Friday, October 08, 2010

The re-run of Shout! -the musical!

SHOUT! is the mod musical magazine that brings back the beautiful birds and smashing sounds that made England swing in the 60's.

From cover-to-cover SHOUT! travels in time from 1960 to 1970 chronicling the dawning liberation of women. Just as Dusty Springfield, Petula Clark, Cilla Black, and Lulu were independent woman with major careers, English and American women were redefining themselves in the face of changing attitudes about gender. SHOUT! reflects that change through the unforgettable music of the time.

SHOUT! flips through the years like a musical magazine and takes you back to the music, the fashion and the freedom of the 60's! This smashing revue tracks five groovy gals as they come of age during those liberating days that made England swing!

Terrific new arrangements of such chart-topping hits as "To Sir With Love," "Downtown," "You Don't Have to Say You Love Me," "Son of A Preacher Man," and "Goldfinger." It'll make you want to throw back your head and Shout!

Cast: Ning Baizura, Tria Aziz, Shanel Shanty James, Tisha Zarina, Stephanie Van Driesen, Joanna Bessey

15 Oct 3.30pm & 8.30pm

16 Oct 3.00pm & 8.30pm

17 Oct 3.00pm & 8.30pm

19 Oct 8.30pm

20 Oct 8.30pm

Ticket prices vary from RM 55 to RM 168 with all sorts of promotions going on and discounts if you get your tix fast! With Visa you get 20% off, with Maxis and the Fan club 15% off etc. Check out

MaTiC theatre on Jalan Ampang, KL (next to Zouk).

See you there in your psychedelic outfits! ;)

Thursday, October 07, 2010

Love Journey at KLPAC July-August

My mum taught my sister and I how to weave the coconut leaves for our home-made ketupat(rice cubes)!

After taking a break for Raya and lots of family things, I finally have a chance to add photos while waiting my turn in rehearsals for the re-run of "Shout!" the musical.

It also happens to be my birthday today! For the first time in my life, I actually almost forgot it! That's how pre-occupied I've been. But this morning when I arrived at rehearsal the cast and crew surprised me with a giant birthday card and later a very fattening chocolate cheese birthday cake. We also had other goodies brought in by 'Datin', one of Shout's patrons. I'll post details for "Shout!" after this but it starts soon 15-20 Oct at MaTiC theatre.
From left to right: Tria Aziz, Michael Voon, Elaine Toon, me,Tisha Zarina, Shen, Ning Baizura, Alyssa, Tabitha Kong, Shanel Shanty & Stephanie VanDriesen & cakes........

My giant b-day card :)

But first I wanted to catch up and add photos from my first music-comedy-play at KLPAC with Michael Veerapen and his Trio (Steve Nanda & Wan Aferezal), Na'a Murad and special appearance by Megat Sharizal.

Michael Veerapen

Shamila Othman helped me to write the show and she did a brilliant job writing the final version which the audience experienced. Co-produced by KLPAC and my own Jo Be Productions, it went very well and KLPAC were really great, especially our stage manager Michelle and the support from Faridah and Joe. I also really liked Joel's design for the poster and the "menu" which was the programme booklet.

Steve Nanda

Wan Aferezal

The audience really enjoyed my idea of having a functional bar on-stage where one could buy drinks and be "part of the action". The front row were tables and chairs, in which I broke the "4th wall" throughout.

Na'a Murad

Overall, it was fun to perform and especially fun for me to see Michael and the other musicians acting as well! We shall most likely re-stage a sort of sequel next year.

Megat Sharizal and Na'a Murad

Thanks to everyone who came! See you next year where you can find out what happens in the next twist on Lily M. La Rue's "Love Journey"....

Curtain call with the playwright, Shamila Othman.