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Soft Power


SOFT POWER Cast Album Live Virtual Listening Party | The Public Theater
April 17, 2020 2 hours and 15 minutes with one intermission

The SOFT POWER Cast Album is now available on digital and streaming platforms!

The Public Theater will host a live virtual listening party on Friday, April 17 to celebrate the cast album recording of Soft Power. Funds will be raised to support The Public Theater and the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund during the event. Details will be released at a later date.

Download the album today and learn more

The SOFT POWER Original Cast Recording is based on the new musical’s recent New York premiere production at The Public, and features book and lyrics by Tony Award winner David Henry Hwang and music and additional lyrics by Tony Award winner Jeanine Tesori, with choreography by Tony nominee Sam Pinkleton. A co-commission and co-production with Center Theatre Group, Tony nominee Leigh Silverman directed this groundbreaking new musical-within-a-play. The album is produced by Jeanine Tesori and Matt Stine, and executive produced by The Public Theater and Kurt Deutsch.


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The SOFT POWER Cast Album is now available on digital and streaming platforms!

The Public Theater will host a live virtual listening party on Friday, April 17 to celebrate the cast album recording of Soft Power. Funds will be raised to support The Public Theater and the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund during the event. Details will be released at a later date.

Download the album today and learn more


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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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Kyra Smith

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

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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

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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

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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.


David Henry Hwang
Play & Lyrics
Jeanine Tesori
Music & Additional Lyrics
Sam Pinkleton
Leigh Silverman
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
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


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