Monday, 26 August 2013

Singapore Dance Theatre's Masterpiece in Motion: Nils Christe's Organ Concerto shines (Dance Review)

It has been a while since I caught a Singapore Dance Theatre performance and many new dancers have since joined.  The first piece, George Balanchine's Theme and Variations, started off slowly for the evening's programme.  It could be opening night jitters, but the pairing of Rosa Pak and Kenya Nakamura seemed nervous.

The Organ Concerto choreographed by Nils Christe and set to music of Francis Poulenc however was a totally different picture.

Saturday, 24 August 2013

Everything But the Brain

Jean Tay's Everything But the Brain was one of the best Singapore plays for the past decade.  It tells the story of a still single Physics teacher Elaine who hatches a plan to turn back time to save her father, who was suffering from a stroke.

Friday, 9 August 2013

Jersey Boy Frankie Valli coming to Singapore - POSTPONED to 24 Jan 2014!

After watching the lives of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons in the musical The Jersey Boys on the Singapore stage last year, the man himself will appear live at The Star Theatre on 24 Jan 2014.  

Frankie Valli and his new Four Seasons team would perform hits from the 60s such as "Big Girls Don't Cry", "Walk Like a Man", "Rag Doll".  Their contribution in the music industry was recognised when in 1990, Frankie and the original Seasons were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  

For the younger (or not-so-old) generation, we knew Frankie Vallie from his number one hit "Grease" from the movie of the same title.   Hopefully he would perform this song at the concert.

The concert is part of his 50th anniversary tour which started in 2012, and partly to promote his new album “Romancing the 60's”, The album was produced by Bob Gaudio, an original member of The Four Seasons. The album features songs from the 60s with Frankie Valli's own interpretations.

Tickets for the concert are available at SISTIC.

Thursday, 1 August 2013

Starlight Express: Musical on roller skates

After Phantom of the Opera, another Andrew Lloyd Webber musical will hit the Mastercard Theatres stage this November. Originally conceived as a cartoon story for his own children, Lloyd Webber’s Starlight Express tells the story of a child’s dream, in which toy trains come to life and compete to become the fastest engine in the world.

I recalled this musical fondly as it was my first West End Musical when I visited London in the late 80s. Although it does not have a strong storyline, I enjoyed the staging and the songs.  It would be great to catch it after close to 25 years.

Performance starts 13 Nov 2013.  Tickets available from SISTIC.