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Dec 1, 2006
Free nightly show, says Eighth Wonder

DETERMINED to have the last say in the media blitz for Sentosa's integrated resort, Eighth Wonder yesterday promised a free nightly show spun around Harry, its hero character.

The man behind the opening and closing ceremonies of this year's Turin Winter Olympics - Mr Marco Balich - will create this $150 million production. It is about two lovers frozen in time but eventually rescued by adventurer Harry O'Brien.

To be staged on a lake within the resort's man-made caldera centrepiece, the show will play out in front of a 7,500-seat theatre within a nine-storey waterfall that cascades into the lake.

There will be a 50-member cast. Eighth Wonder hopes that the international cast will eventually be replaced by Singaporean performers.

Eighth Wonder has also roped in theatre genius Franco Dragone for a separate show. He has created and directed no fewer than 10 shows for the renowned Cirque du Soleil.

Meanwhile, it looks like the Singaporean public share the experts' views on the likely winner.

A survey of 503 Singaporeans aged 15 to 64 last month by research firm Synovate found that 27 per cent expected the Genting-Star Cruises team to win, followed by 13 per cent for Kerzner-CapitaLand. Eighth Wonder got 12 per cent of the vote.

The winner is likely to be announced early this month.