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Tell Tales Sing Songs

Chinese Theatre Festival 2011

Date:25 - 28 August 2011

Venue:The Joyden Hall


A Singapore Mandarin Musical Concert

Tales sung, songs told.


December Rains, Singapore’s first ever Mandarin musical was staged in 1996. In 2005, Kuo Pao Kun’s iconic script, Lao Jiu, was adapted by The Theatre Practice into a musical. When jukebox musical “If There’re Seasons…” exploded onto the scene to critical and box office acclaims in 2007 and its re-run in 2009, it led to a definite surge in the creation of original Singapore musicals.

What followed includes Liao Zhai Rocks!, Singapore’s first ever Mandarin rock musical, lauded for being inventive and edgy; while December Rains was restaged in splendor after a 15-year hiatus. Most recently, 881: The Musical took getai’s street allure into the theatre. The trove of songs from these musicals won the hearts of many audience members.

The popularity of musicals is derived not only from the flow of mellifluous songs, but also from the added depth of plot and character development expressed through these luscious tunes. Thus we have pieced together a medley of your favourite hit musical songs into a heavyweight concert.

Tell Tales Sing Songs offers you a rare opportunity to enjoy the songs and tales taken from five popular musicals in a single performance! Immerse yourself in some of the most soulful works by Liang Wern Fook, Jimmy Ye, Xiaohan, Eric Ng and more.

Can’t get enough of Mandarin musicals? Singapore’s best loved voices from the local theatre scene will lead you on a journey down memory lane, evoking your senses and imagination in this musical extravaganza.



Art originates from life. Theatre is like a mirror that reflects the people and happenings in life from a different perspective, encouraging us to look within ourselves and to observe the ways of others.

Kuo Jian Hong | Artistic Director