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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.

Schedule

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

Ahmanson Theatre

( Los Angeles, CA)
Los Angeles Music Center
Los Angeles, CA


 

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by BWW News Desk - Sep 4, 2020
Vermont's ArtsRiot & Broadway Night NYC will present Hometown Fire: Outdoor Broadway Cabaret, featuring Vermont-born Broadway & Off-Broadway actors and friends at Camp Meade, an outdoor music venue in Middlesex, VT, this Saturday, September 5th at 7pm. Performers and a musical trio will delight a social-distanced audience with classic Broadway tunes, as well as contemporary hits.
by Stage Tube - Sep 3, 2020
Raymond J. Lee recently posted a cover of 'Believe' by Cher on YouTube.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 22, 2020
WP THEATER has announced the 15 artists selected for the 2020-2022 WP Lab. The two-year residency begins now and culminates with the biennial WP Pipeline Festival.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 2, 2020
The 2020 Henry Hewes Design Award Honors for the 2019-2020 theater season were announced today and will be presented at a virtual awards ceremony on October 14.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 15, 2020
Wesleyan Universitya??'s a??Theater Departmenta?? presents a??'Re-Evaluating the Ground on Which We(s) Stand(s): An Evening of August Wilson with Broadway's Crystal Dickinson and Brandon Dirden,' on a??Friday, September 25, 2020 at 4:30pm on Zoom. Registration is required for access to this free virtual event.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 28, 2020
Juliana Canfield, Kathryn Hahn, Emily Kinney, Sahr Ngaujah, and Joel Perez join the cast of the previously announced Act Out: Vote2020, a very special event to get out the vote.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 26, 2020
The Broadway Podcast Network will present an all-star Halloween party to benefit the Broadway Cares Covid-19 Emergency Assistance Fund on October 28th at 9p.m. EST. Tune into the Dracula, A Comedy of Terrors Broadway Halloween Party.
by Stage Tube - Oct 15, 2020
Performers from across West End theatre and the Royal Ballet have come together to make a new original song and accompanying dance film.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 15, 2020
The 2020 Henry Hewes Design Award Honors for the 2019-2020 theater season were presented yesterday at a virtual awards ceremony attended by more than 100 people. Awards were presented in 6 different categories and Allen Lee Hughes was awarded the Ming Cho Lee Lifetime Achievement Award.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 15, 2020
#ENOUGH has announced the selection of seven plays by teen playwrights chosen by nationally recognized dramatists Lauren Gunderson, Academy Award winner Tarell Alvin McCraney, Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Schenkkan, Tony Award winner David Henry Hwang, and Karen Zacarías, as the winners of #ENOUGH: Plays to End Gun Violence.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 15, 2020
The 2020 Henry Hewes Design Award Honors for the 2019–2020 theater season were presented yesterday at a virtual awards ceremony attended by more than 100 people.
by Stage Tube - May 7, 2020
Broadway's Raymond J Lee posted a cover of 'Home' from Beauty and the Beast!
by Stephi Wild - May 5, 2020
Today's top stories: A Strange Loop has won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and more!
by BWW News Desk - May 5, 2020
Montréal-based artist Poirier is back with the first single from his upcoming album, 'Café Com Leite' with Brazilian singer (now based in Paris) Flavia Coelho.
by BWW News Desk - May 4, 2020
It was just announced by Pulitzer Prize Administrator Dana Canedy that Michael R. Jackson's A Strange Loop has officially won the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. This year's finalists included: Will Arbery's Heroes of the Fourth Turning and David Henry Hwang and Jeanine Tesori's Soft Power.
by BWW News Desk - May 3, 2020
Mario Cantone will host this year's Lucille Lortel Awards, which are being presented as a virtual broadcast and benefit for The Actors Fund on Sunday, May 3, at 7pm. The online event will bring together theatre performers, industry veterans, and fans worldwide in a celebration of Off-Broadway.
by BWW News Desk - May 22, 2020
The Broadway Podcast Network is presenting the finale of the all-star comedy podcast, Dracula, A Comedy of Terrors, written by Gordon Greenberg and Steve Rosen and directed by Greenberg.
by BWW News Desk - May 22, 2020
Unapologetically Asian, a new movement aimed to celebrate Asian American stories, will host a 'Broadway Kiki' Zoom panel on Saturday May 30th at 7pm ET. The panel will share stories around the quarantine, discuss the emerging Asisan American identity from their perspective, and what being 'Unapologetically Asian' means to them.
