{Review} Catch A Taste of The Forbidden |Forbidden City: Portrait of an Empress

I’ve heard so much about this wonderful Dick Lee musical Forbidden City : Portrait of an Empress starring Kit Chan but each time it was staged before, I was out stationed. No wonder then that the hubs and I were really looking forward to finally go to the Esplanade Theatres to catch this well-loved classic and of course to see Kit Chan on stage!


Local theatre goers must have this epic musical as their 2017 Must Do, Must Watch musical and who could challenge that? Forbidden City: Portrait of an Empress first commissioned by Esplanade- Theatres on the Bay for Esplanade’s Opening Festival in October 2002 has had a sell-out season at each restaging (in Sept 2003 and 2006).

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Forbidden City: Portrait of an Empress is the story of Empress Dowager Ci Xi (played by Kit Chan), her love story, betrayals and struggles, rise to absolute power, even as China was increasingly being ravaged by foreign powers as the Qing Dynasty struggled to retain control of China.

As the musical opened, I could feel the excitement and anticipation rising in the hushed audience. It was almost unbelievable that I was finally watching this epic musical at the Esplanade. The little one who has a love for history was equally in awe, this being his first ‘adult’ musical! Plus, he was eagerly anticipating watching Kit Chan, the singer of his favourite National Day song – Home! What a treat!

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The Empress Dowager CiXi played by Cheryl Tan, Kit Chan and Sheila Francisco depicting different stages of her life.

The musical wasted no time in introducing the Dragon Lady and very soon we were transported into an unfamiliar time when the Emperor’s rule was absolute and his wants were insatiable (including his harem of concubines). As the older Empress CiXi (played by Sheila Francisco ) recounted her life’s hopes, joys, love, disappointments, struggles we were also given a running history of the ebbs and flows of the Qing Dynasty.

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Forbidden City was a musical treat from the very start. Dick Lee’s beautiful music was equally matched with the excellent vocals of the 2017 cast.

With big shoes to fill, credit must be given to Cheryl Tan who plays the young Yehenara this time instead of Kit Chan. Her voice crystal clear as always, was powerful and captivating. We’ve watched her as Juliet in SRT’s Shakespeare in the Park Romeo & Juliet, as Ivy in Dick Lee’s Beauty World and even as Little Bo Frilly in SRT’s The Three Billy Goats Gruff, and I think this is by far her best musical performance ever. She was calm yet vibrant, playing a more matured heroine this time, putting away her usual more animated and girlish characterisations.

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The young Yehenara (Cheryl Tan) with her hopes so high of finding true love with the Emperor.

Cheryl Tan lifted and refreshed us with her stunning vocals throughout Act One. I think the audience could feel Yehenara’s disappointment and betrayal when the Emperor quite quickly forgot about her after three months of what seemed like a fairy tale love affair. (I was amazed that when one got pregnant by the Emperor, he shelves you!!)

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My favourite has got to be the really entertaining Record Keepers played by Sebastian Tan (Singapore’s favourite Broadway Beng) and Dwayne Lau (SRT’s Treasure Island). They were just the perfect amount of humour and wit! The Record Keepers were brilliant and everyone in the audience adored them… maybe because they added the light-hearted fun in an otherwise depressing storyline perhaps? haha…

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I would be lying if I said that I wasn’t disappointed that we had to wait till Act Two before Kit Chan came on. Although every part of Act One was enjoyable, I still wished that the talented Kit Chan was on stage earlier and sang more… for she did not disappoint. Her well trained vocals was not only emotive, she commanded the presence only a star like her could. Everyone just could not get enough of her, I know that for a fact.

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Kit made us all feel the deep sorrows a mother (even a Dragon Lady) must have felt for the passing of her child. If there were doubts that Empress Dowager ever cared for anyone, she removed it. How her heart must have broke when Emperor Tung Chih’s life was wasted. I teared as I watched and listened.

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The stage sets were a awesome. Beautiful. Simple yet effective. I especially loved the funeral scene where the stage was opened up to reveal the depth of the really amazing theatre stage of the Esplanade! I had no idea it was so deep… other times when I’ve been to the Esplanade theatres, the productions had never used this to their visual advantage.

