World Premiere of David Henry Hwang's Kung Fu, Starring Cole Horibe, Opens Feb. 24
By Carey Purcell
The world premiere of David Henry Hwang's Kung Fu officially opens Feb. 24 following preview performances that began Feb. 4 on the Irene Diamond Stage at the Pershing Square Signature Center.
Kung Fu continues through March 30.
Directed by Leigh Silverman, the production stars Cole Horibe ("So You Think You Can Dance") as Bruce Lee. Phoebe Strole (Spring Awakening, "Glee") plays Lee's wife Linda.
The cast also features Emmanuel Brown (Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark), Clifton Duncan, Bradley Fong, Francis Jue (Pacific Overtures, Thoroughly Modern Millie), Peter Kim (Thoroughly Modern Millie), Ari Loeb (Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark), Reed Luplau, Kristen Faith Oei (Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark), Jon Rua (Hands on a Hardbody, In the Heights) and Christopher Vo.
Here's how the production is billed: "An exhilarating portrait of international icon Bruce Lee's journey from troubled Hong Kong youth to martial arts legend, Kung Fu blends dance, Chinese opera, martial arts and drama into a bold new theatrical form. This world premiere production follows Lee in America as he struggles to prove himself as a fighter, a husband, a father, and a man."
The creative team of Kung Fu includes Sonya Tayeh (choreography), David Zinn (scenic design), Anita Yavich (costume design), Ben Stanton (lighting design), Darron L West (sound design), Darrel Maloney (projection design), Du Yun (original music), Emmanuel Brown (fight direction), Jamie Guan (Chinese opera movement specialist), Deborah Hecht (vocal and dialect coach) and Joanna C. Lee and Ken Smith (cultural consultants). David H. Lurie is the production stage manager, and casting is by Telsey + Company.
The 2013-14 season at Signature Theatre consists entirely of plays receiving world or New York-premiere productions.
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