Lao Jiu: The Musical
A Boy. A Dream. A Choice.
Set in 1980s Singapore, Lao Jiu: The Musical tells the story of Lao Jiu (Ninth Son), the only son in a family of nine, and his family’s hope for a better life. An incredibly intelligent boy on track to win a prestigious scholarship, he instead finds his passion in traditional Chinese puppetry. With his family’s hopes pinned on him, will Lao Jiu follow his heart and become a puppeteer, or respect his family’s wishes and take up the scholarship instead?
Based on the late theatre doyen Kuo Pao Kun’s beloved play Lao Jiu, this award-winning musical is one of Practice’s seminal works and stands out as a shining landmark of original Singapore Chinese musical theatre, performing multiple sold-out runs in Singapore.
Directed by The Theatre Practice’s Artistic Director Kuo Jian Hong, Lao Jiu: The Musical is a universally relevant coming-of-age story about choosing between dreams and responsibilities. Deeply moving, this heart-warming musical combines a stirring score composed and written by Mandopop luminaries Eric Ng and Xiaohan, with an exciting range of puppetry techniques including traditional Chinese hand puppetry, object puppetry and shadow puppetry.
Language: Performed in Mandarin with English surtitles
Duration: 2 hours 30 mins
Recommended Audience Capacity: 600 – 800
26 x Cast
1 x Director
1 x Producer/Tour Manager
1 x Music Director/Musician
4 x Musicians
20 x Production Crew
“Emotive songs, effective choreography, and a moving story with a classic struggle…it stands a head above other Singapore musicals…”
– The Business Times
“…one of a handful of genuinely relevant and meaningful Singaporean musicals.”
– Centre 42
“…a classic that has serious staying power.”