Forever Young, a Funny and Entertaining Musical on growing old!

Forever Young Sing theatre

The name of the musical, Forever Young reminds us of the hit song from the German rock group Alphaville’s 1984 debut album of the same name.

Forever young
I want to be forever young
Do you really want to live forever?
Forever young … 

This is the theme for this great musical presented by Sing’theatre and directed by our local talented and funny man, Hossan Leong who also acts in the musical. This funny jukebox musical was originally written by the Swiss playwright Erik Gedeon and now locally adapted by “Mr Miyagi” (Benjamin Lee).

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Theatre fans can now look forward to another fantastic production by Sing’theatre. In celebration of its 10th anniversary, Sing’theatre presents  Forever Young featuring an all-star cast of Hossan Leong, Karen Tan, Julian Wong, Tan Kheng Hua, Candice De Rozario, Suhaimi Yusof, Ebi Shankara. 

The story is set 50 years in the future, in the year of 2067 when a group of formerly very popular local actors and performers have grown very old and now staying in a boring nursing home cared by a no-nonsense nurse called “Sister Sara”, acted by Candice De Rozario. 

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Forever Young brings on stage some of the best local theatre performers in Singapore. Our Parenting World team is a big fan of many of them who have acted in various local musicals. Tan Kheng Hua who is well known as “Margaret” in Phua Chu Kang Pte Ltd Televsion drama previously and the Producer of this year’s hit musical “Tropicana the Musical” is Margaret Lim in this story, a former diva who still relishes on the attention she used to get on stage. Playing opposite her is Ramesh Chandran, performed by Ebi Shankara (who also acted in Tropicana the Musical recently) provides the much needed attention to Margaret for her to continue enjoying her imaginary stage attention.

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We noticed some of the comedy musicals this year must have Suhaimi Yusof, including “Detention Katong” and “The Noose & Kakis 2: My PSLE is better than Yours”. In “Forever Young”, Suhaimi is Adam Aziz, a former TV personality, likely referring to the more handsome and more successful current Malay TV actor Aaron Aziz, who now has to use walking frame in the year 2067. Together with the other equally funny and excellent casts, Karen Tan, Julian Wong and Hossan Leong, the performers belt out many modified versions of Rock and Roll and Pop classics ranging from “I love Rock and Roll”, “Sweet Dreams” to John Lennon’s ‘Imagine”. The songs are “modified” because they incorporated many local themes and issues affecting their lives in the nursing home.

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Other than the ever green “Forever Young” song, our other favourite song is “Barbie Doll” sang by Karen Tan as “Tan Hwee Neo”, who brilliantly performed her old age role so well and at the same time demonstrating her Parkinson syndrome with the involuntary movement of her limbs with perfection.

The musical also makes reference to other great names no longer with them anymore like “Jake Neo” (refers to the popular local movie Director and Producer, Jack Neo) who is now ashes in an urn in the nursing home accidentally spilled on the floor by some of them.

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Although this 90-minutes musical brings non-stop laughter to the stage, it also tells us a subtle reality of life, in 50 years from today, in the year 2067, if we are still alive, many of us will likely be living in nursing home like them. With our rapidly aging population and small family units, the reality is many of us in the audience will likely grow old in the nursing home. The musical brings home to the point that even though physically we maybe old, but we should continue to live and enjoy one day to the next as if we are forever young.

At the end of the musical, we heard many of the audience left humming to the rhythm of Alphaville’s “Forever Young”. 

Forever Yong, a funny and heartwarming musical that will make you sing-along with the cast as you reflect on the meaning of growing old and living a full life!

Our Parenting World catches up with Nathalie Ribette and Tan Kheng Hua to share with us more about the comedy musical, Forever Yong and more.

To read about our interview with Nathalie Ribette, Founder and Artistic & Executive Director of Sing’theatre, please visit: 

http://ourparentingworld.com/singtheatre-presents-forever-young-and-exclusive-interview-with-founder-and-artistic-executive-director-nathalie-ribette/

To read about our interview with Tan Kheng Hua, please visit 

http://ourparentingworld.com/singtheatre-presents-forever-young-and-exclusive-interview-with-tan-kheng-hua/

Forever Young

Get your tickets to watch Forever Young now! 

Forever Young – Advisory: 16 (some mature content and coarse language)

Show Dates and Time:

Wednesday, 11 – Saturday, 21 October 2017

Monday – Friday : 8pm

Saturday : 4pm & 8pm

Sunday : 4pm

Venue:
SOTA Drama Theatre

Ticket Pricing:
(Excludes Booking Fee)

Preview 11 October 2017, 8pm

Standard: S$50, S$45, S$40

Monday – Thursday / Saturday & Sunday matinees

Standard: S$64, S$54, S$44

Friday & Saturday evening

Standard: S$69, S$59, S$49

To find out more and to purchase the tickets at Sistic, please visit 

https://www.sistic.com.sg/events/cforever1017 

Sing’theatre presents FOREVER YOUNG! and Exclusive Interview with Tan Kheng Hua

Tan Kheng Hua

Our Parenting World’s Exclusive Interview Series: Sing’theatre presents FOREVER YOUNG! and Exclusive Interview with Tan Kheng Hua

Sing’theatre presents FOREVER YOUNG! a hilarious jukebox musical adapted by Benjamin Lee from the original European cult hit written by the Swiss writer Erik Gedeon in celebration of its 10th anniversary! 

