A new recruit will be joining the original company of the rookie soldiers in the screen-to-stage adaptation of hit local military movie Ah Boys To Men.
According to a report in The Straits Times, singer-guitarist Benjamin Kheng, 23, of the local indie band The Sam Willows will be stepping into the boots of the spoilt recruit Ken Chow, a role originally played by Joshua Tan.
Tan is unable to reprise the role in the musical because he is a final-year communications studies student at Australia's Monash University.
The musical, directed by Beatrice Chia-Richmond, will play at Resorts World Theatre in April.
Speaking at a press conference on Wednesday, Kheng said: "I'm a big fan of the show. It'll be really hard to fill Joshua's shoes. I'll be talking to him to get pointers."
Chia-Richmond explained that Kheng was perfect for the role of Ken Chow.
She said: "He's of the right age. He sings well. He's a very versatile actor. He's right for the role."
The dapper Kheng is no stranger to theatre. He has played acclaimed local singer-songwriter Dick Lee in TheatreWorks' musical National Broadway Company (2012) and also taken on multiple roles in Sight Lines Productions' staging of Jean Tay's acclaimed play Boom (2012).
Tan, who was present at the press conference, said he was sad to let go of the beloved Ken Chow role. But he was glad that the talented Kheng is taking over.
The original movie cast members Tosh Zhang, 23, Wang Wei Liang, 25, Maxi Lim and Noah Yap, 19, will be reprising their roles of Sergeant Alex Ong, and Recruits Lobang, Aloysius Jin and I.P Man, respectively, in the musical.