Singapura musical ends run abruptly

David Bianco and Marian Santiago (both above) in Singapura: The Musical.
David Bianco and Marian Santiago (both above) in Singapura: The Musical.PHOTO: SINGAPURA: THE MUSICAL

The $2.72-million production, which extended its run till July 19, closed last week

Less than a month after the $2.72-million Singapura: The Musical extended its run till July 19, the production has abruptly folded.

A staff member at the Capitol Theatre's ticketing counter informed Life yesterday that the musical had closed last week. Attempts to book tickets online at the musical's website were also unsuccessful.

A Singaporean member of the crew who was involved with the production and asked not to be named said his contract had been delayed and that he has not been paid.

Attempts to reach the musical's press relations team for comment over the weekend were unsuccessful.

Rumours of financial trouble and dissent among the crew had plagued the blockbuster production,which features a predominantly Filipino cast, in the weeks leading up to its opening on May 19.

However, in an e-mail sent in May to this newspaper, composer and musical director Ed Gatchalian had dismissed these and said: "The musical is ready to go. 

"There are nasty people spreading so many inaccuracies and even lies about us."

Directed by American Greg Ganakas and written by Filipino playwright Joel Trinidad, the production debuted at the newly refurbished Capitol Theatre to mixed reviews. Life's theatre reviewer Corrie Tan said the play felt unfocused, lacked nuance and suffered from technical problems.

It was originally slated to run till June 7, but Gatchalian had announced an extension a fortnight ago and said there were discussions for Singapura to travel to other parts of the world, such as Australia and the United States.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 13, 2015, with the headline 'Singapura musical ends run abruptly'. Print Edition | Subscribe