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Lim Boon Keng, The Musical

book and lyrics by Stella Kon
music by Desmond Moey
Musical Theatre Limited
Victoria Theatre, Singapore

One could perhaps be forgiven for drawing a blank when quizzed about Lim Boon Keng, a Singaporean pioneer who has not have received much coverage from the history books. His great-granddaughter Stella Kon, best known for her luminous monodrama Emily of Emerald Hill, hopes to change things with this musical, a project that has been years in the making.
Directed by theatre veteran Jeremiah Choy, starring well-loved comedian Sebastian Tan in the lead role and supported by an established creative team, LBK, The Musical had all the ingredients to be a powerful production to celebrate the life of this Western-educated Peranakan doctor who worked tirelessly for change in his community.

We are swept through more than half a century of Lim's career, starting from his election to the Straits Chinese Legislative Assembly in 1895 to his educational and social reforms, his time abroad as Pres…

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