Hello, May!

Published on 26 April 2017

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First organised in 1998 by the National Arts Council, the National Indian Music Competition aims to develop the performing skills of young musicians in Singapore and identify new music talent. It also provides opportunities for young musicians (aged 30 and below) to perform in a competitive situation before an international jury. Apart from the Vocal category (featuring Carnatic and Hindustani tunes), the Instrumental category brings together musicians who will show off their skills on the flute, violin, veena, mridangam, tabla and sitar.

By Jo Tan

NATIONAL INDIAN MUSIC COMPETITION

This glorious celebration of lush traditional music only rolls around every three years, so don’t miss it! The best young instrumentalists in Singapore will go head-to-head with gorgeous tunes from centuries of Indian history, with the winner chosen by an international jury. 29 May-2 Jun, various times, Goodman Arts Centre & School of the Arts. Click here for more details.

THE TIGER WHO CAME TO TEA

Following his highly successful run in London’s West End, the tea-guzzling tiger returns to Asia in this delightful family show packed with oodles of magic, sing-along songs, and all the clumsy chaos that results when a clueless feline intrudes on teatime! Adapted from the book of the same name by David Wood, the United Kingdom’s leading writer and director of plays and musicals for children. 19-21 May, Fri 5pm, Sat & Sun 11am, 2pm & 4.30pm, SOTA Drama Theatre. Click here for ticketing details!

WHAT’S DONE IS DONE

Macbeth — the famed Shakespearean tragedy about a star soldier turned tyrant — receives a sassy modern twist in the hands of Bollywood actor and director Rajat Kapoor, who enhances  the tale with an ensemble of stars from the Indian subcontinent. 26 May, 8pm, Esplanade Theatre.

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MEGADETH LIVE IN SINGAPORE

The forefathers of hard rock and metal make their way to Singapore to show that three decades and 38 million albums sold have done nothing to blunt their razor-sharp edge. At this epic one-night-only concert, expect tunes from their 2016 album plus headbanging hits from over the years. 2 May, 8pm, Kallang Theatre.
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STING 57TH & 9TH TOUR

Following the release of Sting’s rock/pop album 57th & 9th, the British-born singing/songwriting legend makes his way to our island to perform tunes new and old. 28 May, 8pm, Singapore Indoor Stadium. Click here for ticketing details.

GOLDEN POINT AWARD 2017

The Golden Point Award is Singapore’s premier creative writing competition for short story and poetry in the nation’s four official languages: English, Chinese, Malay and Tamil. Throw your hat in the ring to become Singapore’s next awarded author! Submissions accepted from 1 May – 14 Jul. Click for more details here!

VILLAGE PEOPLE 40TH ANNIVERSARY LIVE TOUR

Young man (and friends of any age), there’s no need to feel down! High-energy ’70s and ’80s music phenomenon The Village People are hitting town to celebrate their 40th anniversary. They’ll also be joined by popular ABBA tribute band, Bjorn Again. 18 & 19 May, 8pm, Sands Theatre, Marina Bay Sands. Click here for ticketing details.

SUHAIMI YUSOF

While he’s big and bold on TV, funnyman Suhaimi Yusof has also been earning rave reviews on the stage these past few months with his stand-up comedy debut at last year’s Happy Ever Laughter, and his role as a PE teacher in Detention Katong. Now, watch him fuse his screen and stage skills as TV show The Noose crosses over from TV to theatre in Noose & Kakis 2: My PSLE Is Better Than Yours, tackling the tricky topic of education in Singapore. Also expect comic appearances from the likes of Kumar, Fakkah Fuzz, Rishi Budhrani and Sam See. 19-21 May, Fri 8pm, Sat 2.30pm & 8pm, Sun 3pm, MES Theatre at Mediacorp, 1 Stars Avenue. Click here for ticketing details.

VILLAGE PEOPLE: FUN FACTS

• The popular disco band was assembled by a French composer (the late Jacques Morali) who got his start in writing orchestral music.

•The Village People were the first to perform the hit ‘Go West’, later more closely associated with British band the Pet Shop Boys.

• The group once ditched their cultural-stereotype costumes (the Native American, the Cowboy, the Policeman, and so on) for Renaissance, an album influenced by the New Romantic movement. It produced no hits.

“Down-time for me is usually self-imposed and involves either sweating — muay thai, crossfit, swimming — or lots of laughing.” 

BENJAMIN KHENG ACTOR & ONE QUARTER OF THE SAM WILLOWS

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