Broadway actors Kennedy Kanagawa and Ellie Wang will play the leading roles in “Tiananmen: A New Musical,” opening soon at The Phoenix Theatre Company.
The production opens at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 4. The original work debuts 34 years after the tragedy in China’s Tiananmen Square.
Tickets for the five-week run are available at phoenixtheatre.com/the-season/tiananmen.
“I’m incredibly honored to be a part of ‘Tiananmen: The Musical’,” Wang shared in a press release. “This production is not just a celebration of art and storytelling, but a powerful reminder of the importance of courage, resilience, and the universal desire for freedom.”
Kanagawa will be replacing Zachary Piser who chose not to continue on with the musical for personal reasons.
“I am proud to bring this powerful story to the stage,” Kanagawa stated. “We have an amazing cast, and I can’t wait for our hard work to come to life at the Phoenix Theatre Company this October.”
The show, which weaves a love story against the backdrop of the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989, has been in development for more than a decade, thanks to writer Scott Elmegreen and composer Drew Fornarola, who is best known as a songwriter for DreamWorks.