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Help yourself to more #Serunding!


SERUNDING returns!

by TheatreWorks (Singapore)

 

Serunding, written by Ahmad Musta’ain Bin Khamis (my popular smart brother!!!), is the winning script from the 24-Hour Playwriting Competition 2010 (Open Category). It was the first winning play to premiere in two Performance Tours to the South East District in 2010 and 2011. The re-staging of Serundingwill engage a new audience and encourage participants to aspire to be a winner in this year’s 24-Hour Playwriting Competition.

Starring the delightful & popular Aidli Mosbit once again, this one-woman play stirs to life the voice of Safiah like a perfect dish of serunding. A Malay homemaker, Safiah’s belief as a devout Muslim and parental expectations fall into conflict with her children; she also suffers tedious ties with her mother-in-law ‘Sofea Jane’. Told through humour, food and many phone calls, Serunding draws us to the heart and pain of a mother’s love. A spicy sweet expression of the Singapore family caught at the centre of cultural values and modern living.

The re-staging of Serunding is part of TheatreWorks’ Writing & Community. Writing & Community is a holistic and unique writing programme that serves the community while at the same time; harness the talents and creativity in the community. Writing & Community is one of the many strands of TheatreWorks Engagement work.

Performance Details:
6 June 2014 (Friday), 8pm
7 June 2014 (Saturday), 3pm & 8pm
8 June 2014 (Sunday), 3pm

Malay Heritage Centre, Auditorium

Performed in English with some Bahasa Melayu (no surtitles)
There will be a post-show discussion after each performance.


Approximately 30minutes
Free Admission

To get tickets, visit: https://peatix.com/sales/event/35640/tickets 

For enquiries, please call TheatreWorks at 6737 7213 or email tworks@singnet.com.sg

## The last I heard, tickets are going out super fast! Make sure you get yours now!


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LE NOIR- The Intimate Side of Cirque!


IMMERSE YOURSELF IN THE JAW-DROPPING
SPECTACLE of
LE NOIR- The Intimate Side of Cirque

From a sold out season in Tokyo, a thrilling cirque style experience is now showing at Marina Bay Sands.

And i cant wait to watch it this week!!!!!

For the first time in Singapore, and direct from a sellout season in Tokyo comes LE NOIR, an extraordinary evening of intimate cirque style entertainment starring some of the most incredible acrobatic acts on earth and will open to a star studded affair in Singapore for the very first time tonight, 12 March 2013. Singapore is invited to enter the captivating world of LE NOIR – a custom-produced cirque show like no other.  Designed and built specifically for the MasterCard Theatres at Marina Bay Sands, audiences will be immersed in an extraordinary visual feast using metaphors of white, red and black to describe the diverse range of our personalities.

 

Carefully engineered with the deliberate intention of making the audience a part of the entertainment, the set designers from Kingsmen in Singapore, have been perfecting the blueprints for months now. With a carefully crafted stage set coupled with the talent of Creative Producer Simon Painter, LE NOIR explores emotions through colours as the cast transforms from beautiful and pure white, then explore the passion of red and culminating with the darkness of Le Noir.

 

Twenty of the very best cirque performers from all four corners of the globe, many of them formerly from Cirque du Soleil, are the centre piece of this production and will enthrall crowds in this spell-binding theatrical journey spanning the three key colour themes. LE NOIR accentuates the darker side of these colours using not only the acts on stage but of every audience member as well. The content is surreal, beautiful, seductive and at time hilariously risqué. The production is fast paced, extremely funny and above all entertaining.

Mr. Milan Rokic, Executive Vice President and Managing Director of BASE Entertainment Asia said, “Discovering Le Noir in Tokyo was like a gift. This beautiful show combines a visual spectacle via its unique set and lighting design, and performance dynamics via the amazing production. These artists blew my mind and I am sure they will do the same to our Singapore audiences.”

 

With months of planning, careful engineering and tireless attention to detail, The Sands Theatre at Marina Bay Sands will be fully transformed to seat audiences around a custom-built circular stage of about 2.5 meters in diameter giving a spectacular 360 degree view of the performance as it commences.  Audiences will be ‘enclosed’ within a canopy of curtains designed out of LED lights.  For the first time ever, seating at the Sands Theatre will be limited to a little over 1100 seats to create a unique and intimate experience.

