‘Soft Power’ at LA’s Ahmanson is an original musical that works on several levels

There is a moment in “Soft Power,” the new “play with a musical” at the Ahmanson, when the disquiet hits you. The show has a lovely time acknowledging musical theater tropes, discussing the power of the musical to slowly convince people of an idea (this is what “soft power” is — gradual bending of minds), and expressing the outrage and increasing xenophobia which accompanied the 2016 election.

However, it is also using that very soft power to behave like a propaganda machine....

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