Actor in The LKY Musical took down post

(Left to right) Sharon Au, Tan Shou Chen, Edward Choy, Jonathan Lum and Adrian Pang in The LKY Musical.
(Left to right) Sharon Au, Tan Shou Chen, Edward Choy, Jonathan Lum and Adrian Pang in The LKY Musical. PHOTO: THE LKY MUSICAL

SINGAPORE - An actor in The LKY Musical who said in his blog that the authorities had given inputs for the musical has removed the post.

In a post titled LKY Musical Some Thoughts, actor Tan Shou Chen, who plays former deputy Prime Minister Toh Chin Chye in the musical, said that playwright Tony Petito, who is Singapore Repertory Theatre's founding artistic director, had been "extremely open to inputs" from the Ministry of Communications and Information.

Tan said that factual corrections were made to the script and that the famous 1965 television broadcast in which founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew broke down when announcing the separation from Malaysia was added at the last minute at the suggestion of the ministry.

The post was removed on Wednesday morning.

Responding to queries from The Straits Times, a spokesman for Metropolitan Productions, which is producing the musical, said: "As with all plays and musicals in Singapore, the script was submitted to MDA for an Arts Entertainment License, which was approved. We were very fortunate to get feedback on correcting inaccuracies such as dates of events. At no time were we asked to change the content or storyline of the musical."

When contacted by The Straits Times, Tan declined comment.

The LKY Musical spans 26 years of history, from Mr Lee's student days at Raffles College up to the independence of Singapore in 1965.

Actors Adrian Pang and Sharon Au play the late Mr Lee and his wife Madam Kwa Geok Choo. The creative team includes veteran composer Dick Lee, Laurence Olivier Award-winning lyricist Stephen Clark and director Steven Dexter, who helmed Singapore Repertory Theatre's Forbidden City (2002) and Fried Rice Paradise (2010).

Show previews opened on Tuesday, and the musical will run at the Mastercard Theatres at Marina Bay Sands till Aug 16.