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Above and below: Is this something for dinner, or some parasitic creatures that will attach themselves to your face and lay their young inside of you?
Reach in my pocket, pull out some dough
Girl acted like she never seen a ten before
It's all about the Hamiltons baby
Roll up to the theaterThe Chinese regime didn't choose different historical leaders for each denomination. Rather, they've put Mao Zedong on all of their paper currency from one RMB and up. Maybe you'd think, "All the bills have a portrait of the same dictator. How can you possibly do the equivalent of calling them Benjamins or Hamiltons?" But it is possible.
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From the way we’re droppin’ Hamiltons
For many, if not all of the locals, the draw was seeing HK pop singer Karen Mok (莫文蔚), who played Mimi. Quite a few people were taking (flash) photos when she sang her numbers. On the sides of the stage were a vertical LED displays showing a Chinese translation of the lyrics. The subtitles were going at blindingly fast speed, like half a second per sentence sometimes. I'm not sure that the show would be very enjoyable for non-native English speakers. The translations were pretty much accurate but it lost the musical quality and wit.
As far as the performances in the show, I would mostly agree with the comments on this forum. That is, Karen Mok was ok, but she's obviously not the appropriate actress to play Mimi. However, her presence makes the production economically feasible in Asia. The rest of the cast ranged from a few stand-out performers to some others that are just so-so.
The only other negative thing I'd mention is that the venue's acoustics were unsuitable for a musical that is heavy on rock and roll. It was an oval, pillbox-shaped auditorium with hard, smooth walls all around. The fact that it was under one-third full didn't help the reverberation.
Overall, it was an enjoyable show and I'd recommend it as long as you're tickets are on the cheap side of the scale.