Monday, October 29, 2007


Bare necessities – By ANDREW SIA

The team has fun getting everything in tip-top condition before the musical takes to the stage.
Soo plays the role of Xuan, the rival to Chan (played by Tin Tan). The renowned Melinda Looi has specially crafted the costumes for both of them and I am granted a rare behind-the-scenes peek at some of the, um ... intimate preparations.
As the designer tightens the laces on Soo’s corset, I have to suppress all other thoughts save the intellectual ones.
“They even made corsets out of metal those days. Some women died wearing them,” Looi notes.

Ah, such are the injustices suffered for the fickle male gaze. Yet, such is the allure.
When she designed the costumes, she looked up 1950s pin-up girl posters.
“It was part of the Dior look, a super small waist, big skirt and pointy boobs. Here, as I pull in Carmen’s waist with the corset, her other assets get pushed up,” Looi explains the basics of bustline-engineering to me.
“It’s all in the cutting. I can make it even more pointy if I want,” she says.
But she has to be careful not to leave too much room “inside” as Asian breasts are smaller in size and there might be too much “movement”. To further “push up” matters, she adds that some tape may be applied to the, er ... right places.
Looi spared no effort in the designs. Buttons for the corset were specially imported from a Victorian-themed costume store in America.
And she even considered buying a 1950s-type bra on the Internet (there are collectors!) for the sake of authenticity. And to be true to the Malayan style then, it would have had to be starched – ouch! Unfortunately, or otherwise, everything online was of “Mat Salleh size”.
On top of the corset (and matching shorts) are a frilly black can can skirt, a bolero for the shoulders and full-length gloves.

“So she has something for a so-called strip-lah....” says Looi.
The “interview” is distinctly heated up when Low Ngai Yuen (the show’s director who is overseeing the costume fittings) asks Soo to lift her skirt to flash a little of the red garter belt underneath.
“Aiyo, your boyfriend will faint-lah,” smiles Looi, as I endeavour to maintain my professional composure.
“Won’t-lah,” coos Soo. “He’s coming for the show, he’s OK one.”
Sure, sure. But before I can consider the mixed blessings of gorgeous girlfriends, Ngai Yuen explains that burlesque is not about an “outright crass” display of flesh.

“It’s all about teasing, it’s classy, it’s an art.”

She looks back at the fitting in progress.
“Is the corset tight enough? I’m scared something may pop out.”
“Don’t worry, it’s just right,”
replies Looi.
Ah, yes ... such “wardrobe malfunction” was precisely how Rose Chan got her “historic” breakthrough. She was a hot-shot cabaret girl with her own dance variety show touring the whole of Malaya – but there was no stripping yet. She crossed the Rubicon in 1952 when, while dancing to Mambo No. 5 at the Majestic Theatre in Ipoh, her bra snapped and the crowd went bonkers.

“Here I dance all night and sweat so much and nobody claps. My bra breaks and they clap,” she said in an old interview.
So will history repeat itself in the musical?

“Choi gor lei! (Cantonese: May such bad luck return to you!)” retorts Looi.
Actor-dancer Tin Tan, who plays the title role, will appear “nude” in one scene but no, those costume secrets are best denied to spare me a cardiac overload. Instead I am shown her wearing the seductive sashay of fish net stockings and a fully-sequined halter neck top made of silk georgette.
“There will even be ostrich feathers. More hiau (Hokkien for sexy),” says Looi.
Sure, all this titillation may be all in a day’s work for a journalist exposed to hardcore, ummm, cerebral matters, but what about “moral” Malaysians?

“It’s a bit daring but not in an offensive way,” assures Ngai Yuen. “I’m a mother, I want to bring my young daughter to watch the show as well.”
Indeed, any slinky seduction will occur in an overall “fun” atmosphere, which will be reflected in 1980s and 90s pop music reupholstered in a 1950s cabaret tone.
Penny Low, the music director, says she has “tweaked in” bits of rhumba, cha-cha, tap and even P. Ramlee into the score. Numbers by that sultry icon Madonna – Like a Virgin, Material Girl and Vogue – will be presented in swing and honky-tonk style while songs like Beautiful Girls (Sean Kingston) and I Will Survive (Gloria Gaynor) should add some pathos. And of course, there will be the eponymous Rose, Rose I Love You (Yao Lee) done in both Mandarin and English.
“Some songs will be spliced together. Some lyrics will be changed,” says Penny. “It will be like the show Mamma Mia, where the actors break into song at certain points. Overall it will be a happy mood and people will want to jump up and down.”

