“Dreamgirls” stands as not just one of my favourite shows of all time, it stands as one of the most soulful, dazzling and popular musicals of all time, transcending people of all races and all types of music tastes. Read my full review of the show (my second time seeing it) from Manchester’s Palace Theatre here.
September is ESEA (East and Southeast Asian) Heritage Month, a time to celebrate and honour ESEA people and communities across the UK, their heritage and cultures and their contributions to British society. That’s why I wrote this poem which is my 100th post on this blog!
“Legally Blonde” is one of the defining comedies of the naughties. It was funny, camp and pink. But the musical is even funnier, camper and pinker. It’s a delightful peppy show that is sure to raise your spirits – even if the rain tries to dampen them while you’re at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre where I watched it. Read my review of it here.
Set in the 1930s and having first debuted during this decade, “Anything Goes” has earned its legacy as one of the oldest, long-running and most classic musicals of all time. I went along to see it and was pleasantry surprised by this feel-good, toe-tapping, horn-blowing and rib-tickling show. Read my full review of it here.
British-Chinese children’s author Maisie Chan’s second children’s novel “Keep Dancing, Lizzie Chu” is a heartwarming and uplifting story about family ties and finding the fun in life again. Read my full review here.
It’s truly a complex and bizarre film with plenty of nuances and emotion, but “Everything Everywhere All at Once” is more than just a multiversal movie made to boggle the mind. It’s another step forward for Asian representation on the big Hollywood screen, exploring as many multi-faceted Asian diaspora identities as it does multiple universes and the concepts behind them and people.
“Sorry, Nenek” is another short story written by myself about a British-born half-Malaysian and half-Chinese gay man returning to Malaysia with his boyfriend. But how will his Malay grandma react to their visit? This short story is the first of two I will be posting here on Tan’s Topics this June for Pride Month.
Cher is a unique, inimitable superstar. And after living through seven decades she has certainly had an interesting life – one that is now being told through a jukebox musical. But does “The Cher Show” bring the icon’s life, career and eccentric personality to the stage faithfully and with sincerity without parodying her? Read my review to find out my thoughts here.
The first sequel to Sue Cheung’s latest series of book is “Maddy Yip’s Guide to Holidays”. This time Maddy tries to find something to keep her excited and occupied during the holidays but when she finds that something, of course mayhem and mishaps soon follow. Read my full review of this funny and relatable book here.
It’s the webcomic and graphic novel series that’s been turned into a well-received Netflix show currently taking the LGBTQ community by storm. Read my review of “Heartstopper” here.