Two musicals on Lee Kuan Yew in the works
Two separate musicals about former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew are in the works and are expected to be staged next year, in time for Singapore’s 50th anniversary.
For one of them, new Singapore theatre company Metropolitan Productions has roped in several well-known local arts talents to form the backbone of the musical’s creative team.
Cultural Medallion recipient and composer Dick Lee will write the music, while novelist Meira Chand and theatre practitioner Tony Petito, founder of the Singapore Repertory Theatre, will work on the storyline and script.
The Straits Times understands that the other musical is slated to be the opening act for the iconic Capitol Theatre when it reopens next year. It is commissioned by Capitol Investment Holdings, which owns Capitol Singapore. …
Tan is aware that the musical could be a minefield. But he stressed that the production will be “very factual”.
“We thought it would be refreshing to see Lee Kuan Yew not just as a leader and founder, but to also see his personal struggles, his vulnerabilities, his losses and victories, and how he sees the world…. We believe there will be no misrepresentation.” …
On the sensitivity of the material, she said: “There’s always a sense of walking on a knife edge, but in the end … I see it as a great narrative and it needs to be written. It is a legacy project.”
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