Jet Li, Paula Abdul, Maggie Cheung, Fantasia Barrino and Vicki Zhao Wei Lead list of stars at the Region’s No. 1 Theme Park’s biggest celebrations!
SINGAPORE, 24 MAY 2011 – The Grand Opening of Universal Studios Singapore is set to be
one of the entertainment highlights of the year, with big names from East and West hitting the
shores of Singapore to wow the audiences during the theme park’s Grand Opening celebrations
on 27 and 28 May 2011.
Leading the outstanding line-up of international celebrities coming together and bringing the
silver screen to life with true Hollywood style and glitz are:
Chinese martial artist, film producer, philanthropist and international superstar, Jet Li;
American recording artist, dancer, choreographer, actress & television personality,
One of Asia’s most decorated actresses and screen icons, Maggie Cheung;
Singing sensation, Broadway actress and former American Idol winner, Fantasia
Asia’s well-loved TV and film personality, Vicki Zhao Wei.
Legendary for his thrilling action-packed martial arts epics, international film star Jet Li will be
immersed in the celebration and excitement of this milestone event. Fans have long admired
him for his role in many Chinese and Hollywood action films as well as his social entrepreneurial
spirit, having founded One Foundation, which advocates broad-based participation in
philanthropy and volunteerism as a way of life.
The American Idols
American recording artist, dancer, choreographer, actress and television personality, best
known for her dance prowess, choreography talent and stint on American Idol – Paula Abdul
brings her sweet sense of optimism with her to celebrate the Grand Opening. She was most
recently announced as the latest judge to join the American version of talent show X Factor
which will premiere in September 2011.
Joining her in grand style is singing sensation and former American Idol winner, Fantasia
Barrino. A true inspiration for her generation, Fantasia became the third American Idol in 2004,
with three Grammy nominations in 2006. Most recently, Fantasia played the role of Celie in the
Broadway musical The Color Purple, for which she won the Theatre World Award in 2007.
Asian elegance Maggie Cheung is one of Asia’s most renowned versatile action stars, talented comediennes and actresses. Maggie has transcended the Hong Kong film industry to become a vibrant figure in international cinema and film society. The most internationally-awarded Chinese actress in
history will grace the Grand Opening evening gala party.
Joining her is one of Chinese cinemas most well-loved personalities, Vicki Zhao Wei, who
continues to generate much affection with her versatile portrayal of a myriad of different roles,
and the release of four pop albums. Vicki has also been an inspiration for both her fans, and
younger actresses with her strong commitment to charity.
Bringing movies to life!
Mr. Dennis Gilbert, RWS’s Senior Vice President of Attractions said: “We are thrilled that Jet Li,
Paula Abdul, Maggie Cheung, Fantasia Barrino and Vicki Zhao Wei will be gracing the Grand
Opening of Universal Studios Singapore. They are some of the most representative icons of our
entertainment industry, both in the East and West, with stellar international appeal.”
Mr. Michael Silver, President of Global Business Development, Universal Parks & Resorts, said:
“With the Grand Opening filled with the glitz and glamour of Hollywood, this event is set to bring
guests a spectacular once-in-a-lifetime experience. What excites us is that these superstars
bring magic, movies and entertainment to life. And this epitomizes what Universal Studios
Singapore is all about.”
Set for Saturday 28 May, 2011, the official Grand Opening celebrations will be highlighted by a
colourful ceremony at the signature 21-metre tall archway entrance of Universal Studios
Singapore, featuring a grand and exuberant character procession of the theme park’s worldrenowned
Universal Studios Singapore’s Grand Opening activities kick off on the evening of May 27, with
the transformation of the park’s Hollywood and New York zones into a glamorous Hollywood
gala dinner party for 1,600 invited guests. Red-carpet arrivals will include many widely famous
East and West superstars and Singapore celebrities strolling down the traditional Hollywood red
Guests can log on to www.facebook.com/ResortsWorldatSentosa to catch the latest updates as
the park gets readyfor its Grand Opening Celebrations.