by BWW News Desk - May 20, 2020
'Empathy CONCERT & Perspectives!': A weekly, live, interactive video session continues with Elliott Masie and Broadway Stars Mandy Gonzalez, Raymond J. Lee, and Telly Leung on Friday, May 22nd.
by BWW News Desk - May 18, 2020
New York Theatre Barn will continue to host weekly free live streams of its New Works Series through June 10th, 2020. Upcoming installments of the series include the new musicals Mary and Max, Second Line, Newton's Cradle, Salaam Medina: Tales of a Halfghan, Teeth and Māyā.
by BWW News Desk - May 14, 2020
Due to social distancing protocols, Virginia Stage Company will be hosting a Virtual Summer Theatre Camp for students. Each camp will take place virtually through video communications site, Zoom. The Summer Theatre Camp is one of many virtual offerings Virtual Stage Company is currently providing for both student and adult theatre artists. For more information, visit https://www.vastage.org/virtual.
by BWW News Desk - May 11, 2020
The Outer Critics Circle (OCC), the official organization of writers on New York theatre for out-of-town newspapers and national publications, today announced its plans for honoring the 2019-2020 season of Broadway and Off-Broadway productions.
by BWW News Desk - Jun 5, 2020
New York Theatre Barn will host a free live stream of its New Works Series on Wednesday, June 10th, 2020 at 7PM EDT, featuring excerpts from the new musicals Teeth and Māyā .
by BWW News Desk - Jun 5, 2020
Stars in The House continued this afternoon (2pm) with Brenda Braxton and Raymond J. Lee This episode was in support of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.
by BWW News Desk - Jun 24, 2020
To mark the conclusion of its 50th Anniversary Season and celebrate the legacy of Founding Artistic Director Robert Kelley, TheatreWorks Silicon Valley is hosting TheatreWorks Treasures, a once-in-a-lifetime virtual auction allowing fans and supporters of the company the opportunity to snag rare and exclusive treasures from its 50-year history.
by BWW News Desk - Jun 2, 2020
Montréal-based artist Poirier is back with the second single from his upcoming album, 'Sim Bombei' with Montréal-based Mozambican artist Samito. The new single is out now with Wonderwheel Recordings and available everywhere you can stream music.
by BWW News Desk - Jun 13, 2020
Tune in right here at 7:30pm to watch The 65th Annual Drama Desk Awards and check back for a full list of winners, updating live!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 6, 2020
New York Theatre Barn will continue to host weekly free live streams of its New Works Series each Wednesday evening at 7PM ET. Upcoming July installments of the series include excerpts from the new musicals Francois and the Rebels, Forget Me Not, A Crossing, American Morning, Tenn and more.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 5, 2020
New York Theatre Barn will host a free live stream of its New Works Series on Wednesday, July 1st, 2020 at 7PM EDT, featuring excerpts from the new musicals Francois and the Rebels and American Morning. The 40-minute presentation will also feature a conversation with the creators of the new musicals.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 16, 2020
Ruthie Fierberg has announced the debut of her new podcast Why We Theater. The premiere episode will be available July 15, with new episodes released every subsequent Thursday for a limited season, exclusively from the Broadway Podcast Network.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 8, 2020
GHOSTLIGHT RECORDS has announced that Soft Power - Original Cast Recording will be available on digital and streaming formats on Friday, April 17.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 7, 2020
Tony Award-winning playwright David Henry Hwang (Soft Power, M. Butterfly) has joined the #WashTheHate campaign.
by Stephi Wild - Apr 30, 2020
Nothing can stop BroadwayWorld's Richard Ridge from bringing you interviews with your favorite Broadway stars! On April 29, he chatted with composer Drew Gasparini about his new album, We Aren't Kids Anymore. Special guests included Colton Ryan and Raymond J. Lee.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 30, 2020
a??a??a??a??a??a??a??The Drama League has announced the 2020 Drama League Awards Nominees for Outstanding Production of a Play, Outstanding Revival of a Play, Outstanding Production of a Musical, Outstanding Revival of a Musical, and the much- coveted Distinguished Performance Award.
by Backstage With Richard Ridge - Apr 29, 2020
