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“Soul of Shaolin,” the Chinese martial arts show booked into Broadway’s Marquis Theater between “Irving Berlin’s White Christmas” and “9 to 5,” will be the inaugural annual offering of producing partnership China on Broadway.

The first production from the People’s Republic of China to play the Main Stem, “Soul” will run 24 perfs in January, timed to the lunar new year.

China on Broadway, a team-up of Nederlander Worldwide Prods. and the Eastern Shanghai Cultural Film and Television Group (an org supported by the Shanghai mayor’s office), intends to bring a Chinese production to the Rialto every year at around the same time.

“Soul” centers on a boy raised by monks to become a Shaolin kung fu master. Performed by 33 Chinese nationals, production also has played Beijing, Sydney and Macau.

Nederlander Worldwide, topped by Robert Nederlander Jr., has previously teamed with Eastern Shanghai for a production of “Aida” that toured China.

The late-breaking addition of “Soul” to the Rialto calendar contributed to the delay of previews for “9 to 5,” now skedded to open April 30, the same night as the opening of the Roundabout’s revival of “Waiting for Godot.”

“Soul” runs Jan. 13-31, 2009, with an opening night set for Jan. 15.