Talk about theatre, and chances are the first show to come to mind would be Andrew Lloyd Webber’s highly acclaimed The Phantom of the Opera. That is with good reason – it has won over 70 theatre awards and is the longest-running show on New York’s Broadway to date.

Of its over 13,000 performances all over the world, The Phantom of the Opera has been down to Singapore thrice – and a fourth limited run presented by Base Entertainment Asia and Lunchbox Theatrical Productions is currently underway at Marina Bay Sands’ Sands Theatre.

Phantom of the Opera

Based off the novel of the same name by 20th-century author Gaston Louis Alfred Leroux, the story follows a disfigured musical genius known only as The Phantom, who lives in the depths of Parisian opera house the Palais Garnier. Taking chorus girl Christine Daaé under his wing, he groomed her to become the opera house’s soprano, falling obsessively in love with her in the process. When faced with a rival for her heart, the jealous ghost terrorises the opera house’s inhabitants – to disastrous consequences.

While the tale may seem archaic in this day and age, there is no doubt that Phantom is a classic that captured the hearts of many. The score has spawned some of theatre’s favourite tunes, such as the titular ‘Phantom Of The Opera’, ‘Music Of The Night’ and ‘All I Ask Of You’, all of which are reasons enough to catch the show live.

Phantom of the Opera

Many renowned musical performers have taken on the iconic roles of The Phantom and Christine Daaé, but the cast of Singapore’s staging – who are part of the worldwide tour – were no slouches. Jonathan Roxmouth commanded the stage with his intense rendition of the tortured Phantom, while soprano Meghan Picerno shone in her role as Christine in enthralling solos. Loyal viewers would be quick to point out that there are arguably better couples to portray the duo, but these two still managed to carry the weight of the show (and its name) from beginning to the end.

If their immaculate performance didn’t do much to impress you, the intricate Phantom wardrobe will. The costumes for the entire ensemble range from 300 to 400 individual pieces, excluding the clothes of the various understudies, which results in double the number in total. More than 230 of the costumes were made by the late Maria Björnson, who worked on the original production in London’s West End, and some even featured in the previous runs of Phantom in Singapore. As lovely as the dresses are, they can weigh up to a whopping 10 to 12 kg each – we can’t imagine how difficult it might have been to switch costumes between the fast-moving acts. 

Phantom of the Opera

The ending may have left fans of the Phantom himself wanting, but we can safely say this staging of the Phantom will captivate theatre fans old and new – for the former, to relish in a live performance of theatre’s most well-known songs, and for the latter to experience the “world’s most popular musical” for the first time.

Photo credits: The Phantom of the Opera World Tour

The Phantom Of The Opera runs from now 8 June 2019 at the Sands Theatre, Marina Bay Sands. Get your tickets here!

It’s official: an Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber collaboration is coming our way this week!

Nearly four years after teaming up on ‘Love Yourself’ (which Ed co-wrote for Justin’s Purpose album), the two pop megastars announced news of their new joint effort titled ‘I Don’t Care’. Set to be released on Friday (10 May), the track is speculated to be a single off the ‘Perfect’ singer’s upcoming album.

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Fans have been buzzing with anticipation since the pair took to social media to tease the collaborative project late last month, which included a set of green screen photos featuring both singers in colourful Hawaiian-print shirts as well as snaps of what seemed like lyrical snippets of the song on their respective Instagram accounts.

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Not much details are known about the new single yet, but from the hints we were given, we think it’s likely to be a song filled with feel-good vibes that’s perfect for summer. Regardless of what it sounds like, one thing’s for sure: it’s gonna be a surefire bop.

We can’t wait for Friday already!

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There’s no lack of reasons to love MAMAMOO – they’ve got sweeping vocals, they’ve got killer stage presence and they ooze major cool-girl attitude; a breath of fresh air in a world where girl groups tend to go for the tried-and-tested bubblegum pop formula.

Widely loved for their string of unapologetic girl-crush anthems such as ‘Egoistic’, ‘Decalcomanie’ and ‘gogobebe’, the four-member powerhouse has always been known to portray a more mature, confident side of themselves in their music. But when they’re not performing in their element, the girls can be found laughing and goofing around just like any other person.

MAMAMOO Singapore

And that’s perhaps another reason why MAMAMOO has been getting so much love from legions of fans around the world: they’re real and never pretentious, as shown at their first ever fanmeeting in Singapore on 27 April at [email protected] Box. Although it’s a pity they weren’t able to showcase their complete repertoire of songs at a full-fledged concert, the members made up for it with entertaining Singlish banter and tons of swoon-worthy fan interactions (hugs and selfies galore!). Here are some of our favourite moments of the night:

#1 When MAMAMOO slayed the Singlish game

It has almost become a ritual for K-pop stars to go through a Singlish crash course in our country, and MAMAMOO is no exception. With some help from the emcee and translator, the members managed to pick up a couple of common phrases such as “Really meh?” and “Steady lah!” which they made sure to pepper generously throughout the show. A+ for effort!

#2 When HwaSun took a game of scissors paper stone way too seriously

Oh you know, just an ordinary day in the MAMAMOO household. We’re no stranger to their onstage shenanigans, so it came as no surprise when Hwasa and Solar (affectionately dubbed the HwaSun couple) unleashed their inner crackheads by engaging in a heated match of scissors paper stone. Meanwhile, a flabbergasted emcee attempted to calm the chaotic duo down, but to no avail. And just in case you’re interested to know, Solar won.