Forbidden City is Wey’s first ‘adult’ musical and I was half wondering if he would be able to sit through the 2 hour musical. As it turns out, I needn’t have worried because my 8 year old was totally absorbed throughout. So if you are wondering if your not-so young children will enjoy the musical, I would think so. He was intrigued by the larger than life characters and the story unfolding onstage, the beautiful stage sets and costumes and quite simply the awesome music. In fact, when the musical ended, he actually let out a cry of dismay “Oh?! That’s the end?!!?”; much to the amusement of the people seated around us. Of course, be prepared to answer questions along the lines of : ” Mama, what’s a brothel? Why did the Emperor go there?” ” What disease did he get from the brothel and why?” haha… I took it as a good teaching point moment although I did not quite go into too much details. 🙂

Not all musicals are created equal. It has been more than a decade since Singapore last watched this highly acclaimed iconic made-in Singapore musical and for me, Forbidden City: Portrait of an Empress is still as stunning and magical as ever. When you go to see this musical, you will come away in awe at not just the entire production, but an amazement at our local talents.

Don’t miss this amazing timeless musical by local theatre big names or you may have to wait yet another decade for its restaging. Also this may very well be the last time to catch Kit Chan in the role as Empress Ci Xi! If you haven’t already booked tickets, be sure not to be stingy on the tickets, get the best seats for a better view, it’s worth every dollar! I promise! 

Forbidden City: Portrait of an Empress plays at the Esplanade Theatre from 8 -27 August 2017. Book Early for the best Category Seats to enjoy the epic musical fully. Tickets available from Esplanade Box Office at https://www.esplanade.com/events/2017/forbidden-city-portrait-of-an-empress, more details at end of post.

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We are grateful for the opportunity to attend Forbidden City – Portrait of an Empress, for the purposes of this review. We were not remunerated monetarily for the review, all opinions and experiences remain our own alone. All photos unless otherwise mentioned are copyright of SRT and were provided for the purposes of this review. All other photos remain the copyright property of SAys! Happy Mums and may not be reproduced without prior notice or written permission given.

About Forbidden City – Portrait of an Empress

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When : 8 to 27 August 2017| Tues – Fri: 8pm | Sat : 3pm & 8pm |  Sunday : 1.30pm & 6pm

Where : Esplanade Theatre 

Duration : Approximately 2hrs (including a 20min intermission)

Ticket Pricing :
Tue–Thu, Evening / Sat, Matinee / Sun, Matinee & Evening
Standard: $58, $78, $98, $118
VIP: $128
Restricted View: $38

Fri & Sat, Evening
Standard: $68, $88, $108, $128
VIP: $138
Restricted View: $38

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{Review} Beauty World | A Night to Cha Cha Cha Away!

After watching the Media Preview of Michael Chiang and Dick Lee‘s Beauty World, I was really looking forward to the Gala Opening Night on Saturday.

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Beauty World plays at the Victoria Theatre from 13 November- 12 December 2015. And it is a home-grown uniquely Singapore world-class musical, just right to close off the SG50 year with! Book your tickets at SISTIC before they all get snapped up.

Set in mid-60s Singapore, the musical traces the adventures of an innocent small- town young girl, Ivy Chan (Cheryl Tan), who enters a seedy cabaret hoping to find her long-lost father. Cheryl, whom we last saw in SRT’s The Three Billy Goats Gruff, both looks and fits the role to perfection. I loved her crystal clear sweet vocals and her girlish charm.

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Special mention must be made of Frances Lee who plays Rosemary Joseph, the Singapore pen-friend of Ivy Chan. One is blown away by her strong vocals and she turned in a phenomenal stellar performance on Saturday night. Frances’ relaxed and assured stage presence brought on the laughter readily as she tried to convince Ivy to give up the idea of searching for her father in Beauty World.  Her spunk in No Class (don’t mess with Rosemary!) was a delightfully unforgettable one!! Even the Cabaret Queen was trounced! hahaha… Totally enjoyed her duet It Wasn’t Meant For Me and the audience too, judging from the loud response in applause!

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Rosemary’s duet with Ah Hock “It Wasn’t Meant For Me”

Having enjoyed numerous restagings, this 2015 production boasts a brand new cast with top TV star Jeanette Aw (Ou Xuan) taking the role of Lulu, the no.1 cabaret queen at Beauty World, and boy does she sizzle in her character.

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What she may have lacked in vocals, she made up in energetic dance and portrayal and by just simply being Jeanette. Watch the rehearsal dance and you will see what I mean ~ sleek choreographed dancing indeed!

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Beautiful Jeanette’s smooth portrayal of the sexy yet insecure cabaret queen is convincing and almost wickedly delightful to watch, and will be a draw for all her fans. Imagine almost 2 hours of Jeanette in her sleek cheongsams Live on stage, not behind a TV screen! (I can already hear the screams from her fans!)

Veteran actress and familiar face, Janice Koh (Mummy) was the livewire of the musical and I really enjoyed watching her. She was commanding as Mummy the boss, yet empathetic of her girls and Ah Hock and eased many a situation with her gentle prodding of the jealous Lulu.

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Mummy and Maid Wan Choo in the beautiful Cheongsam and SamFu singing their hearts out at Beauty World cabaret ~ Cha Cha Cha!

Janice was endearing despite her no nonsense control over all at Beauty World and one actually hoped that she might well be Ivy’s long last mother. I also loved the humour that the maid Wan Choo (Eleanor Tan) brought on. Eleanor played the typical kaypo Ah Soh with no loyalties to anyone, that we all so love to ‘hate’ and laugh at! Both she and Janice got the audience roaring away in laughter the entire night.

The set design captured the essence of old time Singapore and was clever as scene changes were effortlessly done from a High Street Tailor Shop to a groovy Cabaret, a rooftop terrace and even a backstreet backdrop. And wow! to the costume designs especially the cheongsams and even the ‘samfus’ that Wan Choo wore, they were all so beautiful!!

Beauty World is an evergreen classic that’s nostalgic and just so Singapore that everyone can easily relate to, making it fun to watch. I found myself tapping to the beat of the catchy music as I laughed with everyone at the witty and funny goings-on onstage. For me, it was a great Date Night to be dazzled by beautiful vocals and energetic well choreographed dances. This 2015 production will still prove to be a popular show, so DO NOT MISS the opportunity to grab your tickets early at SISTIC before it’s a sold out season yet again. More show information at end of the post.

The Gala Premiere Night was a star-studded event as expected. I was so excited to finally get a photograph opportunity with my all time idol, Dick Lee! Yay!! Finally! Wow! haha… And yes, I was also super excited to get a wefie with Adrian Pang (LKY Musical & Chinglish) and Tracie Pang in the house as well. hehe 🙂

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About Beauty World

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When:  13 Nov – 12 Dec 2015| Tue – Fri 8pm| Sat 3pm & 8pm| Sun 3pm

Where: Victoria Theatre , 11 Empress Place, Singapore 179555

Duration: Approximately 2 hours 30 minutes (With 15 minutes interval minutes)

Ticket Price (excludes SISTIC charges)

Preview (Fri, 13 Nov 2015)
Standard: S$108, S$88, S$68, S$48, S$28

Tue – Thu, & Sun
Standard: S$118, S$98, S$78, S$58, S$38

Fri & Sat
Standard: S$128, S$108, S$88, S$68, S$48

Book now at http://www.sistic.com.sg/events/beauty1215

Tickets available through:  SISTIC Website | SISTIC Hotline (65) 6348 5555 | SISTIC Authorised Agents islandwide

 

{Preview + GIVEAWAY} Beauty World Cha Cha Cha! Plus Tickets worth $732 for GIVEAWAY!

We’re so excited that one of Singapore’s most well loved musicals, Beauty World, will be back at the Victoria Theatre from 13 November- 12 December 2015.

Set in mid-60s Singapore, the musical traces the adventures of an innocent small- town young girl, Ivy Chan, who enters a seedy cabaret hoping to find her long-lost father.  This revival features Michael Chiang’s revised script and will be directed for the first time by co-creator and composer Dick Lee.

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Legendary duo Dick Lee and Michael Chiang reunite once again for Singapore’s Number One iconic musical! Since its debut in 1988, Beauty World has enjoyed multiple restagings, including a successful Japan tour (1992) and a record-breaking production shown live on TV (1998) and have played to packed houses, making it the most successful and best recognised Singapore musical ever.

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Top TV Star Jeanette Aw (Ou Xuan) brings on the sizzle as Lulu, the beautiful cabaret queen that feels threatened by the innocence and youthful appeal of Ivy, played by Cheryl Tan, setting in motion a dastardly plot to get rid of her.

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Beauty World has always showcased the best and brightest young talents and this 2015 production will be no exception. Expect to be wowed by the highly talented new cast with energetic dance choreography, beautiful music, glamorous costumes in the dark and dangerous world of the Beauty World cabaret!

