The Red Poppy Ladies, a world-renowned percussion group from China, is performing MULAN THE MUSICAL here in NYC, now through September 13th at La Mama Theatre in the East Village. Millie and I had a chance to check out a performance this past weekend, and we really enjoyed it!
Truthfully, I wasn't sure what to expect -- I knew they were a drumming group, but I wasn't sure how they would be able to translate their sound into a story, much less the one of Mulan, the young girl who disguises herself as a man and selflessly goes to war so her ailing father is able to stay home. Well, all I can say is WOW. The drumming was amazing; I couldn't believe how well the ladies synchronized throughout the performance, and not just on the drums... the "fan dance" was one of my favorite parts.
With the assistance of a screen in the background, the moving story of Mulan's bravery is shared with the audience. That was helpful as it allowed me to give Millie a "Cliff Notes" version of what was going on as the story progressed. We left the performance thoroughly entertained, and the only down side was Millie asked me for a drum set on the way home. Meanwhile, I was reminded once again of one of the major positives to living in a major city -- the access to performances like this one. I would highly recommend this show (and I'd say it's appropriate for age 4 and above).
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