The Gorillaz guys are finally staging their Chinese opera, Monkey: Journey to the West, to New York. From July 6 to the 28, Lincoln Center with host Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett's visually arresting presentation. Advance tickets are available now for Friends of Lincoln Center (i.e, not you or me). The general public can grab them April 8. Make plans accordingly.
The opera first appeared at the Manchester International Festival in England in 2007. Since then, it has played London, Paris and the Spoleto Festival in Charleston, South Carolina. Thus, the run of New York performances is an excellent opportunity to hear Damon's score and Jamie's visuals.
The synopsis: Over the course of this 100-minute, fantastical journey, the monk Tripitaka, travels from China to India, facing many challenges while searching for the sacred Buddhist scriptures. The mischievous Monkey King leads Tripitaka and his animal companion protectors, including a pig and a horse, in a series of perilous and comic adventures and misadventures.
The score has been available on CD and download on XL Recordings for a while. I can finally see the visuals in person.
This is the schedule of shows with some matinees in there:
Saturday, July 6 at 8 p.m. (preview)
Sunday, July 7 at 2 and 8 p.m. (previews)
Tuesday, July 9 at 8 p.m.
Wednesday, July 10 at 8 p.m.
Thursday, July 11 at 8 p.m.
Friday, July 12 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, July 13 at 2 and 8 p.m.
Sunday, July 14 at 2 and 8 p.m.
Tuesday, July 16 at 8 p.m.
Wednesday, July 17 at 8 p.m.
Thursday, July 18 at 8 p.m.
Friday, July 19 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, July 20 at 2 and 8 p.m.
Sunday, July 21 at 2 and 8 p.m.
Tuesday, July 23 at 8 p.m.
Wednesday, July 24 at 8 p.m.
Thursday, July 25 at 8 p.m.
Friday, July 26 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, July 27 at 2 and 8 p.m.
Sunday, July 28 at 2 and 8 p.m.
This is the trailer for the opera: