As a supporter of our local production, I do not hesitate to book on a musical especially delicate to Mr LKY. The tickets were selling like hot cakes even though I was considered super early bird.
I only managed to get the Cat C tickets as the rest were sold out! I have a habit of collecting all the programme booklet and hor, I think this is the most expensive one I paid for local productions leh. $10!
Our seats wasn’t too bad actually and the whole theatre was full for a 3pm show.
My BF just refused to take a proper #wefie with me loh! (Nevertheless, I really appreciate his effort and enjoy his company despite he’s not so into Arts.)
Met up my two beautiful cousins (coincidentally watching on the same day and timing) for a short chat (gossip more like it lol) cum toilet break during the interval.
My #OOTD ~ Off-Shoulder Top: Love Bonito / Lace Culotte: The Closet Lover Pearl Flats: Mitju / Pearl Clutch: New Look
Okay, finally a proper photo with Mr. W!
With all the hype about this musical prior to the actual performance, it builds up huge curiosity and expectations within me. I came into the theatre expecting a fresh insight. Perhaps something more personal touch about the late Mr and Mrs Lee romance storyline. Perhaps to show us the sentimental man behind the iron fist (Girls being girls hor) :P. The story brings us from the schoolboy days of our Singapore’s late prime minister in Raffles College to the day of our independence in 1965. A story we already knew – an extraordinary man who wish to fight for a better life for his people. His visionary came true with full of trials and tribulations in building our modern and independent Singapore. It was a tale of high drama, intrigue, betrayal, love (sadly more brotherly) and loyalty.
Adrian Pang (My fave stage actor!) certainly pulls it off fitly as Mr Lee, displaying Mr Lee strong and leadership character with all of his complexity. The qualities that defers from Adrian himself and yet he is able to portray Mr Lee convincingly to the audience. Along with Adrian is the only female in the entire play, Sharon Au as Mrs Lee. Sadly, Sharon does not stand out in the play and is delegated to more of a background character. Other important characters like the late Prime Minister of Malaysia Mr. Tunku Abdul Rahman, Founder of Worker’s Party, Mr David Marshall and Singapore’s second chief minister, Lim Yew Hock are also perceived as 茄喱啡 “Ke-Le-Fe” in cantonese, we call it.
Anyways back to Sharon, many commented that she sing very badly, but I think otherwise. I don’t think it is that bad afterall. Her voice is just too soft and buried into the music, and personally I felt it was to her disadvantage especially the sound system isn’t too good to begin with in comparison to other theaters. Sharon is a good stage actress, perhaps singing just isn’t her kind of thing. Perhaps she is just too focused on role as Madam Kwa Geok Choo, a reticent, well-mannered and intelligent woman. Too reticent I thought, with clunky dialogues too. “Behind every successful man, there is a strong, wise and hardworking woman.” Indeed late Mrs Lee is a strong, wise and hardworking woman. However, through Sharon, I’ve seen a different side of Mrs Lee with a meek personality and there is a shadow of an assertive yet submissive wife. Sigh, sometimes I find being a woman really not easy hor; really have to find that balance – Guess, I still have more to learn. 😦
What stands out in this play is the duet “Look At Him” sang by Adrian and Benjamin Chow, playing antagonist Lim Chin Siong. Sorry Dick Lee and Stephen Clark, I have to say this is really the only song (erm infact only “Look At Him”…3 words?) that is still lingering on my mind apart from our National Anthem, which ends the play with sense of patriotism. I really can’t remember the rest! Impressively, Benjamin does a fabulous job to bring out the charismatic antagonist. But then hor, why is he speaking in perfect english when he is supposed to be the finest Chinese orator leh? I thought it will be more convincing if he speaks in mandarin in some of his scenes like during the rally campaign? As usual, Sebastian Tan (my other fave comedian stage actor/director), sure to live up its name of being a rickshaw puller, Koh Teong Koo by adding some hokkien humor in his dialogues, which lighten up the serious production.
The stage set up is cleverly designed using wooden boards to make up a 3-story level high with nine boxes (like tic tack toe) to showcase different scene, along with multimedia projections and lighting to create the different effects. Like I said earlier on, the sound system isn’t that great. I’m siting quite near to the entrance on the first level and not that far to the stage. My bf also agreed with me that the music and dialogues exchanges by the artists are pretty far and alittle echoed.
