Thursday, August 21, 2014

Updated: Two stars share stage for first time Steven Ma and Susanna Kwan

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source: New Straits Times 8/8/ 2014
written by:Loong Wai Ting loongwaiting@nst.com.my
ticket purchase: RWGenting Highlands

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THE stars have finally aligned for Susanna Kwan and Steven Ma who will perform on the same stage for the first time this month at Genting International Convention Centre in First World Hotel, Genting Highlands. Ma, who is popular for roles in TVB series such as Where The Legend Begins, Perish In The Name Of Love and, more recently, Storm In A Cocoon, will mesmerise with his timeless tunes starting from the time when he first broke into the entertainment scene after winning an annual singing competition in Hong Kong. He also holds the record for winning the most number of Favourite Character awards awarded by TVB.




related material: 5月28日 16:23Steven weibo post

FUN AND INTERESTING
“I have not worked with Susanna before — not on stage or in a drama series. So our performance should be a fun and interesting experience,” Ma says, adding that he will sing a duet with Kwan at the concert. “No doubt the duet will be one of the highlights of the concert. As for the set list, Susanna is still finalising her selections. I will be presenting songs from my previous albums as well as theme songs from the shows I have appeared in.”

Will he be performing Lee Heung Lan, the popular theme song from the action-comedy film, From Beijing With Love? Laughing, Ma says: “All these years I have never been able to sing this song again after performing it for the first time at the singing competition. The reason is that I am afraid I will not be able to give the song its edge the way Jacky Cheung does.” [sic. He has sung the song live  twice in different concerts.)

The song became one of Cheung’s popular hits after Stephen Chow’s character did a rendition of his own in the movie.

THE BEST RECOGNITION
After his debut album, Lucky For Meeting You, in late 1993, Ma quickly went on to become a household name.

But it wasn’t until 1995 — two years after dabbling as both a television host and a singer — that Ma finally found his true calling in acting. His realistic portrayal of Dr Stephen Chan Cheuk-yiu in the fourth instalment of the legal procedural drama, File Of Justice, earned him recognition — he was subsequently cast as the leading man in the series.

Aside from appearances in TVB drama series, Ma works on Mainland China series too. He acted alongside Hu Jun and Charmaine Sheh in the big-budgeted series "Legend Of The Yuan Empire Founder", where he played the Yuan Dynasty court adviser, Liu Bingzhong.

“I want to challenge myself to play different characters and not just good guys who rescue pretty damsels in distress,” he says. “I am tired of playing the same character (good guy) over and over again. For a change, I want to try my hands at playing villains.”

Does that mean playing the bad guy will earn him an award?

“It doesn’t matter anymore to me. My passion is acting and the best compliment may not necessarily be an award or trophy. When I walk on the street and people call me by my characters’ names and tell me how my roles have affected their lives — that’s the best recognition I can get,” he says.

OVERNIGHT SENSATION
Kwan is no stranger here. Known for playing a schemer in Heart Of Greed, she became an overnight sensation and her character subsequently won her My Favourite Female Character at the TVB Anniversary Awards. The series was well-received at home and abroad and a sequel (Moonlight Resonance) followed soon after.

Susanna Kwan and Steven Ma Live in Genting 2014 (from Aug21-23) concert

Tickets are priced from RM90-RM300. A 20 per cent discount will be given to the first 500 PS2 ticket holders (applicable to Genting Rewards Card members only). There is also a 20 per cent discount for all GRC members via the Genting Point Redemption for all price scales. Details at www.rwgenting.com or call 03-2718 1118.

First posted: Aug 8, 2014

87 comments:

  1. Can't wait for the concert, bought VIP tickets for the first night. Wanted to buy VVIP but unfortunately I'm not a Genting member so it's not available to me. Really love his acting, love his voice too, sounds really good singing live, he sounds really good especially in the latest album.

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    1. Steven has a great singing voice that carries well. Hopefully the venue PA system does justice to his singing.

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    2. Wonder if there are backup dancers in the concert.

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    3. nevertheless, i think i'll enjoy the concert, haha..oh yeah, thanks for all these updates on your blog, great job!