Nothing can stop BroadwayWorld's Richard Ridge from bringing you interviews with your favorite Broadway stars! Tune in right here today, April 29 (12pm), as he chats with composer Drew Gasparini about his new album, We Aren't Kids Anymore. Special guests will include Colton Ryan and Raymond J. Lee.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 28, 2020
Broadway Podcast Network will present a new radio play, Dracula, A Comedy of Terrors.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 23, 2020
The newest episode of The Fabulous Invalid Podcast features composer Jeanine Tesori doing a deep dive into the brand new album from her show 'Soft Power, which was released last week! Jeanine goes track by track in discussion with the podcast's hosts, Rob Russo and Jamie DuMont. Listen below!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 23, 2020
To mark the occasion of their now postponed Lincoln Center concert as part of the Broadway's Future Songbook Series, musical theater writers Lauren Taslitz and Danny Ursetti have released a music video for their song 'Built for Joy.'
by Courtney Savoia - Apr 22, 2020
The groundbreaking musical from Tony Award winners David Henry Hwang (M. Butterfly, Yellow Face) and Jeanine Tesori (Fun Home; Violet; Caroline, or Change), Soft Power, ran last fall at the Public Theater and is an exploration of America's place in the world, told through an East-West musical from China's point of view, in which a theater producer from Shanghai forms a unique bond with Hillary Clinton. Soft Power challenges us to dig deep and ask the bigger questions around how America fits with the rest of the world and what democracy means for every one of us. 
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2020
The 65th Annual Drama Desk Awards has partnered with 'Stars in the House' to live stream this year's Nominations. Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley, the hosts of the virtual daily series benefiting the Actors Fund, will announce the nominees.
by Stage Tube - Apr 20, 2020
Broadway's Raymond J Lee posted a cover of 'When There Was Me and You' from High School Musical: The Musical: The Series! 
by Stage Tube - Apr 18, 2020
The Original Cast Recording for Soft Power is now available on all digital and streaming services! The album is based on the new musical's recent New York premiere production at The Public Theater.
by Stage Tube - Apr 17, 2020
The Original Cast Recording for Soft Power is now available on all digital and streaming services! Listen to a clip from the song 'Happy Enough' in the video below!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 17, 2020
GHOSTLIGHT RECORDS has announced that Soft Power - Original Cast Recording is available on digital and streaming formats today, Friday, April 17. The album is based on the new musical's recent New York premiere production at The Public Theater.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 16, 2020
The Original Cast Recording for Soft Power will be available on digital and streaming formats on Friday, April 17. The album is based on the new musical's recent New York premiere production at The Public Theater. 
by Stephi Wild - Apr 15, 2020
Need something new to read or watch? Check out this week's list of new and upcoming releases!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 14, 2020
Nominations for the 35th Annual Lucille Lortel Awards for Outstanding Achievement Off-Broadway were announced today by theatre veterans Jeremy Jordan and Ashley Spencer. The Awards will be presented during a special online event on Sunday, May 3, broadcast on the official website - www.LortelAwards.org - beginning at 7:00pm ET. A virtual 'host' and presenters will be announced at a later date. As always, the Lortel Awards will be a benefit for The Actors Fund and fans are encouraged to make donations at actorsfund.org/Lortel. The Lucille Lortel Awards are produced by the Off-Broadway League and the Lucille Lortel Theatre Foundation. Additional support is provided by TDF.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 13, 2020
Tony Award Winner Ali Stroker (Broadway: Oklahoma; Deaf West's Spring Awakening); Lilli Cooper (Broadway: Tootsie, Tony Nominee; Spongebob Squarepants), Teal Wicks (Broadway: The Cher Show; Finding Neverland), Ciara Renee (Broadway: Frozen; Big Fish), Eric William Morris (Broadway: King Kong), Alyse Alan Louis (Broadway: Amelie; The Public: Soft Power), Danny Gardner (Broadway: On the Town), Jennifer Blood (Broadway: Matilda; Violet), Alexis Floyd (a?oeThe Bold Typea??) have joined this week's lineup for Seniorly Presents: Curtain Up! a live show created in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 10, 2020
Today Craft Recordings/Concord Theatricals released award-winning composer Drew Gasparini's new album, We Aren't Kids Anymore (Original Studio Cast), a new theatrical song cycle that will be licensed worldwide for live performances by professional and amateur theatres through Concord Theatricals.