Life is a cabaret for theatrical all-rounder Marsha Yuan

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 16 March, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 16 March, 2010, 12:00am

It seems Marsha Yuan Chi-wei is tired of waiting around for someone to hire her. The daughter of acting legend Cheng Pei-pei has been trying to showcase her versatile theatrical training in Hong Kong rather than just coast on a showbiz career as a former Miss Hong Kong contestant.

Unfortunately, the local market prefers lightweights like Twins and Joey Yung Cho-yee. So, instead of settling for relegation to Fringe shows and small musicals, the entertainer has decided to put together her own cabaret extravaganza this autumn.

'Singing, dancing and acting for a live audience is my true passion in life,' Yuan confessed at a press conference last week. 'I won't be satisfied until I fulfil my dream of being in a real cabaret show. I know I have grown as an artist. I am ready to take on new challenges, like writing the story, composing songs and choreographing the dance steps for my first show.'

Yuan will write and perform in Les Illusions de L'amour (The Illusions of Love) from September 1 to 4, at the Grand Stage in the Western Market. Collaborating with music producer Ted Lo, choreographer Keith Hawley and executive producer Sabrina Foote, the Broadway-style revue - a mix of fantasy and reality about a young girl under the spell of love - will also tour in Beijing, Shanghai and Singapore.