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Standing (L to R): Ivy Chan (Cheryl Tan), Ah Hock (Timothy Wan) Lulu (Jeanette Aw), Mummy (Janice Koh) Frankie Wong (Joshua Lim) and Rosemary Joseph (Frances Lee) Front: Michael Chiang and Dick Lee / Photo Credit : Alfred Phang

We had the unique opportunity to get a glimpse of the Beauty World 2015 production at today’s full dress rehearsals. So here’s a sneak peak of the stunning musical! Hint : Fans of Jeannette Aw, here’s your chance to see her sleek dance moves in the musical!Beauty World spins an exciting and engaging story filled with romance, revenge and retribution before coming to a heart-breaking climax. All the ingredients for a great musical date nite! What a great way to end the SG50 year with a highly popular home-grown uniquely Singapore musical. Book your tickets at SISTIC before they all get snapped up.

Thanks to the our sponsor, we’ve got 3 pairs of Cat 1 Tickets worth $732 to watch Beauty World on Wednesday, 18 November 2015 at 8pm for Giveaway!

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About Beauty World

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When:  13 Nov – 12 Dec 2015| Tue – Fri 8pm| Sat 3pm & 8pm| Sun 3pm

Where: Victoria Theatre , 11 Empress Place, Singapore 179555

Who: For children aged 5 and above and their families

Duration: Approximately 2 hours 30 minutes (With 15 minutes interval minutes)

Ticket Price (excludes SISTIC charges)

Preview (Fri, 13 Nov 2015)
Standard: S$108, S$88, S$68, S$48, S$28

Tue – Thu, & Sun
Standard: S$118, S$98, S$78, S$58, S$38

Fri & Sat
Standard: S$128, S$108, S$88, S$68, S$48

Book now at http://www.sistic.com.sg/events/beauty1215

Tickets available through:  SISTIC Website | SISTIC Hotline (65) 6348 5555 | SISTIC Authorised Agents islandwide


[Updated 15 Nov ’15]

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{Review} The LKY Musical – A Night to Stand Proud and be Inspired

I went to The LKY Musical with lots of anticipation and hoped that I would come away feeling inspired. I knew that with names like Dick Lee, Adrian Pang and Sebastian Tan, I would not be disappointed.

Playing to a full house despite having premiered for more than a week, The LKY Musical  is indeed something of a treasure.

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As the musical opened, and I saw the young Mr Lee (ADRIAN PANG) in Raffles College and his experiences during the Japanese Occupation and as a Cambridge student that affirmed his determination to fight for an independent Singapore, I felt my eyes well up again with tears.

It’s hard not to be emotional at a play that brings to life, Mr Lee’s  struggles in those tumultuous fearful early years of nation building. Unfortunately, Mr Lee is no longer with us to grace this special musical tribute to him and his team of old guards. I wonder what he would have thought of the musical and would he have had comments.

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As expected, Adrian Pang did a brilliant portrayal of the larger than life Mr Lee. But don’t go to the musical expecting to see Mr Lee Kuan Yew because there is only one true giant and he is no longer with us. Go expecting to see and feel all that he faced during those uncertain times. Go and see his courage and resolve to gain independence for our nation, to rid it of its colonial masters and to make life better for the people who live in it. Go and realise how he faced each difficulty and dangerours times head-on and stoically and made the best possible decision at every turn. I sat in The LKY Musical watching the talented Adrian Pang onstage and felt again that huge sense of loss on the morning of 23 March 2015. I was missing Mr Lee. That’s how good Adrian carried the role!

Yet The LKY Musical is not just about Mr Lee. I appreciated that it gave audiences the opportunity to ‘meet’ the Old Guards, the other founding fathers of Singapore – Mr Toh Chin Chye, Mr Goh Keng Swee and later Mr Rajaratnam.

In a scene where Mr Goh and Mr Toh visited the Lees’ home when they were all students in the UK, I realised how far these men go back to and how even then, they formulated their ideals for Singapore and sealed their determination to fight to remove colonial rule.