In other departments too, there has been absolute attention to detail. For instance, make-up artist Yokoe Chan from M.A.C has rigorously followed 1950s-style make-up with fiery red lips and very full, arched eyebrows.
“They didn’t have thin shaved or tattooed eyebrows then,” she says.

Steven Sunny, the stylist, presides over a whole slew of beehive and other wigs. The one for Rose herself is a massive piece made up of four different wigs!
“It feels like a heavy helmet!” says Tan.
Sunny explains: “I did her wig with a cute fringe because the Oriental mooi gwai (rose) must look nice and demure on the outside even though she’s wild inside.”
The only shortcoming thus far has been the sponsorships. Ngai Yuen wishes there was more public support for the arts.

“Our sponsors are in kind, such as Genting which sponsored the venue. We are running on a budget of RM250,000, which is one-tenth what it costs for the Puteri Gunung Ledang musical.
“We have no cash sponsors. Maybe we are not Broadway, but even they had to start somewhere. We are not like Singapore where the government has pumped in a lot of money to promote the arts. I wish corporations would not turn us away even before hearing us out.”

'Rose Rose I Love You' will be staged at the Genting International Showroom from Nov 2 to 4, and on Nov 9 to 11. It is mostly in English with some Cantonese/Mandarin dialogue (with subtitles). Also in the cast are Tony Eusoff, K.K. Wong, Ling Tan, Lim Tiong Wooi and Anrie Too.
Shows begin at 8.30pm with additional 3pm shows on Sundays. Ticket prices start from RM68. Astro subscribers and Genting WorldCard members get discounts.
For bookings, call 03-2718 1118 or 012-292 3803 or 012 396 2840
For more information, browse

Monday, October 22, 2007


Jason Lim
His Answer is Tin Tan...

and he says...

I want to watch this pop musical because :
Grandad, at my age, used to watch
Rose and it'll be interesting to feel the irony of me watching this
musical in more modern times where there's even more

And for that honesty and sincerity, he has won himself an opportunity to see ROSE ROSE I LOVE YOU. The producers will be in touch with you soon. CONGRATULATIONS.


Sunday, October 21, 2007


In case some of you are having trouble getting through to the TICKET HOTLINE 03-27181118, you can also try these two numbers...
012-2923803 (Cindy Chin)
or 012-3962840 (Sharon Wee)
They can also assist you in making bulk bookings and special packages with accomodations.


Friday October 19, 2007

Legendary Rose

It is a challenge for the shy Tin Tan to play legendary striptease queen Rose Chan in the musical, Rose Rose I Love You. Stage actress Tin Tan is beginning to get panicky. In two weeks, she will be the star attraction in musical Rose Rose I Love You, in which she plays Rose Chan, legendary cabaret queen of Malaya.

Friday October 19, 2007
During a recent interview, Tin had minimal make up and her hair was tied back in a ponytail. Sporting a pair of blue jeans with a black and white blouse, she appeared shy and quiet. One can only imagine how the 29-year-old is going to portray Chan, notorious for her brazen exploitation of her sexuality. “I am a shy person so having to play a cabaret dancer-turned-striptease is a challenge. I was initially nervous but after a month of rehearsals, I’m beginning to get into the character of sultry Rose (Chan),” said Tin, adding this is her first lead character in an English musical.

The theatre production by Integrated Expressions is inspired by the life and times of Rose Chan, the erotic cabaret queen of Malaya. It will be staged at Genting International Showroom from Nov 2 to 4 and Nov 9 to 11.

Directed by Low Ngai Yuen with music direction by Penny Low, Rose Rose I Love You is the second collaboration between Penny and Ngai Yuen since The Girl from Ipoh. Also in the cast are Tony Eusoff, K.K. Wong, Ling Tan, Lim Tiong Wooi and Anrie Too.

Rose Rose I Love You is set during the post-war period of the 1950s, which for most people was a difficult time of rebuilding lives and struggling to survive. The story centres on a travelling company of performers whose nightly earnings are dictated by the intensity of audience applause. Naturally, these performers will stop at nothing to outdo each other every time to ensure a decent earning for each show. “The musical is inspired by Rose Chan and highlights some characters that may have had existed during her time. It looks at what a performer experiences in the cabaret and also the person behind the facade,” said Ee Lai Cheng, executive producer of the musical.

