Girl Power: The Red Poppy Ladies’ World Premiere of Mulan the Musical

A look at the all-female percussion troupe's new stage show.

The Red Poppy Ladies, an all-female percussion troupe from Beijing, sets an ancient Chinese folk tale to elaborate drumming numbers in the world premiere of Mulan the Musical, running at the Peter Jay Sharp Theater at Playwrights Horizons until January 13. The show, which feels more like performance art (or Stomp-meets-ancient-China) than your average musical, is the first narrative story told by the troupe, who have performed their percussive numbers in European concert halls, opera houses, and the closing ceremonies of the 2008 Olympic Games. In New York, and on an upcoming national tour, The Ladies retell the story of a young girl who disguises herself as a boy to take the place of her sickly father in the emperor’s army, and ends up an acclaimed warrior and hero. Watch this TheaterMania video exclusive with the show’s creators, and grab your last-chance tickets by clicking here.

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