China: The Whole Enchilada

by  Mark Brown

Full Length Musical, Comedy  /  3m

"Sublimely silly! I found myself grinning, if not outright laughing through most of the goofy shenanigans." - Houston Press
"For those seeking a total goof, - China is the ticket...crazed enthusiasm and comic flair...channeling th…

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China: The Whole Enchilada

by  Mark Brown

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    3m
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Farce
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Senior

Additional Info

A hilarious new musical, China - The Whole Enchilada - is three men singing, dancing, and irreverently marching their way through five thousand years of Chinese history- in less than two hours with an intermission. One character loves China, one is convinced China is going to overthrow the world at any minute, and the third keeps getting China confused with Japan.

Songs include “Lotus Shoes,” a waltz about foot-binding; the “Khan-Khan,” the Can-Can with Genghis Khan, Kublai Khan, and Ricardo Montalban from the Wrath of Khan; and the gospel revival song “Gate of Heavenly Peace,” about the 1989 protests at Tiananmen Square.

And what show about the history of China would be complete without a lounge song from the Peking Man, a duet with Ming the Merciless and Fu Manchu, a vaudeville sketch about Yellow Peril, the Opium Wars explained through a sketch called Hu’s on First, the presentation of Chinese inventions by a very bitter Thomas Edison, a Chinese fire drill, an explanation of why French people suck, the birth of the fortune cookie, and a headlong plunge into racism, human rights, and infanticide?

China – The Whole Enchilada is a fast-paced and hilarious primer on China, but underneath the jokes are many lessons about issues such as racism and bigotry. 

Outstanding Musical, 2008 New York International Fringe Festival.

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Reviews

"Sublimely silly! I found myself grinning, if not outright laughing through most of the goofy shenanigans." - Houston Press

"For those seeking a total goof, - China is the ticket...crazed enthusiasm and comic flair...channeling the Marx Brothers." - Houston Chronicle

"China walks a fine line between sheer, ridiculous inanity and some serious truths about that big country over there, the one just past Japan. It's a tricky balancing act -- and a fascinating one."- Orlando Sentinel

"In this musical version of the history of China, Brown has collaborated with song writer and composer Paul Mirkovich to create two of the funniest hours I have spent in a theatre in a couple of years". - EntertainingU.com

Videos

  • China: The Whole Enchilada
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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Large Stage
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Licensing fees and rental materials quoted upon application.

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Ancient, Contemporary, Present Day, 1980s, 1900-1910, Medieval (6th-14th c.)
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting:

    Place - China

    Time - All of it.

  • Additional Features: Audience Participation/Interactive, Physical Comedy, Play w/ Music, Multimedia
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, Fantasy Costumes, Period Costumes

Music

  • Musical Style: Classic Broadway, Pop/Rock
  • Vocal Demands: Moderate
  • Orchestra Size: Piano Only
  • Chorus Size: No Chorus

Song Samples

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China - The Whole Enchilada
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Peking Man
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Lotus Shoes
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Khan-Khan
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Evil is a Yellow Face
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A Song About That
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Gate of Heavenly Peace
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Casting

3m

PHILIP - Is convinced China is evil and will overthrow the world at any moment.

ERIC - Loves everything about China and the show was his idea.

BRAD - Keeps getting China confused with Japan and mixes the history of China with pop culture references.

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Cast Attributes

  • All Male

Resources

Rehearsal Resources

Music Material Rental Packages Glyphs / UI / Tooltip

Full Package

Piano/Conductor Score
Performance Accompaniment CD, Rehearsal CD w/ Vocals

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Authors

Mark Brown

Mark Brownis an award-winning writer. His play Around the World in 80 Days has literally been produced around the world, from Off-Broadway, NYC to ...

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New York International Fringe Festival 2008

Outstanding Musical

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