 

Producer, Simon Painter said, “The original concept behind Le Noir was to take the very best of the best cirque performers in the world and rather than create a production in a huge auditorium or arena, produce an intimate style show where the audience is literally inches from the action on stage. Part of the concept is to make the audience experience the show rather than just watch it and a number of sophisticated special effects are employed through the production.”

 

Led by Creative Producer Simon Painter and Executive Producer Tim Lawson, the creative team behind LE NOIR has launched many large scale productions including Le Grand Cirque Adrenaline, which was to date the biggest and most ambitious thrill circus ever attempted in the Sydney Opera House. The show sold over 35,000 tickets in 10 days and opened to rave reviews.

 

With incredible displays of balance, contortion, stamina and aerial artistry, the skills exhibited by the cast of Le Noir is a show that you don’t want to miss. What is your darker side?  Tickets are priced from SGD$35 and are now on sale.

 

FOR TICKET BOOKINGS:

 

THROUGH INTERNET:

www.BASEentertainmentasia.com or www.MarinaBaySands.com/Ticketing

BY PHONE:                   +65 6688 8826

 

BOOK IN PERSON AT:

Marina Bay Sands Box Offices (Museum, Theaters, SkyPark, Retail Mall and Hotel Tower 1 and 3 Lobby). For more information please log onto – www.MarinaBaySands.com

For VIP, Hotel and Dining Packages visit www.showbizasia.com. Corporate and Group Bookings are available via Showbiz.  Email: corporate@showbizasia.com or call 6688 1029

 

More pictures coming up soon!

 

xoxo


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The award winning Jersey Boys, The Musical – is a Must watch for everyone!


IT’S JUST TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE!

SMASH HIT MUSICAL, JERSEY BOYS MAKES ITS SINGAPORE DEBUT AT MARINA BAY SANDS!

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Wait no more, Singapore. The runaway worldwide smash hit musical, JERSEY BOYS currently playing in major cities worldwide including New York, Las Vegas, London, Auckland, Brisbane and across USA, makes its Singapore premiere at the Sands Theater, Mastercard Theaters at Marina Bay Sands for a 14-week season.

This multi-award winning musical tells the true real-life story of how four poverty-line kids from the wrong side of the tracks became one of the greatest successes in pop music history. The Four Seasons: Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi wrote their own songs, invented their own sounds and sold 175 million records globally – all before they were thirty!

 
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The Four Seasons? Frankie Valli? These names may not be instantly recognisable but for generations since the early ‘60’s to modern day the unique sounds of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons are often echoed with responses such as “I know that number!” when familiarity and recognition of the band’s hit songs such as Sherry, Walk like a Man, Rag Doll, Oh What a Night and Can’t Take My Eyes Off You, kicks in. These and numerous other Four Seasons songs have been covered by many of today’s pop artists, proving the diverse appeal and appreciation of this music as it lives on through the generations.

Milan Rokic, Managing Director of BASE Entertainment Asia said, “Singapore will be the first Asian city to experience this powerful piece of International theater with extraordinary music and a real life story line. We are extremely excited to be involved in producing this Broadway version of JERSEY BOYS for Asia. It runs at breath-taking pace and audiences will be left wanting to come back for more. This is an evening of exceptional entertainment.”

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JERSEY BOYS opened to critical and popular acclaim on Broadway on 6 November 2005 only to break this theatre’s box office record 30 times! The production has since been seen by over 13 million people across the globe. Critics the world over are saying: “Too good to be true!” raves New York Post, “The Crowd Goes Wild” explains the New York Times, “Best Broadway Musical in Years” says BBC Radio2, “Mesmerising – a Seismic Sensation” from the Los Angeles Times, “the wait has definitely been worthwhile … Jersey Boys promises a good night and it delivers … you will regret missing out!” urges Courier Mail, Brisbane.

