The concerts at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra went beautifully. I don't think I could have asked for anything more or better. Everything went in perfect harmony, and Gerard and I were extremely pleased at the turnout, the performance and the audience reaction. We were told that Hong Kong audiences were generally reserved; if that was reserved, then I wonder what rowdy and crazy are, because the audiences that came to see us were not at all holding back in their appreciation. And we appreciate them for it.
I personally appreciated the three young men who volunteered to sing A Whole New World with me... on Saturday night we had a gondolier from the Venetian (Macau)... on Sunday afternoon a TV star named Wong Cho Lam ran from his balcony seat down to the stage to sing... and finally, my friend Ariel Reonal (currently playing Quasimodo in the Golden Mickeys show in Hong Kong Disneyland) came up on stage as well. I didn't have one bad Aladdin for the three shows, and I thank them profusely for being a part of my concert. (The girls backstage were especially thrilled at Cho Lam's participation... he's apparently a huge TV star here in Hong Kong. I was made aware of this by another audience member who shouted "He's a star here!" The rest of the patrons then agreed. It was a cool deal therefore!!! Wow!!!)
All in all, the shows went very well here, leaving Gerard and me on cloud 9 after each performance. Hopefully we get the chance to come back here to perform with the Philharmonic once again. We had such a fantastic time.