Lincoln Center Festival Journeys to the West

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A scene from the Lincoln Center Festival presentation of <em>Monkey: Journey to the West</em>.

A Chinese fable told in music and visual spectacle is one of the signature offerings of this year’s Lincoln Center Festival. Monkey: Journey to the West is a collaboration of director Chen Shi-Zeng and musician Damon Albarn, the songwriter and singer of the British band Blur. His collaborator on the virtual band Gorillaz, Jamie Hewlett, designed the costumes and the animation.

Monkey: Journey to the West combines theatrical and other media devices to tell an old story for a 21st-century audience. New York Times theater critic Charles Isherwood lets us know what kinds of audiences might like to see this Monkey do his tricks, and what those audiences can expect from this unusual production.