SOME two decades after her passing, Taiwanese songstress Teresa Teng was immortalised in Teresa The Musical – a two-hour long theatrical narrative of the singer’s life and music.
Beijing-born theatre actress Perry Chiu played to a full house at the Ritz Garden Hotel ballroom in Ipoh last Thursday night, performing 30 songs from Teng’s memorable repertoire including The Moon Represents My Heart and Goodbye! My Love.
Produced by musical producer and famed Hong Kong director Clifton Ko, the show with elaborate costume changes was based on a script by Chinese playwright Sha Yexin and explored Teng’s ascent to stardom, failed romances and inner turmoil.
The hundreds of fans who turned up despite a thunderstorm watched on with a tinge of regret as Teng’s life was played out, wondering if things would have turned out differently had fate not dealt her such cruel blows time and again.
There was not a single dry eye in the room when came the scene of Teng’s tragic death, crying out to her mother for help as she gasped for air all alone in her hotel room in Chiangmai, Thailand.
Teng died of a severe asthma attack at 5.30pm on May 8, 1995. She was only 42 years old.
The musical, which featured seven actors and supported by 13 crew members, was also performed in Kuala Lumpur and Penang.