The HK$100 million 5D musical concert The Storm Show <風雲創意音樂劇> ended its three-month-long run on Saturday night at the Bay Sports Center in Shenzhen. The musical, an adaptation of the manhua Fung Wan <風雲>, stars Kevin Cheng (鄭嘉穎), Michael Tse (謝天華), Ray Lui (呂良偉), Patrick Tam (譚耀文), Wayne Lai (黎耀祥), Lawrence Cheng (鄭丹瑞), Janice Yan (閻奕格), and Bianca Wu (胡琳).
Kevin’s girlfriend Grace Chan (陳凱琳), who went straight to Shenzhen after finishing some photography for her new drama Flying Tiger <飛虎極戰>, showed up at the final performance to surprise her boyfriend. Other surprise guest audience members included TVB executive Catherine Tsang (曾麗珍), former actress Deborah Lee (狄波拉), and her husband Kong Yiu-sing (江耀城). Deborah said Kong chose to watch The Storm Show for his 70th birthday.
July 15th was Michael’s 50th birthday, and was surprised with a large custom-made cake at the end of the show. The cast thanked their staff for creating and managing the show, expressing that their two-year effort has not gone to waste. The actors further thanked producer Florence Chan (陳淑芬), as without her support, such a big-budget project would not have been made. Kevin added that as a fan of Fung Wan’s creator Ma Wing-shing (), he feels honored and blessed to have had the opportunity to take part in his work. The final show of “The Storm Show” ended with tears and smiles.
Florence Chan said, “This musical really made me feel the wind rise and the clouds scuttle. You worry over it everyday. We’ve been through everything you c an imagine. When this all began, there were people who discouraged it. Some people left mid-way, but despite these obstacles, we continued to hold on to belief, and kept doing our best. We’ve succeeded. This musical was born! I’m so happy that this show has won a countless amount of praise. It’s hard to put together a musical that is approved by our industry, the viewers, and the media. You can’t buy that with money. The bank lost a lot of zeros, but it was worth it.”
The music producer then revealed that she plans on establishing a musical performance school to cultivate a new generation of Chinese musical performers; this proposal has rallied support from the Nanjing Univeristy of the Arts.
“[The Storm Show] is not perfect, but it serves as a foundation for more development in the future for the Hong Kong musical scene. You can only see results if you are committed. With my 40-year experience in the industry, I will spend my life supporting the Chinese original musical scene.”
This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.