It is sometime in the near future of Singapore. The National Broadway Company (NBC) has been established, and the search for the Artistic Director is on. Amongst those vying for the position is the ‘who’s who’ of Singapore’s theatre industry. From hairdresser to entertainment icon to deputy public prosecutor to politician, the story of the pioneering musical theatre in Singapore unfolds as they sing their hearts to the top.
Based on specially conducted interviews with Dick Lee, Pamela Oei, Michael Chiang, Jacintha Abisheganaden, Ivan Heng, Koh Chieng Mun, Najip Ali, Eleanor Wong and Hossan Leong, this production features characters inspired by these artists‚ personal stories and recollections, performed by a cast of both young emerging talents as well as established artists.
With celebrated songs from Singapore’s favourite musicals (Beauty World, Fried Rice Paradise, Chang and Eng, Haunted, Mortal Sins, Forbidden City) composed by Dick Lee, Ken Low and Mark Chan, laughter and tears are never far away. Personal tragedy, individual strife, comic turns and artistic triumph are the stuff of dreams. National Broadway Company reflects on the search for Singapore identity that was prevalent in the first musicals and gives us a glimpse into the future.