Singapore's new super hotel the Marina Bay Sands held its grand opening last Thursday February 17th and though it was the latest in a string of official celebrations, Las Vegas Sands Chairman Sheldon Adelson assured assembled press that this would be the real thing—capital "G", capital "O".
In addition to the launch of the world's first ArtScience Museum there was also the official premiere of "Wonder Full", a water, light and laser extravaganza conceptualized by LVS COO Michael Leven and brought to life by Australian outfit Laservision. Now these are the same folks who were behind Hong Kong's Symphony of Lights, the Guinness World Record holder for "Largest Light & Sound Show" so you just know you won't be disappointed when it comes to the "wow factor".
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Leven's remit was for a show that had a soul and the team really went all out, going for the ultimate story—the creation of Life. Now that's a tall order in a matter of thirteen minutes and it does stray into the realms of cliché, with video projections of smiling, laughing children and few too many happy-clappy moments but with state of the art technology and a canvas as dramatic as the Marina Bay Sands hotel and the bay itself, it can't be denied that they've put together quite an extraordinary spectacle. With music booming out across the bay and lights a-blazing, it will certainly be hard to ignore with performances planned for two and three times a night. I watched it twice, once from the esplanade at the Marina Bay Sands and once from the promenade on the other side of the bay and from the outside looking in, it's a visual feast and makes for a stunning backdrop for a cocktail or a coffee. Park yourself at Starbucks or one of the many waterside bar/restaurants across the bay at the One Fullerton complex, sit back and enjoy the show!
Wonder Full showtimes:18 February through 9 March 2011
Fridays and Saturdays: 8:00 p.m., 9:30p.m. and 11:00 p.m.
Sundays: 8:00 p.m. and 9:30pm
10 March 2011 onwards
Sunday to Thursday 8:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
Fridays and Saturdays 8:00 p.m., 9:30p.m. and 11:00 p.m.