Monday, January 20, 2014

My Fair Lady, Grease and Peter Pan at MBS

Most of you would have seen the ads for My Fair Lady by now, but do you know what's coming up after? Check out our exclusives right here!

My Fair Lady - 11 Feb 2014

Henry Higgins, Eliza Doolittle and the rest of the iconic characters from My Fair Lady will transform the Master Card Theatres at Marina Bay Sands to 1912 London in this Broadway Classic. Hailed as the standard by which all other musicals are judged, BASE Entertainment Asia and MediaCorp VizPro International brings this international treasure, upon which the classic 1964 Audrey Hepburn movie was based, to Singapore on February 11 for a limited season. Tickets are now on sale.

Based on George Bernard Shaw’s 1912 play Pygmalion, My Fair Lady will transport audiences to Edwardian London and one of the most beautiful stories ever told about language and clash of cultures. It follows the relationship between Eliza Doolittle, a Cockney flower girl, and the snobbish and misogynistic Professor Henry Higgins, a phoneticist, who wagers that he can turn Eliza into a “proper lady’ in three months’ time. Those who experience My Fair Lady will be enchanted by this tale of triumph of the human spirit, as well as the love story that emerges between two unlikely heroes, ultimately joined together by their fascination with the English language.

When the show first opened on Broadway in 1956, starring Rex Harrison and Julie Andrews, critics described it a “legendary” and “one of the greatest musicals of the century.” My Fair Lady went on to win six TONY Awards, and, in 1961, became the longest-running production in Broadway history at that time.

MY FAIR LADY features book and lyrics by Alan Lerner and music by Frederick Loewe, and includes the classic songs “The Rain In Spain,” Wouldn’t It Be Loverly” and “Get Me To The Church On Time.” Often called “the perfect musical,” My Fair Lady is an unforgettable experience with beautiful music and exquisite costumes that will remind theatre-goers as to why musical theatre was born.

The US National Tour of My Fair Lady features Aurora Florence as Eliza Doolittle; Chris Carsten as Henry Higgins; Daniel Cardenes as Freddy Eynsford-Hill; Ricard Springle as Colonel Pickering and Arthur Wise as Alfred P. Doolittle.

Grease - Opens on 25 April 2014

The new multi-million dollar musical GREASE will blaze into town in 2014 direct from London’s West End and a sensational sell-out tour of Australia and open at the MasterCard® Theatres at Marina Bay Sands on 25 April.

This rockin musical production is packed with explosive energy and features a spectacular international cast, super-slick dance moves, dazzling costumes and all those unforgettable songs from the hit movie, including Summer Nights, Sandy, Hopelessly Devoted To You, You’re The One That I Want, Greased Lightnin’ and Grease Is The Word.

Since the show’s Broadway premiere in 1972, and the first London production opened 6 months later with a young, unknown Richard Gere as Danny Zuko, the stage production was then followed by the 1978 hit movie starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, which went on to become the highest grossing movie-musical of all time. GREASE has since triumphed across the globe, with its irresistible mix of adolescent angst, vibrant physicality and 1950s pop culture.

GREASE really is “fast, furious and thrilling, an injection of raw energy… and fun, fun, fun.”
(The Daily Mirror, UK)

GREASE, written by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey, is possibly the only hit Broadway musical ever composed entirely on guitar. The productions name comes from the term greasers, a 1950s United States working-class youth subculture. GREASE takes place in and around fictitious Rydell High, and follows ten working-class teenagers in 1959 as they experience the intricacies of love, friendship and rebellion. The story revolves around the relationship between “bad boy” Danny Zuko, who believes he is the coolest of cool and “girl next door” Sandy.

So dust off your leather jacket, pull on your bobby-socks and take a trip to a simpler time as the MasterCard® Theatre is turned into Rydell High School in a stage show that is truly ELECTRIFYIN !

Peter Pan - Opens on 19 March 2014

Discover the magic and spectacle of the Emmy Award winning, Tony® Award nominated production: Cathy Rigby is Peter Pan! opening at the MasterCard Theatres at Marina Bay Sands on 19 March 2014. Tickets go on sale today.

Peter Pan is a fantastical, family-friendly production that’s not to be missed. The thrill of flying, timeless magical moments, lavish sets, fabulous costumes and a captivating hook will mesmerize young and old alike. The tale you thought you knew, is now an adventure you never dreamed possible…Cathy Rigby is Peter Pan!

Peter Pan sparkles with fairy dust! Rigby has mastered the boy who wouldn’t grow up.” – Washington Post.

Peter Pan, written by Scottish novelist and playwright J. M. Barrie (1860–1937), tells the story of a mischievous little boy who refuses to grow up. He spends his endless childhood on the small island of Neverland leading his gang, the Lost Boys, on daring escapades. The show's adventures begin when Peter teaches Wendy and her brothers to fly and invites them to come to Neverland.

Cathy Rigby’s name is synonymous with Peter Pan, having performed the role on Broadway since 1990 and having earned a Tony Award nomination for Best Actress. The former Olympic gymnast has also starred in two major revivals of Peter Pan in a National US Tour in 1990-91 and 1997-2000, and also in a 100th Anniversary Tour in 2004-06. Her other credits include the A&E Television Network Premiere of Peter Pan, which received 4 Emmy Award Nominations and one Emmy Award.

“When it comes to eternal youth, Peter Pan can’t hold a candle to Cathy Rigby. At the age of 60, the Olympic gymnast-turned-Broadway star is still in sensational shape, flying high in green tights and tunic." -
Chicago Sun Times (Feb 2013)

Joining the Tony® Award nominee Cathy Rigby is Broadway’s Kim Crosby (Cinderella in the original Into the Woods, Guys and Dolls [Sarah Brown], Jerry’s Girls), who returns to play Mrs. Darling, and Sam Zeller as Mr. Darling/Hook.

Peter Pan is produced by McCoy Rigby Entertainment in association with La Mirada Theatre for The Performing Arts. Direction by Glenn Casale, who directed the 1999 Tony® Award nominated and Emmy winning PETER PAN starring Cathy Rigby. Mr. Casale has been a resident at the California Musical Theatre for almost 23 seasons where he has directed over 550 shows.

The flying sequence choreographer, Paul Rubin, "The Fly Guy", has choreographed some of the most memorable flying sequences from the Tony® Award winning Broadway production of Wicked to Cathy Rigby's Emmy Award winning DVD of Peter Pan. He has flown Cathy in over 1500 performances and choreographed flying sequences in over 300 different productions of Peter Pan in more than 10 countries.

The creative team includes Patti Colombo (Choreographer), Bruce Barnes (Musical Director), Julia Flores (Casting Director), Emmy Award winner for art direction of the A&E broadcast of PETER PAN John Iacovelli (Scenic Designer), Shigeru Yaji (Costume Designer), Michael Gilliam (Lighting Designer), Julie Ferrin (Sound Designer), Mitchell Hale (Wig and Hairstyle Designer) and Sean Boyd (Fight Director).

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