A Whole New World… with Hady Mirza
Posted on 27 November, 2011
24 Nov – 17 Dec
Baby-faced Hady Mirza, Singapore Idol winner and teen heart throb, looks set to conquer a whole new world as Aladdin this Christmas. He stars in the Wild Rice take of the Disney classic, with fellow Singapore Idol runner-up Sylvie Ratonel, which is directed by Glen Goei and written by Jonathan Lim.
The singer, known more for his R&B songs and smooth grooves, is still finding his footing on stage. “It’s a whole different ball game for musicals. I find that I have to be larger than life when I’m on stage.Every action or singing number has to be more precise, with purpose, and full of conviction – something very different when I’m on the “singer” stage,” he says.
Life has been nothing short of a magic carpet ride for Hady after he shot to fame in the second season of Singapore Idol. Get this: he got 70% of the one million votes cast by Singaporeans, and four days after his debut album was released, it went platinum – no easy feat.
Still humble, he says that Singapore Idol threw open the windows of opportunity for him in showbiz, and apart from the occasional stare and nudge-point-wink from strangers, life goes on as usual for the Regular Joe. Not quite the rock and roll lifestyle, aye.
“Well, I still get the occasional stares and nudges whenever people recognized me and having people coming up for quick photo opp or autograph but it’s manageable – not as if I’m being mobbed or something, haha. The thing is I don’t really like to stay out nowadays. Only once in a while or if I’ve to do a bit of shopping or to run errands. Even so, I planned what I intend to do, get it quick, and head straight back home. It’s not that I’m trying to avoid getting spotted or anything; it’s never an issue to me. Just that I’m now more of a home-person, so I rather stay at home if not working.”
Cosying up with uh, Princess Jasmine?
“I’m still on the lookout. :) It’s difficult to find someone who understands, knows and appreciates me for just who I am. So hopefully the right person is somewhere nearby,” says Hady with a cheeky grin. Cue swoons.
Tickets from Sistic
$39 – $59 7.30pm Preview 24 & 25 November 2011
$44 – $64 7.30pm Tues, Wed, Thurs, Sun
$49 – $69 7.30pm Fri & Sat
$49 – $69 2.30pm Sat & Sun