Monday, May 25, 2015

'Singapura the Musical' in Review

By now, Singapura the Musical has been just about trashed by every publication that was invited to cover it, but Hawk loved it so much that he watched it not just once but twice on his own dime! Here he tells you why you too should give it a chance:

Singapura the Musical
Presented by The 4th Wall Theatre Co.
Capitol Theatre, Singapore
24th May 2015

A Review by Hawk Liu

Friday, May 22, 2015

The Stage Club Presents '70 Shades of Play' 27 to 30 May 2015

Singapore's oldest theatre company The Stage Club celebrates their 70th anniversary with a theatrical revue entitled 70 Shades of Play, running from 27 to 30 May 2015. Its a greatest hits evening presenting scenes from 4 different plays that they have previously produced, with musical interludes between scenes. One of the musical acts is Filipino Erick Guansing, whose exciting vocals can be seen in this live performance video:

Here's more information from the company's press release:

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

New Opera Singapore's 'The Turn of the Screw'

New Opera Singapore presents their annual production, this time of Benjamin Britten's The Turning of the Screw. . Interestingly the lead role of Peter Quint will be played by twins Jonathan Charles Tay and David Charles Tay on alternate days. Here's the full cast list:

Artistic Director - Jeong Ae-Ree
Director - Stefanos Rassios
Music Director - Chan Wei-Shing
Governess - Teng Xiang-Ting
Peter Quint - Jonathan Charles Tay/David Charles Tay
Mrs. Grose - Rebecca Li
Ms Jessel - Kim Yu-Jin
Flora - Moira Loh
Miles - Ashley Chua/Corey Koh
Prologue - Shaun Lee / Leslie Tay

More information available on our Events Page!

AADO Chamber Orchestra's 'Master Works'

The ADDO Chamber Orchestra will perform the aforementioned concert on 30 May 2015, Saturday, 7.30pm, SOTA Concert Hall. Tickets available for sale at $25 each and $40 for a pair. Call Bernard at 9155 3512 or write to for more information.

Soprano Fleur Mino's Recital 'Classical Broadway'

Soprano Fleur Mino will present a programme of popular Broadway classics with pianist Kevin Amos. Mino has sung in many prestigious venues in Paris including Olympia at the Théatre Comédia, Palais des Congrès. Amos too is no slouch, having been music director of productions of Phantom of the Opera, 42nd street, Grand Hotel, Cats and West Side story, Evita and Chess.

Here's more info about the soprano, taken from her website:

Music and singing have always been a driving force in her life.  She started with baroque opera, studied music at the Conservatory of Lyon, gained a Masters at Lyon II’s Lumière University, studied under Anne-Marie Blanzat at the Conservatory of Paris.  She trained in drama and dance at the International Academy of Musical Theatre and took part in Masterclasses with Brent Barrett and Christopher Denny.

 Vocal work is never ending and Fleur is passionately dedicated to it.  Her range of performances spans ethereal characters such as the blue fairy in Pinocchio at the Palais des Congrès and The Little Mermaid, directed by Johan Nus at the Olympia in Paris to the tragic Pamina in The Enchanted Flute at the Théâtrecomédia, Cunégonde in Candide at the Châtelet theatre in Paris, the romantic Maria in The Sound of Music at the Cirque Royal in Brussels, to the strange, when she performed the Nymph in The Suicide Shop at the Folies Bergères.

Check out the video below for a sample of her singing chops:

Check out the Events Page for tickets!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Bellepoque's 'George and the Magic Box' in Review

Bellepoque's latest production pays tribute to the music of Offenbach and the stories of French poet Jean de La Fontaine, with most of the music taken from the composer's collection of song settings The Fables of Fontaine in addition to two operetta excerpts. The result, as directed by Sharon Joy Frese and assistant director Wang Liansheng and accompanied by music director Dr. Robert Casteels, resulted in a colourful, energetic production, full of child-like humour.

Little boy George (played by a suitably boyish Jeremy Koh) refuses to go to bed, begging his Mom (Sabrina Zuber who for some reason moves half-pointe while flapping her arms like a swan) for one bedtime story after another, and playing with his toys: a doll (Angela Cortez), a soldier (Leslie Tay) and a teddy bear (Daniel Ho). Bored at first by his Mom's insistence on reading the classic children's stories of his ancestor Jean de La Fontaine, he soon becomes absorbed into them, reenacting them with his toys once mom has left the room.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Bellepoque - 'George and the Music Box" Opening This Thursday to Saturday!

Just a timely reminder that the new Bellepoque production will be running at the Esplanade Recital Studio this week! Check out our first post about it for more information!