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Tuesday September 17, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Tuesday September 17, 2013 MYT 7:36:27 AM
by majorie chiew
A heart that’ s true: Tan impersonating Elvis Presley in his rendering of ‘The Wonder of You’ and ‘Don’t Be Cruel’.
THE scene was set in Shanghai in the 1920s on Shanghai Beach (The Bund).
A Chinese mafia boss, Hui Man Keung, had a rendezvous with his ex-lover Fung Ching Ching.
Sam Roland Tan, otherwise fondly known as Malaysia’s Sam Hui, wore black shades, overcoat, hat and a red long scarf.
He was reprising the role of Hui while Aryn Chen, who looked glamorous in a sequined qipao, acted as Fung.
It was a moonlit night when Hui spoke to his ex-lover: “Let’s have a heart-to-heart talk and not discuss money.”
Then, all hell broke loose. Gunfire.
Hui was fatally shot by Ting Lik played by Jacky Chen.
As he was being dragged away, he blurted out, “You’ve got the wrong person. I’m not Hui Man Keung. I’m Hui Koon Kit.”
This was a comedic twist of a sketch based on The Bund, a 1980 Hong Kong period drama television series first broadcast on TVB.
As the mafia boss made his exit (after eliciting laughter from the audience), the theme song of The Bund came on.
The spotlight shifted to guest artiste Aryn as she belted the famous Canto-pop hit, Shanghai Beach, which is the theme song of the series.
She enthralled the audience with her vocals.
This act was among the many interesting highlights of Sam Hui’s Mid-Autumn Festival Gala Show held recently at SRJK (C) Chung Kwo in Jalan Loke Yew, Kuala Lumpur.
The 1,000-people charity dinner gala show lasted three hours and raised RM40,000 for four charity homes.
Proceeds from the three-hour performance were for Lions Lyfeline Leukaemia Fund (RM12,000), Beautiful Gate Foundation for the Disabled (RM10,000), Home for Angels (RM10,000) and Gift of Life Society (RM8,000).
Guest of honour Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye gave away the mock cheques to representatives of the charitable organisations.
The giant LED screen above the stage, which offered visual props and live video feeds helped to jazz up the shows.
The spotlights of various hues too enlivened the atmosphere.
“Some RM100,000 was spent on stage lighting and sound effects for the show,” said Tan, who was pleased with the full turnout in support of his charity show.
“This is my eighth charity show and the first one I have organised. Last year, I was involved in seven Magnum-sponsored charity shows,” said Tan.
Aryn, a contemporary voice lecturer of University College Sedaya International, in Kuala Lumpur, and professional singer, demonstrated her powerful vocals as she rendered two Cantonese numbers, Yesterday’s Glitter and Stealing Hearts With Love.
For English songs, Aryn, a regular singer at Tan’s Rokaro Restaurant and Singing Lounge in Petaling Jaya, also belted out Gloria Gaynor’s I Will Survive and Elvis Presley’s You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me.
Tan told the audience that he was in Macau to attend his idol, Sam Hui’s concert in April this year.
He even brought Hui’s collection of more than 400 songs.
“Of Hui’s many songs, there is an Edison Lighthouse’s Love Grows, which Hui rarely includes in his repertoire of songs.
“I like this song and sang a Cantonese version. Malaysian audience are lucky because even those in Hong Kong rarely get to hear this song,” said Tan.
Tan, an Elvis Presley fan, also did an Elvis impersonation complete with hairdo and the King’s signature white shirt and bell bottom slacks.
He belted out Presley’s The Wonder of You.
As for Don’t Be Cruel, he sang half the song in English and the other half in Cantonese.
His repertoire of songs that night also included The Private Eyes, Twin Lovers, Paper Boat, The World Like a Game of Chess and From the Heart of a Loafer.
When he came down the stage dressed in a traditional Chinese scholar outfit to shake hands, he was warmly greeted by guests.
While singing Hui’s song about modern bodyguards, Tan whipped out his water gun and fired away.
“It was purely for good fun,” he said.
The night’s sumptuous dinner started with Mini Poon Choy (an exotic festive dish) and ended with chunky spare ribs (mostly meat than ribs) catered by a restaurant from Sekinchan, Selangor.
Mark Jackson (Malaysia’s Michael Jackson impersonator), Rachel and Fei Fei were other acts that night. Rokaro Live Band and six energetic singers also helped to make the gala show a big success.
Come Oct 12, Tan will make an appearance as a guest singer at Sam Hui’s concert in Genting Highland.
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