全臺音樂劇迷的盛事就在夏天的臺中！以百老匯音樂劇規格製作的《熱帶天使》，是歌劇院駐館藝術家林孟寰歷經3年打造，改編文學大師陳千武經典小說《活著回來》，在動人旋律中寫出身不由己的愛情與命運。外百老匯最長壽音樂劇《I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change》雖在去年因疫情延期至今，相信挾著曾上架歌劇院5小時即完售的紀錄，這次氣勢十足，4名國內頂尖音樂劇演員演繹50多個角色，20段關於約會、伴侶、婚姻、家庭與愛情的故事，不論是資深音樂劇迷或新鮮人，都能盡享觀演樂趣。國內音樂劇「老前輩」音樂時代製作的臺灣音樂劇首部曲《四月望雨》，睽違12年風華重現，以歌謠之父鄧雨賢的故事為背景，讓我們重返大稻埕摩登的「跳舞時代」！
—— 臺中國家歌劇院 藝術總監 邱瑗
Summer Fun Time that belongs to each of us!
Cicada songs in the summer are associated with poets, summer days at the beach are a time for family fun, and summers infused with the arts are the best gauges of a city’s vitality.
Arts lovers from around the world travel every summer to Edinburgh in Britain or Avignon in France, and Shakespeare in the Park is an annual ritual in New York’s Central Park. Summers at the NTT are designed to appeal to everyone, because the theater offers a bountiful banquet for all ages as parents and children enter our doors holding hands and having fun. Let’s quickly glance at the special offerings of 2022 NTT Summer Fun Time.
Oh! NTT Musicals
Summer in Taichung contains multiple highlights on the calendar of Taiwan’s musical theater fans! Adhering to the Broadway production process and having gone through three years of development, Tropical Angels will deliver moving melodies recounting irresistible love and irrevocable fate. This world premiere musical by NTT artist-in-residence LIN Meng-huan is adapted from CHEN Chien-wu’s classical novel Coming Back Alive. Although the pandemic delayed the arrival in Taichung of the long-running Off-Broadway musical I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, last year’s box office feat (tickets were sold out within five hours) portents great success this summer. Four of Taiwan’s most illustrious musical theater performers portray more than 50 characters in 20 vignettes about dating, mating, marriage, family and love. No matter whether you’re a musical theater novice or a true aficionado, your senses will delight in this contemporary classic. April Rain, a pioneering work in Taiwan’s musical theater, will return to the stage in all its glory after a hiatus of a dozen years. Based on the life of TENG Yu-hsien, the father of Taiwan popular song, this production waxes nostalgic of the Dadaocheng dance scene of yesteryear.
Family Fun at the NTT
Cloud Gate Theater presents the family concert Worries of an Animal Doctor curated by three distinguished musicians, LI I-ching, LIEN Yi-shien and WANG Pei-yao (they also share another attribute, as mothers), pairing the music of Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals with dance, welcoming all those who are young at heart. Interdisciplinary artist/director Ballboss uses a contemporary perspective on Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel, with enchanting melodies infused with childlike wonder leading both “lost” children and adults to find their way back home to their loving family. Under the auspices of the Emerging Artists Project, the selected team—the Antinomy Company—captures the best time of day for family sharing, inviting different actors from various age groups to create and perform Bedtime Story, exploring new, alternative possibilities of the theater.
Summers that belong to the theater
For the first time, the NTT Grand Theater greets audience members as they step foot on stage for an immersive experience, exploring multiple rooms set up by NTT artist-in-residence CHOU Man-nung in her work Detective Deduction. Everyone is invited to roam around a dozen different settings, experiencing the thrill of piecing together clues in “solving a case.” Multi-faceted veteran actress Angie WANG’s monodrama Before Outdated is inspired by her own experiences, filled with anecdotes about an urbanite in search of love online, adding a humorous sheen on the emotional lives of single women! An old friend of NTT Summer Fun Time, Dacon.come Laugh Live has expanded its original Creepy or Happy? including not only manzai but also short sketches, song and dance and improvisational skits, taking us back down memory lane reliving moments of terror. Love Song: Rhyme for you (Revival) is a popular work presented by the Yang’s Ensemble in the past decade, having already exceeded 100 shows, combining popular culture of the 1990s as we look back at a love story of a seventh grader.
We offer laughter, surprise, exhilaration and a few touching moments at the NTT. Every one of us, no matter our age, can find our own personal “Summer Fun Time” right here!
—— Joyce Chiou, General and Artistic Director