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If the Monkey King Was a Queen

Creators of The Monkey King on their message behind their unique musical

By Xie Yi Updated Sept.30

Inspired after reading the story of the Monkey King to their son, Jonathan and Kimbirdlee Fadner set out to stage a musical with an unusual take on the legendary figure from the Chinese literary classic Journey to the West. 

What would happen if the leader of the monkey tribe was female? What would girl power mean to her fellow monkeys, rivals, and today’s audience? How does the story empower audiences and the Fadner family? 

In an interview with NewsChina, Jonathan and Kimbirdlee address these questions and share behind the scenes stories from their unique production.