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    4. You definitely will. Steven has excellent stage presence and great vocal. Not sure if you have browsed the posts on his NY + Toronto concerts, if not you can hype up your anticipating by viewing the videos (some have since been deleted or privated) and reading the posts: http://stevenma-fanblog.blogspot.com/2010/12/ny-trip-steven-weibo.html; http://stevenma-fanblog.blogspot.com/2010/12/ny-trip-videos.html;

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  2. Can someone please tell me how
    to post comments on this site?

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    1. Anonymous: You just did -- posted your comment here.

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    2. Thanks Tamaya for your reply. Btw I am Irene from Singapore and Would say I am a newbie crazy fan of Steven since after catching his latest drama Storm in a Cocoon beginning of th year.

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    3. Hi, Irene, welcome! Yes, Ka Yeung is a pretty captivating character, all right. Steven himself is pretty amazing too. Did you attend his Yeah Show?

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    4. Anonymous -Irene: Do you have a weibo username?

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  3. Totally agree Tamaya. I was actually so memorised by Ka Yeung's character that l began to dig out almost all of Steven's past dramas to watch. No I didn't attend his Yeah Show at the Woodlands church. But I will be travelling to Genting to attend his concert. Yippee! Yesh


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    1. Irene: That's the most common road to fandom - watching his past dramas. So far, what series have you watched? Lucky you to be able to attend his GH concert. There are several SM fans that I know of are attending the concert too.

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    2. Hi hi Tamaya. I have watched all of the more recent series. Is there a way where I catch 皆大欢喜 Part II 2003 wherehe appeared Iin a few episodes as guest star? Don't seems to be able to get it from any link. Thank you in advance for your help.

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    3. I would just search baidu with this search phrase "皆大歡喜現代版粵語 365" Steven comes out on these following episodes. 365-373,390-413,436-443 (end) Good luck!

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    4. Thanks Tamaya for your guidance.Shall ttry my luck. 谢谢了

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    5. Anonymous: Guess what? I manage to get a clear dl for VOH2. see http://stevenma-fanblog.blogspot.com/2014/08/virtue-of-harmony-2.html . It's awkward addressing you and many others "Anonymous", would you mind writing your username when posting under Anonymous? Thanks.

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  4. are u all staying there overnight?

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  5. Hi Yasmine. Yes I would be staying over for 2 nights in fact. How about you?

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    1. probably not. cant find any nearby hotels to say/coach that goes genting first world hotel:( do tell me ur experince! i really like sm alot haha

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  6. Hi Yasmine. You are from Singapore too, right? I booked the first world hotel including coach through 707 travel agency at People's Park Centre 2 weeks ago. Guess you were a tad bit too late with your booking ya?

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  7. So would you be going to the concert then?

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  8. im maybe going. ltr calling 707 to see if have left any space!! yay so excited but not sure whether im going haha. where did u buy ur tickets?

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    1. Yasmine: bought concert tickets from the Resort World office @ Park Mall Orchard Road.

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  9. which day of the concert u t watching? im watching the last one.

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    1. yasmine sio: Do you have a sina weibo?

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    2. hi. sorry for the late reply. didnt see this. yes i have

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  10. The 2nd night on Friday.

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  11. Here's a thought, why not have an impromptu SM fans gathering to meet each other in person? Pm each other on Asianfanatics.net or sina weibo username to make the necessary arrangements.

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  12. Thanks for your great suggestion Tamaya. We' can consider the idea n see how it goes.

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    1. Irene, guess what? I've an even better idea -- I'll pm Sandy Lau requesting a Steven-fan gathering, if rejected then I'll request a backstage pass for fans to meet Steven. So, ladies, before I put in the request I may need your weibo or FB usernames to give substance to my request on fans' behalf.

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  13. Hai...Im Wendy.I will be watching SM show in Genting on 23rd Aug..Can consider the gathering if got time. Can pm me thru FB oso..hehe..

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    1. Wendy Wong: I hope you you're not under the impression that my suggestion is a fan gathering with Steven, because that is not it -- the suggested meeting is only among fans to meet each other in person. He has told fans many times not to buy him presents but if must, a card or a simple letter would do, that is if you can get close enough to hand him the present. That being said, if still wish to give him a present, then something small and light - he collects Transformers and Doraemon collectible (but then he probably has whatever you're gonna give him). Some local delectables like Durian candies (for his low sugar), or local handicraft items or anything badminton related collectibles, or Christian items. etc.

