Damon Albarn's 'Gorillaz' Musical Journeys West
Damon Albarn's circus opera is set to make its U.S. debut
The Gorillaz inspired opera for which Damon Albarn wrote the music is set to debut this week in the U.S.
Monkey: Journey To The West is an adaptation of an ancient Chinese legend, the opera follows the story of the Monkey King, a hyperactive ape who gains immortality after leading a revolt against heaven.
The show, which premiered in Manchester, was designed by Gorillaz artist Jamie Hewlett and directed by Chen Shi-Zheng, and is a mixture of stunning live-action circus acts and animations.
The opera will be performed 18 times between May 23 and June 8 at the Spoleto Festival USA in Charleston, South Carolina. The show will open intwo months later at the Royal Opera House.