#3 When Wheein and Moonbyul teased the crowd with a snippet of ‘Moderato’

During the Q&A segment where they picked out fan requests from a board of post-it notes, a MooMoo requested for Wheein to dance to ‘Moderato’ with Moonbyul. Things got a little naughty midway through the dance, which resulted in Hwasa forcefully separating the pair and Solar hilariously commenting that “there are underaged kids in the crowd”. Not that we mind – give us more! 

#4 When they surprised MooMoos by wearing kebayas

While most K-pop acts would usually don a simple T-shirt for their encore stages, MAMAMOO upped the ante by paying homage to our Peranakan culture during their ending performance of ‘Waggy’. How stunning do the ladies look in their colourful kebaya dresses?

#5 When fans celebrated Wheein’s birthday with a chicken feet cake

At the end of the fanmeeting, Singapore MooMoos also made sure to reciprocate the love by celebrating Wheein’s birthday which was on 17 April. In a similar vein of extra-ness, fans presented the 23-year-old with a cake that resembled a hotplate of stir-fried chicken feet – one of Wheein’s favourite Korean dishes. You know what they say: like idol, like fans!

MAMAMOO Singapore

Ending the night with a rousing performance of ‘Um Oh Ah Yeh’, the fab foursome wrapped up the final stop of their Asian fanmeeting tour on a high. Even though they left us with plenty of fond memories to reminisce over, we sure hope to see MAMAMOO back for a full concert soon!

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“It’s the biggest show I’ve ever done in Singapore,” said Ed Sheeran to the near-capacity crowd, dressed in his humble go-to combo of T-shirt and jeans that belies his megastar status. He continued, “It’s one thing to perform at a stadium back where I’m from, but it’s so surreal that so many people would come and watch me play at a sold-out stadium so far away from home.” Well, Ed – trust us when we say it was just as surreal to all the avid Sheerios who turned up.

A significant upgrade from his last appearance here where he played to a crowd of 20,000 across two nights at the Singapore Indoor Stadium, his one-night-only show on 26 April saw a whopping turnout of 51,000 fans at the National Stadium. Not many artistes have the capability to fill a stadium on a balmy Friday night, but Ed Sheeran – armed with nothing but his trusty guitar and loop pedal – did just that.

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Despite having no new music in recent years (his last full album was in 2017), fans were contented to hear him perform his earlier tunes. And Ed certainly didn’t disappoint them one bit, as he delivered an intricate setlist of fan favourite tracks like ‘Castle On The Hill’, ‘Happier’ and ‘Dive’ that kept the atmosphere at a steady high.

Having watched the previous Ed Sheeran show at the Singapore Indoor Stadium two years back, we thought we’d be used to his antics by now – but the laidback crooner never failed to keep us entertained with his cheeky British charms throughout the two-hour show. Before launching into his string of mandatory singalongs, Ed commanded the audience to adhere to two rules: a) to lose our voices and b) to be dripping in perspiration by the end of the concert. Which fans had no issues abiding, as everyone in the crowd were practically up in their feet and belting out to every single song as if they were at a karaoke.

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It worked: all of us were covered in sweat by the end of it, but Ed clearly wasn’t done hyping us up. “Everything till now has only been a warm-up. Now, it’s time for the real singalong,” he announced as he treated fans to a medley of his biggest hits ‘Thinking Out Loud’, ‘Perfect’ and ‘Shape Of You’, bringing the concert to a rousing, climatic close.

Fans might have to wait quite a while for Ed to return to our shores for his next show after concluding his Divide Tour, but not to worry – the ginger hitmaker has previously teased that he has new stuff coming out this year to tide us over, while we build up anticipation for his upcoming album (speculated to be released in 2020). Oh, and what’s this Justin Bieber collaboration we hear about? Sheerios have much to look forward to!

Photo credits: Aloysius Lim & Alvin Ho

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For those who missed out on The Chainsmokers at the 2017 Singapore Grand Prix, you’ll be glad to know that the EDM powerhouse will be heading back to our shores for a full-fledged stadium show this August as part of their World War Joy tour!

After a string of multi-platinum hits that catapulted them to global stardom, the Grammy Award-winning duo released their latest album Sick Boy which features the Kelsea Ballerini-assisted ‘This Feeling’. In February, The Chainsmokers also dropped a collaboration track with 5 Seconds of Summer called ‘Who Do You Love’ and it has also been announced that they will supporting the band on their North American tour starting this September – shortly after the Singapore leg of their own tour.

The Chainsmokers Live In Singapore 2019

The Chainsmokers World War Joy Live In Singapore 2019
Date: 21 August 2019
Time: 8pm
Venue: Singapore Indoor Stadium
Tickets: $128 – $248

General ticket sales begin on 10 May, Friday from 10am onwards across all SportHubTix channels. If you’re a Live Nation member, you can purchase tickets ahead of the public on 8 May, Wednesday from 10am till 11.59pm. Citi Card members will also have priority access to presale tickets from 6 May (10am) to 7 May (11.59pm).

Meanwhile, hit replay on all the top The Chainsmokers hits right here:

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