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A few good man, and a woman. Left to Right: Mdm Kwa Geok Choo, Mr Toh Chin Chye, Mr Goh Keng Swee, Mr Dennis Lee (brother of Mr Lee) and Mr Lee Kuan Yew

I really loved it when Mr Goh Keng Swee (EDWARD CHOY) explained Socialism, Capitalism and Communism with the economics of beer! GKS: “In Capitalism, only the wealthy get to own bottles of beer but they must let the government take a few sips every now and then. In Socialism, the government owns the beer and lets all of us take one sip, while in Communism, everyone gets their own bottle but …… they are all empty!!”  Hahah!! It certainly sent the audience roaring with laughter!

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BENJAMIN CHOW plays Lim Chin Siong, the political rival in the musical. We first saw Benjamin Chow as the Troll in SRT’s The Three Billy Goats Gruff and he was really impressive then. As Lim Chin Siong, Benjamin gave a convincing, forceful and endearing performance and his good acting and singing matched Adrian Pang’s. I walked away with new revelations about Lim Chin Siong, who in hearsay history was the guy to ‘hate’ as the communist enemy, and got a glimpse of the unusual friendship that both Mr Lee and Mr Lim shared. Perhaps, it was a kind of mutual respect and admiration but for the differing strong beliefs, vision and ideals that each man had for Singapore, one had to be sacrificed?

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A lot has been said about the wrong casting choice of SHARON AU as Mdm Kwa Geok Choo and her lack of singing prowess. It is hard not to see Sharon as Sharon Au onstage and her normal bubbly excitable nature sneaks out occasionally despite her trying to speak deliberately and calmly (as I imagine Mrs Lee does). In her own right, her efforts were commendable. Perhaps if a lesser known/seen actress was chosen for the role, it would have gone down better with the critics. Weak link or not, if I was someone who hadn’t heard about Mrs Lee, I would still have gone away impressed with Mrs Lee’s intelligence and her dedication to her husband and his work.

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Dreaming the Singapore Dream and making a successful life!

I absolutely  loved Koh Teong Koo (played by SEBASTIAN TAN) who is the rickshaw puller that saved Mr Lee’s life and represents The Every Man. Sebastian brings on his Broadway Beng charm and effortlessly provides much of the comic relief with his common man Hokkien Singlish chatter. The audience definitely roared when Mr Lee was fed ‘ber’ (porridge) intentionally to make him sick in the coolie quarters as he hid from the Japanese.

Something tells me that this play will NEVER go to Malaysia. haha… RADHI KHALID did a great job as Tunku Abdul Rahman, who first refused merger and than suddenly changed his mind to ‘take us in’ and later forced us out of the Federation. How brave to show the attitude of the Tunku in pushing all the ‘dirty work’ to Mr Lee, with pointed threats each time. Today, we can say we are glad that Singapore left the Federation and is our own country but back then, it was a matter of grave survival. We were being cast aside to die a little red dot! Tonight,  you thank God for Harry!

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Mr Lee at the Tunku’s residence trying to talk about merger but being brushed off repeatedly.

A review won’t be complete without giving special mention to the set design which was nothing short of beautiful and efficient. With the clever use of lighting, video and a 3 tiered stage, the stage and scene changes were achieved effortlessly as each tier or section opened up for a scene while another tier was prepared for the next. It was something different and cleverly executed. 
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Mrs Lee singing “Day & Night”, about the long work hours Mr Lee kept. A clever use of video and lighting as audience focussed on the centre opened section.

 

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The 3 tiered stage that opened up either in sections or levels

I am told that it is already a sell out musical and rightly so too. If you have tickets or manage to get them, do Go! The music and lyrics, the talented cast, the set and everything is just not to be missed. I know that tonight, everyone walked out of the theatre totally inspired and having a new admiration for all that our founding fathers fought for to build the Modern Singapore that we are proud of today. I do hope that when the musical ends its run on 16 August 2015, it will not be the last time it is played in Singapore because many more people need to see it!

As in our earlier post, The LKY Musical is most definitely, this SG50 Jubilee year’s absolute Must Do & Must Watch, a fitting tribute not only Mr Lee but all our founding fathers. In the short two hours, Metropolitan Productions transported me back to a time when the tensions, struggles and dangers were real and made me truly so proud to be a Singaporean. Majulah Singapura!

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Disclaimer : We were invited to watch The LKY Musical for the purposes of this review. All opinions expressed remain our own. Photographs unless otherwise stated are copyright of Metropolitan Productions.

