The Max Pavilion was jammed packed with loyal fans, all excited to be part of a significant milestone in Wang Ming Quan’s career. Tonight’s show was an exclusive concert, organized by UnUsual Entertainment, commemorating her 40 years in the Hong Kong entertainment scene.
Wang Ming Quan, fondly known as the “Queen of TVB”, Hong Kong’s premier television network, has established herself as a Cantonese and Mandarin pop artiste, television host, actress and seasoned Cantonese opera singer. Beyond her legendary status as an all-rounded entertainer, less well-known is the fact that she is a philanthropist. Beyond screen and stage, she has been active in social work in villages in China and has also founded a home for the less fortunate.
Before the show, there was already an atmosphere of anticipation as fans queued at the entrance of the hall. Many in the audience had been following Wang Ming Quan throughout her showbiz career, and were now recalling her plethora of roles in various drama serials over the years.
“I first knew about Wang Ming Quan watching her on the TV screen in various drama serials in my childhood. My interest grew through my appreciation of her talent as a music artiste. Today, I am here with my mum and her friend — our common interest in the same artiste and love for cantopop music draws us closer as a family,” said Cynthia Tan, 40, who is also an ardent fan of Cantonese opera.
The diva stepped on stage decked in a purple, glittering French cabaret outfit with sequin trimmings that showed off a very slender figure. At 62, Wang Ming Quan continues to maintain her youthful beauty and vocal stamina belting out soothing ballads and timeless favorites.
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She emanated significant stage presence, never losing a beat as she danced, posed and belted out hits like 万水千山總是情, 京华春梦, 热咖啡 and 自由女神 on stage.
Although mainly a Cantonese singer, she showcased her multi-linguistic talent by singing both in English and Mandarin. A highlight of the concert was the medley of familiar tunes like ‘One Way Ticket’ by Boney M, and ‘我要你的爱’, a credible Chinese cover version of an English song titled “I Want To Be Your Baby” by Georgia Gibbs.
Grooving to the beat of 我要你的爱, Wang delivered the original English lyrics in the chorus effortlessly at rap-like tempo.
Commonly known in the HK entertainment circle as “Big Sister”, she turned on her “big sister” charm by getting the crowd clapping and singing along the whole night.
It was a night of nostalgia for fans. Like they say, it ain’t over till the Fab Lady sings.