News From:The Straits Timesposted on 22 October at 11:08 AM
22 October at 11:08 AM

The Dim Sum Dollies return - with Denise Tan as a new member

by Corrie Tan

The Dim Sum Dollies are bouncing back from tragedy with a return to the stage - and a new member.

Actress and DJ Denise Tan, 38, will be joining seasoned performers Pam Oei and Selena Tan as the final third of the popular cabaret act.

The trio had taken a break with the death of actress Emma Yong in May last year from late stage stomach cancer. The much-loved actress, who was 37, had been a crucial third of the group from its debut in 2002.

Denise Tan had previously replaced Yong in the 2011 edition of Crazy Christmas, when the late actress was suffering from a cancer relapse.

Audience members will get to see the new incarnation of the Dollies at theatre company Dream Academy's annual year-end Christmas revue, Crazy Christmas: Ting Tong Belles, from Dec 11 to 22 at the Esplanade Theatre. They will also be making a full-length comeback to the stage in the second half of next year.

Actress-director Selena Tan, 40, tells The Straits Times in an exclusive interview that many people had approached her to ask if the Dim Sum Dollies were returning. She had initially struggled with grief over the death of Yong, a very close friend.

She says: "I started to appreciate what people were helping me to come to realise: I couldn't indulge in my own grief for so long without dealing with what I felt was the original spirit of the Dim Sum Dollies.

"We are go-getters, we are brave, we are daring, we say what's on our minds, we're open to our feelings - all those kinds of things, the things we had worked so hard to share with everybody."

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