Tin, who holds a degree in Technology Management from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, is a contemporary dancer and stage performer. Some of her accolades include choreographing The Little Noise Choir’s Musical Midnight Puppet, acting in Chinese play Chup! Take a Break and performing at Akademi Seni Kebudayaan dan Warisan Kebangsaan’s The Time and Freedom and Boredom. Tin is currently pursuing a postgraduate course in Performing Arts (Dance) at Universiti Malaya in Petaling Jaya, Selangor. She is the younger sister of singer-songwriter Ah Niu, who is now based in Taiwan. To understand her character better, Tin has been reading up on Chan and also speaking to people who knew of her acts. Having done much research, she now empathises Chan’s reasons for becoming a striptease.

I think Chan was an incredible person. Her exploitation oof her sexuality was unthinkable in the 1950s. She underwent many sacrifices to make a living when times were tough.
“For the performance, I will be dancing very sexily and sporting corsets and cabaret costumes designed by Melinda Looi
,” said Tin, who has been honing her acting skills by watching cabaret-themed shows like Moulin Rogue and Cabaret.

There will be only one scene in which Tin appears “nude”. In the musical, Tin and the cast members will belt out songs like Beautiful Girls (Sean Kingston), Like a Virgin (Madonna), I Will Survive (Gloria Gaynor) and a Mandarin number, Rose, Rose I Love You (Yao Lee).
Carmen Soo, who plays Rose’s rival, Xuan, said playing a cabaret dancer will be a refreshing change from her previous mild roles.

I have always wanted to play a character that is different from my personality. It has been an interesting journey because I play a rowdy girl and it is a new experience learning how to behave like a gangster,” said Soo, whose acting credits include Hungry Ghost Anthology, Baik Punya Cilok, 3rd Generation and The Girl from Ipoh. To improve on her acting skills, Soo has been watching Hong Kong gangster themed movies like Internal Affairs and Young and Dangerous. “This is the first time I am acting in a musical, which involves singing, dancing and acting. Pressure is beginning to build up, as I am not professionally trained in singing.
“We have been training hard and I hope the audience will enjoy the musical with its entertaining songs
,” said Soo.

Rose Rose I Love You will be staged at Genting International Showroom from Nov 2-4 and Nov 9-11. Showtime is 3pm and 8.30pm and tickets are priced at RM68, RM88 and RM118. Astro subscribers and Genting WorldCard members get a 10% and 15% discount, respectively.

For more information, call 03-27181118, 012-2923803 (Cindy Chin) or 012-3962840 (Sharon Wee) or browse roserose-iloveu.blogspot.com.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Catch the TV Commercial!

Rose Rose I Love You - the TV clip is out...

Go on, watch the commercial - you know you want to!

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

ROSE ROSE I LOVE YOU... the Musical

Nation Tuesday October 16, 2007
taken from STAR newspaper.

Rose Chan musical set for November

PETALING JAYA: Tin Tan, the dancer who will play striptease queen Rose Chan in a musical to be staged in November, will be “nude” in only one scene.
Executive producer of upcoming musical Rose Rose I Love You Ee Lai Cheng said theatrical tricks would be used to make it seem as if Tin is naked. “It is challenging playing Rose Chan as the character is totally different from my personality,” said Tin, who described herself as timid.

The players: Tin (right) will play the role of striptease queen Rose Chan while Soo will act the part of a rowdy character named Xuan.different from my personality,” said Tin, who described herself as timid.
“Previously, I have acted in Chinese theatre productions, but this is a new experience altogether,” said Tin.

According to the petite actress, the most difficult part would be to dance seductively on stage.
“Rose Chan was a cabaret dancer who became a striptease queen. I am still trying to get used to the idea of having to express myself in a sexy manner like how the controversial dancer did,” said Tin, 29.

Yim Mei Choo and Low Ngai Yuen wrote Rose Rose I Love You. The storyline is about a travelling company of performers whose nightly earnings are dictated by the degree of applause. In that vein, each performer would try to outdo each other.

Actress-model Carmen Soo, who plays rival Xuan, said she was excited about the musical. This is her first musical and would showcase her singing, dancing and acting abilities. “Xuan is a fictional character, so I can use my imagination to portray that person. It is quite fun playing a rowdy character who is the opposite of my personality,” said the actress.

Also in the cast are Tony Eusoff, K.K. Wong, Ling Tan, Lim Tiong Wooi, Gan Hui Yee, Angie Teoh, Anrie Too and Colleen Daphne Chung. The musical will be staged at Genting International Showroom from Nov 2-4 and Nov 9-11. Showtime is 8.30pm and tickets are priced at RM68, RM88 and RM118.

