You shouldn’t confuse monkeys and gorillas. Gorillas are larger and stronger. Monkeys are often longer-lived and some have tails. But what’s a little taxonomical difference? Clearly, Damon Albarn, erstwhile Blur frontman and relentless musical innovator, believes all primates can get along. With his Gorillaz collaborator Jamie Hewlett, Albarn has crafted Monkey: Journey to the West, a 90-minute pop opera written in Mandarin and featuring more than 50 singers, dancers, acrobats, contortionists, and trapeze artists. This production, which kicks off the Lincoln Center Festival, concerns an irrepressible monkey who teams up with a Buddhist monk, a sand monster, and a pig on a kick-ass quest for immortality—and the occasional banana.
Mondays-Sundays, 8 p.m. Starts: July 6. Continues through July 28, 2013
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on July 3, 2013