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On stage in Singapore: Mariah Carey, Beatlemania, Harry Potter and heaps for kids

By: Amy Greenburg

From ballet and bubbles to Mariah Carey and Beatlemania, here’s what you’ve got to look forward to across Singapore’s stages this September.


British Invasion
Beatlemania is about to invade Singapore, giving you the chance to hear your favourite hits from Paul, John, George and Ringo, sung live on stage. Incorporating authentic Beatles instruments, amplifiers and costumes, combined with musically accurate renditions of the classic songs, Beatlemania On Tour recreates the spirit of this revolutionary band. The musical biography is a journey through the many eras of the Fab Four, exploring its beginnings, rise to fame, cultural change and the Beatlemania phenomenon that changed pop culture forever. See it on 5 or 6 September at MasterCard Theatres at Marina Bay Sands. Tickets from Sistic.



At the Ballet
Back for a fifth season, Singapore Dance Theatre presents its annual, triple-bill, contemporary ballet production, Masterpiece in Motion. This year’s line-up includes Swipe by American choreographer Val Caniparoli, Fearful Symmetries by Dutch choreographer Nils Christe, and 4Seasons by Australian choreographer, Natalie Weir. See it on 12 or 13 September at the National University of Singapore (NUS) University Cultural Centre Hall, 50 Kent Ridge Crescent. Tickets from Sistic.



All Jazzed Up
Music icon, Herbie Hancock, will perform at the Esplanade Concert Hall on 9 September, as part of this year’s Mosaic Music Series. A pianist and composer, Herbie is known for boldly transcending limitations and genres, having played an integral role in every popular music movement since the 1960s. As part of the Miles Davis Quintet, which pioneered a groundbreaking sound in jazz, Herbie was a key influence on acoustic and electronic jazz and R&B. Tickets from Sistic and Esplanade’s box office.



Interdisciplinary Entertainment
A new production inspired by the poetry of Nobel Prize-winner Rabindranath Tagore, Gitanjali [I feel the earth move] by The Necessary Stage highlights the intricacies of relationships between a mother and her son, a teacher and her protégé, and a writer and his muse. This interdisciplinary show combines traditional Indian dance – including odissi, a classical form that originated from eastern India – with drama, music, poetry readings and multimedia visuals in its exploration of themes like freedom and loss, told through a multitude of narratives. See it from 26 to 28 September at SOTA Drama Theatre, 1 Zubir Said Drive. Tickets from Sistic.



Superstar at the Stadium (next month)
Five-time Grammy Award winner and global superstar, Mariah Carey, will take the stage in Singapore next month at the brand new National Stadium. Since she also performed in the original venue 14 years ago, it makes her the first artist to cross over from the old stadium to the new. Fans can expect to hear plenty of greatest hits along with new singles like “Beautiful”, “Faded” and “Dedicated” from recent album, Me. I Am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse. 24 October at 9pm at the National Stadium. Tickets available at sportshubtix.sg, Singapore Indoor Stadium Box Office and all SingPost outlets.


Family fun


Bubble Over with Excitement
World-renowned, Spanish-born bubble whiz, Pep Bou – a former mime with a passion for chemistry – heads to Singapore this month to present Bubble Magic – Pep Bou’s Wonderful World of Bubbles for the first time, following its European tour. This two-man show combines the beauty of bubbles with clowning, lighting effects, music and crazy costumes; expect fishbowl bubbles, animal bubbles, bubbles on a high wire, sliding bubbles, puppet bubbles and even a train inside a bubble tunnel, among other tricks. Designed to create a fantasyland of illusions, trickery and gags, this wordless, 65-minute show should evoke a sense of childish wonder from audiences of all ages. See it from 10 to 14 September at the Jubilee Hall at Raffles Hotel, 1 Beach Road. Tickets from Sistic.



Seeing Red
This month, Singapore Symphony Orchestra performs an orchestral version of Roald Dahl’s Little Red Riding Hood, for both children and adults to enjoy. Though there’s still a wolf, a grandmother and a little girl in a red cape, Dahl’s reimagined Red is feisty and fearless, and certainly doesn’t need a hunter to save her from any wolf. See it on 13 or 14 September at Victoria Concert Hall, 11 Empress Place. Tickets from Sistic.



Hilarious Helping of Hogwarts
Back by popular demand after its 2012 tour, Potted Potter returns to Singapore this month for a ten-show run. Condenses all seven Harry Potter books into 70 minutes of laughs – and a real-life game of Quidditch – it features Harry, Hermione and the gang, and heaps of cleverly funny songs. It’s a must-see for Potter addicts and a great introduction to the series for anyone who has ever wondered what all the fuss is about; even if you don’t know the difference between a “horcrux” and a “hufflepuff”, Potted Potter will have you chuckling. This family show is perfect for ages six to Dumbledore – who’s very old indeed. See it from 9 to 14 September at the Jubilee Hall at Raffles Hotel. Tickets from Sistic.



Classics Come to Life
Three- to six-year-olds will especially love this live stage production of The Very Hungry Caterpillar & Other Eric Carle Favourites by Canada’s Mermaid Theatre. Presented by Act 3 International, the show brings together beloved tales of award-winning children’s book illustrator and writer Eric Carle, including Little Cloud, The Mixed Up Chameleon and, of course, The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Featuring black light effects, shadow puppetry and choral music, this triple-bill will captivate youngsters. See it from 27 September to 5 October at the Drama Centre, 100 Victoria Street, Level 3, National Library Building. Tickets here.