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Sat 5 April — When I found that I had opportunity to speak to George Chan, I very nearly peed in pants. But only nearly because I got the call as I was driving to an event, and I just had the leather cleaned in. Plus it really would not do to arrive with a stain on my crotch. George is hot and handsome – pretty much a hunk – and he’s talented to boot! He acts, he sings, he dances, he choreographs and he directs. Did I mention he is a hunk?

I did?
Umm... Let’s move on shall we?

vV: So… George, tell us a little bit about yourself. How long have you been on stage? From whence did thou come and how hath your Journey been, so to speak?
George: Haha! I've been doing it too long, I think. My journey began early on during my National Service (NS) days when I was in with the Music & Drama Company (MDC). Even back then I knew that it was something that I wanted to keep doing; after NS I packed my bags and left for Europe to pursue a career in musical theatre.

vV: Wow, you just packed up and left? Where did you go?
George: I went to London for a few open auditions and was lucky to be offered a year's contract for the Dutch production of Miss Saigon.

vV: Takes some major courage to just wing it like that. What other productions have you worked on?
George: Let's see... I worked on quite a few... Chicago, Saturday Night Fever, There's No Business Like Show Business and the European premiere of Elton John's Aida

vV: How long were you gone for?
George: I was away for about 7 years.

vV: Without giving away too much, tell us a little bit about 天冷就回来, and your role in it.
George: I play the protagonist Ah Le in 天冷就回来.  In it, Ah Le is a musician who decides to leave Singapore for New York, after the death of his girlfriend, to pursue his dreams. There he makes friends with two Singaporeans, also pursuing their dreams. The story is centred around relationships between people, and of course the subject of passion and dreams — how badly do you want to achieve your dreams, and what are you willing to do to achieve it.

vV: The concept of relationships doesn’t seem so simple. I’m sure there’s more to it, so what made you decide that you’d do the musical?
George: Well this is the third run of the production; it was first staged in ’07, then in ’09. I was approached by Jian Hong (郭践红), and when I read the script, I was amazed at how the music by Liang Wern Fook (梁文福) was weaved into the play by梁文福– it was sheer genius!

vV:  You’ve got me curious about how it’ll all play out, what with all the different layers….
George: Well with a story like this, it just doesn’t do it any justice to talk about it, you have to watch it to get it.

vV: I can’t help but notice some similarity between your own story and that of the musical. Considering that you’re playing the protagonist Ah Le, I’m pretty sure you’d be injecting some real George into the character of Ah Le. Could you tell us more about the real George?
George: Haha! Hmm… I’m told that I’m like a wild horse that can’t be tamed... I need the freedom to run wild. Once I start the creation process, I get into my own world and pretty soon I jet off in my own direction. Once there, I go with it and I get very involved in the process; I tend to be a non-conformist that way.

vV: Wild horse ey? We like the sound of that. OK, could we convince you to spill a secret or two? Something not many people know about you.
George: Haha! Hmm… how about this? I speak Dutch very well, and I love spending my vacation doing nothing by the beach - I’m a very beach person.

Well, one thing’s for sure. I’m going to be looking out for George whenever I hit the beach!

《天冷就回来》 is showing at the Drama Centre Theatre from Thur 3 April right till 20 April 2014. Details here./a>


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