by Nicholas Khaw
WHEN people go to shows, they expect the drama onstage. Not offstage.
Though, that’s what has happened with Singapura: The Musical, a show which apparently no one is going for.
The $2.72 million musical that has come under fire for featuring predominantly Filipino talent has drawn its curtains just two weeks after announcing that its run at the Capitol Theatre was extended to 19 July 2015.
No word from its organiser the 4th Wall Theatre Company, but reports in MSM suggest it was just not making enough money to continue. Apparently, the cast has not been paid and an external vendor said he was paid only four months after the work was completed – though, the company said yesterday that it would “honour all contracts“.
“At this juncture, we cannot discuss further details due to confidentiality reasons. We want to assure everyone that Singapura: The Musical will honour all contracted agreements.”
The cast is made up of 35 Filipinos, 11 Singaporeans, and two from North America. The two-hour long play centres on a family in Singapore during 1955-1965, and Singaporeans Jonathan Lim and Sally Marina alternate with two Filipino actors as parents of the protagonist, played by Marian Santiago, who is also from the Philippines.
News of the musical when it was first announced attracted criticism for featuring a pre-dominantly Filipino cast. Directed by American Greg Ganakas and written by Filipino playwright Joel Trinidad, the production debuted at the newly refurbished Capitol Theatre to mixed reviews.
Musical lovers however can still enjoy a bit of local history when the Lee Kuan Yew Musical opens next week on July 21. Local celebs Adrian Pang and Sharon Au will play Mr Lee and his wife respectively.
Featured image from Singapura: The Musical Facebook page.
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