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‘Untitled F*ck M*ss S**gon Play’ to run at same time as ‘Miss Saigon’ revival in England

  • The Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester, England, is set to present Kimber Lee’s drama “Untitled F*ck M*ss S**gon Play,” which aims to address the representation of Asian women in the “Miss Saigon” musical.
  • New Earth Theatre said in a statement that it does not wish to associate its work with “a musical that perpetuates deeply held notions of Asian inferiority would impact their wellbeing.”
  • The play, which won the Bruntwood prize for playwriting in 2019, was “born of rage” and stemmed from “feeling invisible or misrepresented”, Lee said.
  • The New York-based playwright examined how “the presence of Asian American stories is only allowed a very narrow range in the cultural conversation.”
  • Lee’s play will run from June 24 to July 22, 2023, around the same time Sheffield Theatres will present the revival of “Miss Saigon.”

The Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester, England, is set to present Kimber Lee’s drama “Untitled F*ck M*ss S**gon Play,” which aims to address the controversial representation of Asian women in the “Miss Saigon” musical.

The news comes a day after New Earth Theatre, a touring theatre company of British East and South-east Asian (BESEA) artists, announced on Monday that it decided not to showcase its play “Worth” at Sheffield Crucible in June 2023 because of the theatre’s staging of “Miss Saigon,” reported The Guardian. “Miss Saigon” is often criticized for its orientalist lens, white savior hero and depiction of the Vietnam War and Vietnamese people.

All-AAPI musical about Tiananmen Square protests begins rehearsals in New York

  • The rehearsal for “Tiananmen: A New Musical,” a rock musical that criticizes the Chinese government’s massacre of students at the 1989 Tiananmen Square protest, is underway.
  • The musical stars an all-Asian American and Pacific Islander cast, and is being directed and choreographed by veteran Broadway actor Darren Lee, with Wu’er Kaixi, a Chinese dissident who led a group of students to protest on Tiananmen Square in 1989, serving as the production’s conceiver and creative consultant.
  • “‘Tiananmen’ is a brave and necessary work to remind us all of the hinge of world history that happened in Tiananmen Square at a time when China is trying to erase all that happened there from memory,” Lee, a Chinese American, said.
  • The rehearsals kicked off in New York on Tuesday with two dramatic reading performances set to take place on Sept. 20.
  • "Tiananmen: A New Musical" will premiere at the Phoenix Theater Company in Phoenix, Arizona, on Oct. 6, 2023, before going on a five-week regional tour with hopes of taking the rock musical to Broadway.

Rehearsals for “Tiananmen: A New Musical,” a rock musical critical of the Chinese government’s massacre of students at the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests, have begun.

The rehearsals kicked off in New York on Tuesday with two dramatic reading performances set to take place on Sept. 20. “Tiananmen: A New Musical,” which has a stage production budget of $750,000, will premiere at the Phoenix Theater Company in Phoenix, Arizona, on Oct. 6, 2023, before going on a five-week regional tour with hopes of taking the rock musical to Broadway.

New York Now Has a ‘KPOP’ Musical and It’s Completely Sold Out

A musical based on the Korean pop (commonly referred to as K-pop) genre, aptly titled as “KPOP”, is now playing off-Broadway in New York City, presented by Ma-Yi Theater company and Ars Nova.

However, this is not your ordinary show as it is also an interactive musical where performers actively try to get the audience involved in the singing and dancing, SBS reported.