Theatre-goers in Singapore will be treated to a flurry of live musical performances and fairytales this March, with all-singing, all-dancing productions hitting stages across town. Read on for our top picks.
Boy Band Madness
Get ready to brave the boy band frenzy – Brit sensations One Direction hit our shores this month as part of their On the Road Again Tour, performing all their hits live at the National Stadium on 11 March. And if you’re lucky enough to somehow snag last-minute tickets (try sportshubtix.sg), then hats off to you. Liam, Zayn, Harry, Louis and Niall will also be performing at Hong Kong’s AsiaWorld-Arena on 18 March, so you can try your luck there as well, if you’re willing to travel (tickets from hkticketing.com). For more details, visit lushington.com.
A Trip Down Memory Lane
With 40 years and countless hits under their belt, Australian soft rock duo, Air Supply, heads to Singapore for a trip down memory lane in a one-night-only concert that’s part of the Air Supply 40th Anniversary Tour. Known for their heart-wrenching ballads, the legendary twosome dominated the 80s pop charts with perennial favourites like “All Out of Love”, “The One That You Love”, “Lost In Love” and “Making Love Out of Nothing At All”. Fans can also expect to hear newer singles like “Sanctuary” and “A Little Bit of Everything” released in 2010. See it on 7 March at 8pm at The Star Theatre, The Star Performing Arts Centre, 1 Vista Exchange Green. Tickets from Sistic. unusual.com.sg
Legendary folk rock trio Crosby, Stills and Nash takes the stage this month with a first-ever live performance in Singapore that’s not to be missed. Known for bringing harmony to the forefront of popular music in the late 1960s with their three-part vocal blend, and for performing acoustic and electric sets highlighted by guitar duels, the low-key super-group made up of two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees is famous for such hits as “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes”, “Ohio”, “Wasted on the Way”, “Long Time Gone” and “Just a Song Before I Go”. See them 19 March at The Star Theatre, 1 Vista Exchange Green. Tickets from Sistic. lamcproductions.com
A Night of Hits
Musical talent Rufus Wainwright makes his way to the Little Red Dot for a one-night live performance as part of Esplanade’s Mosaic Music Series. Praised by The New York Times for his “genuine originality”, the American-Canadian singer-songwriter has established himself as one of the great male vocalists and lyricists of his generation. Concert-goers can expect to hear some of his greatest hits including “Hallelujah”, “Going to A Town”, “Out of the Game”, “Oh What a World”, “Me and Liza” and “April Fools”. See The Best of Rufus Wainwright on 17 March at 8pm at Esplanade Theatre, 1 Esplanade Drive. Tickets from Sistic. mosaicmusicseries.com
A Tale as Old as Time
The much-loved Broadway production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast heads to Singapore for the first time, featuring Tony Award-winning costumes and the animated film’s Academy Award-winning score with additional songs written by Broadway legend, Tim Rice. The classic love story of Belle, a young girl from a provincial French town, and the Beast, a prince trapped in an enchantress’s spell – not to mention Mrs Potts, Lumière, Cogsworth and the gang – is one for the entire family to enjoy, so don’t miss out; to date, the show has played to over 35 million people in 13 countries. See it from 21 March to 12 April at the Grand Theatre, MasterCard Theatres at Marina Bay Sands. Tickets from Sistic. baseentertainmentasia.com
Singapore Dance Theatre (SDT) opens its 2015 performance season with a beautifully staged ballet of one of the most famous fairytales of all time, Sleeping Beauty. Set to a score by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, the classic love story comes to life with magical fairies, enchanted forests and more than 150 stunning costumes – not to mention a true love’s kiss. See it from 12 to 15 March at Esplanade Theatre, 1 Esplanade Drive. Tickets from Sistic. singaporedancetheatre.com
Celebrated violinist Sarah Chang – the youngest person ever to receive the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame Award – will join conductor Lan Shui and the Singapore Symphony Orchestra (SSO) for Dvorak’s richly lyrical Violin Concerto in A Minor at the Esplanade Concert Hall. And during the first half of the concert, Singaporean conductor Wong Kah Chun, Artistic Director of Asian Contemporary Ensemble and Assistant Conductor at the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, will make his SSO debut directing Wagner’s Tannhäuser Overture and Liszt’s Orpheus and Les Préludes. See it on 6 March at 7.30pm at 1 Esplanade Drive. Tickets from Sistic. sso.org.sg
Pink Martini, the international musical phenomenon from Portland, Oregon, returns to Singapore five years after its Mosaic Music Festival appearance in 2010. Commonly referred to as Portland’s “little orchestra”, the 13-member group combines infectious rhythms, distinctive vocals and colourful instrumentation to create an around-the-world musical adventure, borrowing elements from Duke Ellington and Édith Piaf, and crossing genres of Latin, Afro-Cuban salsa, bossa nova, Italian folk and Middle Eastern music. Concert-goers can expect an evening of the band’s favourite renditions of Latin, samba, jazz and good old-fashioned pop tunes on 31 March at Esplanade Theatre, 1 Esplanade Drive. Tickets from Sistic. pinkmartini.com
This month, the Singapore Symphony Orchestra (SSO) presents Adventures in the Magical Kingdom, conducted by Joshua Tan and presenter Alasdair Malloy. Kids aged four to 14 can look forward to an afternoon in the kingdom of Far, Far Away, where they’ll hear familiar tunes from Beauty and the Beast, Robin Hood, Puss in Boots, The Lion King and Toy Story; highlights include the Sleeping Beauty Waltz, and the Shrek Swamp Dance Party! See it 21 March at the Victoria Concert Hall, 9 Empress Place. Tickets from Sistic. sso.org.sg
Known for her collaboration in famous hits such as Icona Pop’s synth-pop anthem “I Love It” and Iggy Azalea’s single “Fancy”, rising pop superstar and Grammy Award nominee Charli XCX is set to wow Singapore in her first headline show next month. Following her role as the supporting act for the European leg of Katy Perry’s recent Prismatic World Tour, the “Boom Clap” singer will be performing live at The Coliseum, Hard Rock Hotel Singapore, Resorts World Sentosa on 22 April at 8pm. Tickets from Sistic. facebook.com/secretsoundsasia
All About That Bass
American singer-songwriter Meghan Trainor arrives next month for her first performance here in Singapore, as part of her That Bass tour. The Grammy-nominated singer is best known for her upbeat hit single “All About That Bass” and its playful music video, which has been viewed more than 487 million times on YouTube. See it 23 April at The Coliseum at Hard Rock Hotel, Resorts World Sentosa. Tickets from Sistic. lushington.com
Eat, Drink and Laugh
Get ready – the internationally acclaimed, improvised comedy Faulty Towers The Dining Experience debuts in Singapore next month, with three dinner showings and one lunchtime performance from 9 to 12 April. The Brisbane-born show, produced by Interactive Theatre International, has been touring globally since 2008, and has been playing on London’s West End since 2012. Expect two hours of non-stop laughter along with a three-course meal (and pre-show drinks) at Raffles Hotel. Tickets are $169 to $219 from Sistic. For more details, visit interactivetheatre.com.au.