ANNIE, the world’s best loved musical returns to Singapore now showing at the Mastercard Theatres at Marina Bay Sands

Annie

{ANNIE , the world’s best loved musical returns to Singapore and Review} 

ANNIE, everyone’s favourite little red-headed orphan and also widely regarded as one of the world’s best loved musicals has returned to Singapore! It will be showing at The MasterCard Theatres, Marina Bay Sands from now till 11 September 2016.

ANNIE is inspired by the famous comic strip Little Orphan Annie, followed the journey of a young and courageous girl who rose from rags-to-riches living in the hard-knock New York orphanage to the luxurious home of billionaire businessman Oliver Warbucks. The story first appeared in the New York Daily News in 1924 has become one of the best-loved family musicals of all time. 

ANNIE’s popular hit, “Tomorrow”.

The awards-winning musical remains one of the biggest Broadway musical hits ever and audience can look forward to hear many of the well-known and beautiful songs like the popular hit, “Tomorrow” and other popular songs like “Maybe”, “It’s the Hard Knock Life”, “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile”, “Easy Street”, “I Don’t Need Anything But You”. 

ANNIE The Musical

ANNIE’s cast consists of 25 members and the lead role of Annie is a talented 11 years old actress, Heidi Gray from the Augusta, GA area. Heidi carries her role as Annie perfectly, her voice is amazing and the performances that she delivers is far beyond her age as a 11 years old. Audience will love Heidi Gray’s performance as Annie with her adorable, cheerful and sweet personality, full of optimism! It is a delight to watch her on stage. 

Gilgamesh Taggett stars as Oliver Warbucks, the billionaire businessman who eventually adopted Annie. Gilgamesh Taggett is strong in his performance as a stern billionaire and even with all his wealth, he faced depression with many of his factories closing and having to deal with his business to warming up when Annie appears in his life. Gilgamesh Taggett is able to portray the emotional change from a tough businessman to showing his softer side expressing his fondness and love for Annie. We love his strong and powerful vocals especially when he sings “Something Was Missing”. It is truly a joy listening to Gilgamesh’s singing!

ANNIE The Musical 1

The baddies are brilliantly played by Lucy Werner as Lily, Garrett Deagon as Rooster and Lynn Andrews as Miss Hannigan. Lily is Rooster’s girlfriend and Rooster is the younger brother of Miss Hannigan who is a escaped convict. The scheming couple, Lily and Rooster plot to pretend to be Annie’s parents so that they can get the cash reward of $50,000 from Oliver Warbucks. Oliver offers a $50,000 reward to anyone who can prove to be Annie’s parents. Audience would love to hate this scheming couple as they embark their evil plan. Miss Hannigan is Lynn Andrews as the orphanage director who is convincing in her role as the horrible director who treats the poor orphans badly and makes Annie’s life miserable. 

Don’t miss ANNIE, one of the world’s best-loved musicals now performing in Singapore. The musical is directed by original lyricist and director Martin Charnin and choreographed by Liza Gennaro, this production of ANNIE will be a brand new incarnation of the iconic original. 

ANNIE The Musical at MBS

Our Parenting World team is very honoured to interview the fine cast of ANNIE. First up, Lucy Werner as Lily and Garrett Deagon as Rooster. We find that Lucy Werner and Garrett Deagon have great chemistry together both on-screen and off-screen. They shared with us that they started the show in February 2014 and they done about 550 performances over 2 years. It is always a challenge to show it to the audience as if they are performing for the first time even if they had performed so many times. To make the show and their performances authentic, keeping their performance in top condition and to make an impact on the audience. Their favourite part of the musical definitely has to be their part, they love singing and dancing their songs. Their other favourites include the music especially jazz, watching the girls in the cast, singing and dancing to the songs and the live animal, the dog on stage. In Singapore, ANNIE, the musical has a new dog and it has been taught new tricks and it will be interesting to watch the dog too. Lucy Werner and Garrett Deagon would like to encourage audience in Singapore to come watch the musical, it is a musical about family, love, optimism, the quality of the musical is really high and the set is of Broadway calibre with great orchestra and beautiful music. It is a production that you will never forget and it comes with great production value, story and message. They are very proud of the musical! 

Annie The Musical Mastercard Theatres Marina Bay Sands Singapore

Coming up next, Gilgamesh Taggett as Oliver Warbucks and the main lead, Annie played by Heidi Gray. Gilgamesh Taggett shared more about his role as Oliver Warbucks, a multi-billionaire living in the Great Depression of America in the 1930s who is trying to figure a way to help out the common citizens and what needs to happen to make sure that people are alright. In the middle of all this effort of trying to figure out, a little redhead girl shows up in his life and completely turn him around. Heidi Gray shared about her role as Annie, she is spunky, optimistic redhead who never gives up and she is on a journey to find her parents and along the way, she finds Oliver Warbucks. They help each other, they are different and yet seem to be similar as they have the same history, they are both orphans and they are trying to be optimistic in lives. They are both trying to find their way through life and in the end by teaming up, they end up saving each other. As this is a live theatre, the challenges that Heidi shared with us that you never know what is going to happen, they will always have a backup plan and always have each other back. Gilgamesh felt that the challenges for them is always to keep the show fresh, never boring, to make it accessible to the audience to connect with them and their characters. Heidi is true to her role as Annie, in real, she is a very bright and cheerful girl. She told us that the funniest time when performing is when someone forgets, misses the cue or line, they have fun probing and always looking out for each other and knowing what to do next. She enjoys singing the songs, they are very uplifting! 

