Scenes from Love Forever, a Chinese musical adapted from The Legend of the White Snake, in which Fahai, a Buddhist monk, tries to capture the snake's spirit; Xu Xian, a kind young man, marries Bai Suzhen, the White Snake spirit, which is played by Sun Yuan, a singer with the China National Opera and Dance Drama Theater.[Photo provided to China Daily]
BEIJING, May 19 (Xinhua) — A musical adapted from the Chinese folktale White Snake on Tuesday made its debut on China's major livestreaming platform Youku, the first musical drama of the country that premiered online.
The musical called Love Forever was presented by the China National Opera and Dance Drama Theater (CNODDT).
Divided into four acts, it tells the love story of a young man named Xu Xian and the white snake maiden Bai Suzhen. There is no dialogue, with the entire plot developed by songs and lyrics.
The musical was directed by Mao Weiwei, from the CNODDT.
The online premiere, which was arranged to attract the audience with positive comments online, would be followed by offline performance tours, said Yu Tingting, deputy general manager of One World Culture Communication, the operating company of the musical.
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