Mr. George Tanasijevich, President & Chief Executive Officer of Marina Bay Sands said, “We are delighted that Jersey Boys, one of the most exciting musicals of all time, will make its debut at Marina Bay Sands. Jersey Boys complements the many other successful Broadway style shows we have brought to Singapore as part of our ongoing commitment to making Marina Bay Sands Asia’s best destination for business, leisure and entertainment.”

Jersey Boys is also the first show to premiere at the newly renamed MasterCard Theatres at Marina Bay Sands, which has just been included within the Mastercard Priceless Cities program, further elevating Singapore and the integrated resort in the world of entertainment. Under the program, the Mastercard Theatres will provide cardholders exclusive experiences and privileged access to the best shows and Broadway productions showcased at Marina Bay Sands.

JERSEY BOYS is written by Academy Award-winner Marshall Brickman & Rick Elice with music by Bob Gaudio, lyrics by Bob Crewe and is directed by two-time Tony® Award winner Des McAnuff and choreographed by Sergio Trujillo with music direction, vocal arrangements and incidental music by Ron Melrose. The production design team is Klara Zieglerova, Scenic Designer; Jess Goldstein, Costume Designer; Howell Binkley, Lighting Designer and Michael Clark, Projection Designer.

The remarkable aspect about this company is they begin rehearsing in Johannesburg and then finalise on-stage preparations in Singapore where the show first opens internationally at Marina Bay Sands today for a 14 week season before returning to South Africa to premier in April 2013, followed by a season in Cape Town and future Asian territories.

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JERSEY BOYS is presented by Dodger Theatricals, Base Entertainment, Showtime Management, Joseph J. Grano Tamara and Kevin Kinsella Pelican Group in association with Latitude Link Rick Steiner.

Don’t miss the international phenomenon that’s Jersey Boys. Experience electrifying performances of the golden greats that took these guys all the way to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame! It’s the hottest ticket in town for 2012 so hurry and book now!

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For further information visit http://www.jerseyboys.com.sg

FOR TICKET BOOKINGS:

 

THROUGH INTERNET:

www.BASEentertainmentasia.comor www.MarinaBaySands.com/Ticketing

BY PHONE:                   +65 6688 8826

BOOK IN PERSON AT:

Marina Bay Sands Box Offices (Museum, Theaters, SkyPark, Retail Mall and Hotel Tower 1 and 3 Lobby). For more information please log onto – www.MarinaBaySands.com

For VIP, Hotel and Dining Packages visit www.showbizasia.com. Corporate and Group Bookings are available via Showbiz.  Email: corporate@showbizasia.com or call 6688 1029

See you at the theatres!

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Wicked The Musical is Wickedly Good!


Thanks to my wonderful friends from Base Entertainment, I manage to score a pair of preview tickets to Wicked The Musical in Singapore days before the opening night on the 6th December! Beat that!!!! Which mean, i just watched Wicked before anyone else in Asia!! How super cool is that?

And i was awed in the Grand Theatre in Marina Bay Sands f0r 145786874674163367841354167687 times! (-and counting )

It almost made me cry! Especially the “Defying Gravity” moment. Now i realised why its the most loved musical ever!

The full staging is just so grand even before the show begin!!!

This is the version Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth performing Defying Gravity at the Tony Awards. If you are awed, you gotta watch it live and be mesmerized again!

Now I cant wait for the Gala Night, which i m going again, with a tux, or maybe not… but i cant wait to be mesmerised again and again!

If you have not bought your tickets, you should be ashamed of yourself!

FOR TICKET BOOKINGS:

THROUGH INTERNET : http://www.MarinaBaySands.com/Ticketing
BY PHONE : (+65) 6688 8826
BOOK IN PERSON AT : Marina Bay Sands Box Offices (Museum,Theaters, SkyPark, Retail Mall and Hotel Tower 1 and 3 Lobby)

For more information please log onto the official website www.WickedTheMusical.com.sg or www.marinabaysands.com

And be a fan in Facebook! http://www.facebook.com/pages/WICKED-The-Musical-Singapore/213362912047231

xoxo


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Orkestra Melayu Singapura presents “Jendela”


After much delay and waiting, finally on the evening of 16 October, the Esplanade Concert Hall will be filled with a selection of traditional, fusion and pop numbers by a gamelan, percussion and pop ensemble. In celebration of their 20th anniversary this year, the Orkestra Melayu Singapura (OMS)  will be staging its best performance yet, with a stellar concert that extends well beyond an auditory experience. Entitled Jendela (Window in Malay), it will be a vision of inspiration through five themic windows of music.

