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Broadway Star takes the stage for "Jane Eyre"

2009-06-26 09:34 BJT


A governess goes to work for a moody employer, captures his heart, a dark secret emerges. Charlotte Bronte's 1847 love story "Jane Eyre" comes to life in a new adaptation at Beijing's National Center for the Performing Arts. The production boasts A-list stars including Wang Luoyong, the first Chinese star to sparkle on Broadway. In today's "Spotlight", we hear Wang Luoyong's experience with the refreshing Chinese take on the drama.

The Chinese version of Charlotte Bronte's 1847 novel "Jane Eyre" has swept across China since the complete Chinese version was released in the 1950's. Capable, intelligent, forthright and sometimes tactless, Jane Eyre has been received by Chinese girls as a cultural pioneer of modern womanhood.

It's evident that the story remains pertinent today, in an ingenious theatrical adaptation at the National Center for the Performing Arts.

Actress Yuan Quan is well suited to the lead role as the spirited but plain young woman. And Wang Luoyong, who has broken the westerners' dominance on Broadway, is cast into the enigmatic master of Thornfield Hall, Edward Rochester.