Fairy tale musical Lucia and the Ice Mountain premiered in HCM City hinh anh 1Dancer To To plays Lucia in the musical Lucia and the Ice Mountain, which will premiere in HCM City today. (Photo courtesy of the organisers)

HCM Cit​y (VNA)
- Lucia and the Ice Mountain, a fairy tale musical co-produced by young musicians and producers from ASEAN countries, premiered in HCM City on January 6.

The musical was inspired by and based on the book Land of the Blue Mountains by English children’s writer Enid Blyton.

It features the adventure of Princess Lucia Valentina O’Donnell along with her faithful dog Saxton who travels to Ice Mountain to find a cure for the disease of her sick mother, Queen Marian.

On the journey, she faces challenges made by the cold-hearted Ice Queen.

The musical is directed by Singaporean actor and director Marc Valentine, and its screenplay was written by producer and writer Kevin Chua, who is based in Singapore and Los Angeles.

The play’s music is composed by Indonesian composer Ivan Tangkulung and singer Mavelina Setiawan and it is choreographed by Vietnamese dancer To To, the 2016 winner of Buoc Nhay Ngan Can, a Vietnamese version of the US TV reality dance show Dance Your Fat Off.

To To played the leading role of Lucia.

Au Bao Ngan, who was in the top 3 of Voice Vietnam 2013 – a Vietnamese version of the US TV reality singing show The Voice, played both Queen Marian and Ice Queen.

“Playing two characters with opposite personalities is a big challenge for me,” said the 29-year-old singer who has taken part in several musicals in HCM City and Hanoi, such as The Secret Garden and Les Miserables.

The cast also included Huynh Luan, Quang Huy, and Huynh Duc, who are members of theatre clubs in HCM City.

“All of the actors and I feel lucky working with experienced producers from neighbouring countries. We learned a lot from them,” said To To, a member of Buffalo Theatre, who offers Broadway productions in Vietnam such as Chicago and High School Musical.

“We worked hard and spent hours on training dance and singing for the musical,” the 24-year-old dancer said, adding that Lucia and the Ice Mountain would be a success.

The musical will also be staged on January 12 and 13 at the Pop Music Stage, 57 Cao Thang Street in District 3.-VNA