Town Square Productions has been formally commissioned to be Beijing Oriental Songlei Musical Development Co, Ltd's formal representative for its world-class theatre's Grand Opening Celebrations in the fall of 2011.
Songlei will host the first "China International Musical Producers Forum" on October 26 - 28, culminating in the Opening Gala Performance on the evening of October 28, 2011.
Town Square Productions will continue in its role as Operations Consultant for Songlei, and responsible for providing 12 weeks of theatrical programming.
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Today we moved into the new offices of the Grassland Foundation group. There is a sense that this may be a real company. It better be since they are considering the following projects in the next 6 months:
The work day starts at 9am when the bus picks us up from the hotel and drives us to the new office building. We get to work at 9:30am.
Since they wish us to eat at the hotel the bus picks us up at 11:30am so the driver can be off at noon.
After the lunch here in Inner Mongolia we have a rest until 3pm.
The bus does pick us up at 2:40pm so we can actually start work at 3pm.
- A full theatrical musical to perform in the best theater in Beijing and tour 4 Inner Mongolian theaters
- Outdoor 90 minute spectacle in Hulunbeir in the summer
- Outdoor 70 minute spectacle in Erjina in the autumn
- A summer spectacle in Erdos
- A summer time special event in the square in Hohhut
- A film about Genghis Khan
- A tv series about Kublai Khan
- Management start up for 1000 seat theaters in both Alashan and Haila’er
Work is over at 5pm.
It was a good 4 hours of work today.
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
ABOUT NATIONAL THEATRE IN CHINA BEING POSITIVE
Today National Theater has been more supportive. It is due to, I believe their commercial tryout during the past two or three years.
Take Jane Eyre as an example, they ask Wang Luoyong in for commercial purposes, and they did publicity for it and it has solid box offices performances. Later on, in the play white rose, red rose, Sishi Tongtang and Chinese production of Boeing Boeing, they all adopted star vehicle policies. As a result, they began to realize some commercial tricks (even though not all the tricks), they have a slightly better (but crucial )understanding of the market. For instance, the element to make a hit, how to appeal to the audience. In the past, the show would revolve around the director, now it is more about the producer. In this case, National Theater is slightly more (yet crucially) market based than the People's Art Theater. It is definitely a good sign. And when they are going to the market, they don't really compromises their taste, either because they have the tradition of being good, or for the fact that they can still ask the Ministry of Culture for funding. Either way, it is a positive sign that they will produce a qualified commercial production in the new future.
Monday, March 21, 2011
Always the best acting school, the academy took significant steps to improve the dance and music programs in the Department of Musical Theater. In a bold step the Academy accepted our suggestion invitation to produce FAME as the college musical in 2009. This was facilitated because the Nederlander organization acquired and provided the license and U.S. creative talent. The musical, produced in Mandarin, performed by Chinese actors was a landmark in musical theater in China. Politically it was a bold experiment and endorsement of the American musical by the leaders of education and culture of the PRC.
It was a hit. The project resonated in the highest circles of government and inspired the next experiment – a professional localized production, in Mandarin, of Mamma Mia by the leading performing arts presenter in China. Suddenly the rules of musical theater and the theatrical industry at large have changed. Below President Xu (my right) and Vice President Liu (my left) hosts the Chair and Vice-Chair the Arts Administration Department (on left), the Chair of the Music Theater Department (on near right) and the foreign affairs coordinators (on far right) to set the next goal of the Academy.