*** UPDATE ***
“Songs of the Sea” has ended its 7-year run with the last shows performed on 4th May 2014.
Haha…believe or not – being a Singaporean, this was my first time watching the Songs of the Sea show at Sentosa! I’m not sure why but it’s probably due to the many years of enjoying the FREE musical fountain show on the island and when it was subsequently replaced by this attraction, I guess most of us locals weren’t really keen to pay to watch it and considered it to be a tourist gimmick.
Created in 2006 by ECA2 and designed by Yves Pepin, this was quite an accomplishment during that time. It was considered “experimental” by the company and Pepin later went on to create similar (and better) shows like the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.
The Songs of the Sea show has a 7-person cast and the story revolves around Li and his friends with a kelong as its setting.
I won’t elaborate on the story as pictures/videos say more than words, so here’s a video of the show but you really should watch it “Live” to enjoy the full visual effects and the pyrotechnics.
I must say that the concept of the show is quite good and they even incorporated some songs frequently sung at Singapore’s National Day celebrations into the show to give a local flavour, but I’m not sure how many tourists would be familiar with them. However, the cast lip-synched to the music so I wasn’t really impressed with that segment. On the other hand, the pyrotechnics and visual effects were a delight to watch and you can hear gasps from the audience whenever flames or fireworks appeared!
Overall, the show wasn’t too bad and it’s probably something that I may recommend to tourists visiting Singapore if they want to do something different from the usual touristy stuff in the evenings.
If you’re interested, check out what happened when I went backstage in Songs of the Sea – Part 1 (Behind-The-Scenes Tour).
I was invited to watch the show as part of “Islander Exclusive Songs of the Sea Behind-The-Scenes Tour” organised by Sentosa.
For more information on Songs of the Sea, click here.
For more information on the Sentosa Islander programme, click here.