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These same fans of the pop legend filled the seats at Always Faithful, the musical produced by Teng's brother Teng Chang-hsi (鄧長禧) in 2002. The musical adaptation of her life story, starring Golden Horse Best Actress Angelica Lee (李心潔), had 25 critically acclaimed performances in Hong Kong.
Teng's fans in Taiwan will see a new version of the musical this weekend at the Metropolitan Hall (
PHOTO COURTESY OF TERESA TENG CULTURAL FOUNDATION
As Pong and Liu are talented singers in their own right, the musical, which includes some 30 Teresa Teng hits and 10 original songs, is expected to present a enjoyable evening of pop classics.
The Teresa Teng Cultural Foundation (鄧麗君文教基金會) has spent around NT$10 million on the production, with meticulously recreated 1970s costumes and settings. Lead actress Pong admitted that she had felt a lot of stress playing the pop legend. The contagiously poignant plot twists drove her to tears many times, she said.
The story starts with Teng's singing talent being discovered by her music teacher at the age of nine. The teenage Teng aspires to sing for her fellow countrymen and her talent and efforts gradually allow her to attain stardom.
However, her love life does not progress as smoothly. Two romances at different stages of her life have come to nothing and Teng realizes that she has to choose music over a personal life. She has no regrets as long as her singing touches people.
Always Faithful will be performed at
7:30pm on Feb. 7 and from Feb. 9 to Feb 12. Matinee performances will be held at
2:30pm on Feb. 8 at the Metropolitan Hall. Tickets range from NT$600 to NT$3,000 and are available at Era Ticketing outlets. For more information, call (02) 2577 6141.
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