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On the stage in Singapore: Comedian Russell Peters, Shakespeare in the Park, kids’ plays and more in April 2015

Theatre fans and concert-goers will be treated to some thrilling shows this month, including a dazzling tribute to ABBA, fairytales come to life and a rockin’ music festival to celebrate ANZAC Day. Read on for all our top picks in April…


Last One Laughing 
Fans of comedy star Russell Peters can look forward to all-new material when he heads to Singapore this month for his Almost Famous World Tour. The last time he was here was in 2012, when the global comedian set a new record for the fastest-selling and biggest comedy show in Singapore’s history – so get in quickly! See it 7 and 8 April at Suntec Convention and Exhibition Centre. Tickets from Sistic.

All the Right Notes
After playing to a full house at The Star Theatre in 2013, American YouTube phenomenons The Piano Guys will return to the same stage for a performance not to be missed. Known for their signature style of melding popular songs, the Utah-based classical-pop group became an online sensation with a series of original self-made music videos. Since early 2011, they have crafted over 50 music videos; their breakout hit is an innovative, multi-handed version of One Direction’s “What Makes You Beautiful”. See them 13 April at The Star Theatre. Tickets from Sistic.


A Night of ABBA
This month, Björn Again, the only ABBA show officially endorsed by the group members themselves, is celebrating its 25th anniversary, and we get to experience the show right here in Singapore for two nights only. A tribute to the popular Swedish group, Björn Again has been delighting international audiences with its sold-out performances of hits like  “SOS”, “Honey Honey” and “Super Trouper”. See it 17 and 18 April at MasterCard Theatres, Marina Bay Sands. Tickets from Sistic.


Drama Under the Stars
Grab your picnic blanket and get yourself over to Fort Canning Park for Singapore Repertory Theatre’s much-anticipated, annual outdoor extravaganza, Shakespeare in the Park. This year, you can look forward to a live performance of Shakespeare’s final play, The Tempest, a tale of sorcery and fairytale improbabilities, where nothing is what it seems. See it from 29 April to 10 May. Tickets from Sistic.


Anzac Spirit
A great way to spend this year’s Anzac Day (25 April) is by attending Motherlanz, a music festival celebrating all things Australian and New Zealand. Look forward to an exciting day of music from featured Australian artists, rock musician Ian Moss and blues musician Ash Grunwald, and Kiwi musicians Tiki Taane, The Jordan Luck Band and event host Anika Moa, as well as comedy and live coverage of Anzac Day Rugby, Rugby League and AFL games in true Antipodean style. Held at Wave House Sentosa, Siloso Beach, the festival will also include an array of attractions like food stalls and interactive games, alongside an Australian and New Zealand marketplace. Tickets from Dash Tickets Singapore.


A Classic Delight
This month, little ones can step into the magical world of Norwegian folklore when the classic fairytale, The Three Billy Goats Gruff, comes to life in musical form. Youngsters will love watching the goats, Baby, Middle and Big, as they work together to find a way to escape the clutches of an evil troll in order to reach the food on the other side of the river. Presented by Singapore Repertory Theatre’s The Little Company (TLC), this show’s sure to make your little ones giggle. See it from 2 April to 1 May at DBS Arts Centre, 20 Merbau Road. Tickets from Sistic.


Backstreet’s Back 
Having performed in Singapore years ago, they’re really back – on 2 May to be precise. Howie, Brian, Nick, Kevin and AJ of The Backstreet Boys will be taking to the stage at The Star Theatre, to the delight of middle-aged fans everywhere. Famous for hits including “I Want It That Way”, “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)”, “Larger than Life” and “As Long As You Love Me”, the all-male group will perform an intimate set that intertwines classic songs with new material. Tickets from Sistic.


Teenage Dream
International pop-star sensation Katy Perry makes a stop in Singapore next month, as part of her Prismatic World Tour, giving fans the chance to see her perform both new and old favourites. Known for catchy hits like “Teenage Dream”, “California Gurls”, “Firework”, “Hot N Cold” and “I Kissed a Girl”, Katy will rock the stage in her trademark bright, quirky costumes. See it 11 May at Singapore Indoor Stadium. Tickets from sportshubtix.sg, the Sports Hub Tix Box Office and Singapore Post outlets.


Alternative Vibes   
Award-winning indie-alternative band Alt-J is set to take the stage next month in its first headline show in Singapore. Formed in 2008, the UK band is known for a unique sound that combines elements of electronic, folk and indie rock. The group’s critically acclaimed 2012 debut album, An Awesome Wave, was named BBC Radio 6’s Album of the Year, while its most recent album, This Is All Yours, debuted at number one on the UK album charts and was nominated for Best Alternative Music Album at this year’s Grammy Awards. See it 17 May at The Coliseum at Hard Rock Hotel. Tickets from Sistic.


A Date with Desire
Just because you live in Asia doesn’t mean you’ve got to miss out this acclaimed London show. As part of the National Theatre Live series – an initiative by London’s Royal National Theatre, in which stage productions are broadcast live via satellite throughout the world – Esplanade Theatre will screen the Young Vic theatre’s fastest-selling production, A Streetcar Named Desire. Starring Gillian Anderson (The X-Files) as Southern belle Blanche DuBois, Ben Foster (Lone Survivor) as the explosive Stanley and Vanessa Kirby (BBC’s Great Expectations) as Stella, this version of Tennessee Williams’ timeless, heart-wrenching tale gets a makeover, taking place in present day New Orleans against a soundtrack of rock music featuring songs by Chris Isaak and Jimi Hendrix. See it 1 May at Esplanade Theatre. Tickets from Sistic.


This story first appeared in Expat Living Singapore’s April 2015 issue.