Empress Wu - The Musical

武则天 - 音乐剧

The Ultimate Female Defiance In Confucian China
OCTOBER 2012

EMPRESS WU is an original musical based on the life, loves and times of China's first and only female emperor, who had ruled the country with an iron fist more than a thousand years ago. Tang China during her reign was the richest and most powerful country in the world. It was China's golden age and the Empress held together a sprawling empire against external threats and internal court intrigues. Not unlike the other emperors, Empress Wu's ascent to power was littered with acts of betrayal and treachery but also of honor and loyalty. A controversial figure condemned and praised by historians in equal measures, the Empress enjoyed supreme power. She was ambitious and ruthless. A visionary. An autocrat. And ultimately, the symbol of female defiance in Confucian China.

武则天对唐朝贡献良多,但历史对她的评价两极,争议不少。
帝王们荒淫残暴的不少,何以总是她揽抱负面评价,历史对女性统治者的评价,是否有欠公允?

BOOK AND LYRICS BY Pun Kai Loon
additional lyrics from Chinese classical poems
MUSIC BY Loo Fung Ying & Loo Fung Chiat

PRODUCER Khor Seng Chew
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR | DIRECTOR Pun Kai Loon
SET DESIGNER Pun Kai Loon
CHOREOGRAPHER Wong Kit Yaw
COSTUME DESIGNER Dominique Devorsine
LIGHTING DESIGNER Teo Kuang Han
SOUND ENGINEER Lim Wan Yee
MAKE-UP & HAIR STYLIST A Cut Above
PRODUCTION PHOTOGRAPHY Studio DL, Kelab Shashin Fotografi

CAST
EMPRESS WU Tan Soo Suan | Rachel Tan
EMPERORS TAIZONG & GAOZONG Alex Koh
EMPRESS WANG Charlene Meng l LADY XIAO Jerrica Lai
EUNUCH WANG Sean Toh l EUNUCH ZHENG Paul Wong
LI HSIEN | GUARD Joshua Gui l ZHANGSUN WUJI | PEI YAN Lim Soon Heng
CHU SUILIANG | WU SANSI Lim Kien Lee l HAN YUAN | MING CHONGYAN Chang Fang Chyi l LIU SHI | LIU YIZHI | SHANGGUANG YI Samuel Tseu l EMPEROR ZHONGZONG | LI CHUNFENG | LI YIFU Dennis Yeap l LADY LIU Karynn TAN
LAI JI / CHENG WUTING | LI XIAOYI Alvin Looi l EMPEROR RUIZONG | GUARD Joshua Tan

ENSEMBLE
Gigi Chiam | Rachel Chin | Megan Chng | Dorothy Foo | Kerry-Ann Khoo | Karen Kwan | Leslie Cheng
David Lim | Kellen Yau | Nasha Raina | Michelle Tan | Tan Soo Tze | Tan Yon Lynn | Alice Yee

MUSICIANS
MUSICAL DIRECTOR / ERHU Gan Boon We I FLUTE Bong Boon Khee
SHENG Lim Kuo Yung I YANGQIN See Keh Fong I PIPA Lim Wei Siong
KEYBOARD 1 Loo Yung Chiat I KEYBOARD 2 Loo Fung Ying I DOUBLE BASS Tee Hsien Onn

SUPPORTED BY
A Cut Above | Studio DL | Office Cosmetic | Wahli

OCTOBER 2012
PENTAS 1, KUALA LUMPUR PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE