“Our musical is not about tits. Our musical is about balls.”
So says Tan Kheng Hua, producer of “Tropicana The Musical”, a show that we cannot wait to see when it starts its run at Capitol Theatre this 13 April.
“And where are those balls now?” Tan asks.
Singapore in the 1960s wasn’t the ordered, orchestrated, almost-sterile metropolis that it is now. Back then, it betrayed a certain liberalism and fierce independence; in thought, vision and action.
The real Tropicana, on which the musical is based, embodied that mindset. It was a restaurant nightclub established in 1968 in what is now Pacific Plaza on Scotts Road.