BY JAMES FARRELL
A Shanghai love story will burst into song in Flushing this weekend.
The Pan Asian Repertory Theater will present Angel Lam’s musical “Lost in Shanghai” at Flushing Town Hall on June 18. The musical is an untold story of love that is set in Shanghai during the 1940s, when the city was known as “the Paris of the East.”
“Lost in Shanghai” tells the story of a young man’s search for fortune during wartime in a city defined by beautiful clothes and deep emotions. It takes a pioneering approach to theater by mixing eras and sonic realms through a unique blend of classical music, musical theatre and folk songs.
Writer Angel Lam has written pieces for Yo-Yo Ma and received three Carnegie Hall commissions. She has been nominated for a Grammy for her album “Off The Map” and has had her work performed by Grammy winning orchestras, including the Minnesota Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and more. Her musical “June Lovers” premiered at the Hong Kong Arts Festival in 2012.
“Lost in Shanghai” is the product of a 2013 literary grant award from the Hong Kong Arts Development Council.
Director Chongren Fan is a Brooklyn stage director, who previously worked as a resident artist at Mabou Mines, Jonathan Alper Directing Fellow at the Manhattan Theatre Club and resident director at the Flea Theater.
For the Pan Asian Repertory Theatre, this production is the latest in a 40-season run that frequently emphasizes artists who pride innovation. Founding Artistic Producing Director Tisa Chang has been a theater pro for five decades and also worked as a dancer, actor, director and producer. She has been with the theater since its inception and has recently directed several productions, including “A Dream of Red Pavilions” and “Sayonara, the Musical.”
The show will feature a mixture of Pan Asian veteran artists, including Mandarin Wu, Fenton Li and Dinh Doh as well as newcomers Eric Elizaga, Marcus Crawford Guy, Paulina Yeung and Briana Sakamoto.
The production begins at 4 p.m. Tickets are $10 and free for students and Flushing Town Hall members. Also, under a new “Teen Access Program,” Flushing Town Hall will welcome all teenagers, from ages 13 to 19, for free.
Flushing Town Hall is located at 137-35 Northern Blvd. For more information, to buy tickets or learn about more events, visit www.flushingtownhall.org or call (718) 463-7700, ext. 222.
Reach James Farrell at (718) 357-7400 x 127, firstname.lastname@example.org or @farrellj329.