TO Kwok-wai, Raymond
Playwright for more than two decades penning almost a hundred stage and movie scripts
Many of To’s works including I Have a Date with Spring, The Umbrella Story, Hu Du Men, The Mad Phoenix, Dark Tales, Bosom Friend is Hard to Come By and Forever and Ever have won numerous theatre and film awards including the Golden Horse Award for Best Adapted Screenplay; Best Playwright, Hong Kong Artists’ Award (1989); Outstanding Personality, Hong Kong Federation of Drama Societies (1995); Louis Cartier Award of Excellence (1997); Bronze Bauhinia Star, Hong Kong Government (1999); Honorary Fellowship, University of Hong Kong (2005)
Awarded Best Playwright at the Hong Kong Drama Awards (1993, 1994, 2009)
I have a date with spring
The heart-warming show is the Cantonese musical adaptation of the critically-acclaimed stage (1992) and movie (1994) productions of the same name. At the 1995 Hong Kong Film Awards, the movie won three of its eight nominated awards including Best Screenplay. Set between the 1960s and 1980s, this musical follows the dreams, hope, love as well as the trials and tribulations of four singers (Butterfly Liu, Lulu Kim, Fung Ping and Nancy) who became best friends while working at a nightclub. Butterfly Liu, the celebrated singer, returns from retirement to her hometown to hold a benefit concert at the soon-to-be-closed Flower Palace Nightclub. With her return to the club, Liu must come to terms with the ghosts of her past.