Friday, January 18, 2008

Inspiring Musical: Beauty World

Beauty World's which is touted as one of Singapore's most successful plays is being staged for the 3rd time round. 20 years since its first performance in 1988, this 3rd round is now the biggest so far and is staged non other than at the Esplanade. This is the typical English with dashes of Singlish & Cantonese comedy - musical, but with much more substance & style.

Set in Singapore in the mid-Sixties, Beauty World is a musical melodrama about the adventures of Ivy Chan Poh Choo, who came to Singapore to find her father.

In her quest, the goody-good girl from Batu Pahat (yes, Malaysian character :) ) lands herself in a somewhat sleazy cabaret in Singapore, named Beauty World. Here, she experience a new kind of life - dazzle, music and fun... and also jealousy & heartaches of love.

With amongst the best creative team from Singapore, this musical hits it right from the start. Dick Lee's glamorous musical signature combined with Ivan Heng's directing makes Beauty World a Singapore 'icon' by itself. The signature lyrics of 'cha, cha, cha...' will definitely be remembered.

Add that with good casting, which produced a stellar cast headed by the lovely Elena Wang who plays Ivy. In my opinion, she was the clear star here with well-done performance as the sweet innocent girl and superb singing - she really melts the heart!

The other casts sang well too with the next best singer (again, in my opinion) is Dwayne Tan, who had clear loud voice. The lyrics 'I.. I.. I.. Ivy..' in the song 'Ivy' was hilarious and the audience were laughing although it was supposed to be an emotional part.

Irene Ang, the famous on-screen wife of Phua Chu Kang got lots of limelight as the kay-poh cleaner with her superb performance mixing Cantonese with English.

The impressive dazzling stage which was set mainly at the cabaret adds the finishing touches of a wonderful performance. This musical is a good branding for Unique. Singapore... Beauty World.. cha! cha! cha!

Autograph Session - seen here Elena & Daren.

A happy signed CD inlet :)

*More info from Wild! Rice's production at

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