Astro subscribers and Genting WorldCard members get a 10% and 15% discount respectively. For more information, call 03-2718 1118.

There will be 2 EXTRA Shows at 3PM ON 4th and 11th November. Saturday 3rd November is SOLD OUT. You can also call 012 292 3803 or 012 396 2840 for special arrangements or bookings.

announcing the SECOND winner of the contest

We are running a weekly contest-whereby the best entries each week will be rewarded with a free pass to watch the musical sensation of 2007.

And this week we are pleased to announce NANCY YEOH as the winner. CONGRATULATIONS.

This is the winning entry.
The answer is (b) Tin Tan to play Rose.

I would like to watch Rose Rose I Love you because
'Rose, a name so sweet.... Men were mesmerized, Women were envious...The only way to Cherish and Remember you is to be able to watch you Enshrined on the Stage.'

The producers will be in touch with you soon, Nancy for details...

Readers, keep the entries coming... two more weeks left...


INTEGRATED EXPRESSIONS is pleased to release two more shows on the 4th and 11th of November at 3pm. Please make your bookings fast to avoid disappointment. Call 012 292 3803 and 012 396 2840 for special arrangements and bookings.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

CHARLENE says...

Strippers –What could be going on in their minds as they strip and perform to their ever so devoted spectators? I dare you to journey with me down this forbidden lane…

A friend I once knew, told me that she only worked at a strip joint to manage her tuition fees at Uni. I sometimes wondered; aside from the fact that you can earn twice as much working at a strip bar compared to a regular job as a waitress or bartender, why would someone do such a job?

For anyone to choose this career path as a permanent choice, makes you stop to think if they really do enjoy being a stripper? And if they did enjoy being a stripper, how could they explain this enjoyment that they have to regular people who think that they are just cheap entertainment with no values?

I guess there’s only one way to explain…to find out more about the adrenaline and thrill strippers get when they perform on stage. Like everyone else, there’s always that sense of influence that motivates you to want to do something repeatedly.

So what is it?

Well, in this time and day, you see many dance studios teaching numerous dance routines including the all-too-famous ‘pole dancing’. As we know, ‘pole dancing’ is one of the many routines used by strippers. I’ve seen a friend of mine showing me some of the routines before and I must say, it is not as easy as it seems. In fact, I reckon it’s not just the skill but the strength that is required to perform this routine. Mind you, it’s not like going out on the dance floor on a Friday night with the girls having those drunk slutty dances. I guess from here, you can say that when a stripper performs the ‘pole dance’ routine, in her mind she must be really proud to show off her skills off to her audiences.

As for the stripping part – most women are insecure of their bodies. There’s always a certain part of a woman’s body that a woman doesn’t like. But the strippers, they are really confident about how they look and they are certainly not afraid to parade in the nude. Maybe their biggest vote of reassurance comes from the club’s policy of ‘you can look but you cannot touch.’


ONLY 250 SEATS at RM38.00 on both Sunday Matinee Shows...
will be offered to students [with valid student ID].
So start booking now at 012 292 3803. First come first served.

WIN WIN WIN when you guess the ROSE...

Choose who you think will play ROSE in the Pop Musical ROSE ROSE I LOVE YOU...

a. Tony Eusoff
b. Tin Tan
c. Carmen Soo
d. KK Tan

and tell us why you want to watch this Pop Musical in not more than 30 words.

The most convincing and creative or creatively convincing answers will be picked each week and the winner will receive a free ticket to watch Rose Rose I Love You.
Send your answers and your personal particulars [complete with full name, ic number, home address, phone numbers] before Friday each week to penn_low@hotmail.com
contest closes 26th October 2007.


Monday, October 8, 2007

We have a WINNER...

We are happy to announce the FIRST winner to the contest. However, we wont publish who ROSE is yet as we want to keep you guessing...
anyways this is what our first winner has to say...

'This is not only The Pop Musical of the year, but is about our very own classic Cabaret Diva of our time. The Love, Life and Struggle of Rose Chan.
Tks for your attention. Alex'

Alex, we are happy to tell you that you've won yourself one ticket to ROSE ROSE I LOVE YOU... the producers will be in touch with you.

Tuesday, October 2, 2007


Please note that Saturday 3rd November is fully SOLD OUT, thanks to your support. To avoid disappointment, please start buying your tickets early. Call Today!