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By Wei Xi (Global Times)

12:45, July 19, 2012

Scene from stage production of The Piano in a Factory Photo: courtesy of Li Liang

Recently, there is a trend in adapting popular movies and TV series for the stage. Go Lala Go! and Bubujingxin have been successful both as TV shows and as stage adaptations. Now, The Piano in a Factory sets high hopes for its stage debut.

The film, directed by Zhang Meng, is a heartwarming story set in the early 1990s, in an industrial city of Northeast China. The comedy is about a father's love for his daughter and how a group of friends fulfill their dreams.

Launched by Shanghai Drama Art Centre, the adaptation of The Piano in a Factory was first staged at Shanghai Arts Theatre in June.

The stage adaptation is now touring around major cities in China, including Beijing, Chengdu, Shenzhen and Hangzhou.

While Go Lala Go! and Bubujingxin both started as Web novels and received mainstream success in subsequent movie and TV adaptations, The Piano in a Factory, which did not perform well at theaters, faces less certainty.

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