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Sneak peek: Monkey: Journey to the West (slide show)

A Chinese folktale come to life, the musical Monkey: Journey to the West brings sword fighting, acrobatics and Chinese circus magic to the Lincoln Center Stage.

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Monkey: Journey to the West at the Lincoln Center Festival

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Monkey: Journey to the West at the Lincoln Center Festival

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Monkey: Journey to the West at the Lincoln Center Festival

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Monkey: Journey to the West at the Lincoln Center Festival

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Monkey: Journey to the West at the Lincoln Center Festival

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Monkey: Journey to the West at the Lincoln Center Festival

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Monkey: Journey to the West at the Lincoln Center Festival

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Monkey: Journey to the West at the Lincoln Center Festival

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Monkey: Journey to the West at the Lincoln Center Festival

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Monkey: Journey to the West at the Lincoln Center Festival

Photograph: Marielle Solan

Monkey: Journey to the West at the Lincoln Center Festival


Monkey: Journey to the West is about to bring the delight of a beloved, 1592 Chinese folktale, "Journey to the West," to the Lincoln Center stage as part of this year's Lincoln Center Festival. The story follows the monk Tripitaka and his animal protectors, who have undertaken a journey from China to India in search of some sacred Buddhist scriptures. When they encounter the mischievous Monkey King, they're led into a series of sometimes funny, sometimes perilous (read scary!) adventures.

The elaborate production, conceived and directed by Chen Shi-Zheng, features everything from elaborately choreographed martial arts and acrobatics to the sweet, childhood-channeling magic of traditional Chinese circus arts. (Some of the circus acts are so arcane that it took the director six months to find the perfect practitioners for the show.) Animé-inspired animation (and costumes) by Jamie Hewlett and an electro-pop score by British band Blur's Damon Albarn lend the show, which debuted in Manchester, England, in 2007 before moving to London's Royal Opera House, a modern, pulsing edge—no surprise considering the two are behind the virtual band (and teen sensation) Gorillaz. Note that the 110-minute show is best suited for families with kids ages eight and up.

Get a sneak peek by clicking through our slide show (above) and playing our video (below)!

"Monkey: Journey to the West" plays at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center from July 6 through July 28. To purchase tickets, click here.


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