Jayley Woo on her musical debut: "It's a rush"

The younger Woo twin has officially taken the stage as CHEF: Bibimbap vs Chilli Crab opens this week

Jayley (left) and Hayley (right) Woo
Jayley (left) and Hayley (right) Woo
08 Jun 2017

Jayley (left) and Hayley (right) Woo


The curtains will finally lift on the musical CHEF: Bibimbap vs Chilli Crab this week. In case you haven’t heard, local stars Hayley and Jayley Woo will be taking on the role as Cutie Chef in the production, with the twins taking turns to play the character during its almost two-month run. The other cast members are Korean.

After taking a sneak peek on what the twins have been up during for their month-long training in Seoul, one might wonder what the fruits of their labour are like. After all, they trained with some of the best in the musical scene - what’s more, we asked these veterans about their thoughts on the twins’ performance thus far.

Read on to find out what they said.

How ready are Jayley and Hayley to take the stage?
How ready are Jayley and Hayley to take the stage?
08 Jun 2017

How ready are Jayley and Hayley to take the stage?


We spoke to the twins in Seoul after they completed a month of training, where Toggle couldn’t help to wonder out loud how they think of their own performances.

“We just sighed together,” they bemoaned after hearing our question. “I think I’d give myself a two,” Jayley added on, much to the indignant protests of her older sister. “It’s a two because I need to fill up the other eight (points out of ten) with a lot more practice and a lot more confidence in singing live in front of an audience,” she explained.

“If I were to lip sync, I don’t think there would be any problem because that would be one thing less to worry about, but since it’s live singing it’s a two because a have a lot of room for improvement,” Jayley continued. “It’s not that I’m not confident in myself, it’s just that being able to do what (the others) have been doing for the past 15 years, (what we’ve done so far) is a really tiny baby step.”

On the other hand, Hayley was a tad more confident in taking the stage as she gave herself a 5.5 for her preparedness thus far. "For me, what I need to improve and focus on is my expressions and body language. (My sister) is more expressive - yes, really - I mean the role, it's Cutie Chef, but later on she turns into a more aggressive character, so I think (Jayley) is just being herself on stage," she chuckled.

"I'm not saying that's she's aggressive, but I'm saying that she's an independent woman, so I think expression-wise, I must be able to let go a bit more," she explained, before adding with a grin, "But when there's an audience, it'll be a 10."

Image: Hayley during a practice session in Seoul

(Continued on next slide: What do the girls have to say after holding their first show?)

What do the girls have to say after holding their first show?)
What do the girls have to say after holding their first show?)
08 Jun 2017

What do the girls have to say after holding their first show?)


Having held the gala premiere for the show yesterday night, we caught up with the girls to ask how they've felt since taking the stage for real. While Jayley is the only one who has gone on-stage so far (she performed at both the staff-only show on June 7 and the gala on June 8), both girls had their thoughts to share on their journey so far.

Jayley’s first words to us after finishing her first show were short and sweet: “What a rush!!” Later on, she explained, "I was actually really nervous before my entrance as Cutie Chef, so I kept telling myself to calm down (and to) breathe in and out. Most importantly, (I told myself) to enjoy every moment and process, and that's what I did and I'm loving it!"

Hayley too had something to say: "Everything happens for a reason. I'm really glad that we're given this chance to perform on a different stage like this, and to be able to do this live in a take (as compared to movies or TV) is really something, so do come down to watch us!"

(Continued on next slide: What did director Choi Chul Ki have to say about the girls' performances?)

What did director Choi Chul Ki have to say about the girls' performances?
What did director Choi Chul Ki have to say about the girls' performances?
08 Jun 2017

What did director Choi Chul Ki have to say about the girls' performances?


"The twins are really different," the show’s director, Choi Chul Ki, chuckled as we asked him the twins' performances. "Hayley is a little more girlish and Jayley is more easy-going and has a different side of her than you'd expect."

When it came to rating their performances, however, he laughed, "I don't think it's right of me to give anyone a score for their performances. Rather, I'd describe them by colours that I think can express them. To me, Hayley is pink, while Jayley is purple."

As for his words of wisdom after having come up with numerous hit musicals such as NANTA, Jump and Beat, Director Choi mused, "Even though the performance has already been choreographed from start to finish even before you step on stage, the audience will never know you make a mistake even if it happens in front of their eyes. Even if they make a mistake, I hope that above all, they're able to enjoy their performances."

L-R: Woo Young Wook, Jayley Woo, Choi Chul Ki, Hayley Woo, Yu Seonghyun

(Continued on next slide: What advice do Jayley and Hayley's co-stars have for them?)

