Angeles, CA)
135 N Grand Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90012


by Chloe Rabinowitz - Sep 30, 2021
Between The Bars, a new play by Lynn Clay Byrne, directed by Benjamin Viertel, will begin performances on September 22 in advance of its opening night on September 30, 2021, and will initially run through October 30, 2021, at  HERE Arts Center (145 6th Avenue, NYC).
by Stephi Wild - Sep 3, 2021
Between The Bars was well into rehearsal and ready to open in March of 2020 when the pandemic hit and shut down theatres around the country. After 18 months, the cast and creative team will reconnect and finally return to the stage.  Learn about the play and how to get tickets.
by Michael Major - Sep 29, 2021
Watch Dianne Reeves perform 'It Don't Mean a Thing' from the upcoming Kennedy Center at 50 concert, airing on PBS Friday, October 1 at 9:00 p.m. ET.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Sep 22, 2021
Between The Bars, a new play by Lynn Clay Byrne, directed by Benjamin Viertel, will begin performances on September 22  in advance of its opening night on September 30, 2021,  and will initially run through October 30, 2021, at  HERE Arts Center (145 6  th   Avenue, NYC).
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Sep 17, 2021
Signature Theatre has announced the cast of Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992, National Humanities Medal-recipient Anna Deavere Smith’s gathering of voices surrounding the 1992 L.A. civil unrest in a complex portrait of a city’s racial anguish.
by Stephi Wild - Oct 4, 2021
Today's top stories: Six is officially open on Broadway - read the reviews and check out footage from the red carpet!
by Stephi Wild - Oct 4, 2021
freeFall opens their 2021/2022 season with the classic musical comedy Dames at Sea directed by Eric Davis, musically directed by Michael Raabe and choreographed by Kristie Kerwin (Broadway's Dames at Sea 2015).
by Nicole Rosky - Oct 3, 2021
The Kennedy Center's 50th Anniversary Celebration Concert, which was taped in the Concert Hall on Tuesday, September 14, is now available to watch in full - right here.
by Stephi Wild - Oct 1, 2021
The Kennedy Center's 50th Anniversary Celebration Concert, which was taped in the Concert Hall on Tuesday, September 14, is being broadcast across the nation on Friday, October 1 at 9:00 p.m. ET on PBS, and the PBS Video App.
by Michael Major - Oct 1, 2021
Find out how to watch the Kennedy Center's 50th Anniversary Concert. Hosted by Audra McDonald, the concert features appearances by Kelli O'Hara, Joshua Henry, Common, Darren Criss, Renée Fleming, Tony Yazbeck, the original cast of David Henry Hwang and Jeanine Tesori’s Soft Power, and more!
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Oct 1, 2021
National Asian Artists Project members Austin Ku, Kendyl Ito, Kyra Smith, Jaygee Macapugay, Emily Stillings, Billy Bustamante, and Raymond J. Lee, are in the company of Francis Jue, Paul HeeSang Miller, Jon Hoche, and Kristen Faith Oei who appear in David Henry Hwang and Jeanine Tesori’s Soft Power on the “Kennedy Center at 50” concert.
by Stephi Wild - Nov 25, 2020
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by Nicole Rosky - Nov 25, 2020
Today (November 25) in live streaming: Patti Murin and Colin Donnell visit Backstage Live, get cooking on Stars in the House, and so much more!
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 17, 2021
After a 15-month shutdown due to the COVID-19 epidemic, proprietors Steve Baruch, Richard Frankel, and Tom Viertel have announced that “Broadway’s Supper Club” Feinstein’s/54 Below will reopen its iconic red door for live performances on June 17, 2021. 
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 11, 2021
New York Theatre Barn will present its first Choreography Lab of 2021,1 Show/3 Choreographers, on Wednesday, May 19th, at 7PM EST. Taking inspiration from theatrical television events, this lab will be streamed live from Broadway Dance Center in New York City.
by Nicole Rosky - May 10, 2021
Today (May 10) in live streaming: Live at the Lortel with David Henry Hwang, Restart Stages with Norm Lewis, Alan Cumming and more visit Cast Party, and so much more!
by A.A. Cristi - Mar 2, 2021
New York-based musical theatre writing team Bird & Mirabella have announced two new episodes of their free, family-friendly musical podcast “What Will She Do Next?,” celebrating key moments in the lives of history's greatest women.
by Stephi Wild - Mar 16, 2021
Today's top stories: Oscar nominations, Jagged Little Pill cast celebrates its Grammy win, and more!
by Taylor Brethauer-Hamling - Mar 15, 2021
We've rounded up the reactions to the win from the cast, producers, and family of the Jagged Little Pill team. Congratulations!
by Stage Tube - Mar 15, 2021
Brittany Howard performed Rodgers & Hammerstein's classic tune 'You'll Never Walk Alone' during last night's Grammy Awards ceremony.
