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Turning karaoke craze into a musical

KARAOKE is arguably the most popular form of entertainment in China. KTV venues are practically everywhere and range from palace-like buildings to simple rooms.

Hong Kong scriptwriter and director Mathias Woo taps into China's love affair to sing in front of others with the musical "Remembrance of Karaoke Past." The musical features the top karaoke hits - most of which deal with love, relationships and breakups - of the past decade. It also looks at how karaoke has evolved on the Chinese mainland, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau.

Edgar Hung composed and arranged the music for "Remembrance," which stars David Yeung, Dick Wong, Cedric Chan, Carmen Wu and Carson Chung. The show will be staged by Zuni Icosahedron, a non-profit arts collective founded in Hong Kong in 1982. Woo joined in 1988 and is now the group's executive director and co-artistic director.

The show is approximately 100 minutes without an intermission and is performed in Cantonese and Mandarin.

Date: October 21-22, 7:30pm;
October 22-23, 2pm
Venue: Shanghai Drama Arts
Center, 288 Anfu Rd
Tickets: 100 yuan-280 yuan
Tel: 6473-0123, 6473-4567


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