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World premiere new musical ‘The Lost Garden’ to launch in Shanghai

Shanghai’s Mercedes-Benz Arena will host an exciting new production next month, with the world premiere of the musical “The Lost Garden” in three shows on June 8 and 9.

Created by South Korean director and musician June Young Soh, “The Lost Garden” is the story of what happens when walls come down and hearts open. It’s set in a beautiful and lush garden, the jealously guarded domain of an ill-tempered giant.

When the giant returns from a journey, he finds a group of children playing in his garden and builds a wall to keep him out. Little does he know that this act will set in motion a series of events that will change his life, and teach him and the children lessons about love, friendship and happiness.

“The Lost Garden” is a tale for all ages, perfect for children and the young at heart.

Adapted from the short story “THE SELFISH GIANT” by Oscar Wilde, the musical was developed over five years by Soh and his creative team. 
The result is a magical journey in which Wilde’s themes are updated and brought to life by more than 20 dancers, singers and performers. Alongside the Giant and the mischievous children, the vivid cast of characters includes terrifying ogres and dwarfs, as well as four wild winter fairies.

“‘The Lost Garden’ creates a new world and a new environment for the themes and ideas of Oscar Wilde’s beautiful story,” says Soh.

“The setting is the Asia of the not-too-distant past, a place in which tradition is being challenged by new thoughts and ideas. The mystical garden of this story represents the childhood places of our ancestors. There was a time when children would ride over the hill on the back of a cow playing a willow pipe. This hill has been replaced by a new landscape, but it may be a good time to rediscover that lost garden of our ancestor’s youth.”

To bring the musical to the stage, the director has assembled international artists, in theater, jazz and cinema. The magical musical sound track is the work of American producer Jack Lee and Japanese arranger Norihito Sumitomo, who have crafted pieces communicating grand themes with lyrical, fun and engaging melodies.

Choreographer Elisa Petrolo of Italy and American stage designer Tom Lee also bring their considerable experience to the project, making “The Lost Garden” one of the highest-quality ensemble productions ever seen in Shanghai.

“We are extremely excited to bring this musical and visual feast to Shanghai, so that Chinese audiences can be entertained and touched by this journey into a world of fantasy,” said Soh. “We are confident that adults and children alike will be captivated by the story and will go home with a new appreciation for the magic of musical theater.”

After its premiere in Shanghai, show will continue on its Asia tour, stopping in Tokyo in September, Bangkok in October and Seoul in January 2014.

Date: June 8, 8pm; June 9, 3pm, 8pm
Venue: Mercedes-Benz Arena, 1200 Shibo Ave
Tickets: 400-610-3721 (Chinese), (021) 5150-9199 (English).

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