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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.