Time Out Singapore: ‘Beauty World’ Review

10 Dec 2015: Gwen Pew cha-cha-chas her way through the beaded curtains to delve into the sleazy ‘Beauty World’ ★★★★☆ As one of the first locally produced English-language musicals, there’s no denying that Dick Lee and Michael Chiang’s Beauty World holds a special place in Singapore’s theatrical canon. Twenty-seven years and five stagings later, it’s still …

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Time Out Singapore: ‘Singin’ in the Rain’ Review

23 Jul 2015: If you’re looking to have a splashing good time, check out this West End smash hit – it’s almost impossible not to come out of the theatre grinning ★★★★☆ As the stage version of Gene Kelly’s beloved film Singin’ in the Rain splish-splashes into town, we went into the theatre expecting a good … Continue reading Time Out Singapore: ‘Singin’ in the Rain’ Review

Time Out Singapore: ‘Singapura – The Musical’ Review

10 Jun 2015: The made-in-Philippines musical about Singapore isn’t ready for the world stage yet, but Gwen Pew believes that it nonetheless shows potential ★★★☆☆ So we got to the party a little late for this one. Amid rumours that Singapura: The Musical was going to close earlier than expected, we decided to hold our horses. But once … Continue reading Time Out Singapore: ‘Singapura – The Musical’ Review

Time Out Singapore: ‘The Sound of Music’ Review

As the beloved story of Maria and the Trapp family arrives in Singapore, Gwen Pew finds this charming production – which stars six locally-selected children alongside a largely South African cast – an absolute delight. 19 Jul 2014: There’s an unofficial rule in theatre that one should never work with children, because it’s difficult to get things right … Continue reading Time Out Singapore: ‘The Sound of Music’ Review

Time Out Singapore: ‘Starlight Express’ Preview

As Andrew Lloyd Webber’s popular rock musical about a child’s dream of trains hits Singapore this month, Gwen Pew gets three of the star engines to introduce themselves. 5 Nov 2013: Greaseball (played by Jamie Capewell) The look ‘I’m an Elvis lookalike with a massive dark quiff, shoulder pads like an American footballer, and very bulky in … Continue reading Time Out Singapore: ‘Starlight Express’ Preview

Time Out Singapore: ‘Grimm’s Fairy Tales’ Preview

I Theatre takes the Brothers Grimm’s legendary fairy tales back to basics – but also breathes new life into them, as Gwen Pew discovers. 25 Oct 2013: First published in 1812 under the title of Children’s and Household Tales (or Kinderund Hausmärchen in its native German), Grimms’ Fairy Tales has been the staple collection of bedtime stories for … Continue reading Time Out Singapore: ‘Grimm’s Fairy Tales’ Preview