The White House Theatre hosted the world premiere of the all-new production, “Adventures of Marco Polo” Friday night to a sold-out crowd.
According to Pam Critchfield, director of sales, marketing and public relations for the White House Theatre, this is one of the largest productions in the history of China Heaven Creations International Performing Arts Co., Ltd., a major producer of entertainment productions in China.
“It was especially created with American audiences in mind,” she said. “It was also made especially to debut in Branson.”
According to Critchfield, producers saw nearly every show in the area, paying close attention to what the audiences liked most.
“They noticed the American audiences liked big production,” Critchfield said. “Plus, we’re all ‘tech-heads,’ so cutting-edge technology was a must. They also noticed how much we all love history, so it also teaches the audience something.
“It really has something for everyone.”
The story centers around Venetian explorer Marco Polo’s 20-plus years of living in China, his mission to deliver a letter to Kublia Kahn and his eventual relationship with Kahn, as well as firsthand descriptions of the culture, history and heritage of China in the late 1200s.
One of the things that sets this production apart from every other show in Branson is the use of a 2,000-square-foot floor-to-ceiling and side-to-side high-resolution LED screen.
The new innovation will provide a spectacular, visual and dynamic element to the show, Critchfield said.
“The closest one in the country to our resolution is the one in Celine Dion’s show in Las Vegas,” she said. “There is nothing close to this in the Midwest. It truly is a technical wonder.”
The show also features an international cast of 66, more than 100 costumes, original orchestration, dance, acrobatics, magic and a storyline combining history and love.
Critchfield said she hopes the new production, as well as the technological advances, will have an impact on the Branson entertainment scene for years to come.
“We believe the audience is looking for something bigger and more magnificent,” Critchfield said. “I have never seen another show anywhere that compares to what the audience will see on our stage.”
For additional information or showtimes, visit thewhitehousetheatre.com.