(THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - US pop diva Beyonce stands in one corner of the hall, ready to dance. Nearby, American superstar Madonna prepares to sing a song, with US pop star Taylor Swift accompanying her on the guitar.
To get to them, one passes Asian pop sensation Jay Chou, looking as stoic as ever, and American singer Katy Perry, who smiles at visitors from the giant clam she is sitting in.
Is this the concert of the year? Or an awards show, perhaps? No. It is one of the many rooms of Red Carpet 2@i-City, an interactive wax museum opening soon at the i-City entertainment park in Shah Alam in Malaysia.
The attraction is an extension of Red Carpet, the country's first home-grown interactive wax museum, which is located at a different part of i-City.
Tang Soke Cheng, i-Berhad information manager, said at a media preview: “Red Carpet 2 is going to be a lot bigger, brighter and more exciting. You can expect to see more characters and icons, ranging from leaders of the tech industry to world leaders to head of states. And if you’re more of a movie buff, expect to see a lot of movie characters here.
"Following the success of Red Carpet 1, what you can expect here is a lot more interaction. You’ll see many more scenes depicting different characters. You’ll be able to enjoy yourself and spend an evening 'meeting' up to 100 characters.”
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Visitors to Red Carpet 2 can have a grand time taking photos with about 100 wax figures, spread over the museum’s two floors, which occupy a space exceeding 2,787sq m.
Red Carpet 2@i-City is divided into 10 sections, each with a specific theme, such as Superheroes, K-Pop icons, Royalty, Historical Figures, Corporate Movers and Tech Giants. There are also some fairy-tale characters to intrigue the young.
The first Red Carpet features World Icons, Celebrities, World Book of Records, Interactive and Legends.
The museum caters to local tastes, with South Korean, Taiwanese and Chinese stars, among others, making appearances alongside Western icons. Captain Yoo Si Jin from the hit Korean drama series Descendants Of The Sun is here, for example, looking sharp in his military fatigues.
All figures have been created by the same international company behind Red Carpet 1. Part of the fun of the attraction is comparing how similar or not the wax doppelgangers look to the real-life personalities.
“Red Carpet 2 will be the anchor for some new attractions leading to the Central i-City shopping mall that is slated to open in October next year. Expect a few more outdoor attractions,” says Tang.
The museum has indoor and outdoor zones. The outdoor zone, which hosts the Wizarding World and Superheroes sections, is open to the public for free.
Some parts of the attraction have interactive environments, allowing visitors to get creative with their photos. The section featuring The Expendables movie, for example, is designed to look like a war zone, while comedy lovers can hop on a bicycle for a ride with Mr Bean. Or pull up a chair and have a discussion on current issues with your favourite leader at his desk.