Tuesday, Apr 14, 2015
Former MediaCorp actress and host Sharon Au said she is nothing like Kwa Geok Choo, the late Cambridge-educated lawyer wife of Lee Kuan Yew.
Au, 40, faces one of her biggest challenges yet, taking on the larger-than-life role in Metropolitan Productions' upcoming The LKY Musical, which opens at Marina Bay Sands' MasterCard Theatres on July 21.
Calling it the "role of a lifetime", she acknowledges that she is one of the least experienced members of a cast which includes veteran actor Adrian Pang as the late founding prime minister and comedian Sebastian "Broadway Beng" Tan as a rickshaw puller, an everyman named Koh Teong Koo.
Au, who auditioned for the part, said yesterday at the first major press conference for the musical: "It was extremely humbling to be accepted to play Madam Kwa Geok Choo.
"It would have been sufficient for me if I could just play a rickshaw puller...I just wanted to be part of this project. I wanted to volunteer as a wardrobe mistress, or someone to carry Adrian's bag."
The casting for the roles of Madam Kwa and another major real-life figure - Mr Lee's late political rival Lim Chin Siong - was revealed at the press conference, held yesterday morning at the top floor of the OUE Bayfront building.
Newcomer Benjamin Chow will play Mr Lim. The casting of Pang was revealed last month.
Read the rest of the report on My Paper. Browse the gallery to see Sharon Au in her role as well as photos of Mr Lee Kuan Yew.