Resorts World Sentosa has roped in popular singer-songwriter Dick Lee to pen songs for its first musical.
The fantasy-themed production titled Lightseeker will debut at Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) in November.
The celebrated composer has 15 musicals under his belt, including the well-loved Beauty World and Snow.Wolf.Lake, although fantasy is unfamiliar territory. He did not, however, write the songs in Lightseeker to make them sound futuristic.
Lee, 57, who last wrote songs for a musical, P. Ramlee The Musical, in 2007, says: "The production relies on the songs to get the emotions across and you can't play around with those... That is my special thing, writing melodies that touch you. I decided to just go for that," he says.
RWS vice-president of entertainment Andrea Teo, 47, says: "When I heard Dick's music, there was this thrill that ran through me. It was a hair-raising moment that made me go, 'wow'."
It is also the first time the integrated resort is staging a musical as its resident show.
Its two previous productions were Voyage de la Vie, a theatrical show anchored by acrobatic acts, and Incanto, a performance headlined by magic acts.
Both played to mixed reviews and failed to spark a rush for tickets.