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A classic homecoming

By Chen Nan | China Daily | Updated: 2018-10-11 07:00
One of the best-selling singers from Hong Kong, 57-year-old Jacky Cheung will conclude his The Classic Tour in January with 15 performances at the Hong Kong Coliseum. Kicking off in Beijing in October 2016, the tour has brought 191 shows worldwide so far. [Photo provided to China Daily]

Referring to the aforementioned crew, he added: "Those people helped me bring my vision to stage, which was not easy."

As you would expect, the music has been the highlight of the tour. Though, while the audience know his songs well enough, Cheung offered his audience new arrangements and adapted some of his performances into a type of musical, an art form which has long been a fascination of the singer.

In 1997, he was the art director of, and played the leading role in, the groundbreaking Cantonese Broadway-style musical, entitled Snow.Wolf.Lake, which was enthusiastically received by both audiences and critics. After more than 40 consecutive full-house performances at the Hong Kong Coliseum, he adapted the musical and premiered a Mandarin version in Beijing in 2004.

"I love various styles of performance, which is in my nature. Although I am approaching 60, I still want to try something new. It's a way to surprise myself and to be different," he says.

Starting his career after winning a singing contest in 1984, Cheung quickly became one of the biggest Canto-pop stars, and is called "heavenly king" by his local followers.

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