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Soft Power

SOFT POWER

DHH vs "DHH" | The Public Theater
Newman Theater September 24 - November 17, 2019

New York Premiere Musical
Play & Lyrics by David Henry Hwang    
Music & Additional Lyrics by Jeanine Tesori
Choreography by Sam Pinkleton
Directed by Leigh Silverman

A co-commission and co-production with Center Theatre Group

Tony Award winners David Henry Hwang (M. Butterfly, Yellow Face) and Jeanine Tesori (Fun Home; Violet; Caroline, or Change) bring their groundbreaking new musical-within-a-play to The Public for its New York premiere.

One of the most exciting theatrical collaborations in recent memory, SOFT POWER is an exploration of America's current place in the world, told through an East-West musical from China's point of view, in which a theater producer from Shanghai forges a powerful bond with Hillary Clinton. SOFT POWER is a fever dream of modern American politics amidst global conversations, asking us all – why do we love democracy? And should we?

Featuring the choreography of Tony nominee Sam Pinkleton (Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812), Tony nominee Leigh Silverman (Violet, Yellow Face, Wild Goose Dreams) directs this exhilarating new show The Los Angeles Times calls “smart & wonderfully funny. A meeting of dauntingly innovative theatrical minds.”

PRODUCTION DETAILS.

Performers are subject to change. 

Production is expected to include smoke, strobing lights, and haze. As sensitivities vary from person to person, if you have specific questions regarding content, please call us at 212.967.7555.

2 hours and 15 minutes with one intermission

SOFT POWER is made possible by The Ted & Mary Jo Shen Charitable Gift Fund.

Additional support for SOFT POWER provided by the National Alliance of Musical Theatre's Frank Young Fund for New Musicals.

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Cast.

Billy Bustamante

Billy Bustamante

(Xuē Xíng Standby). The Public: Here Lies Love (Aquino/Marcos u/s). Broadway: Miss Saigon (Engineer u/s), The King and I (Lun Tha u/s). NYC/regional: Prospect Theatre, Pan Asian Rep, Ahmanson, Arena Stage, The Old Globe, Paper Mill, Sundance Theatre Lab, Sacramento Mu­sic Circus, Walnut Street Theatre and North Shore. www.BillyBustamante.com. Instagram: @BillyBCreative

Jon Hoche

Jon Hoche

(Chief Justice/Hālǐ Aòhālā/Ensemble). Broadway: King Kong (Voice of King Kong/Puppeteer). Off­Broadway: Vietgone (Manhattan Theatre Club); Soul Samurai, The Inexplicable Redemption of Agent G (Ma­Yi Theater/Vampire Cowboys Theater); Hello, From the Children of Planet Earth (Playwright’s Realm). National tour: Warhorse (Puppet Captain). Regional: Seven Lonely Mammoths Wander New England (Two River Theater). Awards: 2018 Chita Rivera Award, 2018 OCC Award.

Kendyl Ito

Kendyl Ito

(Jīng/Prof. Lǐ Bìyù/Ensemble). The Public: Wild Goose Dreams. National tours: Matilda the Musical. Regional: Soft Power (CTG/Curran), Locusts, A Chorus Line, Grease, Rent, Oliver! Concerts: 54 Sings Little Women, Music and Laughter, Samantha Spade. Pace University alum ’17. www.kendylito.com

Francis Jue

Francis Jue

(DHH). The Public: Wild Goose Dreams, Yellow Face, Hamlet, Timon of Athens, Pericles, King Lear, etc. Broadway: Pacific Overtures, Thoroughly Modern Millie, M. Butterfly. Off­Broadway: Kung Fu, Coraline, Falsettoland. Regional: Soft Power, In the Next Room…, Cabaret, Tiger Style!, Miss Saigon. Film: Joyful Noise. TV: “Madam Secretary,” “The Good Wife,” “Law & Order: SVU.” Awards: Obie, Lortel.

