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Innovative musical set to premiere in Beijing

By Chen Nan | chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2024-06-11 09:55

Main cast members of Chinese musical, Snow Embracing the Blue Pass, give a talk about the musical in Beijing on June 2. [Photo provided to China Daily]

The highly anticipated original Chinese musical, Snow Embracing the Blue Pass, is set to debut at the Tianqiao Theatre in Beijing from June 21 to 23, offering audiences a captivating blend of traditional and contemporary storytelling.

On June 2, members of the creative team, including musical talents like Gao Yang and director-scriptwriter Li Chaolin, gathered in Beijing to meet fans following a rehearsal session, generating excitement for the upcoming premiere.

Set against the historical backdrop of the Minguo period (1912-49), the musical chronicles the trials and tribulations of a Peking Opera troupe navigating the challenges of wartime survival and internal conflicts among the troupe's founder and apprentices.

Director Li Chaolin revealed that the musical's songs harmoniously fuse elements of pop music with Peking Opera, a revered art form with a rich 200-year history known for its diverse range of artistic expressions encompassing singing, dancing, and martial arts.

Esteemed Peking Opera performers, including Zhang Hongwei from the Shenyang Peking Opera Company and Fu Xiru from the Shanghai Jingju Theatre Company, will take on pivotal roles in the production, adding depth and authenticity to the narrative.

Musical singer Gao Yang [Photo provided to China Daily]

Gao, known for his participation in the talent show Super Vocal in 2018, has garnered a sizable fan base and will portray one of the apprentices in the musical. Gao shared that he underwent extensive training to master the fundamental skills of Peking Opera performance, underscoring his dedication to the craft.

Supported by the Beijing Cultural and Arts Fund, Snow Embracing the Blue Pass promises to deliver a unique and immersive theatrical experience that seamlessly blends tradition with innovation, showcasing the beauty and depth of Chinese performing arts on a grand stage in the heart of Beijing.

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