Gilgamesh told us that the best part of doing the musical is he gets to fall in love with the adorable Heidi every night! It is very much part of his job. Another favourite of his role is to sing “Something Was Missing” because it is the final moment when Oliver exposes his heart to Annie and shows his deeper feeling. Both Gilgamesh and Heidi felt that Singapore is great and amazing, there is always something to do and always something to eat!

Finally in their own words, “It is imperative that people come and see this musical because the message is in and regardless of the America’s background, the roots in America’s history and economic itself. The story is all about love, optimism, never giving up and never being afraid to try!” said Gilgamesh Taggett. Heidi Gray encouraged audience to watch the musical and it gives meaning message “Be optimism, never give up and there is always hope and love!”. 

Thank you to the wonderful cast of ANNIE for taking our interview and we wish them all the best!

Annie The Musical

Catch ANNIE, the world’s best-loved musical from now till Sunday, 11 September 2016! 

ANNIE US NATIONAL TOUR

Cast: The International Tour features a cast from the United States

Event Date:
Wednesday, 24 August – Sunday, 11 September 2016
Tuesday – Friday: 7.30pm
Saturday: 2pm & 7.30pm
Sunday: 1pm & 6pm

Venue:
Grand Theatre,
MasterCard Theatres at Marina Bay Sands

Ticket Pricing:
(Excludes Booking Fee)
VIP Reserve : S$175
A Reserve : S$155
B Reserve : S$125
C Reserve : S$95
D Reserve : S$65
VIP Box (For 4 seats): S$700
Box Seats(For 4 seats): S$380

Further Information visit:

www.anniethemusical.com; @ANNIEonTour; www.facebook.com/AnnieTheMusical

To book tickets: 

http://entertainment.marinabaysands.com/events/annie0916

http://www.sistic.com.sg/events/annie0916?cid=mbsbase-annie0916

{Exclusive Interview with Albert Lin} National Geographic Live Presents: Chasing Ancient Mysteries With Albert Lin

Albert Lin on horseback, Mongolia_CR Mike Hennig

{Exclusive Interview with Albert Lin and National Geographic Live Presents: Chasing Ancient Mysteries With Albert Lin} 

Our Parenting World team is honoured to be able to interview Albert Lin who will be in Singapore for a one night only live talk on 30 August 2016, Tuesday at 7.30pm at Esplanade Concert Hall on National Geographic Live, Chasing Ancient Mysteries with Albert Lin. We caught up with him to find out more about him and his coming live talk.  

1. Can you share with us more about how did you get started with exploration? Who and what has inspired you to become an explorer?

I am sure it was a combination of things from my youth: Indiana jones, the book the Hatchet, etc. But more than anything, my parents surrounded us with people that were always doing incredible things, that had a big impact on what I thought was possible.

2. What are some of the challenges that you have encountered during your exploration and how did you overcome them?

One of the biggest challenges is approaching existing cultural frictions locally when working around the world. What I have found is that science can be a common language that gets past that.

3. What is your most memorable exploration currently?

The search for Genghis Khans tomb! It doesn’t get more memorable than that!

4. What’s your advice to those who aspire to be like you to be able to go into exploring?

Don’t wait, start now! The most important thing is to build a confidence in your own curiosity, to believe that it is worth following. This is something that I think starts at childhood.

5. How did you make use of modern technology in your quest and how has it helped in your exploration?

Exploration has always been rooted in technology advancement, the National Geographic society itself was co-founded by Alexander Graham Bell (inventor of the telephone). I used satellites, drones, radar, virtual reality, and more to conduct this work, these tools allowed me to look beyond my limited perspective on the ground. Ultimately though, its still all about being curious.

6. Can you share with us more about your upcoming talk in Singapore?

Its an adventure story as much as anything else, with problem-solving, archaeology and history all mixed in.

7. Where are you thinking of exploring next and what are your future plans?

Just back from China on a big project in XIAN, stay tuned!

8. Lastly, what would you like to say to our audience who are looking forward to your coming talk and any other interesting things that you would like to share with our readers about your upcoming talk in Singapore?

I am honoured to be coming here, its been many years since I was last in Singapore and I have always thought of it fondly. Thank you for hearing my story which I bring to you from afar!  

Thank you Albert Lin for taking our interview!

Albert Lin

From Genghis Khan’s tomb to the recently downed Malaysian jetliner, Albert Lin pioneers cutting edge technology and the power of people to solve mysteries of the old and new worlds.

Seeking out archaeology’s Holy Grail, the long-lost tomb of conqueror Genghis Khan, Lin invited 28,000 ordinary people to assist in his search, using satellite images to break new ground. Working around Mongolian tradition, which forbids the physical excavation of burial site, Albert’s high tech search challenged the traditional frontiers of exploration to discover tantalizing evidence of the tomb’s location.

As comfortable on horseback as he is in the science laboratory — and he’s made important discoveries from both settings – Lin and his team of high tech explorers move between ancient histories and the modern world to reveal wonders long thought lost.

Join this boldly imaginative young explorer, live on stage, as he reports on his latest findings in Mongolia and elsewhere—and discover how technology is opening up new frontiers for exploration.

This year’s theme – Brand new worlds: Using technology to reveal wonders long thought lost

Hurry, don’t miss Albert Lin’s live talk on 30 August 2016, Tuesday at:

https://www.esplanade.com/events/2016/chasing-ancient-mysteries-with-albert-lin

Chasing Ancient Mysteries with Albert Lin

Ticketing details: Tickets are priced from 

$39*, $49, $59

Child (8 – 19): $29, $35, $45

*Limited concessions for students, NSFs and seniors: $29

10% off for Mastercard holders

Date: 30 August 2016, Tuesday
Time: 7.30pm
Venue: Esplanade Theatres on the Bay, Concert Hall

Tickets can also be purchased at Sistic at http://www.sistic.com.sg/events/geo0816

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