Better Than Fine

Dragon King’s Daughter Musical” is a delightful and heartwarming musical that captivates audiences with its enchanting story, beautiful lyrics, and mesmerizing music. The creative genius of Marcus Yi, who contributed both the story and the music, shines brightly throughout the production.

The narrative, centered around twelve-year-old Kenny Li’s journey of self-discovery and courage, resonates with audiences of all ages. The theme that “you are stronger than you know, and braver than you feel” is a powerful and uplifting message that adds depth to the story. The integration of Chinese dragon mythology and martial arts into the plot adds a unique and captivating layer, transporting the audience to the magical Jade Kingdom.

The cast delivers a commendable performance overall. Lee Jr. exhibits remarkable charisma on stage and executes the dance moves with skill, even incorporating a Michael Jackson-esque moonwalk during a dance competition. His acting prowess shines through as he subtly portrays teenage angst. Michelle Cabinian, in the role of Xing, complements Lee Jr.’s youthful energy with her beautiful and balanced voice, particularly evident in her rendition of “See You Again.”

The lyrics, also crafted by Marcus Yi, are nothing short of poetic. The songs are not only catchy but also convey the emotions and struggles of the characters in a way that tugs at the heartstrings. 

Director Chongren Fan’s vision for the musical is executed flawlessly, creating a visually stunning and seamless production. The choreography by Billy Bustamante adds an extra layer of excitement, especially with the incorporation of martial arts, bringing the world of the Jade Kingdom to life with energy and precision.

Developed as part of New Victory LabWorks at The New Victory Theater, powered by New 42, “The Dragon King’s Daughter” stands out as a world premiere musical that not only entertains but also inspires. It is a perfect family-friendly experience, most enjoyed by ages 7 and above. With its magical storyline, captivating music, and outstanding production values, this musical is a must-see for anyone seeking an enchanting and uplifting theatrical experience.

“The Dragon King’s Daughter” runs through December 17, 2023 at the Kennedy Center’s Family Theater, 2700 F Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20566. Performances are Saturdays and Sundays at 1:30 and 5 pm. Tickets are $20-$25 and available in-person at the Box Office, by calling 202-467-4600, and online.


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