Signature Theatre has announced that Cole Horibe of “So You Think You Can Dance?” fame will play the role of “Bruce Lee” in the World Premiere of David Henry Hwang’s new play Kung Fu, directed by Leigh Silverman.
Kung Fu blends dance, Chinese opera, martial arts, and drama into a bold new theatrical form. This World Premiere production follows Bruce Lee’s entree into America as he struggles to prove himself as a fighter, a husband, a father, and a man. Emmy Award-nominated Sonya Tayeh, also of “So You Think You Can Dance?”, will provide choreography.
The production will begin Previews on February 4, 2014, with an official Opening Night set for February 24, 2014. The show will run through March 16, 2014, at The Irene Diamond Stage at The Pershing Square Signature Center, located at 480 West 42nd Street between 9th and 10th Avenues.
David Henry Hwang said of Cole Horibe’s casting:
“Obviously, a huge challenge inherent in Kung Fu was finding an actor who could credibly portray martial arts icon Bruce Lee. It was my wife, Kathryn, who first saw Cole on “So You Think You Can Dance.” Knowing I was writing this show, she excitedly called me over. Cole’s electrifying martial arts and dance performances immediately riveted me. He shared Bruce’s charisma and even resembled him physically. Later, in his auditions for Kung Fu, he brought the same raw talent to his acting that he’d shown so brilliantly in his dance. We feel incredibly blessed to have found in Cole a star who can bring a legend to life.”
The creative team includes Dou Dou Huang for Specialty Choreography, David Zinn for Scenic Design, Anita Yavich on Costume Design, Ben Stanton for Lighting Design, Darron L West on Sound Design, Darrel Maloney for Projection Design. Du Yun has composed the music; Deborah Hecht will be the Vocal and Dialect Coach. Joanna C. Lee and Ken Smith will be Cultural Consultants. David H. Lurie will be the Production Stage Manager, and casting is by Telsey + Company.
To purchase tickets, call the Signature Theatre Box Office at (212) 244-7529 or visit signaturetheatre.org.