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    2. Scratch candies, Steven probably won't dare eat any stuff given to him by strangers. lol! Recall Halloween candies.

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  14. Here's another idea - if like, I can pm his HK manager, Sandy Lau, to request a fan meeting with Steven on a particular day agreed among yourselves or per his convenience. Nothing venture nothing gain, right? Steven can only say 'no'! What do you say?

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  15. Hi! my weibo ID is 嵐嵐-自語 from Hong Kong.

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    1. Welcome, 嵐嵐/Helena. Good to see you here.

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    2. Tamayar/Clammine, thanks for your arrangement. I will be watching 3 nights concert in Genting and leave on 24th. Everyday is good for me.

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  16. yasmine sio, Irene yeoh, wendy wong, amyleo; 嵐嵐-自語 (weibo) 小龙阿冰 (weibo) so far are in favor of a possible Steven-fans meeting for now. I'll pm Sandy Lau with the request later today. Fingers cross!

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    1. Pick your day of the meeting request! Majority rules!

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    2. Oh yeah...I'm interested.I will be watching Saturday show 23/8. Maybe will watch Friday show too but not yet confirm. So these two days I will be in Genting.

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    3. This is how I'll phrase my request to Sandy Lau.

      Hi, Sandy, I am writing on behest of Steven's fans who will be attending his upcoming GH concert next week with two requests: 1) a backstage pass to meet Steven in person after the concert; 2) a short Steven-fans gathering at a place and time convenient to him. So far, there are 6 interested fans who would be thrilled to meet Steven in person.

      Thank you for your consideration over this matter.

      Yours sincerely
      Clamine

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    4. I've just pm the request to Sandy's weibo. Will see, fingers crossed!

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  17. Hi Tamaya. I'm irene ho from Singapore. Unfortunately I do not have a weibo account. And I will be leaving GH on 23rd afternoon. So I will miss the opportunity . Sob sob. You guys have fun ba. Enjoy.

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    1. Irene, Sandy has not even replied my pm yet, so who knows if the request is granted or not. Regardless, fans can still make arrangement to meet each other if so desire.

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    2. Appreciates your great effort in helping to pm Sandy . So sweet n kind of you to go the extra mile .your gratefully.. Irene the Ho Ho Ho Spore.

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  18. Tamaya: Noted, you mean is SM fans gathering and not with him. Also thanks so much for your information/idea what to present him.
    Clamine: Thanks for your effort on pm Ms. Sandy Lau, hope she will response ASAP. God is great!! I think we need to be patient and wait lor..haha..Hope is good news!

    I'll be watching 23/8 show, will reach Genting about noon already.

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    1. Wendy: Regardless of the outcome, I'm happy to at least try to make the meeting happen for you all. I'll be happier if she said yes to the request. She has not responded yet. Will see.

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  19. Fr.irene ho...seems like most of you are attending the 23rd concert. I am one of the few who will be catching the 22nd slot. Odd one out...haha

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  20. if we're able to meet him how are we gonna take the pass and meet him? my cousin is also int and she's going with me n my family

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    1. lol! Let's cross that bridge when we get there-first thing first. Anyway, since there is no reply to my pm to Sandy, the request to meet Steven is probably denied but fans can still meet each other.

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  21. Can we actually pm him personally? haez....mostly slighly our request rejected. Ya, maybe fans can just arrange to meet each other, but I still hoping for the good news...神啊!求您, 憐悯我! lol!

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    1. Understand that his concert schedules in Malaysia are handled by the local organizer who invited him and Susanna, so he may not have a say in scheduling meetings that may disrupt plans. So my pm Sandy was just going out on a limb like I say nothing venture nothing gain.

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    2. Wendy, I recall Steven saying that he has disabled his pm for non-friends on his weibo.

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  22. PM from Sandy Lau: "Thanks for your consideration for Steven's Fan. I am sorry to inform you that both requests cannot be arranged."

    Well, that's that then, sorry, ladies! But fans can still have their own meeting.

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  23. Okay Tamaya....Tks for your reply on this.

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  24. Can I ask do you know his size? L or XL? Just ask if you know..Tks.

