"The Legend of Emperor Qin," a new show in the works about the Qin dynasty and the famous Terracotta Warriors attraction, is set to open in China during 2014. NY1's Valarie D'Elia filed the following report.
In Xi’an, China, a Broadway dynasty is making a very big production about one of the world’s top tourist attractions.
China’s first emperor expected a lot from his afterlife, but couldn’t have imagined his incredible army of Terracotta Warriors one day starring in a Broadway-style show.
Under orders from Emperor Qin, the life-sized warriors, 6,000 strong and counting, were sculpted over a 40-year period to guard his tomb upon his death.
A local farmer digging a well unearthed the elaborate treasure in 1974.
Over 2,000 years since their creation, the Terracotta Warriors draw millions of tourists from around the world.
Now, a partnership between the U.S. and China is leading the charge to develop an epic stage production based on the Qin dynasty, combining theater, dance and history.
"The Legend of Emperor Qin" teams up a legendary Broadway management family with, among others, the creators behind the opening and closing ceremonies for the 2008 Beijing Olympic games.
"Like Broadway, international tourism is an important part of the Terracotta Warrior complex, and that’s an important element of our ticket sales strategy in Xi'an. This show is not language specific. You don’t need to understand Chinese to appreciate the show," says Robert Nederlander, Jr. from Nederlander Worldwide Entertainment.
Opening in 2014, "The Legend of Emperor Qin" will be performed year round in Xi’an at the Qin Cultural Tourism Resort adjacent to the museum, a $65 million dollar project currently under construction.
This will not, however, be the first act for Broadway-style theater in Asia.
The Nederlanders were the first to tour a Broadway musical, "42nd Street," throughout China.