Friday, January 25, 2008
Top Show: SF CHINESE NEW YEAR SPECTACULAR
Chinese New Year Spectacular. Photo courtesy of New Tang Dynasty TV
SF Beyond Chron: CHINESE NEW YEAR SPECTACULAR:
This musical show is a powerful tale of love’s triumph over all roadblocks. From the opening scene where the cast is practically floating on clouds with Angels flying around the stage, you feel that dreams really do come true.
There is pure artistry on the Orpheum stage. It’s part Ballet, part fantasy and pure beauty. The technical wizardry is virtually unbelievable. There is one beach scene where the water looks like it is actually undulating. There are several other totally amazing stunning visuals. It might be a good idea for some Broadway shows to see this show and find out how they did this magic.
Along with quick changes to new costumes, there is dancing with fans that look like flowing water. There is the drum dance (an audience favorite) along with some great Opera singing.
The full Orchestra helps to create a whirlwind evening of music, dance and vocals that follow the History of ancient China.
There are also some fun modern pieces thrown into the mix. I’ve never seen so much talent and precision dancing ever on a stage. When people say “Lively Arts” – this show is it.
AT THE ORPHEUM THEATRE (Saturday last day)
RATING: FOUR GLASSES OF CHAMPAGNE!!!! (Highest Rating) –trademarked-