After watching the Media Preview of Michael Chiang and Dick Lee‘s Beauty World, I was really looking forward to the Gala Opening Night on Saturday.
Beauty World plays at the Victoria Theatre from 13 November- 12 December 2015. And it is a home-grown uniquely Singapore world-class musical, just right to close off the SG50 year with! Book your tickets at SISTIC before they all get snapped up.
Set in mid-60s Singapore, the musical traces the adventures of an innocent small- town young girl, Ivy Chan (Cheryl Tan), who enters a seedy cabaret hoping to find her long-lost father. Cheryl, whom we last saw in SRT’s The Three Billy Goats Gruff, both looks and fits the role to perfection. I loved her crystal clear sweet vocals and her girlish charm.
Special mention must be made of Frances Lee who plays Rosemary Joseph, the Singapore pen-friend of Ivy Chan. One is blown away by her strong vocals and she turned in a phenomenal stellar performance on Saturday night. Frances’ relaxed and assured stage presence brought on the laughter readily as she tried to convince Ivy to give up the idea of searching for her father in Beauty World. Her spunk in No Class (don’t mess with Rosemary!) was a delightfully unforgettable one!! Even the Cabaret Queen was trounced! hahaha… Totally enjoyed her duet It Wasn’t Meant For Me and the audience too, judging from the loud response in applause!
Having enjoyed numerous restagings, this 2015 production boasts a brand new cast with top TV star Jeanette Aw (Ou Xuan) taking the role of Lulu, the no.1 cabaret queen at Beauty World, and boy does she sizzle in her character.
What she may have lacked in vocals, she made up in energetic dance and portrayal and by just simply being Jeanette. Watch the rehearsal dance and you will see what I mean ~ sleek choreographed dancing indeed!
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Beautiful Jeanette’s smooth portrayal of the sexy yet insecure cabaret queen is convincing and almost wickedly delightful to watch, and will be a draw for all her fans. Imagine almost 2 hours of Jeanette in her sleek cheongsams Live on stage, not behind a TV screen! (I can already hear the screams from her fans!)
Veteran actress and familiar face, Janice Koh (Mummy) was the livewire of the musical and I really enjoyed watching her. She was commanding as Mummy the boss, yet empathetic of her girls and Ah Hock and eased many a situation with her gentle prodding of the jealous Lulu.
Janice was endearing despite her no nonsense control over all at Beauty World and one actually hoped that she might well be Ivy’s long last mother. I also loved the humour that the maid Wan Choo (Eleanor Tan) brought on. Eleanor played the typical kaypo Ah Soh with no loyalties to anyone, that we all so love to ‘hate’ and laugh at! Both she and Janice got the audience roaring away in laughter the entire night.
The set design captured the essence of old time Singapore and was clever as scene changes were effortlessly done from a High Street Tailor Shop to a groovy Cabaret, a rooftop terrace and even a backstreet backdrop. And wow! to the costume designs especially the cheongsams and even the ‘samfus’ that Wan Choo wore, they were all so beautiful!!
Beauty World is an evergreen classic that’s nostalgic and just so Singapore that everyone can easily relate to, making it fun to watch. I found myself tapping to the beat of the catchy music as I laughed with everyone at the witty and funny goings-on onstage. For me, it was a great Date Night to be dazzled by beautiful vocals and energetic well choreographed dances. This 2015 production will still prove to be a popular show, so DO NOT MISS the opportunity to grab your tickets early at SISTIC before it’s a sold out season yet again. More show information at end of the post.
The Gala Premiere Night was a star-studded event as expected. I was so excited to finally get a photograph opportunity with my all time idol, Dick Lee! Yay!! Finally! Wow! haha… And yes, I was also super excited to get a wefie with Adrian Pang (LKY Musical & Chinglish) and Tracie Pang in the house as well. hehe 🙂
~ SAys! Audrey 🙂
About Beauty World
When: 13 Nov – 12 Dec 2015| Tue – Fri 8pm| Sat 3pm & 8pm| Sun 3pm
Where: Victoria Theatre , 11 Empress Place, Singapore 179555
Duration: Approximately 2 hours 30 minutes (With 15 minutes interval minutes)
Ticket Price (excludes SISTIC charges)
Preview (Fri, 13 Nov 2015)
Standard: S$108, S$88, S$68, S$48, S$28
Tue – Thu, & Sun
Standard: S$118, S$98, S$78, S$58, S$38
Fri & Sat
Standard: S$128, S$108, S$88, S$68, S$48
Book now at http://www.sistic.com.sg/events/beauty1215
Tickets available through: SISTIC Website | SISTIC Hotline (65) 6348 5555 | SISTIC Authorised Agents islandwide