Singapore’s Most Iconic Musical Is Back

And Beauty World’s 2015 reboot won’t be a completely pretty sight - just ask director Dick Lee


It’s time to revisit the House of Mystery & Wonder: Beloved homegrown musical Beauty World returns to the stage this November. And based on a media preview last night at Centre 42, audiences are in for a toe-tapping treat.

First staged in 1988 at the Singapore Arts Festival, the production has since seen several revivals. The latest will reunite its playwright Michael Chiang with the original co-creator and composer Dick Lee, who will direct it.

While the storyline of the 2015 reboot remains the same - a young, small-town girl’s search for the father who abandoned her leads her to Singapore and the doorstep of the cabaret, Beauty World - this version will be darker than before and present the “scary and unsavoury” side of cabarets, which are more often seen as glamorous venues, says Lee.

It will star TV actress Jeanette Aw as cabaret queen Lulu and theatre veteran Janice Koh as cabaret manager Mummy, alongside stage favourites Edward Choy and Ethel Yap and singers Tay Kewei and Cheryl Tan. Also look out for Timothy Wan (Ah Hock), Joshua Lim (Frankie) and Frances Lee (Rosemary) - all worthy young talents who were picked in line with the production’s tradition of showcasing promising names.

FYI, all the previous stagings have played to packed houses, and this one will be no exception when it begins its month-long run at Victoria Theatre on 13 November. You need to book those tickets ($28 to $128), stat.

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