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New Musical Bruce Lee: Journey to the West Eyes 2010-2011 Broadway Bow

New Musical Bruce Lee: Journey to the West Eyes 2010-2011 Broadway Bow
David Henry Hwang
David Henry Hwang, David Yazbek and Bartlett Sher will collaborate on the new musical Bruce Lee: Journey to the West, which is aiming for a Broadway debut in the 2010-2011 season. Yazbek Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Full Monty will compose the score, Hwang Yellow Face, Flower Drum Song will write the book and Sher, the Tony-nominated director of South Pacific, is set to direct.

Bruce Lee: Journey to the West tells of the martial arts legend's difficult road to success, as figures from Chinese mythology follow his quest and The Monkey King, a beloved warrior god, becomes his heavenly ally. In a show fusing sources as diverse as martial arts, Chinese Opera, modern dance, and pop music, Bruce struggles to master his skills, purify his spirit and forge a link to unite East and West.

Choreography for Bruce Lee will be created by Dou Dou Huang, the Artistic Director of the Shanghai Song and Dance Ensemble, referred to by Time as a Chinese "national sensation" who has "reinvented mainland dance for the 21st century."

Bruce Lee: Journey to the West will be produced by Elephant Eye Theatrical Stuart Oken, Michael Leavitt and Five Cent Productions, which is also developing a musical version of The Addams Family with Marshall Brickman, Rick Elice and Andrew Lippa for the 2009-2010 season.

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