Monday, September 28, 2015

Singin' in the Rain

I went to the Lyric Theater in Wan Chai to see the latest production that is traveling to Hong Kong - Singin' in the Rain.  My enthusiasm for cultural events has waned significantly since coming to this city - the quality and innovation of productions here simply fall far short of those in London or New York.  However, I decided to give this one a chance, because it is the London production and the London cast, and it seemed to have received rave reviews.  Plus, what better thing there is to do than indulge in a song and dance routine during a long public holiday weekend?

It was really fun -- the production used real water (audience members in the first four or five rows received ponchos because they were guaranteed to be splashed) and some very colorful umbrella work.  While watching it, I could not stop thinking about how impressed I am by people who can sing and dance - and make it look so effortless!  The lead characters twirl and jump non stop and then belt out songs right after a complicated dance sequence, all without seeming out of breath or panting.

Here are some pictures of the Lyric Theater (at the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts) and one stealth shot of the stage (as pictures during the performance were strictly prohibited).

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