Austin Ku

Austin Ku

(Bobby Bob/Jū Míng). Off­Broadway: Pacific Overtures, Iphigenia in Aulis (CSC). Regional: Soft Power. Tour: Chinglish. Film: Sleeping With Other People, Detective Chinatown 2, Creative Control. TV: “Billions,” “Bull,” “Homeland,” “Shades of Blue,” “Sneaky Pete,” “Younger.” Concerts: Carnegie Hall, Boston Pops. Awards: StageScene LA, Dean Goodman, WISE. Training: Boston Conservatory. www.Austin­Ku.com. @secretaustinman.

Raymond J. Lee

Raymond J. Lee

(Randy Ray/Yáo Tuō/Veep/Ensemble). The Public: Two Gentlemen of Verona. Broadway: Aladdin, Groundhog Day, Honeymoon in Vegas, Anything Goes, Mamma Mia! Regional: CTG, A.C.T., La Jolla, The Muny, Portland Center Stage. TV: “Billions,” “The Jim Gaffigan Show,” “Red Oaks,” “Smash,” “Succession.” Film: Marriage Story, Ghost Town. Voiceovers: Disney Junior, Dreamworks, Netflix. Northwestern grad. www.raymondjlee.com @raymondjlee

Alyse Alan Louis

Alyse Alan Louis

(Zoe/Hillary). Broadway: Amélie (OCR), Disaster!, Mamma Mia! Off­Broadway: A New Brain (Encores! Off­Center/OCR), The Civilians’ Pretty Filthy (Abrons/OCR). Regional: Soft Power (CTG/Curran; LA Ovation Award winner and SF Bay Area Critics Circle nominee), Fall Springs (Barrington Stage Company), Amélie (CTG and Berkeley Rep). @alyselouis

Jaygee Macapugay

Jaygee Macapugay

(Betsy/Lóng Lín Kūn/Ensemble). The Public: Wild Goose Dreams, Here Lies Love. Broadway: School of Rock. Off­Broadway: Lincoln Center, National Asian Artists Project, Pan Asian Rep, Prospect Theatre. Regional: Ahmanson, Curran, East West Players, KC Starlight, The Muny, Seattle Rep, 5th Avenue, Casa Mañana, Maltz Jupiter, Riverside. Film/TV: False Positive, “Conversations w/My Ex.” USO singer: The Liberty Belles.

Daniel May

Daniel May

(Ensemble). Broadway: Flower Drum Song revival. Off­Broadway: Red Eye of Love (Amas Theatre). National tours: Thoroughly Modern Millie (first national). Regional: Soft Power (CTG/Curran), Goodspeed, Tuacahn, East West Players, Sacramento Music Circus. Recent concert/readings: Gold Mountain (Jason Ma), Two Nights and Three Days (Kim Jin Young and Marcus Perkins). TV: HBO’s “The Newsroom.” @boydanoh

Paul HeeSang Miller

Paul HeeSang Miller

(Ensemble). Broadway: Miss Saigon (u/s Thuy), The King and I (Lincoln Center, u/s Lun Tha), Mamma Mia! (Winter Garden, Broadhurst; Eddie). Regional: Lyric Opera of Chicago, Walnut Street, PCLO, MT Wichita, North Shore MT, Weston Playhouse, St. Michael’s Playhouse, Kansas City Starlight, ArtPark. BFA: Elon University. @paulheesangmiller

Kristen Faith Oei

Kristen Faith Oei

(Ensemble). Broadway: King Kong, M. Butterfly, The King and I, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark (u/s Mary Jane). Tours/sit­downs: Wicked (dance captain), We Will Rock You, Aida (u/s Amneris), West Side Story, Fame. Premieres: Soft Power, Kung Fu, In Your Arms. TV/film: “Mozart in the Jun­gle,” “Modern Love,” “The Suite Life,” Isn’t It Romantic. @Dragonfly02

Geena Quintos

Geena Quintos

(Airport Greeter/Ensemble). Broadway/national tours: Miss Saigon, A Chorus Line. Regional: Soft Power (CTG/Curran), Here Lies Love (Seattle Rep), Jeannette (O’Neill). Other credits include OLAY Live!, From Here to Eternity, Connie in One Thrilling Combination celebrating A Chorus Line at The Public and Untitled DanceShowPartyThing for Virgin Voyages.

