Friday, July 31, 2015

Bub & Me: Disney on Classic ~ A Magical Night Asia Tour @ The Star Theatre

After waiting for 2 months since the news came out, we finally brought Lil Pumpkin to watch Disney on Classic ~ A Magical Night live orchestral performance.

It was our first time watching a show at The Star Theatre, The Star Performing Arts Centre and frankly speaking, I don't really like the venue for a performance.

It is located within the Star Vista mall building and if you've been there before, you'll know that except for the shop units, most areas of the mall are non-air-conditioned to be environmentally-friendly, which is commendable to encourage energy-saving and fine if you're in casual t-shirts and shorts.

However, if you're going for a theatre performance you should be appropriately dressed as such and The Star Vista is too hot a place for you to walk around in and have dinner at before a show, as we would usually do, in such outfits. Especially in our current hot weather!! Poor Lil Pumpkin wore her Queen Elsa dress and was perspiring so much, even before the show started!!

Inside The Star Theatre was uncomfortable for her as well as they have high backs for the seats, so even if she sat on the booster seat, it was still hard for her to see the stage and performers even though we had pretty good seats in front. I think kids should be about 8-9 years old to be able to sit comfortably and enjoy the view. Most of the time, Lil Pumpkin sat on the boy's lap.

But other than these environmental misses, the show itself was enjoyable as I listened once again to some of my Disney favourites and reminisced about my childhood days watching the films with my mum.

We usually buy the musical souvenir programs but didn't have to this time as they gave out complimentary copies. Yay! Even if you don't collect souvenir programs, be sure to grab one as you'll need it at the end of the show.. *wink*

Lil Pumpkin was at first a bit confused why there was no acting and costumes like the "usual" performances we had seen before, but soon warmed up to the idea of it focusing mainly on the orchestra and animated international singers who made our Disney memories come alive with their songs, dance and original movie footage from Snow White, Cinderella, The Little Mermaid, Tangled, Frozen and Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, projected overhead on a large cinematic screen.

She liked the audience sing-along sessions and was especially pleased with the "cannonball" special stage effect where they shot hundreds of little glow sticks through the sky for an extra sprinkling of magic! It looked like shooting stars to me actually (●´∀`●)

As part of their 12th anniversary, this concert reunited 8 veteran singers that performed at various parts of the show's running.

We thought the 3 guys were hilarious and such a hit! Love love love Joey DeBenedetto who sang as Sebastian and Flynn Ryder. He reminds me of Patrick Dempsey with his smooth grooves and suave looks actually (◡‿◡✿)

However, if you are expecting them to all sound like the original singers of the Disney songs, you might be disappointed.

They are all accomplished in their own right but I felt that Carlyn Connolly didn't have enough "oomph" in her voice for Ursula's iconic song "Poor Unfortunate Souls", and Jodi Bluestein certainly didn't sound like Elsa in the movie at all.

I was looking forward to hearing Elsa's most prominent song "Let It Go"sung live with Lil Pumpkin since it's her fave Disney song but somehow it lacked the strength and vulnerability that Idina Menzal gave in the original, so this rendition was a little disappointing for me. 

Overall, it was a lovely time-out with the family as we love Disney-anything and the magic of Disney was brought to life right in front of us. I'm glad Lil Pumpkin got to experience orchestra music in such an endearing way and hope to bring her to more of such concerts in the future too.

Disney on Classic ~ A Magical Night was in Singapore for two nights only on 16 & 17 July 2015 and is now performing in Taipei. If you missed the shows this time, check for updates on Disney On Classic Singapore's website to see if they'll return next year!

Also check out the rest of our Bub & Me activities or list of kid-friendly places in Singapore :)

* Disclosure: This is a review for Disney on Classic ~ A Magical Night Asia Tour Show. All opinions are my own. Unless otherwise stated, image credits to Disney on Classic.

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17 comments:

Fairlie - www.feetonforeignlands.com said...

Wow! A complimentary souvenir programme?? That's unheard of nowadays! Sounds like a great event. It's good for kids to be able to see the orchestra and realise what goes into creating those Disney sounds.

Claudia said...

Now I know to avoid shows at Star Vista with my girls, cause they'll probably end up looking at the big heads in front of them instead. :P Saw a few other mums posting about their adventures with their little girls all dolled up in princesses dress for this show, must all be sweating like crazy loh.

Edmund said...

Disney is always such a classic!

I missed this production, but I am sure that my kids will be bugging me to bring them, if they heard about it! :)

Theresa Mahoney said...

It looks like such a fun and magical show! Can I just say I LOVE LOVE LOVE your skirt!

sayshappymums said...

It's a pity we were unable to make it for the event. I saw the finalists profile for local Anna and every one of them have impressive portfolio at such young age. *thumbsup*

Shirley @ SAys! Happy Mums

Klessis said...

I wish I went for this! Was a little hesitant because I was not sure if my kids would enjoy 'listening' to a concert even though I certainly would myself. After reading your post, I regret! =X

Ai Sakura said...

Fairlie: Yes I was rather surprised too! It was a very sweet gesture :)

Claudia: Haha if they were like my girl.. then probably so :P But at night after the show was cooler and better.

Edmund: I'm sure they would have!

Theresa: thanks so much dear! love this modern cheongsam piece too!

Shirley: Yup the winner has a very impressive performance resume at such a young age!

Klessis: Hopefully they'll be back next year!

Angie@ Simply Mommie said...

I missed this too! Hopefully there'll be a better venue for it next time it comes around.

indah nuria Savitri said...

Helloooo princess elsa :)..Looks like a fantastice performance, Ai..We are heading to Disney in the next two weeks and are sooooo excited :)

Paula said...

Your daughter is very lucky to have experienced orchestra at such a young age. And who would say no to a Disney-themed event? I'm sure she had so much fun nonetheless :-)

Jolin said...

Sorry to read that the overall experience was a little less than perfect. Perhaps they should find a better venue the next time.

Bumble Bee Mum said...

The show sounds beautiful! I can't wait for my kids to grow older so that I can go watch some musicals and stuff with them. Right now, they are still at the cannot-sit-still stage. To be fair, Idina Menzel is pretty hard to beat where 'Let It Go' is concerned.

Phoebe said...

I am a big fan of Disney musical but my boy dislike princesses and best of all.. my daughter prefers boyish stuff.. -__- Really envy the matching dresses you have with your girl as seeing Gladys in a princess dress would be a MIRACLE as it is a big No No to her.. hahhahaa.

mail4rosey said...

Ah we're so spoiled with air conditioning, aren't we?? :)
I'm glad you got to go to the show. I like to see lives shows sometimes too.

alissa apel said...

That must have been a dream come true for her! She looks so pretty! I think any girl would have been in love with that night.

I got an instagram account - finally. I'm following you on there. Re-branding my blog will happen soon! I'm waiting for fall weather.

Madeline Heng said...

Sounds great! Though you are absolutely right about the venue. Can imagine my girl sweating buckets in her elsa dress too!

Stacy said...

Guess it's only normal have expectations set by the movie itself. :) At least you still had a good time overall.