November 26th, 2015

With cap

Event: Beauty Worldddd... Cha Cha Cha!

Hey people!

Singapore's No. 1 musical, Beauty World is back and I was privileged to have the opportunity to catch the musical at Victoria Theatre two Saturdays ago.

It was a great musical that left the songs lingering in my head and the memorable scenes etched in my mind.

Beauty World is written by Michael Chiang and directed by Dick Lee. Since its debut in 1988, it has enjoyed multiple restagings and was also shown on a TV production 10 years later. Clearly, it was a musical that sat very well with us locals. :D

Now, the musical's back and I have never been more excited to watch it. Thank you Singapore Street Festival for granting me this opportunity!

Beauty World is set in the 1960s and it features the adventures of an innocent young girl from Batu Pahat named Ivy Chan (played by Cheryl Tan) who travels to Singapore and joins a seedy club in search of her long-lost father.

She enters the club as an undercover cabaret girl and meets quirky characters as well as Cabaret Queen, Lulu (played by Jeanette Aw). Along her journey, she discovers about love and life from a world very different from her own.

So... who is Ivy's long-lost father? You wouldn't have guessed the story's ending so it's better to watch and find out by yourself! :D

Beauty World merchandises for sale, some of which include the programme booklet, tote bags, cups and CDs of the songs in the musical.

The cabaret scenes were particularly spectacular when everyone was belting out soulful ballads while dancing in flamboyant, retro dresses with exaggerated expressions on their faces. I was totally hooked at the sight before me and found myself humming the songs in my heart as well.

The trio on stage played by Cynthia Lee, Tay Ke Wei and Ethel Yap were also hilarious with their various quirks.

Rosemary Joseph, played by Frances Lee was another hilarious character who really cracked me up everytime she speaks.

Rosemary Joseph is Ivy's penpal in Singapore. She plays the supportive friend who goes in search of Ivy in the cabaret club to rescue her.

Cheryl Tan, the lady in an orange dress in the picture, has a powerful and mesmerizing voice that evokes emotions in me whenever she sings.

I especially love the romantic development between Ah Hock (played by Timothy Wan, guy on left) and Ivy. It basically shows the romance between two people from absolutely different backgrounds. Will they end up together? That's for you to find out!

I know critics have said that Jeanette Aw couldn't sing but I didn't think it was as bad as they thought. Granted, Cheryl Tan stood out in terms of vocals but Jeanette Aw had an amazing showmanship which really deserved some commendation.

I found that she played the gorgeous, seductive and manipulative Cabaret Queen, Lulu very well and her character is honestly not easy to play at all. Besides, I have never seen anyone looked so stunning in those retro outfits and hair. It's no wonder she's the face of Beauty World.

For a teaser of the classic Beauty World song, click to listen at the video below.

Interested to support our local cast in this wonderful musical comedy?

The last show for this musical ends on 12 December so get your tickets from SISTIC at this website now!

For more information on Beauty World, check out its website here.

Disclaimer: Review is based on personal experiences.