Thursday, March 1, 2018

Evita at MBS - Interviews and Exclusive Pictures - Running Now Till 18 March 2018

Evita at MBS is truly not to be missed. This is a recreation of the original 1977 production by Hal Prince, closely supervised by the legendary director and Andrew Lloyd Webber themselves. It is musical theatre history being brought to life right before our eyes! Emma Kingston as the titular First Lady nailed the role's trecherous music, belting out one whopping high note after another with stamina and voice to spare.

Hawk and I attended the media call and spoke to the creative directors of this Asian tour that will travel to Hong Kong, Taipei and Tokyo later on. Find out what you can expect at the MBS Theatre!

First up, we speaks to resident choreographer Duane Alexander. Duane has visited Singapore numerous times for different productions. Here we discuss the challenges that the dances in this Evita production brings.

Next, we speak to Daniel Kutner (associate director), Guy Simpson (musical supervisor) and Louis Zurnamer (musical director) about bringing this classic 1977 original production of Evita back to life.

Evita runs till 18 March at MBS's Mastercard Theatres. Exclusive production photos can be seen on our Facebook Group.

Check out SISTIC for tickets!

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Vocal Recital: It's Raining Baritones!!! - 25 March 2018 (Sun)

What can be better than a a rainy season of men? How about a rainy season of baritones!?! On 25 March, your very own Steven Ang, along with fellow baritones Kan Chuan, Alvin Koh and Xiao Chunyuan, will present a mixed programme of music made specially for the uniqueness of the baritone voice. Check out Peatix for more information and tickets!

Friday, January 5, 2018

Adult Musical Theatre Workshops by Sing'Theatre

Sing'Theatre is offering two unique musical theatre workshops for working adults who want to explore their artistic side. Whether you are a hobbyist, budding or working professional looking to refine your abilities, these workshops promise to help you bring your abilities to the next level. In addition, students will get to perform in a theatrical showcase too! Check out these links below for more information:

Showstoppers Musical Theatre Ensemble (auditions required):

The Ultimate Musical Theatre Masterclass:

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Interview - Broadway star Stephanie Reese - 13 and 14 Dec 2017

Hawk Liu has a dialogue with Broadway/West End star Stenphanie Reese ahead of her appearance in Sean Ghazi's upcoming concert on 13 and 14 December 2017. Find out how a college job led her into a full time career on the Great White Way!

The Mad Scene: Hi, Stephanie, welcome to Singapore! We can't wait to hear your lovely voice in the intimate Esplanade Recital Studio! I read in your bio that you performed in a solo concert in Carnegie Hall. How did you come about the opportunity?

Stephanie Reese: Yes it was amazing! I was asked by a producer if I would be interested in doing a concert there and of course I said yes! From there she worked with the Hall to produce it and it was a dream come true.

The Mad Scene: We would like to know about your early training in singing and performance. Do tell us your journey.

Stephanie Reese: I started off studying classical music even though I had a deep love for musical theater and pop music. My voice always had a classical tone to it but through training I was able to cross over into other genres too.

I studied privately (voice) and then I went to Indiana University for opera performance and realized fairly soon that I missed acting and I missed musical theater and transferred into Cincinnati Conservatory for musical theater. It was an exclusive and extremely competitive programme and I really thrived once I was there, so much so that I ended up landing a job in Miss Saigon where I got to play Kim while I was still in school. I left school early thinking I would come back to do the show but that job led to another and another and so I still haven't finished my formal education. But to me, the best education has been working in the field and learning from the mentors in the business I have met along the way. I still take classes though. I think it's important to always grow and learn and challenge yourself. It makes me a better teacher too, which I like to do for private coachings when I go to different cities.

The Mad Scene: You had a one-woman show, The Journey. Tell us about that journey too...and maybe where we can catch sneak clips of it anywhere?

Stephanie Reese: The journey was an amazing experience and project to create. It was the journey of my life and career and the challenges that came with it told through two characters - me and my voice. Sounds strange but the character of the voice was something I spoke to throughout the show signified by a single spot light on the stage that I would speak to throughout. It's a story of friendship and love between these two characters and the relationship between the singer and her voice. A metaphor for how our art or our talent is something that we have a relationship with outside ourselves that needs to be nurtured and loved and respected but ultimately (and the realization that happens in my show) is that the journey is the relationship you have with your own self to find self love and acceptance. 

There are no clips posted but I hope to soon!

The Mad Scene: Thank you for your time, Stephanie, and I hope to meet you in person at the concert soon!

Excited to see Stephanie live in Singapore? Check out the Events Page for tickets!

Read our writeup of An Evening with Sean Ghazi here:

Thursday, December 7, 2017

'An Evening with Sean Ghazi' - 13 and 14 Dec 2017

Sean Ghazi, last seen in Singapore as George in Wild Rice's La Cage aux Folle opposite Ivan Heng's Albin, returns to Singapore in an evening of Broadway musical and movie theme songs.

Joining him is Stephanie Reese, a West End actress who became good friends with Sean when they performed in The King and I at the London Palladium. Concert is 13 and 14 December at the Esplanade Recital Studio. Check out the Events Page for tickets!

SLO's 'Aida' Roadshow at Raffles City - 8-10, 29 and 30 Dec 2017

Find out more about the Singapore Lyric Opera's production of Aida in June 2018 at their Raffles City roadshow this and next weekend! You will get to buy tickets at early-bird discounted prices, take pictures from their photo-wall, win limited edition tote bags and event tickets! Plus you wil lget to find out more about the coming Aida production: its history and what we can expect to see. Go check it out and get your tickets at SISTIC!

Singapore Lyric Opera on the GO!
Raffles City Shopping Centre
8 to 10 Dec (Fri to Sun); 10am to 10pm
29 and 30 Dec (Fri and Sat); 10 am to 10pm

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Interview: Teng Xiang-Ting and Leslie Tay - 16 Dec 2017

If you are in the mood for festive music, vocal recital Sure on this Shining Night is surely your cup of tea. Singaporean opera stars Teng Xiang-Ting, Alvin Tan and Leslie Tay join pianist Pauline Lee to present a Christmas-themed concert, with a programme consisting of spirituals, sacred classics and a hilarious newly composed piece by local composer Lee Jin-Jun and writer Aaron Lee.

We had a chat with Teng Xiang-Ting and Leslie Tay to discuss what we can look forward to, as well as their respective musical journeys. Read on to find out what we discussed!