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'Kung Fu' gets a 'So You Think You Can Dance' kick

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Kung Fu
Gregory Costanzo

Would Mary and Nigel give Kung Fu a ticket on the hot tamale train? Quite likely!

Off Broadway’s Signature Theatre is hosting the world premiere of Tony-winning playwright David Henry Hwang’s new biographical play Kung Fu, starring So You Think You Can Dance season nine standout Cole Horibe as martial arts legend Bruce Lee. For the buzzy role, Horibe is one of EW’s stars to watch in 2014Spring Awakening and Glee alum Phoebe Strole will play Lee’s wife Linda.

The play follows Lee’s journey from troubled youth to Hollywood and Hong Kong icon. Director-choreographer team Leigh Silverman (Well, Chinglish) and SYTYCD favorite Sonya Tayeh are on hand to elevate the material with a blend of dance, Chinese opera, and martial arts in harmonious combination.

Below, watch an exclusive look from inside the rehearsal room, where the Emmy-nominated Tayeh leads Horibe and his fellow cast members through an intense run of some of the show’s adrenaline-pumping moves.

Kung Fu runs from Feb. 4 through March 16 (opening Feb. 24) at the Pershing Square Signature Center Off Broadway.