MAY 2011 UPDATE: After a year and a half of hard work, revisions and improvements, East West Players has opened a finished production of “Krunk Fu Battle Battle” which runs through June 26, 2011. If you’re in LA or gonna be in LA, don’t miss this musical — we wish we could fly from Denver to see it! Here’s a video trailer:
Now, back to the original post:
It’s not often that we get the chance to see the embryonic stage of a theatrical project, and see how a play is developed. So we were fortunate that our visit to LA to attend the BANANA conference of Asian American bloggers coincided with a free “workshop” performance of a new project being developed by East West Players.
“Krunk Fu Battle Battle,” is a hip-hop musical, which features hip-hop music and b-boy dancing, woven around familiar but tried-and-true plots of a boy who falls in love with a girl from the other side, and has a mentor who helps him overcome his obstacles. Think “Romeo and Juliet” meets “West Side Story” meets “Karate Kid.”
East West Players produced a reading of the play, which is in very early stages, by rehearsing a partial script, several songs and dance numbers, and performing a 35-minute excerpt for anyone who showed up, then asked audience members for their opinions and reactions. The preview was hosted by the Japanese American National Museum (the EW Players’ home, the David Henry Hwang Theatre around the block in Little Tokyo, was busy with performances of its latest play, “Po Boy Tango“). Continue reading