Claiming to be the world’s No. 1 musical is a bombastic assertion — so does The Lion King live up to the expectations of that claim, especially since the story is familiar to most audiences? Like with most tales, the joy is in the journey rather than the destination, and The Lion King, whose current run in Singapore is until 23 September, is a magnificently executed journey. The enormous and exaggerated Pumbaa (Pierre van Heerden) was a scene stealer with his hilariously proportioned costume, deft handling of his tongue, and comic timing, as was the energetic Zazu (Andrew Jewson).
This weekend, Singapore fans of Swedish auteur Ingmar Bergman can congregate this week for the third installation of the Swedish Film Festival. Tea lovers are in for a treat, too, with a masterclass in tea blending by tea maker Victor Koh. Party animals can strut down to Sands SkyPark’s mega event, or celebrate Peaches Club’s relaunch. Art lovers will want to check out a new exhibition featuring Zai Kuning.
Fans of the popular Ghostbusters franchise turned up at the red carpet on Sunday (12 June) at Singapore’s Marina Bay Sands dressed as ghosts. A total of 263 people in ghost costumes set a new Guinness World Records title for the “Largest Gathering Of People Dressed As Ghosts At A Single Venue”. The movie, a reboot of the 1984 original Ghostbusters film, was directed by Paul Feig, who walked the red carpet together with star Melissa McCarthy. The movie also features comedic talents Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones and actor Chris Hemsworth