China on Broadway shows 'Soul
Producing team slates martial arts show
By GORDON COX
"Soul of Shaolin," the Chinese martial arts show booked into Broadway's Marquis Theater between "Irving Berlin's White
Christmas" and "9 to 5," will be the inaugural annual offering of producing partnership China on Broadway.
The first production from the People's Republic of China to play the Main Stem, "Soul" will run 24 perfs in January, timed
to the lunar new year.
China on Broadway, a team-up of Nederlander Worldwide Prods. and the Eastern Shanghai Cultural Film and Television
Group (an org supported by the Shanghai mayor's office), intends to bring a Chinese production to the Rialto every year at
around the same time.
"Soul" centers on a boy raised by monks to become a Shaolin kung fu master. Performed by 33 Chinese nationals,
production also has played Beijing, Sydney and Macau.
Nederlander Worldwide, topped by Robert Nederlander Jr., has previously teamed with Eastern Shanghai for a production
of "Aida" that toured China.
The late-breaking addition of "Soul" to the Rialto calendar contributed to the delay of previews for "9 to 5," now skedded to
open April 30, the same night as the opening of the Roundabout's revival of "Waiting for Godot."
"Soul" runs Jan. 13-31, 2009, with an opening night set for Jan. 15.
October 24, 2008
SOUL OF SHAOLIN to Open at Broadway's Marquis Theatre 1/15
by BWW News Desk
Nederlander Worldwide Productions and The Eastern Shanghai
Cultural Film and Television Group will partner to present the
China on Broadway production of “Soul of Shaolin,” a new Chinese
martial arts spectacle, which will begin previews on Tuesday,
January 13 and open Thursday, January 15 at Broadway’s Marquis
Theatre (1535 Broadway). “Soul of Shaolin” will play a limited
engagement of 24 performances in celebration of the Lunar New
Year* – the year of the Ox.
Direct from appearances in Sydney, Australia; Macau, People’s
Republic of China; and at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, comes a
theatrical event that is unparalleled on Broadway. “Soul of Shaolin”
tells the story of a boy named Hui Guang who is separated from his
mother by war. Hui Guang is found and taken in by the legendary
monks of the Shaolin temple and raised among them. As he becomes a man, Hui Gang becomes an accomplished
master of Shaolin Kung Fu and embarks on a spectacular journey of self-discovery.
“Soul of Shaolin” marks the first time a production from the People’s Republic of China has appeared on Broadway.
“Soul of Shaolin” will feature 33 Chinese nationals who are highly skilled in Shaolin Kung Fu, the breathtaking martial art
that has been featured in such films as Fearless (starring international superstar Jet Li) and Shaolin Soccer, both of which
were recent US box office successes.
Shaolin Kung Fu is the collection of martial arts that is associated with the monks of the Shaolin temple in China’s Henan
province. This particular style is characterized by almost superhuman displays of strength and agility, but is tempered with
the monks’ philosophical belief in training the mind, body, and Soul.
“Soul of Shaolin” marks the inaugural production of China on Broadway which is a historic partnership between
Nederlander Worldwide Productions and Eastern Shanghai Cultural Film and Television Group. China on Broadway’s
American and Chinese partners will work together to develop and produce theatrical projects for global audiences. China
on Broadway will bring an annual theatrical event featuring leading Chinese artists to Broadway in celebration of the Lunar
Robert Nederlander, Jr. of Nederlander Worldwide Productions said, “We are thrilled to bring ‘Soul of Shaolin’ to
Broadway as the first production of ‘China on Broadway,’ our historic partnership with our colleagues at The Eastern
Shanghai Cultural Film and Television Group. This partnership has already experienced tremendous success with our
touring production of Aida in China. We are honored to be able to bring this partnership to Broadway with ‘Soul of
Shaolin,’ an amazing show that blends the fantastic spectacle of Shaolin Kung Fu with the rich history and tradition of the
Chinese people in a new show that has been created by world class artists from Chinese theatre, opera, and ballet.”
Tickets to “Soul of Shaolin” go on sale October 29, 2008 and will be available at Ticketmaster.com and at all Ticketmaster
outlets. The Marquis Theatre Box Office (1535 Broadway) will open December 22, 2008. Tickets will be $95, $75, and
$50. Student Rush tickets will be available for $30 day of the show at the Marquis Theatre Box Office with a valid ID, two
tickets per student pending availability.
* TUESDAY, JANUARY 13 – SUNDAY, JANUARY 25: Tuesday at 7 PM, Wednesday at 2 & 8 PM, Thursday and
Friday at 8 PM, Saturday 2 & 8 PM, Sunday 3 PM.
* MONDAY, JANUARY 26 – SATURDAY, JANUARY 31 (WEEK OF LUNAR NEW YEAR): Monday at 8 PM (Day of the
Lunar New Year), Tuesday at 7 PM, Wednesday at 2 & 8 PM, Thursday and Friday at 8 PM, Saturday at 2 & 8 PM.
Please note there is no performance on Sunday.
