What do Jeet Kune Do, nunchucks, and a good solid ass-kicking have in common with glitter, showtime and playbills? They will all be in the same playhouse on Broadway in 2010 if you can imagine that.
Yes ladies, that is right, your husbands will be begging you to go to the theatre with them for once. Hell, I am already planning a trip in my head, I think exposure to the arts will be wonderful for my young son. I can see the lines now, on one side of the street; white men with monocles and uptight women standing prim and proper waiting to get into the high-brow humor of David Hyde Pierce in ‘Accent on Youth,’ and on the other side, men of all nationalities dressed like Sho’nuff from Last Dragon making quite the ruckus while practicing Kung Fooly on each other.
How do you put together a musical of this nature? You got me. But I am sure David Henry Hwang has an idea. Hwang will pen the screenplay, stage play, whatever you call writing a musical. And he has Bartlett Sher to direct, I am not going to pretend like I know who either of these are, I had to look them up myself. Sher is currently helming the revival of South Pacific at the Lincoln Center, which has garnered him 11 Tony nominations. Finally, David Yazbek, of The Full Monty, will compose the music and lyrics… how does no successfully whip the asses of 8 punks while singing their aria?
The title of the musical will be ‘Bruce Lee: Journey to the West’ and it will follow Lee’s rise to Kung Fu prominence using a mix of Chinese mythology and modernism.
My only hope is that the writer is a fan of Bruce and does not just try to capitalize on a franchise name. Anyone who has watched a Bruce Lee flick knows there is more to The Master then kicks and howls, Bruce had an amazing sense of charisma and humor that always set what he was doing far ahead of all the other martial arts movies that were released during the same era. I also think that Bruce Lee approve of a musical in his name… that is if it includes the Cha-Cha, any fan would know Lee was more than just a great fighter, he was also a championship Cha-Cha dancer in Hong Kong in his teens.
“Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless — like water. Now you put water in a cup, it becomes the cup; You put water into a bottle it becomes the bottle; You put it in a teapot it becomes the teapot. Water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.” ~Bruce Lee