THE EMPEROR'S NEW CLOTHES
20 Nov – 12 Dec 2015
Drama Centre Theatre, Singapore
Once upon a time, in a kingdom not so far away, ruled a vain and pompous Emperor who was crazy about his clothes, himself and little else. So obsessed with fashion was he that he decreed that the 50th anniversary of his reign be celebrated with the most extravagant National Dress Parade of all time. But, as he primped and preened, he neglected his music-loving citizens, who could only get his attention by complimenting him on his appearance.
One day, two cheeky tailors discover a dark secret in the Emperor's palace and decide to teach him a lesson. Presenting the Emperor with an eye-popping ensemble literally woven out of thin air, they convince him that only the smartest and most competent people in the land can see it.
What can be done to stop the nation’s biggest wardrobe malfunction? Why won’t the Emperor’s courtiers and the aristocracy speak up? Is there anyone who’s brave enough to tell the naked truth?
Following our smash-hit production of Monkey Goes West, W!LD RICE puts a Singaporean spin on Hans Christian Andersen’s timeless tale about the ultimate fashion victim. Directed by Pam Oei, The Emperor’s New Clothes is a brand-new musical with a razor-sharp script by Joel Tan and a sparkling score by Julian Wong. Its stellar cast includes Lim Kay Siu as the Emperor, Benjamin Kheng of The Sam Willows, Singapore Idol’s Sezairi and Siti Khalijah Zainal – all playing musical instruments live on stage!
Fun and laughter never go out of fashion. Don’t miss the most hilarious, heartwarming musical of the holiday season!
Director Pam Oei
Playwright Joel Tan
Music Composer/Musical Director Julian Wong
Vocal Coach Irene Jansen
Choreographers Hafeez Hassan & Gino Babagay
Set Designer Eucien Chia
Lighting Designer Adrian Tan
Sound Designer Shah Tahir
Costume Designer Tube Gallery by Phisit & Saxit
Hair Designer Ashley Lim
Production Manager Leong Mun Hoi
Stage Manager Juraidah Rahman
Producer Tony Trickett
Candice de Rozario
Lim Kay Siu
Andrew Mark Ong
Seong Hui Xuan
Siti Khalijah Zainal
FIRST STAGE K!DS
Nephtalie Chloe Choo, Sophie Helena Du Toit, Wong Jun Yi, Anurati Agarwal, Bee Rogers, Anne-Sophie Cazaubon, Natalie Jean Loh, Sarah Syazlina binte Mohammed Darni, Nanami Mistral Sweeney, Nurjannah Qurratul'Farhaien Mohd Faizal, Ian Lee Yi-En, Jared Aden Lim, Julian Lim Han, Josiah Tan, Ethan Han Hao Zhang, Kai Munnley, Nadim Sazwan, Rizq Anaqi bin Suhaimi, Bjorn Haakenson
“If you’re looking for a great musical to sink your teeth into — and really, this can rival most international productions in terms of sheer entertainment and engagement value — this is definitely the ticket to get.”TODAYONLINE.COM Read More
"The Emperor's New Clothes will have you in stitches with the cut of its costumes and wit. Here is family entertainment designed for Singaporean audiences, incorporating some of the Western traditions of the genre. A host of adorable child actors from the troupe's First Stage! training programme, whose natural enthusiasm and acrobatics compete for the spotlight with the first-rate production values. Julian Wong’s music ranges from hummable to goosebump-beautiful when Benjamin Kheng and pop star Sezairi - in his first but hopefully not last role in musical theatre - dance and duet. Their musical and stage harmony makes for a brilliant bromance as two tailors who sew the emperor up a conscience. Every single cast member is superb, from major roles - Audrey Luo plays on heartstrings and funnybones as the forgotten and forlorn empress - to bit parts that leave big impressions."SPH The Straits Times LIFE! Read More
“The great Lim Kay Siu leads a brilliant cast of emerging and established talent. The music is without a doubt the strongest element of the production... The set here is, typical of W!LD RICE productions, a sight to behold."TimeOut Singapore Read More
"This musical will most definitely speak to every Singaporean regardless of age, language or religion. The Emperor’s New Clothes is such a genius play because it caters to all ages without compromising the number of real issues and political commentary observed in Singapore. Why would we recommend this musical? Because it will have you clapping, singing and cheering along as you laugh hysterically from the edge of your seat. No worries about being artistically uninformed or new to the abstract elements of theatre – this musical will speak to you directly, in a way that surely entertains and provokes every thinking Singaporean citizen."Popspoken Read More
"My favourite part of the musical were the 19 children from FIRST STAGE! Kids. Playing a role akin to a modern day Greek Chorus, they were so amazingly and unbelievably cute. They played their various roles with enthusiasm and more surprisingly, many had pretty spot-on comedic timing especially during their various skits. There isn’t a single weak link in the production, the singing is top notch from everyone all around and the acting superb. It’s family fun entertainment that highlights and showcases the varied talents of our own local arts scene"WhatsNext.sg Read More
“A testament to the magic of theatre when so many talented individuals of various abilities are brought together by a director (Pam Oei) to come up with a show as enjoyable and as spectacular as this. This is W!LD RICE at its fashionable best.”Buttons In The Bread Read More
“Brilliantly directed by Pam Oei, The Emperor's New Clothes scores top marks in all the technical departments. Music by Julian Wong is toe-tappingly good with earworms like Brother From Another Mother and Naked As My Butt. Costumes by Tube Gallery's Phisit and Saxit, hair by Ashley Lim and make-up by Bobby Ng are striking, while set by Eucien Chia, lights by Adrian Tan and sound by Shah Tahir are top-notch.”The Business Times Read More
“W!LD RICE presented a thought-provoking, sometimes hilariously incendiary, pantomime that flew in the face of everything I had come to know about family-friendly audience participation. Indeed, the music for the show is a highly memorable progression of waltz, funk, swing, and mariachi brilliance (among other genres) courtesy of composer, arranger, and music director Julian Wong.”Bandwagon (Asia) Read More
“Thought-provoking fun doesn’t get any better than W!LD RICE’s production of The Emperor’s New Clothes. As Impresario Ivan Heng said ‘it makes you just a little uncomfortable, doesn’t it?’ Yes, but it also made us laugh till the tears ran down our cheeks and gasp with admiration for the incredible amount of work, skill and sheer devotion that Pam Oei put into the play’s direction.”John Bittleston (Terrific Mentors International) Read More
M1-The Straits Times Life! Theatre Awards 2016 NOMINATION
- Best Costume Design - Tube Gallery by Phisit and Saxit