Nederlander Worldwide Productions, LLC and affiliates (NWP) are led by Robert Nederlander, Jr., a third generation
member of the Nederlander family, one of the great dynasties of the American theater. Mr. Nederlander founded and has
personally overseen NWP’s efforts in China since 2000, establishing the first Chinese foreign joint venture in the
performance industry and creating a highly successful network of Chinese theaters for their touring productions including,
in part, Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Nanjing, Ningbo, Wuhan, Xi’an and Tianjin. Recent productions presented by NWP
that have toured China include 42nd Street and Aida.
Eastern Shanghai International Culture Film and Television Co., Ltd. is an entertainment conglomerate with interests in
television, film, and live entertainment. The company is supported directly by the Shanghai Mayor’s office, with a goal of
making the city China’s premiere world-class city for musical theater and live entertainment. As a comprehensive culture
and performance organization in the People’s Republic of China, Eastern Shanghai has dedicated significant resources to
improving the Cultural Industry in China as well as the export and introduction of Chinese cultural products around the
October 24, 2008
Headlines: China's Soul of Shaolin to Play Marquis Theatre in January
by Broadway.com Staff
Soul of Shaolin, a new martial arts spectacle from China, will kick its way onto Broadway this winter, beginning a limited
engagement at the Marquis Theatre on January 13. The show, fresh off an appearance at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, will
open on January 15 and run through January 31.
Soul of Shaolin tells the story of a boy named Hui Guang who is separated from his mother by war. Taken in by the
legendary monks of the Shaolin temple, Hui Gang becomes an accomplished master of Shaolin Kung Fu and embarks on
a journey of self-discovery. The show will feature 33 Chinese nationals trained in Shaolin Kung Fu, a highly stylized
martial art featured in films including Jet Li’s Fearless and Shaolin Soccer that is characterized by superhuman displays of
strength and agility.
Soul of Shaolin will mark the first time a production from the People’s Republic of China has appeared on Broadway. The
show is presented by China on Broadway, a partnership between Nederlander Worldwide Productions and The Easter
Shanghai Cultural Film and Television Group.
Soul of Shaolin will fill a small gap in the schedule at the Marquis Theatre between White Christmas, which will end its
limited run on January 4, and the new musical 9 to 5, set to start performances on April 7.
Martial Arts-Fueled Soul of Shaolin Will Play Broadway's Marquis in January 2009
By Kenneth Jones
October 23, 2008
China on Broadway, a partnership between Nederlander Worldwide and the Eastern Shanghai Cultural Film and
Television Group, will present Soul of Shaolin — a spectacle involving dance, acrobatics and martial arts — at Broadway's
Marquis Theatre for a limited engagement Jan. 13-31, 2009, Variety reported.
An opening night is set for Jan. 15. Soul centers on a boy raised by monks to become a Shaolin kung fu master,
according to the trade. This marks the first time the People's Republic of China will play producer on Broadway.
A cast of 33 Chinese artists is expected. The production will play the Marquis between engagements of Irving Berlin's
White Christmas (closing Jan. 4, 2009) and 9 to 5: The Musical (starting previews April 7, 2009).
Through its affiliate, Nederlander New Century (the first foreign joint venture approved by the Chinese Ministry of Culture
to participate in theatrical presentation and theatre management), Nederlander Worldwide recently presented 42nd Street,
the first Broadway show to tour throughout The People's Republic of China.
Nederlander Worldwide Entertainment, founded and managed by Robert Nederlander, Jr., a member of the third
generation of the Nederlander entertainment family, has been involved in a variety of live entertainment projects including
the expansion of the Nederlander operations into China, the development of an Off-Broadway theatre circuit and various
theatrical production projects.
Nederlander New Century has established a circuit of first-tier legitimate theatres in major cities throughout China
including Beijing, Shanghai, Nanjing, Wuhan, Hangzhou, Ningbo and other major Chinese markets for the purpose of
presenting a series of world-renowned Broadway musicals.
In February 2008, Chinese and American cultural partners presented The Dream of the Red Chamber — The
Dance, a theatrical dance event celebrating the Chinese New Year, for a New York City premiere at the Rose
Theater in the Time Warner Center. It was presented by Shanghai City Dance, Ltd., Shanghai International
Cultural & Communication Association and Eastern Shanghai International Cultural Film & Television Group in
association with Nederlander Worldwide Entertainment, LLC.
Soul of Shaolin to Play Broadway's Marquis in January
By: Brian Scott Lipton · Oct 23, 2008 · New York
Soul of Shaolin, a martial arts show featuring 33 Chinese artists, will play
Broadway's Marquis Theatre January 13-31, with an opening on January 15.
The production, which concerns a boy raised by monks to become a Shaolin
kung fu master, is the inaugural annual offering of China on Broadway, a
producing partnership of Nederlander Worldwide Productions and the
Eastern Shanghai Cultural Film and Television Group. The show has
previously played Beijing, Sydney and Macau.
The Marquis will house Irving Berlin's White Christmas from November 14 to
January 4, and 9 to 5 will begin its run there on April 7, with a scheduled April
A scene from Soul of Shaolin