Show shines new light on life of diva Teresa Teng

PUBLISHED : Friday, 27 May, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 27 May, 2005, 12:00am

A new musical to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the death of Teresa Teng Li-jun will be staged next month, but there will be no stars on stage to imitate the diva.

The show, Loving Teresa Musical 2005, will be performed at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre from June 9 to 11.

The musical will feature six characters, including a stage director, a fan from the mainland, a music industry professional and Teng's former housekeeper, telling stories about Teng from their own points of view.

The musical's producer, Clifton Ko Chi-sum, said he wanted the audience to see Teng from a variety of perspectives.

'Over the past 10 years there have been many musicals and dramas about Teresa, and had someone playing Teresa on the stage. But none of them were good enough,' he said.

'I chose not to have someone to play her role because Teresa had such a distinctive image. Even though she is no longer with us, it seems that she is still around. No one can imitate her.'

Ko, who is producing a show on Teng for the first time, said choosing the wrong actress would make matters even worse.

'You can't get the audience involved in the show, because you cannot replace the audience's impression of Teresa,' he said.

'I think it will be more interesting to tell the story in this way. The audience can have a better understanding of Teresa's character, both on and off stage.'

Taiwanese-born Teng died on May 8, 1995, from respiratory problems developed from an asthma attack when she was on holiday in the northern Thai city of Chiang Mai. She was 42.