Conrad Ricamora

Conrad Ricamora

(Xuē Xíng). Broadway: The King and I. The Public: Here Lies Love. Regional: Soft Power (CTG/Curran); Tartuffe, Woyzeck (Clarence Brown); Romeo and Juliet, Richard III (Utah Shakespeare). Film: Talladega Nights, The Light of the Moon, Raising Christopher. TV: “How to Get Away With Murder.” Education: University of Tennessee; Film Actors Studio of Charlotte. Awards: TheatreWorld, Human Rights Campaign Visibility, Equality California. @conradricamora

Trevor Salter

Trevor Salter

(Ensemble). The Public: Here Lies Love. Off­Broadway: Revolting Rhymes. Regional: Soft Power (CTG/Curran), Here Lies Love (Seattle Rep), The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Actors Theatre). Film: Ricki and the Flash.

Kyra Smith

Kyra Smith

(Ensemble) recently per­formed in Rock of Ages at Pittsburgh CLO. BFA: Point Park University. @kyra.l.smith

Emily Stillings

Emily Stillings

(Swing). Broadway: The King and I (Lincoln Center). Tour: Miss Saigon (first national tour). Regional: Soft Power (CTG/Curran). TV: “Saturday Night Live” (Lin­Manuel Miranda, Saoirse Ronan, Jimmy Fallon, Kevin Hart, Louis C.K.), “Lip Sync Battle” (LL Cool J, Chrissy Teigen, John Krasinski, Malin Akerman), “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah.” @emilystillings

Emily Trumble

Emily Trumble

(Zoe/Hillary Standby). National tours: Something Rotten! (Bea u/s), The Sound of Music (Maria, Liesl u/s). Regional: The Muny, Pittsburgh CLO, Berkeley Rep, CalShakes, Center Rep. BFA: CCM. Berkeley, CA native. @emtrum

John Yi

John Yi

(Swing). Off­Broadway: KPOP, Radio City Christmas Spectacular. NY theatre: Farewell My Concubine (lab); Oliver!, Queen Mother (Goodspeed). National and international tours: Cinderella (first national), Miss Saigon. Film: “Over the Moon” (Netflix). TV: “Mr. Robot.” Concerts: Broadway in the Backyard (Transcendence Theatre Company), Grateful (Symphony Space). TFA alum (HOU ’11). BFA: Elon.

Creative.

David Henry Hwang
Play & Lyrics
Jeanine Tesori
Music & Additional Lyrics
Sam Pinkleton
Choreography
Leigh Silverman
Director
Clint Ramos
Scenic Design
Anita Yavich
Costume Design
Mark Barton
Lighting Design
Kai Harada
Sound Design
Tom Watson
Hair, Wigs and Make Up Design
Bart Fasbender
Sound Effects Designer
Bryce Cutler
Projection Designer
Lillis Meeh
Special Effects
Danny Troob
Orchestrations
John Clancy
Dance Arrangements
Antoine Silverman
Music Contractor
Chris Fenwick
Music Director and Music Supervisor
David Lurie-Perret
Production Stage Manager
Shelley Miles
Assistant Stage Manager

Press.

Thrilling, moving, and revolutionary

- Variety
SOFT POWER delivers a sharp-edged dissection of American-Chinese relationships

- The Hollywood Reporter
Lush melody, spiked with very pointed, political point-making

- The Daily Beast
Bristling with ideas that rarely get dramatized, let alone in such imaginative form

- The New York Times
[Hwang] affirms the things that could make America good again: care, compassion, mutual respect

- The New Yorker
I don’t remember when I last saw a musical that was this smart—and touching

- The Wall Street Journal

MEDIA.