A burning candle reflects a man standing in front of a tank in the flame.

Tiananmen: A New Musical

Book by Scott Elmegreen

Music + Lyrics by Drew Fornarola

Conceiver + Creative Consultation by Wu'er Kaixi

Directed by Darren Lee

Music Director Kevin White

October 4, 2023 to October 29, 2023
Mainstage Theatre

Experience the epic love story set against a moment in time that should not be forgotten

China, 1989. Hundreds of thousands of young university students realized the time was now to cry out for democracy and fair treatment for all. A student revolution began, led by a university student and her comrades, resulting in the crackdown known as the Tiananmen Square Massacre. Through the months leading up to the final hours, love was found, friendships torn apart, political figures fell from grace, and the world was transfixed by the universal struggle for freedom. Years later, the sister of the student leader returns to Tiananmen Square to commemorate this brave moment and retell the story in an effort to never forget their sacrifice.

Conceived by Tiananmen Square protest leader, Wu’er Kaixi, Tiananmen: A New Musical is a vital reminder of the fragility of human rights and the importance of bravery and self-determination in the face of totalitarianism.

Tickets start at $55 Need assistance finding the best seats at the best price? Our Box Office is here to help! Just call 602–254–2151 and we'd be happy to assist you.

For groups of 10 or more please contact Luis Terrazas at 602–889–5285 or email l.terrazas@phoenixtheatre.com for special pricing.

Act 1: 1 hour and 5 minutes, Intermission: 15 minutes, Act 2: 1 hour and 5 minutes.

Content warnings: Mild Cursing. Simulated Gunfire, Gun Use and Battle Sound Effects. Smoke, Haze, Strobe Effects, Blackouts. Potential Combat PTSD Triggers.



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Select Mask Required Performances

Select performances have been designated "Mask Required" to ensure all audiences have an opportunity to attend a performance in an environment they are comfortable in: Saturday, October 28, 2023 at 2:00 PM

ASL/Audio Describe Night

Audio Description and American Sign Language Interpretation are available for each production. ASL/Audio Describe Night is Friday, October 27, 2023 for Tiananmen: A New Musical.