SINGAPORE - Sentosa's latest attraction, a night show set in the sea off Siloso Beach, seems to be drawing in the crowds.
Called Wings of Time, the $10 million production has attracted more than 75,000 guests in the month since it opened on June 17.
This was similar to the number of visitors its predecessor Songs of the Sea attracted in its final month. That signature show ended a seven-year run in May after being watched by 8.3 million people.
Explaining the decision to replace it with a new show, Sentosa Development Corporation chief executive Mike Barclay said at the official opening last night: "The reality is, seven years is a very long time in the attractions business, and we decided to refresh Songs of the Sea before attendances began to fall."
Elements which made Songs of the Sea successful, such as its seaside location, short duration and simple plot, were kept, he added.
Featuring pyrotechnics, water fountains and multimedia effects, the 25-minute Wings of Time tells the story of two teenagers, Felix and Rachel, and their adventures as they help a bird-like creature called Shahbaz find its way home.
"Our attractions must continually refresh and rejuvenate themselves to cater to increasingly discerning local and foreign visitors," said Mr S. Iswaran, Minister in the Prime Minister's Office and Second Minister for Home Affairs and Trade and Industry, who officiated last night's launch.
The new show "augments our attractions landscape and widens the range of entertainment choices for Singaporeans and tourists", he added.
The show takes place twice a night at 7.40pm and 8.40pm. Tickets cost $23 for premium seats while standard seats go for $18. Local residents pay $15.
Ms Ngi Nguyen, a 33-year-old interpreter from Vietnam here on a holiday, said she found it "amazing". "I like the music and the bird, especially. It was beautiful."
This article was first published on July 17, 2014. Get a copy of The Straits Times or go to straitstimes.com for more stories.