Stephon Marbury’s musical, ‘I Am Marbury,’ premieres in China, it’s … something (video)
Stephon Marbury arguably may have been considered a superstar of sorts here in the U.S. during his tumultuous and controversial NBA career. A player perceived as a malcontent seemingly at every NBA stop, he bouned around from team to team, five in total (Minnesota Timberwolves, New Jersey Nets, Phoenix Suns, New York Knicks and Boston Celtics), never truly finding a home.
Everything changed once Marbury headed to China.
Known as “Dulang” in Mandarin (“Lone Wolf”), Marbury became a certifiable icon, a pop culture phenomenon. Marbury led the Beijing Ducks to two CBA titles in 2012 and 2014 after bouncing around a bit — again — “Starbury” has rocketed to superstardom. A statue already has been erected in his honor, for crying out loud.
But the hero worship bestowed upon Marbury in China doesn’t end there. In fact, there’s a musical being performed in China about him and his life, starring … him.
The play, titled, fittingly, “I Am Marbury,” premiered this week at Wukesong’s MasterCard Center in Beijing. And from the looks of it, it’s quite the spectacle. Quite the spectacle, indeed.
Christopher Bream of New Republic got the chance to scope out a sneak peek of the musical. Here’s how he characterized the rehearsal he got to see (via SI.com):
In the final scene of “I Am Marbury,” the new Chinese musical based on the life of Stephon Marbury, Stephon Marbury delivers a soliloquy about Stephon Marbury. But it’s not just about Stephon Marbury: “I am Marbury,” he intones. “You are Marbury. We are all connected.” After each line, a chorus of Chinese actors repeats the sentence in Mandarin. He goes on: “I am a champion. You are a champion. But it was all yesterday. We will never stop working hard. We will never be satisfied. We will always keep moving on.”
A video of what appears to be the premiere performance of “I Am Marbury” has surfaced, and it’s as crazy as it sounds above, a self-indulgent exercise in onstage egomania.
Wow. It’s … compelling, if that’s the right word. Chances are, though, that there won’t be heading to Broadway anytime soon, much less an off-Broadway version. Logistics, given the star has made China his home, stand as obstacles — among other things — so if a person wants to see Marbury star in “I Am Marbury,” he or she better book a flight to China toot sweet. The first three nights reportedly have sold out, though, so the tickets are hot commodities. Makes sense.