The Forbidden Pheonix by Marty Chan
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Sun Wukong's goal is simple: to feed his son Laoson. Known to his people as the Monkey King, Sun Wukong leaves his home with a promise to return one day and feed the draught-ravaged city of Jung Guo. His path, however, becomes a test of strength, agility, and character as he comes to face with mysterious, enchanting, and heartless creatures.
Inspired by Chinese opera, The Forbidden Phoenix's lyricisim brings us to a world where Chinese parables are woven with the painful history of the immigrant men who suffered to build Canada's railroad in the 1800s. Playwright Marty Chan and composer Robert Walsh create a musical rife with stylized characters, lending itself to a performance brimming with exciting acrobatics, slapstick, and martial arts.
Year Printed: 2011
First produced in 2008 at Citadel Theatre, Edmonton, AB.
Running Time: 120 minutes
Male Cast: 5
Female Cast: 3