During these uncertain times, the local theatre industry has banded together, working alongside each other to champion the digitalisation of plays, performances, and readings. In the latest move of solidarity, over 70 musical theatre professionals from across Southeast Asia perform an epic cover of Jonathan Larson's Seasons of Love, the soaring anthem in the musical Rent. The ASEAN Musical Theatre Project, helmed by Peter Ong and his team, started as a way of bringing people together during these difficult times.
"Covid-19 has affected the whole region and the world. The virus has decimated the performing arts in this region as well. No one is spared. Theatres have shut down. Performers, crew members, production companies, musicians, composers, writers, directors, costume makers, set builders, lighting operators, venue operators, and everyone else in the eco-system faces an uncertain future," says a statement on the official YouTube channel.
"But this memorable anthem from Jonathan Larson’s hit musical Rent gives us a voice. A voice that says we are here standing side by side in our diversity. That we are not alone. That we will not leave anyone behind. That we will come together and face the future together. Not just as a collective or industry or even a country. But as a region."
You'll see familiar Singaporean faces such as Adrian Pang, Benjamin Chow, Candice de Rozario, Darius Tan, Dwayne Lau, Ethel Yap, Hossan Leong, Kimberly Chan, Mina Kaye, Natalie Yeap, Ric Liu Seong, Hui Xuan, Shafiq Haziq, Sharon Sum, Tan Shou Chen, TJ Taylor and Vanessa Kee.