There's no business like show business. With a plethora of stage takeovers in Singapore, it's fair to say that the performing arts scene here is having a moment. As we gear up for the festive season, get your dramatic costumes and jazz hands out at these theatre and dance performances in Singapore. From Broadway and West End international tours to high-quality productions by local theatre companies in our backyard, here are the best upcoming dance performances, plays, musicals and revivals bursting with glittery costumes, catchy scores, captivating choreography, and Grade A entertainment.
The demon barber of Fleet Street is finally making his way to our shores. The Singapore production of the acclaimed musical thriller by Stephen Sondheim stars Tony and Olivier Award-winning actress Lea Salonga, best known for giving voice to Kim in Miss Saigon, as well as Disney characters Jasmine in Aladdin and Fa Mulan in Mulan. Catch the legendary songstress play the role of Mrs Lovett, Sweeney's accomplice who bakes his victims into pies at her bakery. But it's not all blood, murder and catastrophe, the musical explores themes of human interaction that are still relevant in today's political landscape: how people can move around the world with impunity, how dark human desires can be and the lengths people are willing to go to in order to survive.
If the mention of Cats got you humming to the tune of Memory rather than of kitties meowing, then get your paws (or claws) on tickets to Andrew Lloyd Webber's iconic musical, Cats The Musical. One of the longest-running shows on the West End and Broadway, the fantasy tale follows a tribe of cats called the Jellicles that only come out to play on one special night of the year. They share stories of their old and wise leader who must then choose one of the Cats to take on The Heaviside Layer and be reborn into a new Jellicle life. With synth-heavy songs, captivating choreography, and fur-tastic costumes, it's a spectacle for the cool cats.
Go on a musical adventure with the boy who never grows up – with a local twist. Due to the pressures of school and growing up in Singapore, Wendy and her brother crave for an escape. After meeting Peter Pan, they journey towards Neverland where no adults are allowed. But little do they know that the wicked, buaya-fearing Captain Hook and his gang of pirates are just around the corner to stir things up.
Feast with the gods of mythology at Valhalla and the Chambers of Asgard, ANDSOFORTH's latest multi-room immersive theatre dining experience format. Dive into the mystical world of Norse mythology and mingle with heroes of yore, such as Odin and Freya. Audiences will take on the role of Vikings and Shield-Madiens, traversing seven uniquely designed rooms – and feast on a Scandinavian-inspired five-course dinner fit for a Viking.
Santa Claus is coming to town! Take the little ones to The Super Santa Christmas Show, the ultimate Christmas experience for your family. There's music, there's singing, and there's lots of dancing. Get into the Christmas spirit and snap a selfie with Santa and the Superdudes – which includes familiar faces, Stevie Nicholson and Tanika Anderson from Hi-5.