From smash-hit musicals and symphonies to Shakespeare and fairytale favourites, this month is full of entertainment options. Read on for November’s best bits, plus get the latest on brilliant Christmas theatre productions and stage shows across Singapore in December 2014 here.
An Evening in Dreamland
Following last year’s acclaimed performance of The Taming of the Shrew, ABA Productions brings Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre back to Singapore – this time, for a four-night run of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, a comedy full of love, magic and trickery and some of the most amusing love triangles of all time. This original production features beautiful Renaissance costumes and imaginative, hand-painted sets, as well as a talented cast of actors from the Globe Theatre. See it 13 to 16 November at Esplanade Theatre, 1 Esplanade Drive. Tickets from Sistic.
Who’s Your Daddy?
Mamma Mia!, the smash-hit musical set to classic ABBA songs, returns to Singapore for the first time in a decade. This enchanting tale of family and friendship, set in a Greek island paradise, follows soon-to-be-married Sophie, who, on a quest to discover the identity of her father, brings three men from her mother’s past back to the very island they last visited 20 years before. Expect lots of laughs, colourful costumes and tunes so catchy that you’ll surely find yourself up and dancing at your seat. See it from 13 to 30 November at MasterCard Theatres at Marina Bay Sands. Tickets from Sistic.
Back for its sixth year, the Skechers Sundown Festival once again presents a range of music by artists from 11 different Asian countries including China, the Philippines, Thailand, Japan, Korea and Malaysia. The lineup at this year’s outdoor music event includes Singaporean Jerem Teng, Indonesian girl group S.O.S., Hong Kong’s Kate Tsui and Taiwan’s Chang Chen-Yue, as well as Indian Punjabi singer, Kanika Kappor. Aside from the music, concert-goers can also enjoy popular street food from the various Asian countries at food stalls throughout the festival grounds. See it 22 November at the F1 Pit Building, 1 Republic Boulevard. Tickets from Sistic.
India Takes Centre Stage
Back for its 13th edition, Esplanade Theatres on the Bay’s Kalaa Utsavam Indian Festival of Arts presents a line-up of 18 ticketed and 50 non-ticketed productions, giving an in-depth look into the dynamic Indian arts scene. The ten-day festival encompasses everything from contemporary and traditional dance to live music and theatrical performances, including kids’ shows such as Once Upon a Peacock’s Tail. 21 to 30 November at Esplanade Theatres on the Bay. Tickets from Sistic. See the full line-up here.
Symphony lovers are in for real treat this month, when world-renowned conductor, Zubin Mehta, returns to Singapore for the first time in 25 years for a performance with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. Famous for his impassioned and flamboyant style of conducting, Maestro Mehta has conducted this orchestra in over 3,000 concerts, with the likes of Andrea Bocelli, Pinchas Zukerman and Renée Fleming – he’s even got a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame. For this one-night-only Singapore show he’ll lead the orchestra in a lineup that includes Vivaldi’s Concerto in B minor, Mozart’s Symphony No. 36 and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5, among others. See it on 11 November at 7.30pm at Marina Bay Sands. Tickets from Sistic.
With Love, from Russia
Valery Gergiev, world-renowned conductor and artistic director of the Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg, will lead the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO), together with guest pianist Denis Matsuev, in two nights of music featuring works by Romantic-era Russian composers Shostakovich and Rachmaninov on 19 November, and others by Prokofiev on 20 November. Esplanade Concert Hall, 1 Esplanade Drive. Tickets from Sistic.
Ready to Rock
Audiences can look forward to seeing one of the all-time guitar hero greats, Joe Satriani, when he comes to town for a one-night-only performance. Expect songs from his recently released album, Unstoppable Momentum, along with other tunes by the 15-time Grammy nominee, who’s also lead guitarist for the band, Chickenfoot – the group he formed with Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony of Van Halen and Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Joe is credited with teaching some of the top guitar players of the 80s and 90s, including Metallica’s Kirk Hammet, and he has toured as lead guitarist with legends like Mick Jagger and Deep Purple, among others. See it 13 November at 8pm at The Star Theatre at The Star Performing Arts Centre, 1 Vista Exchange Green. Tickets from Sistic.
A New Kind of Neverland
The classic tale of our favourite boy who never grows up gets a newfangled twist in this month’s stage production of Peter Pan, The Never Ending Story. While it’s got the highflying action, exciting swordplay and magical fairy dust we’d expect – not to mention Captain Hook and Tinker Bell – this version incorporates well-known pop songs from the likes of Robbie Williams, Josh Groban and Westlife, thanks to musical director Matt Dunkley, the man responsible for the Moulin Rouge, Pirates of the Caribbean and Inception soundtracks. See it from 27 November to 30 December at Resorts World Theatre at Resorts World Sentosa. Tickets from Sistic.
Music, Mickey, Magic
Little ones and their grownups can see some of their favourite fairytale classics brought to life in Disney Live! Presents Three Classic Fairy Tales, which features colourful costumes, storybook scenes and magical special effects. They can experience memorable moments from Cinderella, Beauty and The Beast and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and sing along to classic songs like “Heigh Ho” and “Be Our Guest”. The interactive show also includes special appearances by Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Daisy, among other Disney pals. See it from 22 to 30 November at MasterCard Theatres at Marina Bay Sands. Tickets from Sistic.
Join Junior and his friends as they race against the clock to bring Christmas back. With upbeat tunes, engaging dialogue, and moral lessons, Junior Claus – presented by Singapore Repertory Theatre’s The Little Company – encapsulates the best of the Christmas spirit, making it a festive treat for all ages. See it until 14 December at DBS Arts Centre, 20 Merbau Road. Tickets from Sistic. EL readers can get 15 percent off tickets for the 11am performance on 29 November by using the discount code JuniorEL.
Specially tailored for babies and preschoolers, the Singapore Symphony Orchestra (SSO) Babies’ Proms gives little ones the chance to discover the world of the orchestra and its many instruments. Led by London-born conductor, Peter Moore from the Australian Chamber Orchestra, each of the four performances will last one hour, with pre-concert activities held at 1.30pm and 3.30pm for the respective shows at 2pm and 4pm. See it on 5 and 6 December at the Victoria Theatre, 11 Empress Place. Tickets from Sistic; tickets are not required for kids under two who are accompanied by an adult with a ticket.
Coming up: Dance and Romance
As a grand finale to the 2014 season, Singapore Dance Theatre will present the company premiere of Don Quixote, a full-length classical ballet based on the story by Miguel de Cervantes. The romantic tale follows the heroic adventures of Don Quixote, a knight, and his devoted squire Sancho Panza, who together cross paths with the spirited Kitri and the charming Basilio, both of whom are on a quest to marry. Expect exquisite costumes, beautiful staging and glorious dancing from this year-end ballet spectacular. See it from 4 to 7 December at Esplanade Theatre, 1 Esplanade Drive. Tickets from Sistic.