Localised for audiences in Singapore, the Taiwan musical comedy “Super Mommy” being staged at Resort World Sentosa sees an upper middle-class family struggle when they hire a domestic helper to assist with bringing up their child. While this may have been relatable one or two decades ago, the fact that the family is wealthy enough to hire a domestic helper (cost is never an issue with them) means that their grouses never truly feel important, especially in this day and age. In fact, her performances outshine everyone else’s, to the point where you wonder why she wasn’t given the lion’s share of the musical numbers.
Songwriter and performer Lin-Manuel Miranda, best known for Broadway blockbuster Hamilton, gives a different kind of history lesson in “We Know the Way,” the show-stopping number from Disney’s animated blockbuster Moana that’s now spotlighted in an online clip (watch it above). In the movie, the song accompanies the moment when its heroine Moana discovers that her secluded island nation was once home to a culture of sea voyagers. When she pounds an ancient drum, Moana (voiced by Hawaiian actress Auli’i Cravalho) sees an exhilarating vision of her ancestors on the water. “We Know the Way” is sung by Miranda and Opetaia Foa’i, who co-wrote the film’s songs along with composer Mark Mancina.
“Trolls” is a 3D animated comedy adventure musical based on the eponymous toy brand. It features the voice talents of Anna Kendrick (Poppy), Justin Timberlake (Branch), Zooey Deschanel (Bridget), Russell Brand (Creek), Christine Baranski (Chef), John Cleese (King Gristle Sr), and Christopher Mintz-Plasse (Prince Gristle Jr).
Tina Fey, the writer of ‘Mean Girls’, has confirmed that a musical version of the teen comedy is on its way, much to the delight of fans everywhere.