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Monday, December 26, 2011

Malaysian Girls - The Year's Most Glamorous Musical

Hi guys! Today is Boxing Day and I know many Malaysians actually don't really know what it is all about. In the calendar, it is a day after Christmas Day which is on the 26th of December every year.
It is a bank or public holiday that occurs, or the first or second weekday after Christmas Day, depending on national or regional laws. It is observed in the United Kingdom, Australia,Canada, New Zealand, and some other Commonwealth nations (and this does not include Malaysia - how sad!).



Anyway, in this entry I will be talking about a local musical production which is still on going until the 30th of December 2011. After attending Aladdin the Musical at Sunway Lagoon on the previous week, thanks to Dustyhawk, a few of us bloggers got to catch this Musical at KLPAC on its Opening Night. KLPAC is proud to present their last major theatrical musical for 2011, Malaysian Girls.

Malaysian Girls is the product of an award-winning team led by esteemed director Joe Hasham OAM along with producer and theatre doyenne Dato’ Faridah Merican.

The Synopsis: 
Malaysian Girls tells the tale of the goings-on behind the scenes of a beauty pageant called "Malaysian Girls". MALAYSIAN GIRLS lures you into the exciting world of a beauty pageant. The heady mix of glamour and talent is enticing in itself. Throw in the drama that unfolds when there is such a coveted title to be won and such differing notions of beauty together with Mark Beau de Silva’s humorous writing, you are in for an absolute treat.



The musical pits two camps against each other. On one side you have Serenity Billion – the person who started the Malaysian Girls pageant to seek and define a uniquely Malaysian ideal of beauty. On the other side you have the flashy Ray Sanjay and the go-getting Jasmin Hibiscus who has bigger and bolder ideas. So, just how ugly can it get? 


Miss Tabitha Kong, the very first time I saw her on stage was during the Drunk before Dawn production back in KK Sabah. It was really good and helping out through out the production gave me a great experience.

My Verdict:
The mixture of the mainstream songs and the songs that they composed by themselves actually did work very well although some of the songs which they composed was quite boring but at least the song selections and the meanings were linking with the storyline. The live band was playing some of the music live at the back of the stage which I think it's a very good effort but being said that, the whole design of the stage doesn't dazzled me at all since there's no element of surprise and it's too static.



I guess it would be better if all the girls were really pretty. Maybe I was born and grew up watching the actual 'beauty' pageant so I can't accept those who participated in this Malaysian Girls were fat, old and ugly. I know they have some intentions behind all that but little did I know, I still prefer watching a musical with a bunch of really good looking people. Anyway, every single one of them are really talented, they can sing and dance well.



This is the part which I like the most, it is in the very first half whereby one of the actor actually did a rap in Cantonese and somehow it reminds me of LMF but in a very local Malaysian style! Poor angmoh audience, I hope they understand it because it was really funny.

My Conclusion:
I would rate this as 6/10. I would rate this musical higher if they can cut short some of the dances with the mainstream songs. They should just dance a part of the song instead of the whole song and it had become quite draggy. I was quite entertained with Jasmin Hibiscus's sarcastic statements through out the show and I think that she's the most Malaysian among all the actors and actresses.


Showtimes for MALAYSIAN GIRLS are as follows:

DATE & TIME
10th, 13th–17th, 20th–23rd, 27th–30th December 2011 (Tue-Sat) @ 8:30pm
11th & 18th December 2011 (Sun) @ 3pm
25th & 26th December 2011 (Christmas & Boxing Day) @ 5pm 

VENUE
Pentas 1, KLPAC

TICKET PRICES
Weekend (Fri – Sunday)
Adult: RM 110/90/70/50
Concession*: RM 88/72/56/40 

Weekday (Tue – Thu)
Adult: RM 100/80/60/40
Concession*: RM80/64/48/32 

*Concession: TAS Card, Disabled, Student, Senior Citizen, UNHCR Card 


TICKETS NOW ON SALE. CONTACT BOX OFFICE
Call / Walk in – klpac @ 40479000
Call / Walk in – The Actors Studio @ Lot 10 @ 2142 2009 / 2143 2009
Walk in only – iLasso @ A606, Block A, Phileo Damansara II, PJ 

They have a Penang Tour as well :) (Launch date for ticket sales: 1 December 2011) 

DATE & TIME
10 January 2012 @ 8.30pm (preview);
11–14 January 2012 @ 8.30pm
15 January 2012 @ 3pm 

VENUE
stage 1, penangpac
3H-3A-1, Straits Quay, Jalan Seri Tanjung Pinang
Tanjung Tokong, 10470 Pulau Pinang. 


TICKET PRICES
Preview: RM30 flat; Normal Price: RM60 / RM40 / RM30 (concession for students, disabled, senior citizens, TAS car holders & UNHCR cardholders) 

BOX OFFICE
penangpac @ Straits Quay 04 8991 722 / 2722 


A compulsory group photo with the bloggers and Tabitha Kong after the show.
Left to Right: Dustyhawk, Choulyin, Choulyew, Tabitha, Simon, JQ, YinYin and myself.


.: Peace Out :.
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