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‘Ah Boys’ return in ‘Ah Boys to Men’ musical

By Zaki JufriEvents - 22 January 2014 12:00 AM | Updated 31 March 2014

‘Ah Boys’ return in ‘Ah Boys to Men’ musical

It is quite possibly the biggest movie franchise in Singapore, taking in more than S$13 million in box office receipts for two movies.

Now, ‘Ah Boys to Men’ is looking to get hotter come 18 April, as the popular army-themed movie is adapted for the theatre stage.

Set for a 10-day run at the Resorts World Theatres, ‘Ah Boys to Men: The Musical’ will see many of the movies’ cast, Tosh Zhang, Wang Weiliang, Noah Yap and Maxi Lim, reprising their roles on stage for a song-and-dance extravaganza.  

Directed by Beatrice Chia-Richmond with a script adapted from the two movies and penned by Goh Boon Teck, ‘Ah Boys to Men: The Musical’ follows Recruit Ken Chow as he enlists in the army. He goes on to develop a strong friendship with fellow army mates as they undergo their Basic Military Training.

A DREAM COME TRUE

For movie director Jack Neo, who is also the musical’s executive producer, the show is a dream come true. 

“I’ve always wanted to produce a musical ever since I was writing scripts for skits during my stint in the (Singapore Armed Forces’) Music and Drama Company more than 30 years ago,” Neo, who turns 54 this year, said.

inSing chats with the ‘Ah Boys to Men: The Musical’ cast

“During filming of ‘Ah Boys’, I asked Irene Ang as she is also involved in staging productions with her company, whether adapting the movie into a musical was a great idea. She said it was and here we are,” Neo added.

This is not the first time that Neo is taking a shot at producing a musical. He planned one based on his earlier bestselling movie ‘I Not Stupid’ after it was released in 2002, but the show’s investor pulled out at the last minute. 

A NEW CHALLENGE 

For the main cast, the musical presents a new challenge for them, as they will be singing, dancing and acting on stage in a live setting.

Tosh Zhang, 24, who plays Sergeant Alex Ong, told inSing: “We are looking forward to this musical, but we are very nervous as well as most of us here have no experience on stage.”

He added: “The experience will be totally different from acting in a movie… we need to exaggerate our actions as well as project our voices to the audience.” 

For Maxi Lim, 26, he is happy just to be back in uniform, because he missed playing his character Aloysius “Wayang King” Jin. 

He said: “We’ve been shooting (Neo’s new movie) ‘The Lion Men’ the past few months, and this is a refreshing change. I’m really looking forward to learn more about singing and dancing.”

A NEW RECRUIT

Joshua Tan, 23, who plays Ken Chow, will be giving the musical a miss due to his studies in Australia.

Filling up his boots will be 23-year-old singer-songwriter Benjamin Kheng. 

No stranger to theatre, the singer-songwriter of Singapore band The Sam Willows has performed in productions such as Theatreworks’ ‘National Broadway Company’, Toy Factory’s ‘Romeo & Juliet’, and Act 3’ s ‘The Little Prince’. 

Kheng realised that being onstage alongside a tight group of actors is no walk in the park.

He said: “Being the new ‘recruit’ in the group, I think I have much to learn from Tosh and the rest of the cast. They’ve spent quite a lot of time with each other doing movies, and their spirit of camaraderie is very inspiring. 

“I’m sure we can deliver something great to the audience.” 

‘Ah Boys to Men: The Musical’ | Date: 18-27 April 2014 | Time: 8pm (Tue-Fri); 3pm, 8pm (Sat-Sun) | Venue: Resorts World Theatres, Resorts World Sentosa, 8 Sentosa Gateway, Sentosa Island | Tickets: $38-$128 from Sistic

Ah Boys to Men: The Musical

Ah Boys to Men: The Musical

Date Apr 18, 2014 - May 04, 2014

VenueResorts World Theatre

Ticket PriceS$38.00 - S$128.00
 (excludes booking fee)