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Theatre review: Evergreen xinyao tunes shine in If There're Seasons...

Published on Apr 6, 2014 3:32 PM

There is always a season for this musical, it seems.

This is the third time that The Theatre Practice is staging what has proven to be a crowd favourite since 2007, in no small part due to the timeless magnetism of composer Liang Wern Fook’s songs.

If There're Seasons is an unabashed star vehicle for Liang, whose name immediately evokes the Singapore folk music movement of the 1990s, and his charming music is the solid backbone of this otherwise rather unwieldy drama.

The ingredients are all in place for some major tugging at the heartstrings: down-to-earth Singapore boy A-Le (George Chan), mourning his late girlfriend Xiao Jing (Celine Rosa Tan), leaves his home for the bright lights of New York. As he settles into the Singaporean diaspora, he falls for aspiring actress Rose (Joanna Dong), but finds himself torn between his old love and the new.

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Where: Drama Centre Theatre, National Library Building Level 3
When: Till April 27, 8pm (Tues to Fri), 2.30 & 8pm (weekends)
Admission: $46 to $76 from Sistic (call 6348-5555 or go to www.sistic.com.sg)
Advisory: Some mature content