Yumi stage show heads to HK

PUBLISHED : Monday, 25 August, 2003, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 25 August, 2003, 12:00am

One of Japan's most successful female singers, Yumi Matsutoya, aka Yuming, will be performing two shows of her much-awaited Shangri-la II: The Planet of Ice spectacle at the Hong Kong Coliseum on October 10 and 11.

Yuming performed the first show 44 times between June and August 1999 to more than 320,000 people in Japan. It consisted of music, a Russian circus and synchronised swimming.

Shangri-la II has taken four years in the making because Yuming was determined to make it twice as big as the original.

Claudia Poon, account director of B&W-Far East Publicity, said: 'The Hong Kong show will cost $23 million to produce as it will be a complete replica of the show in Japan. Five hundred and fifty tonnes of equipment will be shipped over to Hong Kong for the show.'

'The Shangri-la II will be a story about Yuming arriving at the Planet of Ice in a time machine from the stranded mighty sailing vessel The Shangri-la.'

The stage will consist of a 40-metre-long wrecked ship and a skating rink.

There will be a Russian flying circus on the ship as well as acrobatic performances on ice.

Yuming, 49, has been in the business for more than 30 years and has written and recorded more than 30 albums and 35 singles.