Passion and Politics in a Musical Hybrid: Soft Power / by David Hwang


The 2016 Election, China and Romance Come Together in David Henry Hwang’s World Premiere ‘Soft Power’

DTLA - The 1951 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical The King and I is known for lavish dance numbers and heartbreaking songs, such as “Shall We Dance,” about the burgeoning romance between Western tutor Anna and the King of Siam. In the decades since its debut, however, it’s been criticized for patronizing, Western-centric politics and a history of casting white actors as Asian figures.

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