History of getai in Singapore

What do you think of when you hear of getai? Makeshift stages set up during the Hungry Ghost Month to appease the departed? Singers in over-the-top costumes singing to loud Hokkien music?

That’s only part of the story of getai in Singapore.

The live stage performance traces its roots back to the Japanese Occupation in the amusement parks of Singapore. In this timeline, we highlight some of the ups and downs of getai in Singapore and how it is gaining popularity again in recent years.

getai in singapore

Information adapted from Infopedia.

Catch Desmond Ng, the winner of “GeTai Challenge – The Ultimate Battle” in GE TAI – The Musical, playing at Resorts World Theatre from 20 April. Joining Desmond as co-lead is Hao Hao, a multi-award winning getai performer known for his singing prowess.

The show follows Hao Hao who plays a newcomer from overseas who overcomes prejudice and discrimination from local performers to become popular with the Singapore audience. On his getai journey, he is inspired by Desmond Ng’s character, a local crowd-favourite, who experienced the same situation in the 1980s.

The cast will be joined weekly by a special international star including Zhuang Xue Zhong, Sakura Teng , Yang Xiao Ping, Zhang Di, Cai Qiu Feng, and Qing Shan.


Get your tickets to GE TAI – The Musical

Date: 20 April – 29 May
Time: Fri: 8pm; Sat & Sun: 3pm & 8pm (Except 28 May, Sat: 4pm & 8pm)
Venue: Resorts World Theatre
Price*: VIP: S$98, CAT 1: S$88, CAT 2: S$68, CAT3: S$48, CAT 4: S$38#
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