SOUL OF SHAOLIN
SOUL OF SHAOLIN marked the first time in history that the People’s Republic of China performed on Broadway. Celebrating the 2009 Chinese Lunar New Year, SOUL OF SHAOLIN had limited run of three weeks at the Marquis Theatre, received a Tony Nomination & Drama Desk Nomination.
SOUL OF SHAOLIN is a breathtaking Chinese martial arts spectacle that tells the story of a boy named Hui Guang who is separated from his mother by war. Hui Guang is found and taken in by the legendary monks of the Shaolin temple and raised among them. As he becomes a man, Hui Guang becomes an accomplished master of Shaolin Kung Fu and embarks on a spectacular journey of self-discovery.
SOUL OF SHAOLIN features 30 Chinese nationals highly skilled in Shaolin Kung Fu, the astounding martial art featured in such blockbuster films as Fearless (starring international superstar Jet Li) and Shaolin Soccer.
This amazing show blends the fantastic display of Shaolin Kung Fu with the rich history and tradition of the Chinese people. Created by world-class artists from Chinese theatre, opera and ballet, SOUL OF SHAOLIN is dazzling entertainment your whole family will remember forever.
Because of Winn Dixie, based on Kate DiCamillo’s children’s novel of the same title, is about a young girl and her canine best friend. The musical has music by Tony winner Duncan Sheik (Spring Awakening) and book and lyrics by Tony Award nominee Nell Benjamin (Legally Blonde). Gerald Goehring and Michael F. Mitri, along with Dorothy Berloni, produce the musical that has been characterized as the first Broadway production to star an actual pooch in the title role.
Tony-honored veteran animal trainer Bill Berloni (Annie, Legally Blonde, The Wizard of Oz) is the animal director for Winn Dixie, which selected Taran, an Irish Wolfhound, to put his paws in the central role. The creative team will work to develop the musical and the role around Taran.
Tony Award-nominated Avenue Q star and “Johnny and the Sprites” star and creator John Tartaglia directs, with musical direction by Ian Eisendrath.
DeCamillo’s story centers on a young girl whose life is upended when her father, a Southern preacher, makes the decision to move the family to a small Florida town. She encounters a homeless dog outside the Winn-Dixie grocery store and slowly befriends the townsfolk through her adventures with the pup she names Winn-Dixie.
“Because of Winn-Dixie” is DiCamillo’s first published novel. It earned the Newbery Honor. She is also the author of “The Tale of Despereaux,” which was adapted as an animated feature.
UNCHAIN MY HEART
The Ray Charles Musical explores the strength, humor and musical genius of the legendary Ray Charles. One of the greatest pioneering musical artists of all time, Ray Charles mastered everything from soul and rhythm & blues to gospel, jazz, country and pop. Set in his last live recording session, UNCHAIN MY HEART reveals Charles’ remarkable life story through his music.
Pulitzer Prize winner Suzan-Lori Parks (Topdog/Underdog) weaves together true tales that reveal the spirit of the man whose life and music helped to define soul, and inspired people the world over.
UNCHAIN MY HEART features Charles’ best-known hits, including: “Georgia on My Mind,” “What’d I Say,” “Mess Around,” “Hit The Road, Jack,” “Unchain My Heart,” “I Got a Woman,” “You Don’t Know Me” and “Hallelujah, I Love Her So.”