by Sarah Jae Leiber - Mar 14, 2021
The awards honored six musicals from Broadway, Off-Broadway, and the West End with nominations for Best Musical Theatre Album - 'Jagged Little Pill,' 'American Utopia,' 'Little Shop of Horrors,' 'The Prince of Egypt,' 'Soft Power,' and Amélie.'
by Nicole Rosky - Mar 14, 2021
Tonight, March 14, the 63rd GRAMMY Awards air on CBS, and of the 83 categories, Broadway fans care about just one- Best Musical Theater Album. Lucky for us, the winner was announced ahead of the broadcast, as a part of the Premiere Ceremony.
by Nicole Rosky - Mar 13, 2021
Tomorrow, March 14, the 63rd GRAMMY Awards air on CBS, and of the 83 categories, Broadway fans are zeroed in on just six nominees- the competitors for Best Musical Theater Album.
by Stephi Wild - Jun 29, 2021
Taking place 7-8 July, the Engine Room Film Festival will showcase emerging and established filmmakers from the South West, celebrating local talent on the main stage of Salisbury Playhouse.  
by A.A. Cristi - Jun 28, 2021
East West Players, the nation's largest producer of Asian American theatrical works, along with EWP Producing Artistic Director Snehal Desai, will be honored by city leaders on Wednesday, June 30th at 3:30pm at a LA CityView Channel 35 program, broadcast live as part of the virtual celebrations for the annual Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Heritage Month, commonly known as “Pride Month,” in the City of Los Angeles. 
by A.A. Cristi - Jun 24, 2021
Wai Ching Ho ('Marvel's The Defenders'; ENDLINGS, New York Theatre Workshop), James Chen ('FBI'; 'The Walking Dead'), and Jon Norman Schneider (Bitter Melon; HENRY VI, PARTS 1-3, National Asian American Theatre Company) lead the cast and program of Second Generation Productions' (2g's) INFLECTIONS, five short new works about the undulations of the Asian American life, curated by Executive Producer Victor Malana Maog (Disney, American Conservatory Theater, Magic Theater, Cal Shakes). Jonathan Castanien (The Sống Collective, Atlantic Theater, Manhattan Theatre Club) produces.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 22, 2021
The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center’s Executive Director Janis Martinson has announced the return of the special one-night-only benefit performance of Broadway in the Berkshires on Monday, August 2 at 7:00PM at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, 14 Castle Street, Great Barrington, MA.
by Jim Munson - Jun 2, 2021
Jeffrey Lo seems to be just about everywhere these days. As if his day job as TheatreWorks Silicon Valley’s Director of Community Partnerships / Casting Director weren’t enough, he is also enjoying quite a successful career as a director and playwright. With the recent, tragic spike in prejudice and violence toward the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community, Lo decided to take action by calling on his own Filipino American heritage. He spearheaded TheatreWorks Silicon Valley’s efforts to stream a benefit reading of his play Writing Fragments Home to raise funds to support and uplift the AAPI community. The comedic play is an unapologetically Filipino American story about art, family, and culture. The top-flight cast includes stage veteran Emily Kuroda, perhaps best known for playing Mrs. Kim on TV’s Gilmore Girls. Co-presented by more than 40 leading theatres and arts organizations in the Bay Area and beyond, the reading will benefit Compassion in Oakland, a nonprofit formed in response to the surge of anti-Asian attacks and dedicated to promoting safety and community in Oakland Chinatown and beyond. Writing Fragments Home will be streamed live at 7pm PDT, Saturday, June 5, 2021 (with streaming on-demand access available June 6 to June 9). For more information, visit  BroadwayWorld with Lo last week about his impetus to write the play, how the benefit reading came together, his thoughts about Asian American representation in the theatre, and his experience working with some of his personal heroes. Lo is very easy to talk to – laid-back, thoughtful and self-effacing with an underlying gentle humor – all qualities which likely serve him well in his roles at TheatreWorks. At the same time, I got the impression he is someone who knows how to step up to the plate and get the job done.
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Michael Ritchie announced that he will retire as Artistic Director of Center Theatre Group on December 31, 2021. Having taken over the position from Founding Artistic Director Gordon Davidson in January, 2005, for more than 16 years, Ritchie has led one of the country’s largest nonprofit regional theatres, producing and presenting 266 productions.
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The virtual performance demonstrates the two orchestras’ musical friendship. This will feature a performance of the Allegro Spiritoso from J.C. Bach’s joyous Symphony for Double Orchestra in E-flat Major, Op. 18, No.1, one of only three symphonies that J.C. Bach scored for two orchestras.
by A.A. Cristi - Jul 21, 2021
Jose Solís, Alicia Ramírez and Juan Michael Porter II have a lot in common. All three are passionate about the performing arts and have written theatre articles and reviews for prestigious publications. They are also accustomed to often being some of the few non-white audience members at shows—but that is something they're actively working to change.
