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22 March 2023, 11:03

Well-loved musical returns to Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum


SHANGHAI, 22 March (BelTA - China Daily). - Shalom Shanghai, A Musical will be performed until April 9 at the Ohel Moshe Synagogue of the Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum.

This latest rendition of the musical, launched on Tuesday, features an all-new cast of young actors from China that makes the production more appealing to younger audiences, according to the creative team.

Set in 1943, the musical revolves around the lives of various individuals, including Jewish refugees who fled to Shanghai, a Japanese officer, and a member of an underground party who seeks to buy medicine for the New Fourth Army.

“Shalom Shanghai, A Musical is a cross-cultural drama that emphasizes love, friendship and mutual help in times of crisis. It is a true reflection of the history of Jews and Shanghainese during the Second World War,” said Sun Huizhu, professor with Shanghai Theatre Academy, who is the scriptwriter and director of the production.

“The Japanese invasion of Shanghai was a time of conflict and hatred, but also a time of warmth and love among the oppressed,“ he added.

Originally built by Russian Jews in 1927, the Ohel Moshe Synagogue was an important place where Jewish refugees in Shanghai gathered and performed religious ceremonies during war. Because of this, the creative team chose to host the performance here as it would offer audiences a greater sense of historical immersion.

The first time the musical was performed at the synagogue was in the spring of 2012. Then, it was the first original play in China to portray the relationships between Jewish refugees, Japanese military officers and Shanghainese during the war.

According to the creative team, every new season sees a different presentation of the musical, which is constantly ajusted based on the latest historical findings and audience feedback.

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