What advice do Jayley and Hayley's co-stars have for them?
What advice do Jayley and Hayley's co-stars have for them?
08 Jun 2017

What advice do Jayley and Hayley's co-stars have for them?


Green Chef (Woo Young Wook): "This is the first time they will be taking on a musical, so it'll also be the first time that they're doing an entire production in one take, from start to finish. If they haven't reached their optimal body condition before taking the stage, it's possible that they could injure themselves, so it's really important that they do the necessary warm-ups."

Red Chef (Yu Seonghyun): "It's important that they trust the rest of us actors a little more. Even if something happens on stage, they should know that they can always rely on us to make it work, so they don't have to be so nervous and shouldering all the burden on their own."

Sexy Chef (Ko Eun Hee): "Not only is this their first musical, they have to use a lot of singing to express their role. I hope they don't feel too much stress because of this when they perform in front of an audience, and as (Red Chef) said, I hope they can trust that the rest of us at the back will be supporting them, and that they'll be able to perform confidently while having fun."

Iron Chef (Lee Sung Min): "Rather than to give any advice to them, I practiced for a really long time before I made my musical debut. As compared to Hayley and Jayley, they've only practiced for such a short period of time and yet they're doing so well. There's a kiss scene between Cutie Chef and I, but the sisters were very cool about it, which makes me feel that they've already reached a certain level in their skills."

L-R: Sexy Chef, Iron Chef, Red Chef, Green Chef

Pierre Png and Jesseca Liu
Pierre Png and Jesseca Liu
09 Jun 2017

Pierre Png and Jesseca Liu

CHEF: Bibimbap vs Chilli Crab had a star-studded gala premiere last night (June 8), where celebrities such as Elvin Ng, Romeo Tan, Huang Biren, Huang Shi Nan, Pan Ling Ling, Zhu Hou Ren, Felicia Chin, Jeffrey Xu, Valen Hsu, Angelica Lee and Charlie Young in attendance.

Pierre Png, Jesseca Liu, Kym Ng and Jaspers Lai even got to be a part of the show as they were invited on stage to interact with the cast members.

Kym Ng
Kym Ng
09 Jun 2017

Kym Ng

CHEF: Bibimbap vs Chilli Crab had a star-studded gala premiere last night (June 8), where celebrities such as Elvin Ng, Romeo Tan, Huang Biren, Huang Shi Nan, Pan Ling Ling, Zhu Hou Ren, Felicia Chin, Jeffrey Xu, Valen Hsu, Angelica Lee and Charlie Young in attendance.

Pierre Png, Jesseca Liu, Kym Ng and Jaspers Lai even got to be a part of the show as they were invited on stage to interact with the cast members.

Jaspers Lai
Jaspers Lai
09 Jun 2017

Jaspers Lai

CHEF: Bibimbap vs Chilli Crab had a star-studded gala premiere last night (June 8), where celebrities such as Elvin Ng, Romeo Tan, Huang Biren, Huang Shi Nan, Pan Ling Ling, Zhu Hou Ren, Felicia Chin, Jeffrey Xu, Valen Hsu, Angelica Lee and Charlie Young in attendance.

Pierre Png, Jesseca Liu, Kym Ng and Jaspers Lai even got to be a part of the show as they were invited on stage to interact with the cast members.

Jayley Woo strikes a cute pose on stage at the gala premiere
Jayley Woo strikes a cute pose on stage at the gala premiere
09 Jun 2017

Jayley Woo strikes a cute pose on stage at the gala premiere

The cast of 'CHEF: Bibimbap vs Chilli Crab' performing on stage at the gala premiere
The cast of 'CHEF: Bibimbap vs Chilli Crab' performing on stage at the gala premiere
09 Jun 2017

The cast of 'CHEF: Bibimbap vs Chilli Crab' performing on stage at the gala premiere

The cast of 'CHEF: Bibimbap vs Chilli Crab' poses for a group shot at the gala premiere
The cast of 'CHEF: Bibimbap vs Chilli Crab' poses for a group shot at the gala premiere
09 Jun 2017

The cast of 'CHEF: Bibimbap vs Chilli Crab' poses for a group shot at the gala premiere

Related: 24 hours in Seoul with Jayley & Hayley Woo

CHEF: Bibimbap vs Chili Crab runs from June 10 to July 22 at the Resorts World Theatre, Resorts World Sentosa. Tickets are priced at S$118, S$98, S$78, S$48 and S$38 (excluding booking fees) and are now available on SISTIC.

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