Produced by Muhammad Najib Soiman, the concert attests to the orchestra’s versatility and virtuosity as a whole, while illustrating the eclectic mix of musical talents that have been nurtured by it through the years. From a small orchestra, the OMS has grown into a well-respected music organisation that includes different extensions, and their very own youth wing.

Performing original arrangements such as Rentak 2000, Eastern Vibes, and Arts Crossing, the orchestra will also play a selection of traditional, fusion, and pop numbers that will underscore their musical proficiency.

Also taking to the stage are special guests – Malaysian ’90s pop sensation Aishah local hip hop group SleeQ and Singapore’s very own world instrumental musicians OrkeStar Trio, two of whom started their music journey with OMS.

About Orkestra Melayu SingapuraFormed in 1991 to preserve and promote Malay music in Singapore, the Orkestra Melayu Singapura (OMS) is the only orchestra in Singapore that fuses modern and traditional instruments to perform Malay music.  Other than specialising in traditional music with a contemporary touch, the OMS also performs popular Malay music with traditional and modern instruments, and popular Western, Chinese and Indian music with traditional Malay instruments.   Currently, OMS is led by Music Director, Amri Amin and Assistant Music Director, Mohd Jais Bin Minsawi.In September 2001, the orchestra formed the OMS Traditional and Gamelan Ensemble to specialise in traditional Malay repertoire.  Its Arts Education Programmes like “Introduction to Gamelan Music” and “Gema Warisan – The Malay Musical Heritage” are popular choices among many schools in Singapore.  Over the years, the OMS has matured into a promising Malay orchestra with percussion and pop ensembles under its umbrella.

The OMS formed its youth wing, OMS (Belia) in March 2004, with the objective of introducing different genres of Malay music to our youths, be it traditional, contemporary or pop music.  At present, there are 30 youth musicians in OMS (Belia) and the number is still growing.

The OMS is dedicated to preserving the essence of traditional Malay music while contributing to its sustained development in Singapore.  Since its formation, OMS has given more than 500 local performances at major national and community events.  It is a favourite at functions organised by the Malay community.  It has also been very well received at all its overseas performances in countries such as Indonesia, Japan, Hong Kong and Korea for its engaging and soulful rendition of traditional and modern Malay music.  In 2007, OMS was invited to stage a special concert at the Tong Tong Festival in The Netherlands.

A recent interview with the OMS conductor of 16 years, Mr Jais Minsawi, during their rehearsal for Jendela at People’s Association Headquarters recently, was tight-lipped about the production. Graduated from the Defence School of Music. Melbourne, Australia and has a Licentiate Diploma in tuba performance from Guildhall School of Music and Drama.  Currently a professional musician in the Singapore Armed Forces Central Band, Mohd Jais started out as a pioneer member of Orkestra Melayu Singapura and was the Conductor of OMS from 1995 – 2008.

Currently he also conducts the Ain Society Kulintang Orchestra and serves as the Cultural and Music Coordinator of Bukit Batok Malay Activity Executive Committee.  He was appointed as the Assistant Music Director of OMS in 2009.

This is what he has to say!

What can the audiences expect from Jendela?

I do not want to say what will be presented, but I hope for a large crowd on 16 October. It’s a surprise!

What are the differences in Jendela compared to previous performances from the OMS?

The music for Jendela is more vibrant as compared to previous performances. It is also more modern but we still keep the traditional characteristics in the performance. We want to do it in the Singapore style of music.

What is the highlight performance for Jendela?

There will be performances from a new group, Sleeq, and a veteran singer, Aishah.

Among many artistes, why are Aishah and Sleeq chosen to be featured in Jendela?

We chose Aishah because we see her as a Malay icon, be it in Malaysia or in Singapore. As for Sleeq, they have a lot of fans, so we called them to collaborate with Aishah to create a fun experience for the audiences.

