Damon Albarn is certainly well-known for forming such great British indie-hip-hip and pop hybrid groups: Gorillas and Blur. However, he has also done one significant thing, he has created a musical score for the musical “Monkey: Journey to the West,” which is an adaptation of the Chinese novel by Wu Cheng “Journey to the West” that was written in the 16th century.
Chen Shi-Zheng, a Chinese director and actor, has directed and written the script. The musical also features a score composed by Damon Albarn as well as some great ilustractions created by Jamie Hewlett.
The musical debuted in 2007 at the Manchester International Festival and it is scheduled for this summer in New York City. However, it won’t be completely identical to the initial version of the musical. It will feature some new characters, and Pig Monster is one of the new character designs which will truly shock the American audience. All in all, the musical is full of numerous strange creatures the monk Tripitaka meets on his way from China to India. The spectacle is a well-balanced combination of musical theater and animation, in which acrobats are performing together with martial artists. The audience may think that the musical resembles the beginning of people’s day when we have just got up from a bed and have to rush to work.
The show was carried out at the Royal Opera House in London and the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris. it has been revealed that the musical will run from the 6th till the 28th of July at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City. Thus, all who aren’t scared by feral pigs are welcomed to the spectacle.