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Musical TARU (恐龙复活了!) – A Review

I can’t believe 2018 just passed like that in a blink of an eye. Don’t you think the period between Christmas and New Year’s gives off such a weird feeling? Like you’re still in a Christmassy mood yet you need to keep reminding yourself that Christmas is over. And New Year’s Day is when you realise that not only is Christmas well and truly over (the malls in Singapore don’t seem to believe in the 12 days of Christmas because Chinese New Year decorations are up), but that even the YEAR is over!

My New Year’s resolution for this year is to get off my ass and try something new, each and everyday. I think trying new restaurants and cafes is the easiest (!) but I also want to have new experiences be it in terms of travelling to new places, reading new books or even watching new performances. I have actually been in that framework of mind since December, so I can say December saw a few first from me. One of which is still etched in my mind is my one day trip to JB with 2 friends. It’s the first time I have travelled overseas with friends (not family) in more than a decade, and also probably a decade since I last visited JB. I am itching to go again! Blog post on that JB day trip will be up soon.

Another first that I can report is watching a musical in Mandarin, the Musical TARU! It is a Mandarin production that has been locally adapted from Korea’s No. 1 Family Musical. I have not watched any theatre performances in the longest time due to time constraints, and much less one in Mandarin! It was also Edward’s first musical and the husband’s first musical in Mandarin! My Mandarin isn’t that great, although I definitely can understand conversational Chinese. Even people who do not understand Mandarin can watch the musical because English subtitles are provided via two screens mounted on the left and right walls beside the stage. I had to depend a lot on the subtitles though because it often is a little bit more difficult to decipher what is being said when it is being sung instead of spoken.

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Musical TARU (恐龙复活了!)

Opportunities to watch musicals in English are a plenty in Singapore. However, what about those in Mandarin? Glad to report that from now until 13 Jan 2019, Resorts World Sentosa will be staging Musical  TARU, a Mandarin production that has been locally adapted from Korea’s No. 1 Family Musical. It’s also a musical that is suitable for children, not only because of the catchy songs and dances but because there will also be life-sized dinosaurs!

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COMPANY the musical

*Invited Review*

I watched Company last Friday. It was my 1st time in more than 5 years and I enjoyed being in a theatre again after so long!

Company, if you didn’t already know from my previous post, is a musical comedy based on a book by George Furth with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. The original production was nominated for a then-unheard-of and subsequent record-setting fourteen Tony Awards and won six. The Singapore version, adapted slightly to suit our culture, is directed by Hossan Leong.

I won’t go too much into the plot, except to say that the musical revolves around Bobby, a 35 year old Bachelor who can’t seem to settle down. He has 5 couple friends, mostly married, and the musical revolves around each of the couples interaction with Bobby separately. My favourite scene has got to be the “Amy freaking out over her impending wedding with Paul” scene. Amy (acted by Petrina Kow) goes berserk and blurts out a gazillion reasons in bullet train speed why she can’t marry Paul, all in song form! It’s so hilarious and I can’t even begin to imagine how much Petrina must have practised to get all her lines right!

This scene alone is worth the price of the ticket! Oh, and the fact that you can ogle at Peter Ong who plays Bobby, the suave Malaysian with numerous operatic roles to his name. Oh wait, there’s even a “sex scene”…a few gasps were heard for sure. Thanks to my seat, which was 5 rows from the stage, I had great views of all the actors and actresses, although of course I only had my eyes on 1. The Drama Centre isn’t that big, so all seats should command a pretty good view. Oh btw, the set is really lovely looking. There is even a Steinway piano on the set!

If you need to know more about the plot, Wikipedia gives a fairly detailed account. But of course nothing beats watching it up close and personal.

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The entire cast of Company!

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Peter Ong, who plays Bobby.

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Company–A Musical Comedy

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When Dream Academy invited me to watch this upcoming musical, I was quite delighted. I did a quick calculation and realised that the last time that I have watched a theatre performance was back in 2007! It was a Crazy Christmas, held at the National Library Drama centre and I enjoyed the performance tremendously! To think that during my younger days I was Chairperson of my school’s English Drama Society. How terrible that I’ve totally lost touch with the ins and outs of our local theatre circle!

Anyway I’m really looking forward to watching Company, the musical next Friday! I’ll do up another post once I’ve watched the musical. Smile Smile Smile

More about COMPANY

Dream World Productions presents its first production, COMPANY by the legendary Mr. Stephen Sondheim. COMPANY has won a total of seven TONY Awards, including Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, Best Original Music and Best Original Lyrics in the 1971 Original Broadway production and Best Revival of a Musical in the 2006 Broadway Revival. Hossan Leong is the director for the Singapore version of Company. This super-funny musical comedy explores the pros and cons, the ups and downs as well as the ins and outs of being single. Join our talented cast as they try to persuade our hero, Robert, to do what our Government has been hard selling for years… Get married!

Check out the teaser videos!

1) Teaser video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wEGufq1watI&feature=relmfu

2) Bobby’s ladies singing in the MRT: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-xuUGRIh2bA&feature=plcp

CAST:
Tan Kheng Hua, Karen Tan, Brendon Fernandez, Petrina Kow, Candice de Rozario, Ivan Choong, Matt Grey, Tim Garner, Rebecca Spykerman, Juwanda Hassim, Mina Kaye, Glory Ngim, Seong Hui Xuan and introducing Peter Ong

SHOW DETAILS:
Opens on 1 November 2012 to 11 November 2012
Drama Centre Theatre, National Library Building Level 3
Tuesdays – Fridays 8pm, Saturdays – Sundays 3pm and 8pm

TICKET PRICES (Excluding $3 SISTIC booking fee):
Preview (1 November 2012): $77, $57, $37
Standard: $97, $77, $57
Tickets can be purchased through SISTIC website: www.sistic.com.sg,
SISTIC Hotline: (65) 6348 5555 and SISTIC Authorised Agents islandwide.

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