Tonight we opened and presented our first performance of Orpheus X to the people of Hong Kong. Playing to a very full house, the cast and band were in fine form. Despite the I-Beam not dropping due to a hydraulic problem, the set and video images looked amazing on the stage of The Lyric. The audience was enraptured. There was only one curtain call and polite applause, but we were told by the Festival staff that this is acceptable norm. Hong Kong Chinese are not known for several curtain calls and standing ovations. But we were told that there were many positive responses to the performance, the acting and the music. I wish I spoke or understood the language, so I could eavesdrop on people to gather their response as they left the theatre.
Following the performance, Morgan Stanley, a major sponsor of our Hong Kong engagement, hosted us at the Grand Hyatt. The sit-down dinner was held in a large dining facility that overlooks the Honk Kong harbor and has stunning views. The posh setting and good food and wine were a great way to end a memorable night for all of us.