‘881’ comes to life onstage
Royston Tan will soon be seeing his hit 2007 movie “881” come to life onstage. “The experience has come full circle”, the film director shared at Tuesday’s press launch for Toy Factory’s “881 The Musical”.
Tan recalled how he had toyed around with the idea of a story about getai sisters and jokingly wondered if someone would present it at the Esplanade.
The stage version, which opens in April at the Esplanade Theatre, was adapted and will be directed by Goh Boon Teck. It’s the perfect fit for Tan who remembers being impressed after watching Goh’s production “Purple”.
“881 The Musical” is about sisters who rise up in the getai circuit stars Joanna Dong and Judee Tan as the Papaya Sisters, and Nat Ho in his debut performance in a musical as the mute, chicken-carrying leading man Guan Yin.