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    1. I don't know his size. Know that apparel or shoe size charts are different for different countries. Are u thinking of getting him a "Malaysia Boleh" souvenir shirt for him? haha!

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  25. hmmm... with his tight schedule do you think he'll ever come to USA again for concert anytime soon? I was hoping he'd come for Christmas concert but seems like probably not :(

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  26. He's supposed to start filming the movie on his mother at the end of year, so most unlikely he'll hold a Christmas concert.

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  27. Count down to Steven's concert on August 21st..plus they screwed up my booking, looks like I have an additional night's hotel booking for August 22nd, maybe I should take it as an opportunity to watch his concert again..any ideas, anyone??

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    1. So you can't cancel your extra night booking. So fate stepped in to allow you another night to watch Steven's concert? Let's put it this way - when will you get another opportunity to watch Steven live in concert again and close to your hometown to boot? First time - you'll watch him with anticipation, 2nd time- you will sit back and relax enjoy his performance with serene appreciation. Your call!

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    2. Irene, if you set up a sina weibo account you can contact some SM fans to meet up at the concert. http://www.weibo.com/

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    3. Oh Tamaya, problem is I dunno how to set up a sina weibo account. What particulars are needed to set up one?

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    4. Irene, follow the instructions on this link-tag weibo register: http://stevenma-fanblog.blogspot.com/2011/08/to-register-weibo-goto-weibo.html

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    5. Irene, there is a HK fan who bought tickets for 3 shows. Btw, my weibo username is clamine.

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    6. Yes I am fully aware of your weibo username. This for your guidance.Hmm I must salute you for your resoresourcefulness. You seem to be able to obtain a lot of info on Steven to share with his fans. You're simply gorgeous. Thank GOD for you. Regards, Irene

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    7. Tamaya, I think that is exactly what I'll do, watch it again!

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    8. Irene: You're welcome! Thank goodness for google at my fingertips. lol!

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  28. @tamaya. will it be aired in televison on tvb or will it be aired through cinemas?

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  29. Yasmine -do you mean the movie Next Station I Love You? I think this will be in cinemas only at least for this moment in time.regards, Irene fr Spore.

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    1. Irene, I think Yasmine meant Steven's self directed movie inspired by his mother. But yeah, both Next Station I love you and his movie will be shown in cinemas.

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  30. Tamaya: I've bought XL size t-shirt for him, Street Art of Georgetown but I think is too big for him, plan to change to size L. His not that fat, but is has a broad shoulder, right?hmm..wonder should I change?

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    1. Wendy, Street Art of Georgetown highlights the local Malaysian art and artists -- a good souvenir for a tourist. Don't know what size fits him but from pix Steven seems to prefer skin-tight shirts. lol! By USA size chart I'm size S sometimes size M, but by Asian size chart I'm size L, so yeah, though label sizes # are the same, the actual clothing size may not. So forget about the sizes, just compare the actual shirt size to Steven's recent physique. And you're right, Steven is no way near fat but he has since bulked up quite a bit. Your call!

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    2. Wendy, I think he would look gorgeous in size M. His slender and lean physique look really good in form-fitting shirts.

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  31. Tamaya: Tks so much for your thought.

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  32. Wendy, Irene, Yasmine, Helena, Amy: Wishing you all have a fun time at the concert. I'm so envious!

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    1. Thx Tamaya for ur wishes. Today will be the day. So excited. Btw, he looked so handsome in last nite show :D

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  33. Thanks Tamaya for your well wishes. Hopefully we will enjoy the much anticipated concert and have a great time. May everything runs smoothly and the weather is fine. - Irene

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    1. Oh yes. How I wish you can join us at the concert ya? That would have been perfect !! But you have ever attended Steven's concert in the States right?

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    2. Yes, I attended the Atlantic City Mother's Day Concert. Read my lengthy essay on it if interested. A shout out to you all, do consider writing an essay on your experience and feeling at the concert to share with SM fans. http://stevenma-fanblog.blogspot.com/2014/05/stevens-mothers-day-concert-i-was-there.html

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  34. His many Singapore supporting fans will be going to Genting for his concert too ,for sure !

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  35. does anyone know where to watch sweetness in the salt/碧血鹽梟

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    1. yasmine, search google video or baidu 碧血鹽梟 (粵語)

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