Marco Polo

A New Lyric Musical

Book, Music and Lyrics
By Rogelio Saldo Chua


Marco Polo, the Musical



Foreword

What we know about Marco Polo are the stories that he shared with the romance writer Rustigielo when both were in a Genoan prison in 1298. The book, The Travels of Marco Polo or the Description of the World (its original title), is rich in details about the characteristics of peoples, their politics, culture and what we refer to now as the eco-system of various regions that he visited in the East. The veracity of the facts and figures in Rustigielo’s book has been the subject of controversy among Marco Polo scholars, critics and admirers. Fact of the matter is that beyond the colorful narrative of people and places, flora and fauna, we don’t know much about the personal life of Marco Polo. Many conjecture that a young man of such energy and vigor must have a love interest in his long sojourn in China.

Rustigielo’s book does mention that the return of Marco Polo to the West was prompted by the command of the Great Khan. Marco Polo was to accompany a young Mongol Princess in her voyage to the Port of Ormuz en route to her intended bridegroom. Living in the court of Shangtu for several years, as a trusted adviser of the Great Khan, was there any relationship between Marco Polo and the Mongol Princess? History has no clue. This musical production is a dramatization of what could be one of the many untold stories of Marco Polo, a young man who left Venice in 1271 to go to China in search for adventure, fame and fortune which he clearly achieved. But, beyond this, he found true love amidst the setting of an East-West encounter rich in historical significance.  Moreover, Marco Polo, the New Musical is an allegory in song, dance and narrative of the self-evident truth that all of us, regardless of race and origin, share one common humanity in love.


Rogelio Saldo Chua
Author, Composer and Lyricist


Synopsis:
In 1271, Marco Polo joins his father Niccolo and uncle Maffeo on their return to Shangtu in faraway Cathay. They are on a mission for the Great Kublai Khan to bring with them a hundred men of learning .  The Great Khan rules an empire that stretched from the Danube to the Sea of Japan. Any form of contact with the vast Mongol empire does not only benefit  Venice but the whole of Christendom.  During this time, there are internecine wars due to political conflicts among powerful Mongol warlords,  
Amidst this historical setting, Act I of the musical recounts the voyage of Marco Polo from Venice to Central Asia and his encounter with Kogajin, the daughter of the Great Khan. They fall in love. However, Kogajin is a princess in the royal Mongol bloodline. Marco, on the other hand, is a foreigner and the son of an ordinary Venetian merchant.
Act II brings us to Cathay and tells the story of Marco’s quest, amidst strong opposition from the ruling Mongol elite.  He is determined to do all that is required of him to deserve Kogajin.  In the meantime, pride and ambition throws Marco into a personal struggle between the lure of power and the quest for true love.

About the Author, Lyricist and Composer
Rogelio Saldo Chua, a Philippine-born Belgian of Spanish-Chinese ancestry, performed in lead and major roles in various musical productions including Oklahoma, South Pacific, Damn Yankees, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Fantasticks, Fiddler on the Roof, The Merry Widow, Sweeney Todd, My Fair Lady, and Oliver in Manila.   He participated in the North American tour of the zarzuela, Walang Sugat, and performed at the Chicago Opera and the San Francisco Opera among others.  In addition to stage performances as actor and singer, his theater experience has been enriched by taking production roles as Director, Producer and Artistic Director. He obtained formal vocal training as a classical singer at the Leuven Conservatorium in Belgium. He is an avid traveler taking time to go the theater or the opera in cities where they have the best productions like New York, Chicago, Paris, London and Berlin.  He currently sits in the board of various foundations that promote the performing arts in Manila. He considers the Philippines, the United States and Belgium as home.  He was awarded Officier de l’Ordre de Leopold II by the Kingdom of Belgium in 2013.

 

Veranstalter: Artists Theatre Company Ltd

 

 

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