In slang, you’d say “same same, but different”.
Placed next to one another, getai (Chinese for song stage) and musicals may share a common art form–performers singing on stage, but that may be where similarities end. Location, presentation and story (or lack of it) all play a part in making one form distinct from the other.
For GE TAI – The Musical, an ambitious attempt at marrying both camps, the musical direction falls on Elaine Chan. Best known for her LTA jingle Love Your Ride, she takes recognisable getai classics such as 爱拼才会赢 (No Pain, No Gain) and 欢喜就好 (As Long As You’re Happy) to help tell the story of an aspiring getai artist trying to fit in. Opportunities abound for dramatisation, which she uses to good effect.
A scene from the musical has our protagonist being pushed aside to make way for a bigger star. The performer in the background sings Samuel Hui’s melancholic From 郎子心声 (the Heart of a Loafer), which tells how hard it is to trust others.
There are also three songs unique to this musical, penned by songwriter Jiu Jian (who also plays a role in the musical!). One of the songs, 谁的梦在天上飞 (Whose Dream It Is In the Sky?), has a solo and duo rendition by the co-leads of the show (getai stars Hao Hao and Desmond Ng).
These songs are available for download. Take a listen and let us know if they are indeed “same same, but different”.
GE TAI – The Musical song download, lyrics
Stream: 谁的梦在天上飞 Hao Hao solo version
Stream: 谁的梦在天上飞 Hao Hao + Desmond Ng duet version
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