If There’re Seasons 2009 | Singapore Musical

Elsie got free tickets to the Sunday matinee of this local Chinese musical If There’re Seasons (天冷就回来). She asked me to go with her. I thought it was a nice way to spend a Sunday afternoon at the Drama Centre.

Poster for If there're seasons
Poster for the musical

So, what did I think of the musical?

I enjoyed it overall but there was a vague sense of dissatisfaction after the curtains came down. I spent the next few days mulling over the reasons behind that feeling.

What’s wrong? What’s not to like about If There’re Seasons?

The songs were great. We are talking about Liang Wern Fook’s songs… songs from a time when my youth means invincibility. Such nostalgia. It is hard not to like the production.

The cast was great. George Chan (as 阿乐 Ah Le), Joanna Dong (as Rose), Sing Chew (as 静 Jing), Robin Goh (as 阿强 Ah Qiang), and the supporting cast sang and acted so well.

Singapore has great actors and singers (ok, Sing Chew is from Malaysia, but she became famous in Singapore).

The set was simple and well constructed.

Drama Centre was cosy and I have a comfortable seat with a great view.

So I’m left with the story. But it’s not the story per se.

It is the scenes… one scene in particular.

Let’s start with the gist of the main story.

The Plot

Ah Le lost Jing his girlfriend to illness. He bade her farewell at the cemetery and flew off to New York to get away and to see if he can further his musical talents abroad.

He arrived in New York and met Ah Qiang and a group of Singaporeans working in a cafe. They were also budding musicians. He started working there too. He met Rose, a Singaporean girl who frequents the cafe, She is an aspiring actress aiming for Broadway.

In time, Rose developed feelings for Ah Le but Ah Le was slow to accept her. He kept thinking of Jing.

Finally, with the encouragements by his co-workers at the cafe, he decided to accept Rose only to find out that Rose has agreed to accompany a director to Las Vegas in exchange for a role. It was the big break she was waiting for. She wanted Ah Le to wait for her.

Disheartened, Ah Le packed his bags and returned to Singapore…to Jing.

2 months later, Rose turned up in Singapore, at the cemetery where Jing lay and asked Jing to let her take care of Ah Le.

Ah Le came and found out that Rose didn’t accept the arrangement. She came back to Singapore to look for him instead. She has chosen love.

Happily ever after.

A simple story right? But a good story is told through the scenes. And I thought one scene weakens the whole plot significantly.

The Problematic Scene

Ah Le expressed his feelings for Rose and Rose discloses her plan to sleep with Robert the director in exchange for a part in his show.

If Rose has very strong feelings for Ah Le, she should have found it impossible to tell Ah Le about her plan just when he confesses his love. How could any woman who just received the love confession that she yearns so much for break such an awful news at the next moment?

She could have just kept it from him. He doesn’t have to know. That would have been more natural, but it would affect the storyline.

So, this scene spoiled it for me. It wasn’t convincing.

A sort of disengagement from the story occurred. That’s not nice. I want to be swept off my feet and go where the protagonists go. I want to come out of the theatre in awe and be made speechless.

It didn’t happen and that’s why I was dissatisfied. But I’m glad to know that many people didn’t have my problem and enjoyed the production tremendously.

Phew, I finally got it straightened out and out of my system. Now, I can move on.

The Music Video of the 2014 Production

Half the cast has changed. The song is still fabulous. 

The Original MV

Sang by Kit Chan (陈洁仪) in 2002. Written by Liang Wern Fook (梁文福) and produced by Ocean Butterflies (海蝶音乐). 

从前对着收音机学唱旧的歌
我问妈妈为什么伤心像快乐
妈妈笑着说她也不懂得
我想出去走一走
哦妈妈点点头
天冷你就回来
别在风中徘徊哦
妈妈眼里有明白
还有一丝无奈
天冷我想回家
童年已经不在
昨天的雨点撒下来
那滋味叫作爱
呜~别在风中徘徊
呜~天冷就回来

渐渐对着收音机学唱新的歌
我问朋友为什么做梦也快乐
朋友笑说他从不相信梦
我想出去走一走
哦朋友点点头
天冷你就回来
别在风中徘徊
朋友的眼里有明白
还有一份期待
天冷我想回家
年少已经不在
今天的雨点撒下来
那滋味就是爱

现在对着收音机
听自己唱的歌
我的他问为什么幸福不快乐
我微笑着说我也不懂得
他想出去走一走
我对他点点头
天冷你就回来
别在风中徘徊
我猜我眼里有明白
还有一丝无奈
天冷他没回家
我仍然在等待
明天的雨点撒下来
那滋味就是爱
呜~别在风中徘徊
呜~天冷就回来