Locally made Malaysian productions never seem to get enough attention, but the year of 2014 feels like a brighter, and more optimistic year ahead with more and more creative live productions being made right here in the Kuala Lumpur area.
With the amount of creation and effort our own Malaysians have made for the arts, here are some of the ones worth buying a couple of tickets for on your fun day off.
SINBAD: THE MUSICAL
With a local and Australian cast, this musical production of Sinbad will be worldly relatable in terms of humour and the imagination the sets bring audiences from all over.
The story of the production tells the tale of Nan Van Decker, a wealthy socialite, who struggles to choose which of two men to entrust with a financial matter. She consults a crystal ball, and the ball reveals to her exotic Arabian scenes and people, including Inbad the porter and a middle-eastern version of the Long Island valet, Gus.
Fantasy sequences follow, and Inbad meets a series of characters from the Arabian Nights, including Sinbad the Sailor.
HAMLET: SHAKESPEARE DEMYSTIFIED
A unique experience of William Shakespeare’s famous play is being deconstructed as both theatre and a lecture on the canonical speeches and scenes from Hamlet, one of Shakespeare’s longest play and among the most powerful and influential tragedies in English literature.
Hamlet, loved by many around the world, inspired actor Soon Heng to join forces in the play, “I was hooked. Not to say that I understood it then, but that (‘to be or not to be’) soliloquy sucked me in and I memorised it and kept it in my 12-year-old heart.”
MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG
Producing the great Stephen Sondheim’s “Merrily We Roll Along”, the cast stars Peter Ong, Aaron Teoh, Chang Fang Chyi, Nikki Palikat and singer songwriter Bihzhu and the story begins in the present and moves backwards, tracing the lives of wealthy, jaded composer Franklin Shepard and his two estranged friends through each milestone of their personal and professional lives (good and bad).
A BIT OF THIS, A BIT OF THAT
Described as a veritable potpourri of musical styles, A Bit Of This, A Bit Of That showcases the KLPAC Symphonic Band with the Kinta Valley Wind Orchestra for a stunning programme of great musical selections played for audiences, “in a way to make you wish for more”.
The ambitious orchestra will play numbers like Twelve Seconds to the Moon by Robert W. Smith, and even a Sinatra Medley.
MPO’s MOVING PICTURES
Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra performances are always phenomenal, but their outstanding upcoming feature performance has got to be Moving Pictures, where screen projections of drawings by talented Malaysian school children are accompanied by the MPO playing the music of Debussy and Ravel.
This ‘Family Fun Day’ line of performances will also allow children over the age of 4, rather than the strict no under 8s rule usually added for regular performances.