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May 21, 2009

Quite the Character

People have always said you’re quite the character…big personality, big voice and even bigger antics fill them room when you’re within even a few feet. But over the next couple of weeks your larger than life persona will have some serious competition in the form of world-renowned Broadway stars, internationally acclaimed prima ballerinas and locally trained singers and thespians. Take a seat in the audience and let someone else have the spotlight for a change…

CATS
From London’s West End to New York’s Winter Garden, Andrew Lloyd Weber’s masterpiece has been intriguing adults, mystifying children and wowing theatre enthusiasts of all ages with it’s transfixing costumes, captivating set and spellbinding choreography. This week, this legendary Broadway sensation is taking to the Hong Kong stage with a triumphant tone and feline fervor. See world-renowned musical theatre performer Delia Hannah and a fantastic ensemble cast in a production of CATS that is sure to leave a lasting Memory. (May 15 – June 14, HKAPA – Lyric Theatre, http://www.hkticketing.com)

GALAXY International Ballet Gala
This weekend, some of the world’s brightest ballet stars will put their best toes forward in a stunning performance that is set to be the best in the Hong Kong Ballet’s 30 years. Turning (and turning!) this ballet up a few notches, Guest Principal Dancer, Tan Yuan Yuan and Damian Smith, both of the San Francisco Ballet will bring together three signature works: pas de deux from Helgi Tomasson’s Romeo and Juliet, Edwaard Liang’s Distant Cries and Wang Xin Peng’s Tango Duett. Other high pointes include pas de deux from The Sleeping Beauty and Don Quixote, and Serge Lifar’s Suite en Blanc. Galaxy promises to be a feast for the eyes that displays the prowess and technique of these rewnowned dancers while presenting a mix of the best of classic, romantic and contemporary repertoire. (May 22-24, HK Cultural Centre – Grand Theatre, http://www.urbtix.hk)

Closer
Close your eyes and you can almost imagine dreamy Jude Law and Clive Owen, the stars of this play’s 2004 film adaptation. But according to critics, the stage version actually takes the audience much Closer into the raw emotions of this twisted modern romance in which a quartet of strangers – a would-be novelist, a doctor, a stripper and a successful photographer – meet, fall in love, and become caught up in a web of sexual desire and betrayal. Hailed for its unflinching observation and biting humour, this play is sure to leave you shocked and lusting for more. (June 16-20, Fringe Club Theatre, http://www.hkticketing.com)

The Wizard of Oz
We’re off to see…The Wizard of Oz! Join The Hong Kong Singers in a celebratory stage performance of The Wizard of Oz in honour of the 70th Anniversary of the much-adored movie. You’ll be tempted to sing along as Dorothy and her friends take their memorable and fanciful journey down the yellow brick road. Don’t forget your ruby slippers! (May 21-27, Sheung Wan Civic Centre Theatre, http://www.urbtix.hk)

Okay, we know you’re itching to get back there. It’s time to resume your starring role in the drama that is your life!



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