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David Henry Hwang and Jeanine Tesori's Soft Power Extends New York Premiere

The musical-within-a-play will begin its off-Broadway run at the Public Theater later this month.

David Henry Hwang's Soft Power will run through November 10 at the Public Theater.
(© Tricia Baron)

The Public Theater has announced a one-week extension for the New York premiere of Soft Power. Performances will now run September 24-November 10 in the Newman Theater with an official October 15 opening.

A co-commission and co-production with Center Theatre Group, Tony nominee Leigh Silverman directs this new musical-within-a-play featuring a book and lyrics by Tony winner David Henry Hwang and music and additional lyrics by Tony winner Jeanine Tesori, with choreography by Tony nominee Sam Pinkleton.

Soft Power is an exploration of America's current place in the world, told through an East-West musical from China's point of view, in which a theater producer from Shanghai forges a powerful bond with Hillary Clinton. The show is a fever dream of modern American politics amid global conversations, asking us all — why do we love democracy? And should we?

The complete cast includes Billy Bustamante (Xue Xing Standby), Jon Hoche (Tony Manero/Chief Justice/Ensemble), Kendyl Ito (Jing/Ensemble), Francis Jue (DHH), Austin Ku (Bobby Bob/Ju Ming), Raymond J. Lee (Randy Ray/VEEP/Ensemble), Alyse Alan Louis (Zoe/Hillary), Jaygee Macapugay (Campaign Manager/Ensemble), Daniel May (Ensemble), Paul HeeSang Miller (Ensemble), Kristen Faith Oei (Ensemble), Geena Quintos (Ensemble), Conrad Ricamora (Xue Xing), Trevor Salter (Ensemble), Kyra Smith (Ensemble), Emily Stillings (Swing), Emily Trumble (Zoe/Hillary Standby), and John Yi (Swing).