What is the biggest challenge faced in preparing for Jendela?

The biggest challenge is to bring the standard of our Malay music to a professional level which can be made proud by our local Malay community.

How has the OMS grown in these 20 years?

From a small ensemble band, we have now become a semi-professional orchestra. We currently have approximately 20 professional musicians in our orchestra.

What are the current developments for the OMS?

We have many! We are planning to go to Malaysia and Indonesia to learn traditional music from them. When we come back here, we will do it in our Singapore way.

Over the years that you were the conductor for the OMS, what is the incident that you can never forget until today?

While I am here, there are musicians who got married to each other and their children also play musical instruments with us. When I look at it, we are like one big family. I think that is the most beautiful thing in Orkestra Melayu Singapura. We are actually one big family. We want to have that rapport and we want our music to sound like a big orchestra, a family orchestra.

What is your advice to youths who want to venture into the orchestra music field in Singapore?

In Singapore? If you work hard, I think you can go far! You have to work very hard. I think Singapore is opening up to become an arts scene location. We have professional groups like SAF band and the Police band, so why not join them and make the music scene better than before!

What do you want to say to all the OMS fans?

I want to thank everyone who has given their support to the Orkestra Melayu Singapura since 1991. If there are any of you who are interested to become a part of us, send us your names through our website at http://www.orkestramelayusingapura.org and we will contact you.

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A snippet from the rehearsals, Malaysian ’90s pop sensation Aishah, singing “Camar Yang Pulang”.

This songs brings back so much memories of the 90’s. 🙂

I totally love this concert. This definately inspire me to go back to Gamelan and making traditional music in a bigger way after such a long break!

More info at: http://www.orkestramelayusingapura.org

Or follow them on twitter at : https://twitter.com/#!/OMSingapura

xoxo


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Abduction? More like Abs-Duh-No-Action!


The Twilight movies are so inherently stilted and bogged down by dialogue that it’s impossible to judge acting talent in them. Even legitimately gifted performers, like Dakota Fanning or Michael Sheen, can seem flat with their caked-on vampire makeup. So until now it’s seemed unfair to judge Taylor Lautner, the boy wonder who broke out as werewolf Jacob Black in the Twilightmovies, and, much more so than his reticent co-stars, seemed happy to accept the mantle of teen stardom. Film franchises were set up for him, deals were struck, and if Lautner could prove himself outside the Twilight mega-franchise, a star would be born.


But unfortunately for Lautner and the people hoping to be in the Lautner business, his first star vehicle Abduction is dead on arrival, in no large part thanks to Lautner’s dead-eyed, charisma-free performance. There are plenty of other things wrong with Abduction, from a script that often defies all logic to John Singleton’s utterly lazy and incoherent direction, but it’s a star vehicle without a star to guide it, a by-the-numbers action plot that’s supposed to allow Taylor Lautner to show us what he can do. He can kick people and run away from bad guys just fine, but when it comes to expressing human emotion or giving even an ounce of star appeal, Lautner appears as stiff and confused as a middle-school kid caught unprepared in the school play.

He’s surrounded by a whole raft of talented actors who, until the ludicrous plot mechanics deny everyone a reasonable chance of getting out of this movie unscathed, prove only to make Lautner seem more like an expressionless alien. Maria Bello and Jason Isaacs in particular, as Lautner’s loving parents– or are they??–establish a warm rapport and an undercurrent of intensity in a very short period of time. The action kicks off, though, when Lautner’s character Nathan starts suspecting they’re not his parents after all; given that his suspicions attract the attention of both the CIA and some vaguely sketched Russian baddies, you can probably guess that Bello and Isaacs don’t stick around in the story much longer.


As Nathan goes on the run in the company of his neighbor crush (Lily Collins), he’s tailed by two separate CIA agents (Sigourney Weaver and Alfred Molina) and the vaguely Russian baddie who’s apparently the real threat (Michael Nyqvist). There’s all kinds of back story about Nathan’s real father, also a CIA guy, and the possibly shady motives of Molina’s character, but I promise none of it matters; the entire story boils down to the MacGuffin of a phone containing top-secret information, supposedly “encoded” but visible whenever Nathan flips the phone open, as if it’s no more than the old Nokia model’s background screen.

