Who would have thought that an old security guard at a museum used to be a host of Singapore’s most famous nightclub, the Great World Cabaret. As he closes up the museum for the night, the exhibits evokes long forgotten memories of his brightest moments and take centre stage bringing everyone back to the glamorous days of dancing girls, acrobats, magician, amazing singers and more! Dream Academy® is proud to present Great World Cabaret (综艺大世界) – #LetsBoBoChaCha at Resorts World Theatre during Chinese New Year 2015!
In a first ever collaboration, Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) and Dream Academy’s Great World Cabaret is set to take audiences back to the exuberant “Bo Bo Cha Cha” days of Singapore’s yesteryears, where dancing girls, comedians and acrobats would light up the stage with glitz and glee. The show features three home-grown legends who graced the stages of nightclubs and amusement parks across Singapore in its early years of independence – Rose Chan (played by Ms Seong Hui Xuan [常惠旋]), remembered for her bold performances;
popular Malay folk singer, Kartina Dahari (played by Ms Aisyah Aziz);
and Singapore’s reigning a-go-go and yodeling queen, Sakura Teng (played by Ms Joanna Dong [董姿彦]).
Enjoy a blast from the past as these three lovely ladies sing and tap along to familiar classics like Rose Rose I Love You, Shake Shake Shake and Bunga Melur in their Flaming Flowers Medley. This is undisputedly my favourite segment of the performance!
Great World Cabaret also features a star-studded line-up of Singapore’s top stand-up comedians including Mr Mark Lee (李国煌), Mr Hossan Leong (梁荣耀), Ms Judee Tan (陈映奇) and Mr Sebastian Tan (陈瑞彪), who will perform a week each to bring the house down with their hilarious stand-up act during the show run. I was thrilled to be able to catch Mark Lee in action, his jokes are well… a little ‘dirty’ but extremely acceptable during our #SG50ShadesOfGrey period.
In addition, there is an all new illusion act performed by The Great Foo You Or (played by Mr J C Sum (岑政聰) to keep you at the edge of your seats,
foreign talents – The Drunken Sailors performing ‘Shake, Shake, Shake’,
The Siglap Brothers (played by Caleb Goh & Linden Furnell) as well as
Lucky Wheel Of Fortune performed by Qing Dao Acrobatic Troupe
“As one of the first local original productions to be staged during Singapore’s Golden Jubilee, this is a must-watch production. Local arts and entertainment fans will get to experience the heady buzz of nostalgia set in the 1960’s and 1970’s of Singapore. Great World Cabaret is a fabulous and delightfully funny show with catchy tunes, vibrant costumes and colourful characters that will be sure to make audiences dance and groove along during the festive season,” said Ms Andrea Teo (张 韵爱), Vice President of Entertainment, RWS (圣淘沙名胜世界娱乐统筹部副总裁).
Executive Producer and Creator of Great World Cabaret, Ms Selena Tan (陈美廩) said: “It’s a first adventure for Dream Academy® to be working with RWS and putting on a show at the Resorts World Theatre under the wonderfully deft hands of our talented Director, George Chan. It is sure to be a spectacular variety show with a lot of great laughs. Laughter is the Dream Academy® way and it will find its way to the Resorts World Theatre come Chinese New Year 2015 in Great World Cabaret! So, I would encourage everyone by saying “Let’s Bo Bo Cha Cha!””
The credentials of Great World Cabaret’s creative team read like the who’s who of Singapore’s local arts and entertainment scene. Apart from Ms Selena Tan who created the show concept, the show is directed by local theatre veteran Mr George Chan (田伟鸿) as well as written jointly by eight-time nominee for the Life! Theatre awards, Mr Alfian Sa’at and one of Singapore’s highly followed bloggers, Mr Benjamin “Miyagi” Lee (李士耀). The music direction was entrusted to Mr Bang Wenfu (冯文甫), one of Singapore’s most sought-after composers, arrangers and musical directors. Mr Andy Benjamin Cai (蔡正维) is the show’s choreographer.
I enjoyed the sing and dance performances especially Flaming Flowers Medley and Puppet On A String. The inclusion of The Drunk Sailors and Qing Dao Acrobatic Troupe seem a little out of place as I don’t think they are a usual sight in Singapore’s cabaret history but the redeeming factor was that they are pretty entertaining. Overall, I loved the show and it would make the perfect Chinese New Year production for the whole family!
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Dates: Premieres 19 February 2015 till 17 March 2015
– Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 8pm
– Saturday and Sunday: 3pm (Matinee) and 8pm
Venue: Resorts World Theatre, Resorts World Sentosa
Ticket Pricing: Tickets are priced at S$48, S$68, S$88, S$108, S$128.
HSBC is the official bank partner for Great World Cabaret. From 2 to 15 December 2014, all HSBC credit or debit cardholders will enjoy priority ticket sales. During this period, cardholders will also enjoy 20% off ticket prices and complimentary seat upgrade for purchase of Category 2 or 3 tickets, subject to availability. Thereafter, HSBC Premier MasterCard and Visa Infinite cardholders will continue to enjoy 20% off ticket prices till 17 March 2015.
In celebration of Singapore’s 50th birthday, a pioneer generation special package is offered to every pioneer citizen who will receive 50% off their own ticket purchase when they flash their Pioneer Generation card.