The story brings you to 2067 and a nursing home houses a group of actors who were previously pillars of the Singapore arts scene. Looked after by their no-nonsense nurse, Sister Sara, these nonagenarians still think they’re limber enough to belt out musical theatre canons, rock classics, and the occasional scene from better known local television shows. Once Sister Sara leaves the room, the wigs come off, dentures fly, and walking frames become stage props and you’ll know why they say age is only a (musical) number.

Forever Young features a stellar cast that includes Hossan Leong, Karen Tan, Julian Wong, Tan Kheng Hua, Candice De Rozario, Suhaimi Yusof and Ebi Shankara.

Rock in your chairs to Bruno Mars, Britney Spears, and for the hard of hearing, there’s even Led Zeppelin!

To find out more and to purchase the tickets at Sistic, please visit 

https://www.sistic.com.sg/events/cforever1017 

Exclusive interview Tan Kheng Hua

Tan Kheng Hua Forever Young

Tan Kheng Hua is an award-winning theatre/television/actress/producer in Singapore and she is also best known for her role as Margaret Phua in Singapore’s MediaCorp TV Channel 5’s longest-running hit television sitcom, Phua Chu Kang Pte Ltd. She is regarded as a veteran of Singapore theatre and was recently selected as one of 50 iconic local stage personalities in an exhibition celebrating 50 years of Singapore theatre. She has also recently produced a highly successful musical, Tropicana The Musical in April this year at the Capitol Theatre.

The brilliant Tan Kheng Hua is part of the stellar cast of Forever Young performing the role of Ms Margaret Lim. 

Our Parenting World (OPW) is honoured to be able to interview Tan Kheng Hua (TKH) to find out more!

1. Can you share with us more about your background and when did you get started in your acting career?

TKH: I actually started acting only when I was in university in the US. Most of my extra curricular activities in school in Singapore before that was in sports, not the arts. But the minute I got into acting, something just clicked. When I returned to Singapore, I juggled a full time corporate career with theatre for more than 10 years. And then I thought I would take a year off and see what it was like acting for whole days rather than sharing my day with full time work. But I was lucky in that more and more acting jobs came in and now I am 54 and I have never gone back to full time corporate work.

2. What do you enjoy the most about acting?

TKH: I really enjoy the fact that acting is such an intense creative process involving a person’s mind, body and heart. I also love the fact that it brings me closer to humanity, all the ins and outs and good and bad of people..

3. What do you consider most challenging about acting?

TKH: What is most challenging in one role and project is not the same as another. Sometimes the people you are working with are challenging. Sometimes the role. Sometimes how the script is developing etc etc.

4. Please share with us more about your role at Forever Young and what are some of your favourite scenes?

TKH: I play a character called Margaret Lim. She has dementia and to me, this has freed her up as she lives in a world of fantasy filled with memories of the lovely things that has passed in her life. What I love most about her scenes so far is her relationship with her husband Ramesh played by the fabulous Ebi Shankara. They are a loving couple who have grown old together and her husband is rooted in reality while she is not and this can bring about some very funny and poignant moments.

5. Do you have a favourite song that will make you feel Forever Young?

TKH: Disco songs of the 80s and 90s will always bring me back to some pretty glorious days in my life.

6. We understand that you are a mother, how do you manage to strike a work-life balance being a mother, a wife and having a busy career?

TKH: It is very easy as I love my work and I love my child, and she loves me and also loves performance. This makes it very easy for us to both understand times we can and cannot be together.

7. What do you like to do during your free time and what are some of your favourite family-bonding activities?

TKH: My daughter and I enjoy just hanging out at home doing nothing very much. I also love to cook. And some of the most relaxing times are when I am cooking and she is quietly doing her own thing at the dining table.

8. Any tips and advice to our readers who are working mothers on how they can strike a balance with work and family life?

TKH: I don’t believe in giving advice when it comes to something as personal as parenting. All parents and children are different from each other and they need to find their own way. I will say this though – parents can learn to be more curious and unjudgemental about their children.

9. Do you have any advice to children who aspire to go into acting as a career and become an actor/actress?

TKH: Work hard and be on time.

10. Lastly, do you have anything you would like to add on and share with our readers about Forever Young and what can audience expect when they watch the musical?

TKH: Come laugh and cry with us as we bring you moments all of us will have to encounter – moments of growing older every day. 

Thank you Tan Kheng Hua for taking our interview!

Forever Young

Join Forever Young’s amazing cast Hossan Leong, Karen Tan, Julian Wong, Tan Kheng Hua, Candice De Rozario, Suhaimi Yusof, Ebi Shankara for an unforgettable experience of what it means to be Forever Young! 

Forever Young

Directed by: Hossan Leong

Adapted by: Benjamin “Mr Miyagi” Lee

Original script by Erik Gedeon

Musical Director: Elaine Chan

Artistic Director: Nathalie Ribette

Cast:

Hossan Leong

Karen Tan

Julian Wong

Tan Kheng Hua

Candice De Rozario

Suhaimi Yusof

Ebi Shankara

Show Dates: 11 to 21 October 2017

Show Time:

Mondays to Sundays, 8pm

Saturday and Sunday Matinees, 4pm

Venue:

SOTA Drama Theatre
1 Zubir Said Drive, Singapore 227968

Admission:

Tickets from $40 to $69 from Sistic
Advisory 16 years and above (some Mature Content and Coarse Language)

To find out more and to purchase the tickets at Sistic, please go to https://www.sistic.com.sg/events/cforever1017

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