It has been a while since I’ve watched a good old locally produced musical and been awed, envious and thoroughly entertained. “Great World Cabaret” staged at Resorts World Sentosa, featured a bevy of 15 dancers, a magic show, acrobatic acts, 5 main singers and a different comedian headlining the show over it’s 4 week run.
I finally caught the show in it’s third week which saw the delightful Sebastian Tan aka “Broadway Beng” sending the audience into fits of laughter with his Hokkien jokes and anecdotes. Mark Lee, as “Valentiko”, had earlier kicked off the production on the 19th of February – just in time for Chinese New Year – followed by Hossan Leong as “Mat Tarzan”. The ridiculously hilarious Judee Tan reprised her neurotic and eccentric alter ego “Teo Chew Moi” to wrap up the final week of the month long production, which sadly ends today on the 17th of March 2015.
Told from the view point of an elderly museum security guard “Simon Tan” played by Shane Mardjuki, we were magically transported back to the 1960s when Simon was the Master of Ceremonies at The Great World Cabaret and fell in love with a taxi girl played by the uber-talented, Adelene Chua-Adams. The story of Singapore’s bygone days of musical variety shows & legendary singers like Sakura Teng, Rose Chan & Khartina Dahari unfolded onstage with lots of heart, nostalgia, infectious & upbeat tunes.
It is hard to pick a favourite performer when you are treated to such a wide range of talent. The jaw-dropping stunts by the “Drunken Sailors” & “Qing Dao Acrobatic Troupe” kept us on the edge of our seats while the magic show by Singapore’s very own award-winning illusionist, JC Sum as “The Great Foo You Or” and his lovely assistant, Samantha Kan, indeed fooled us all as we sat mesmerized!
But one thing is for sure, the dancers stole the show every time they came on stage thanks to choreography by Andy Cai & the fun costumes by renowned designer Frederick Lee.
Congratulations Dream Academy on yet another wonderful production!!