10 years ago, Beauty World first entered the Singapore musical theatre scene with its catchy cabaret-style show tunes in a time where local musicals were totally unheard of. Now, Beauty World is recognised as Singapore's premiere musical with its recent 'live' television broadcast on the President Star Charity Show.
Written by Dick Lee and Michael Chiang, directed by Kengsen Ong and choreographed by Najip Ali, Beauty World is a musical set in the sixties, about a girl who comes all the way from Malaysia to Singapore in search of the identity of her father who had abandoned her when she was a baby. Along the way, with the help of her sexually-repressed penpal, she enters Beauty World, a cabaret, where she crosses path with the resident cabaret queen who first sees her as a threat, and eventually learns the truth of her life and love.
The 1998 cast of Beauty World are Sharon Au as LuLu, Darren Lim as Ah Hock, Jacintha Abisheganaden as Rosemary Joseph, Hossan Leong as Frankie, Nora Samosir as Madame, Neo Swee Lin as Wan Choo, and Gurmit Singh as Sergeat Muthu.
Beauty World will run at The Victoria Theatre from 16 to 26 April at 8 PM nightly. Tickets are available from Sistic at (in Singapore dollars) $60, $45, $35, $30, $25, and $20. For matinee performances, prices go at $40, $35, $30 and $20.
--By Kelvin Chen