About The LKY Musical

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When :  21st Jul – 16th Aug 2015
Time : Tues – Fri (7.30PM) | Sat (3PM & 7.30PM) | Sun (1.30PM & 6PM) except for 9th Aug, Sun (1.30PM only)
Where : MasterCard Theatres, Marina Bay Sands (Map)
Duration: ~ 2 hours (excludes intermission)

Tickets available through:
SISTIC Website | SISTIC Hotline (65) 6348 5555 | MasterCard Ticketing Counter | MasterCard Ticketing Hotline (65) 6688 8826

Ticket Prices (*excludes booking fee) :

Preview (21 – 23 Jul)
VIP : S$130
A Reserve : S$88
B Reserve : S$78
C Reserve : S$68
D Reserve : S$58

Fri & Sat, 7.30pm
VIP : S$150
A Reserve : S$108
B Reserve : S$98
C Reserve : S$88
D Reserve : S$78

Tue – Thu, Sat 3pm & Sun
VIP : S$140
A Reserve : S$98
B Reserve : S$88
C Reserve : S$78
D Reserve : S$68

Metropolitan Productions presents The LKY Musical

Who can forget the week of 23 March 2015? The tears that fell for a man and all that he did for a country he loved? A great leader with unwavering determination, that dedicated his entire being to the building up of our country, Singapore. A man who gave us an opportunity for a better life.

Well, something phenomenal is about to take stage at the Sands Theatre,  MasterCard Theatres® at Marina Bay Sands from 21 July – 16 August 2015. Most definitely, this SG50 Jubilee year’s absolute Must Do & Must Watch is The LKY Musical, a tribute to our Founding Father.

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Three years in the making, Dick Lee’s latest and much anticipated musical, The LKY Musical,  promises to be an epic historical drama of the tumultuous times of pre-independence Singapore with tremendous emotional depth.

Central to the play is the iconic leader and Founding Father of Singapore, Mr Lee Kuan Yew, whose public and private life form the crux of the story. It is also going to be Singapore’s very own timeless love story as the musical presents Mr Lee’s beautiful enduring relationship with his wife Mdm Kwa Geok Choo. A tale of intense drama, intrigue, betrayal, love and loyalty, The LKY Musical is a celebration of Mr Lee’s extraordinary vision and leadership in taking Singapore from Third World to First World.

A star studded cast of Adrian Pang as Lee Kuan Yew, Sharon Au as Kwa Geok Choo, Sebastian Tan as Koh Teong Koo (the everyman) and introducing Benjamin Chow as Lim Chin Siong. This exciting project is the work of an international team of artists –with music by Singapore’s iconic musician and composer, Dick Lee, lyrics by Laurence Olivier Award winner Stephen Clark, book by Tony Petito and a story devised by internationally renowned Singaporean author Meira Chand. Directed by veteran London director Steven Dexter (Forbidden City: Portrait of an Empress), this is a production that will put the drama of the Singapore Story firmly on a world platform.

The LKY Musical

Starring Sebastian Tan, Adrian Pang, Sharon Au and Benjamin Chow

We cannot wait to watch this wonderful tribute to the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew, and to catch a glimpse into the emotional struggle he faced at a time when Singapore’s livelihood hung on a balance. If you haven’t already booked tickets, it’s not too late. Don’t miss the opportunity to see this extraordinary production about our Founding Father life on stage! Book your tickets now at SISTIC, more ticketing information at the end of the post.

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About The LKY Musical

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When :  21st Jul – 16th Aug 2015
Time : Tues – Fri (7.30PM) | Sat (3PM & 7.30PM) | Sun (1.30PM & 6PM) except for 9th Aug, Sun (1.30PM only)
Where : MasterCard Theatres, Marina Bay Sands (Map)
Duration: ~ 2 hours (excludes intermission)

Tickets available through:
SISTIC Website | SISTIC Hotline (65) 6348 5555 | MasterCard Ticketing Counter | MasterCard Ticketing Hotline (65) 6688 8826

Ticket Prices (*excludes booking fee) :

Preview (21 – 23 Jul)
VIP : S$130
A Reserve : S$88
B Reserve : S$78
C Reserve : S$68
D Reserve : S$58

Fri & Sat, 7.30pm
VIP : S$150
A Reserve : S$108
B Reserve : S$98
C Reserve : S$88
D Reserve : S$78

Tue – Thu, Sat 3pm & Sun
VIP : S$140
A Reserve : S$98
B Reserve : S$88
C Reserve : S$78
D Reserve : S$68