Broadway Musical Theatre throughout the Ages – An Interactive Performance with C. Kenneth Lee

Date :
Saturday, 7 June 2014
Time :
15:00 – 16:30
Venue :
1/F, Fung Ping Shan Building, UMAG, HKU
Cost :
Free admission. All are welcome

Do “Cabaret”, “Cats”, “Jesus Christ Superstar”, “The Phantom of the Opera”, “The Lion King”, “Les Miserables” and “Mamma Mia” sound familiar? Do you know how and when Broadway theatres and musicals started? What is Broadway, Off-Broadway, Off-Off Broadway? Which is the longest running Broadway musical in history and how many shows performed? What is a Tony Award? How did Broadway culture survive through the American Civil War, the Great Depression, and how was it affected when silent movies were replaced by movies with sound and special effects? Why is Broadway a good breeding ground for many famous movie stars? Come to this fun workshop and get the answers and stories from Kenneth Lee.

In 2013, the Broadway Theater District in New York City sold approximately US$1.19 billion worth of tickets with attendance at 11.58 million. Broadway is widely considered to represent the highest level of English-speaking commercial theatres. Kenneth Lee will showcase the evolution of musical theatre with his brilliant performance of specially selected songs, some of which will engage interactive singing with the audience. Everyone will probably go home humming familiar, heart-touching tunes.

C. Kenneth Lee is the Music Director of Jaderin Voice Group, and was a TVB music director/composer/performer for over 100 TV episodes. He has been an active award-winning performer, singer, pianist and composer in both the contemporary and classical domains since 1992. He is playing a leading role in the HK Musical production “Footloose” in May 2014 at the HK Cultural Centre.
Graduated from the California Institute of Art, Lee studied music under many international masters. He is Founder and first President of CMTC (Cal Arts Musical Theater Club). Hailed by The Hong Kong Economic Journal as “a young musical
prodigy”, Lee was awarded 1st place in The 6th Hong Kong Cup Arts Festival Singing Contest (adult classical singing division) in 2014, among numerous other awards in the past. He has performed internationally in concert halls, auditoriums, hotels, cruises, stadiums, festivals, radios and for special occasions. He teaches, composes, acts, writes and recently published his first book, "Selected Poems, Articles and Short Stories" by C. Kenneth Lee.