From festive fun and soaring vocal performances to side-splitting stand-up comedy, this month is full of stellar entertainment options. Read on for December’s best bits, sought-after shows in 2015 to book now. (Psst…! Find more brilliant Christmas shows and theatre productions across Singapore here, plus get stuck into our guide to carolling performances here).
Comedian Vijai Nathan visits Singapore for the first time to perform her global hit show, Good Girls Don’t, But Indian Girls Do! Breaking taboos, Vijai hilariously exposes the underbelly of an Indian-American family, sharing her experiences of growing up as a “foreigner” in America in a repressed Hindu household, discovering Madonna and sex and side-splitting tales about everything from Barbies and Spanx to being the “perfect” Indian wife. See it from 4 to 6 December at the Tanglin Club Theatre, 5 Stevens Road. Tickets from Sistic.
Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay presents the second edition of Voices – A Festival of Song, a three-day music event dedicated to traditional and contemporary ensemble singing in a variety of vocal styles including choral, a cappella and folk music from around the world. Highlights include performances by the award-winning, all-female swing pop vocal trio, The Puppini Sisters (from the UK), all-male vocal and percussion group, Kalakan (Spain), traditional tribal singing ensemble, Bunun Mountain Traditional Music Chorus (Taiwan) and Singapore’s ONE chamber choir. In addition to ticketed concerts, the festival features a range of free performances, workshops and talks. It runs from 5 to 7 December at Esplanade, 1 Esplanade Drive.
Five Times the Fun
Popular children’s musical group Hi-5 returns to Singapore with a new show, Hi-5 House Hits 2014, featuring well-loved hits such as “L.O.V.E.”, “Give 5” and “Ready or Not”, as well as some brand new, catchy tunes. The all-Australian cast, which includes Stevie, Ainsley, Mary, Dayen and new member Tanika, along with puppets, Chats and Jup Jup, will put on their dancing shoes for a live, interactive sing-and-dance party that’s sure to excite their young fans – particularly those aged two to seven. See it 5 and 6 December at The Star Performing Arts Centre, 1 Vista Exchange Green. Tickets from Sistic.
Anime Festival Asia (AFA), the region’s most established festival for Japanese pop-culture returns, and with it comes the beloved I Love Anisong concerts, featuring three-days of J-pop and anime performances; in fact, this year’s festival is set to be the biggest single-event gathering of anisong artists outside of Japan. Fans can look forward to live acts from both emerging and well-known artists in a lineup that includes fripSide, Angela, Flow, Eir Aoi, May’n and DJ Kazu, among others. See it 5 to 7 December at Suntec International Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1 Raffles Boulevard. Visit tickets.eventclique.com for tickets.
Four Nights of Festive Fun
Associate conductor Joshua Tan will direct the Singapore Symphony Orchestra (SSO), Singapore Symphony Chorus and Singapore Symphony Children’s Choir for four magical performances of traditional carols and other favourite yuletide melodies. See the SSO Christmas Concerts from 11 to 14 December at the Victoria Concert Hall, 11 Empress Place. Tickets from Sistic.
Jazzed Up for Christmas
Performing music from his new album, Let’s Keep Christmas In Our Hearts, Singapore jazz man Jeremy Monteiro will get audiences into the festive spirit with his Jazzy Christmas concert on 20 December, 7.30pm at Esplanade Concert Hall, 1 Esplanade Drive. Tickets from Sistic.
And, if you’re in the mood for some more jazzy jingles, catch 18-man jazz ensemble, The Summertimes Big Band, as they perform heartwarming holiday tunes on 25 December. This free performance is part of Esplanade’s Celebrate December programme, which includes a variety of non-ticketed concerts and Christmas-time activities.
An Evening of Timeless Tunes
Featuring performances by the Singapore Lyric Opera Children’s Choir, the SLO (Singapore Lyric Opera) Opera Chorus and a guest choir, the Nanyang Children’s Choir, the All Things Bright and Beautiful concert offers a lineup of charming classics like “The Dormouse’s Carol”, “All Things Bright and Beautiful”, “Jingle Bell Swing” and “This Little Light of Mine”, among others. See it on 13 December, 7.30pm at the Esplanade Concert Hall, 1 Esplanade Drive. Tickets from Sistic.
See Lily Live
British singer Lily Allen will be performing in Singapore for the first time in early 2015, bringing her live show to The Star Theatre on 2 February. Fans can look forward to hearing Lily’s newer hits like “Air Balloon” and “Hard Out There”, and perhaps some older singles like “Not Fair” and “The Fear”. Since emerging in 2006 with her iconic debut single “Smile”, Lily has gone on to sell over five million albums worldwide; her latest album, Sheezus, recently hit number one in the UK. Tickets from Sistic.
Mark your calendar: one of the most adored musicals of all time, Cats, returns to Singapore next month for a three-week run. Featuring a musical score by the legendary Andrew Lloyd Webber (The Phantom of the Opera and Evita) – including the beloved hit song, “Memory” – a fantastical, oversized set and whimsical costumes, the Tony Award-winning musical has been seen by over 70 million people worldwide since opening in London in 1981. See Cats from 9 to 25 January at MasterCard Theatres, Marina Bay Sands. Tickets from Sistic. For more information, visit baseentertainmentasia.com.