Shot on a budget in the Pittsburgh area, Abduction has a nice, Fugitive-esque misty look to it, and every once in a while Singleton will peep from behind the camera and add some interest to an action scene, as in the big finale at the Pittsburgh Pirates stadium that’s otherwise a bore. But there’s no focusing on the positives once you’ve endured howler lines like “There’s a bomb in the oven” or “You’ll be responsible for the death of every friend you have on Facebook,” and the best that can be said of Abduction is that it will probably get more laughs than any other film opening this weekend. Those laughs will probably mean the death of Taylor Lautner’s fledgling career, but based on the evidence here it was only a matter of time before that happened anyway.

Courtesy of Cinema Blend.


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Wicked The Musical in Singapore!


WICKED is coming to Singapore! WICKED, BASE Entertainment and Marina Bay Sands are proud to announce that the hottest musical in Broadway will open in Singapore at Marina Bay Sands’Grand Theater on 7 December 2011 for a strictly limited season.

WICKED is one of the most successful shows in theater history and Singaporeans and visitors alike will be spellbound by this production. Tickets are on sale now.

Winner of 35 major awards including a Grammy® and three Tony Awards® including Best Musical, WICKED is the untold story of the witches of Oz. Long before Dorothy drops in, two other girls meet in the Land of Oz, one born with emerald green skin, is smart, fiery and misunderstood.The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular.WICKED tells the story of their remarkable odyssey, how these two unlikely friends grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West called Elphaba and Glinda the Good.

Currently in its 8th year on Broadway, WICKED’s North American and International companies have cumulatively grossed over US$2.2 billion and have been seen by nearly 28 million people worldwide.

“We’re delighted that Singapore is now set to follow WICKED productions in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, the North American tour and London’s West End,” Marc Platt and David Stone said in a joint statement from New York.“This will be the first time that WICKED will visit the South East Asian region,and we’re absolutely sure that Singaporeans – and visitors from around the region – will be just as enchanted by WICKED as the audiences are in America, England, Europe, North Asia
and Australia.”

WICKED opened in London’s West End in 2006. In 2007, a Japanese language production of WICKED opened in Tokyo and a German language production of WICKED opened in Stuttgart in the same year. This show has been running in Australia since 2008.


The Producers of WICKEDtake great pleasure in working with Milan Rokic,Managing Director of BASE Entertainment and local promoter of WICKED. Rokic says, “Get ready Singapore for a musical that is unique, a phenomenon, quite unlike any other show. Music theater lovers and audiences from all different backgrounds will adore WICKED.It’s an enchanting musical with wit and spectacle and a wonderful score, but it also spans the demographic of people from 8 to 80. It brings in audiences who’ve never been to the theater, and never thought they would go and they come out spellbound and wanting more. Singapore is in for a treat.”

The smash-hit musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz (Godspell,Pippin, Academy Award-winner for Pocahontas and The Prince of Egypt) and book by Winnie Holzman (My So Called Life, Once and Again and thirtysomething) is based on the best-selling novel by Gregory Maguire. WICKED is produced by Marc Platt, Universal Pictures, The Araca Group, Jon B. Platt and David Stone. Gregory Maguire’s best-selling 1995 novel, has sold more than 3 million copies -2.5 million since WICKED opened on Broadway in 2003. The album sold more than a million copies and the amazing companion book that goes with the show, The Grimmerie, has sold almost 150,000 copies.

Tickets on Sale now! Don’t miss out!

EARLY BIRD PROMOTION:
15% off A to D Reserve seats, on Tuesday to Thursday shows only. Valid until 30 September, 2011.

FOR TICKET BOOKINGS:

THROUGH INTERNET : http://www.MarinaBaySands.com/Ticketing
BY PHONE : (+65) 6688 8826
BOOK IN PERSON AT : Marina Bay Sands Box Offices (Museum,Theaters, SkyPark, Retail Mall and Hotel Tower 1 and 3 Lobby)

For more information please log onto our official website www.WickedTheMusical.com.sg or www.marinabaysands.com