A new production of Shanghai Lil's opens in November
New York's Pan Asian Repertory Theatre to launch 35th season with Lilah Kan's musical Shanghai Lil's.
by Liuyi (Luisa) Chen
Date Published: 09/29/2011
Pan Asian Repertory Theatre's 1997 production of Shanghai Lil's. Photos courtesy of Panasianrep.org.
A new production of Shanghai Lil's will be the Pan Asian Repertory Theatre's opening production of its 35th season. The renowned Asian American theatre company brings the 1997 Chinese American musical back to the stage in a brand new retelling for a new generation of audiences. Shanghai Lil's is a boy-meets-girl romance that takes place in the 1940s during World War II. Situated in a Chinese restaurant-turned-nightclub in San Francisco, the show is full of songs, jokes and dances despite being set against the dark history of war and internment.
Tisa Chang, who directed the world premiere of Shanghai Lil's at the Pan Asian Repertory Theatre in 1997, returns to direct this new production. Chang will be celebrating 35 years with PART in 2012. Susan Ancheta, who played a lead in the 1997 production, has been brought on as a choreographer. The 2011 version will star Jaygee Macapugay (Imelda) and Christine Toy Johnson (The Music Man, Grease!).
The production runs November 11-27 at the West End Theatre in NYC. Opening night is Wednesday November 16.
For more information, go to the Pan Asian Repertory Theatre's official website.