Overall, I find it was still an enjoyable to watch The LKY Musical,to witness and appreciate the efforts that our local talents have put in. It is not easy to piece everything together and they have worked so hard to showcase this highly anticipated play. I won’t rate it as a fantastic production for sure (maybe 3.5/5?) but if you want to watch history comes to life by our local talents (which I think we should all support our local production!), catch it from now till 16 August 2015 @ Sands Theatre, MasterCard Theatres at Marina Bay Sands. Buy your tickets through Sistic. 6 more days to go!
~ #RememberingLKY ~
23 March 2015 was the most depressing Monday blues I ever experienced. Depressing tunes was played in every radio station and everyone was in a solemn mode. It was a day of mourning for our nation, 29 March 2015. The day when our founding father, Mr Lee Kuan Yew finally rested. I decided to send him off and catch the State Funeral LIVE on the big screen since I was already at Suntec. For the first time I actually teared and felt so patriotic while reciting our national pledge and singing our national anthem. At the same time, I could hear the people who were siting behind me weeping and mourning for our founding father.
I was a prefect in my primary school and I wasn’t excited because I was also assigned to be the conductor and sometimes, the flag rasier, to lead the congregation during assembly. To me,it’s just a task but little did I know why were we doing this every morning. What’s the history of Singapore? Tbh, I knew nothing. Till secondary school, my history lessons were brief. I’m not a very attentive student and always fell asleep during History classes. I still remembered how my history teacher Ms. Kwan woke me up by banging my table. All I knew was,there was Hitler, Stanford Raffles and we were independent in 1965. I ended up with Literature and Biology during my upper secondary. So that’s it – Bye Bye History. On a sidenote hor, my secondary school was featured in MOE SG50 celebration too! I remembered quite a few but too bad, my History teacher wasn’t in the video. So can’t introduce to you. LOL.
Ironically, after Mr. Lee’s death, I learnt more about Singapore Histroy. What he had done for Singapore. Through TV programs,media sharing, Facebook links and even daily conversations, I got to gather more knowledge. I even visited LKY Virtual Exhibition held at the National Museum of Singapore (blessed with no queue), the same day after the State Funeral ended and given a chance to pen down my tribute! How blessed. Grateful and sincere tributes were written by many. There were also critics on why was he the only one who was creditable for turning this tiny dot to a properous country and articles on how ruthless he was. And of course, these people were zapped and being called ungrateful. I choose to remain slient not because I don’t feel a thing at all but it’s a form of respect for the dead. I just felt that was not a need to be over-reacted and I had choosen to mourn in silence, which I thought perhaps I should share my feelings only when the right time comes.
During that entire mourning week, I witnessed a united nation. Thousands and thousands of Singaporeans went to pay their last respect to LKY and everyone was looking out for one another. I never heard about negative comments of we being ‘kiasu’ or ‘kan cheong spider’ behaviors outside the parliament. I’ve seen respect and emphatic behaviors when I was queuing outside the parliament. Companies also showed their gratitude towards this noble giant by giving out free food and water, free fruits and free umbrellas to those in queue. Some honored by giving out free flowers and car decals. Many also allowed their staff to take time off and arranged for chartered buses just to pay their last respect to Mr. LKY. Thanks to the constant update from CNN and #RememberingLKY website, we were able to know the waiting time to get into the parliament. I got my second sister as my companion and we decided that probably the best strategy timing was on Saturday early morning like 6am. Due to the overwhelming response, the queue was suspended. I was pretty disappointed by the fact that I may not be able to pay my last respect. Nevertheless, my sis and I decided to just give it a shot to see if the queue reopens at 7am, else we will just go to the nearest GRC. And Praise The Lord! The queue was opened but it was unannounced yet. So my sis and I only queued less than 2 hours in total to pay our last respect, very fortunate compared to many that camped more than 6 hours.
I personally felt very grateful and thankful to all the SAF and everyone who helped out,they kept giving us water and food, making sure we have umbrellas even just for that 2 hours.
“Thank you Mr. Lee for your passion and devotion, which lead us to such a prosperous and safe country to be in. You will always be missed. May you Rest In Peace.”
If I knew my History back then in primary school, I would definitely do my duties with pride. Too late for now but I have to say I’ve never been more proud to be a Singaporean. Are you proud to be one too?
I hope you folks have enjoyed the long #SG50 weekend and yay to a short coming work week! Stay lovely!
Thank you for reading! Much Luv, Char Gal