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Arts Picks: Innamorati, Die Fledermaus, Ballet Under The Stars

Taipei-based Singaporean singer and actor Huang Jinglun (right) singing a duet with Bonnie Loo that will be featured in Innamorati, the new musical by Toy Factory Productions. -- PHOTO: ST FILE
Taipei-based Singaporean singer and actor Huang Jinglun (right) singing a duet with Bonnie Loo that will be featured in Innamorati, the new musical by Toy Factory Productions. -- PHOTO: ST FILE
The casts of Innamorati, the latest original musical by Toy Factory Productions, directed by Goh Boon Teck. -- PHOTO: TOY FACTORY PRODUCTIONS
The casts of Innamorati, the latest original musical by Toy Factory Productions, directed by Goh Boon Teck. -- PHOTO: TOY FACTORY PRODUCTIONS

INNAMORATI

Get up close and personal with seven Singaporean performers, including popular Taiwan-based singer and host Huang Jinglun, as their personal stories unfold on stage in a new Mandarin musical by Toy Factory Productions.

The cast includes singers, songwriters and actors such as Benita Cheng, Bonnie Loo, Tay Kewei, Chriz Tong, Trey Ho and Sugie Phua.

Directed by Toy Factory founder Goh Boon Teck, the musical will showcase 12 songs by veteran singer-songwriter Eric Moo, one of the pioneers of xinyao, the Singapore Mandarin folk music movement of the 1980s and 1990s. Among the songs to be performed are familiar tunes Ni Shi Wo De Wei Yi (You Are My Only) and Tai Sha (Too Silly).

Where: Drama Centre Theatre MRT: Bras Basah/Bugis When: Till Aug 3, 3pm (Tue & Fri - Sun), 8pm (Wed - Sun) Admission: $49 - $69 from Sistic (go to www.sistic.com.sg or call 6348-5555)


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DIE FLEDERMAUS

The famous 18th-century operetta Die Fledermaus by Johann Strauss is given a Korean drama twist in this contemporary adaptation by home-grown troupe New Opera Singapore, while still keeping true to the original's comedic nature.

In this production, Rosalinde, wife of the protagonist Eisenstein, is a Korean drama fan with dreams about becoming like the stars she fawns over at home.

This is a light-hearted show filled with jokes that Singaporeans will understand and appreciate, delivered in familiar Singlish, Korean and Filipino accents.

Where: Victoria Theatre MRT: City Hall When: Today & Sun, 7.30pm Admission: $25 - $60 from Sistic


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PRESIDENT'S YOUNG PERFORMERS CONCERT

The Singapore Symphony Orchestra's platform for young performers turns the spotlight on 16-year-old saxophonist Samuel Phua, who will perform the lively Concertino Da Camera by French composer Jacques Ibert and Escapades, the concert version of the Oscar-nominated score by John Williams for the movie Catch Me If You Can (2002).

The programme will also feature the world premiere of composer Bernard Tan's Aspirations Overture and Copland's orchestral suite Appalachian Spring.

Where: Victoria Concert Hall MRT: City Hall When: Today, 7.30pm Admission: $20 - $72 from Sistic


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BALLET UNDER THE STARS

Relax under the stars as dancers from the Singapore Dance Theatre bring to life well-loved ballet classics Allegro Brillante and Theme And Variations, by the iconic Russian-American choreographer George Balanchine.

The evening's programme will also feature the world premiere of the duet Bittersweet (above), created for the company by choreographer Natalie Weir of Australia's Expressions Dance Company. The finale is Edwaard Liang's Opus 25, created for the company's 25th anniversary last year.

Where: Fort Canning Green MRT: Bras Basah/Dhoby Ghaut When: Till Sun, performance starts at 7.30pm, gates open at 6pm Admission: $25 from Sistic