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Dick Lee brings back “Hotpants” to mark 40th year in showbiz

Veteran Singapore singer-composer Dick Lee will restage his 1997 musical “Hotpants” to mark his 40th year in showbiz.

SINGAPORE: Veteran Singapore singer-composer Dick Lee will re-stage his 1997 musical “Hotpants” to mark his 40th year in showbiz.

Set in 70s Singapore, the ensemble comedy looks at the journey of three schoolmates who decide to join an inter‐school Talentime, and the colourful characters they meet along the way.

“Hotpants” will star radio deejay Denise Tan, television host Nikki Muller, as well as Singapore idol alumni Tabitha Nauser and Joakim Gomez.

It will run from August 14-30 at the Drama Centre Theatre.

Lee explained that he decided to bring back “Hotpants” because it was special to him.

“Most of my musicals are large-scale and require lots of funding and organisation.

“This has been the one show that was not commissioned, meaning that I created it for myself, and also directed it back in 1997,” said Lee.

“It has never been revived, so I felt that it was a fitting occasion to bring it back, as it was the first show I did completely my way, and can do so again, as I will be directing this one.”

Lee has done quite a bit over the past few decades.

The 57-year-old music veteran had released a number of hit albums like 1974’s “Life Story” and 1989’s “The Mad Chinaman”, worked on musicals like “Beauty World” (1988) along with “Fried Rice Paradise” (1991, 2010), and wrote the iconic song “Home” in 1998.

But he seems to have no intention of slowing down.

Lee revealed that he is currently busy working on the National Day Parade and will work on several projects which are part of the SG50 celebrations.

He is also preparing to direct his first film, which will go into production in January next year.

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