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On this week's episode of 32 Bar Cut: The Show, we are sitting down with Broadway star Raymond J. Lee to discuss his time starring on Broadway in multiple shows, Groundhog Day, Honeymoon in Vegas, Mamma Mia! & Aladdin, just to name a few. Raymond is one of the most charming Broadway stars you will ever meet! On today's episode, we are discussing the start of his Broadway career, his journey into the TV/film world and his passion for diversity and inclusion in theatre.
by Sarah Jae Leiber - Jan 5, 2021
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 Grammy Awards have been postponed from January 31st to an unspecified later date in March.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jan 28, 2021
On February 8, 2021, Theatre Forward, a non-profit arts organization based in New York City, will hold its annual Gala virtually, celebrating regional theatre and its champions. The festivities will begin at 8:00 pm ET and will include mixed-media performances from regional and Broadway stars across the country and more.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jan 13, 2021
The Drama League announced today Season 2 of its digital series, TA(L)KING DIRECTION: The Drama League Podcast. Season two will explore the changing state of the theatre industry and its early steps towards re-emergence in 2021, with an all-star lineup of directors, producers, and artists.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jan 12, 2021
'An Evening of Hope: Offerings for the Future of Theatre'', a one night virtual cabaret and fundraiser for The Actors' Fund, will stream live on Broadway on Demand on Thursday January 21st, 2021 at 7:00pm and be available for 4 days following the live broadcast.
by Nicole Rosky - Feb 8, 2021
Today (February 8) in live streaming: Christy Altomare sings with Seth Rudetsly, Theatre Forward's 2021 gala, and more!
by Sarah Jae Leiber - Feb 15, 2021
In January, BroadwayWorld reported that the Grammy Awards had been postponed to an unspecified date in March. Today, we can confirm the ceremony will take place on March 14th! 
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Dec 7, 2020
On February 6th and 7th, the American Alliance for Theatre & Education and the Dramatist Guild Foundation will be co-hosting 'Everyone's a Playwright: Writing as a Teaching Tool and Expressive Engine.'
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Dec 30, 2020
Beth Leavel makes her fiction podcast debut as the focus of next Monday’s episode of In Strange Woods. Known primarily for her comedic roles, here Leavel makes a fierce dramatic turn with her tour-de-force performance as Sandra Howland-Pierce, estranged cousin to Howl, played by Tony Award nominee Patrick Page.
by Stephi Wild - Dec 21, 2020
'An Evening of Hope: Offerings for the Future of Theatre'', a one night virtual cabaret and fundraiser for The Actors' Fund, will stream live on YouTube on Thursday January 21st, 2021 at 7:00pm and be available on youtube for 4 days following the live broadcast.
by Student Blogger: Alyssa Silver - Dec 21, 2020
I didn’t know that Soft Power would become one of my favorite musicals. 
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Dec 14, 2020
New York-based musical theatre writing team Bird & Mirabella have announced two new episodes of their free musical podcast “What Will She Do Next?,” both celebrating notable women in the military. These family-friendly podcasts use interactive storytelling and Broadway-style songs to celebrate key moments in the lives of history's greatest women.
by A.A. Cristi - Dec 10, 2020
New York-based musical theatre writing team Bird & Mirabella are pleased to announce two new episodes of their free musical podcast “What Will She Do Next?,” both celebrating notable women in the military. Performed by Broadway, film and TV stars, these family-friendly podcasts use interactive storytelling and Broadway-style songs to celebrate key moments in the lives of history's greatest women. The educational and entertaining series also features 'Bite-Sized Biographies,” all-spoken, full length biographies (no singing or actors) – perfect for bedtime!
by Stephi Wild - Aug 28, 2021
Echoing “An American Pageant for the Arts,” the 1962 fundraising telecast for the National Cultural Center hosted by Leonard Bernstein, one of Falletta’s early teachers, this special celebration will be hosted by Tony Award® winner Audra McDonald with special guest Caroline Kennedy. Falletta will share the podium with conductors Steven Reineke and Thomas Wilkins.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Aug 25, 2021
The Kennedy Center’s 50th Anniversary Celebration Concert, to be held on September 14 in the Concert Hall, will now be broadcast across the nation on October 1 at 9 p.m. ET as THE KENNEDY CENTER at 50 on PBS.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Aug 17, 2021
Pulitzer Prize-winning dramatist James Lapine shares his behind-the-scenes process of bringing forth the iconic Broadway musical Sunday In The Park With George with Jeanine Tesori, Pulitzer Prize for Drama finalist for Fun Home and Soft Power.
by A.A. Cristi - Aug 11, 2021
On August 6, Maria-Christina Oliveras brought her gift of storytelling and unique style to Feinstein’s/54 Below with her debut cabaret, The Glory of Love.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 28, 2021
University of Michigan alumnus and longtime UMMA supporter William Weese has given a gift of art and endowment with a combined value of about $5 million that will expand the U-M Museum of Art's Chinese ceramics collection.