Mot­ley crew

A group of mar­ket ven­dors sing their hearts out in Sing­ing Mar­ketTheMu­si­cal.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - ENTERTAINMENT - By SETO KIT YAN

JUST months af­ter stag­ing the 1Malaysia-themed Kita The Mu­si­cal in June, Mu­si­cal On Stage Pro­duc­tions (MOSP) is set to present its next mil­lion-ring­git full-length mu­si­cal pro­duc­tion Sing­ing Mar­ket The Mu­si­cal.

Set in the 1970s, this mu­si­cal is a colour­ful ex­plo­sion of nostal­gia with en­dear­ing char­ac­ters de­liv­er­ing clas­sic Chi­nese melodies.

The story tells of a group of ven­dors in a mar­ket who are co­erced into stag­ing a show at the an­nual Hun­gry Ghost Fes­ti­val din­ner at the eleventh hour.

Af­ter gam­bling away the money col­lected to hire a per­form­ing troupe, the Fes­ti­val Com­mit­tee chair­man’s wife Hua Jie tries to sal­vage the sit­u­a­tion by en­gag­ing the ser­vices of re­tired singers, sis­ters Wen Wen and Yen Yen.

The two then train some ven­dors in the mar­ket­place who are am­a­teur per­form­ers so that they can pass off as a le­git­i­mate per­form­ing troupe, in only two weeks’ time.

Their makeshift troupe in­cludes the fish­mon­ger with a PhD, the aun­tie sell­ing noo­dles, the aun­tie sell­ing veg­eta­bles, the Hokkien-speak­ing chicken seller, the ef­fem­i­nate boss of a cof­fee shop and his timid niece.

Work­ing tire­lessly to bring us the mu­si­cal as pro­ducer, di­rec­tor and scriptwriter is Ho Lin Huay, the founder of MOSP which pro­duced mu­si­cals like Sid­dhartha (1999), Above Full Moon (2004), The Per­fect Cir­cle (2006)and Jewel Of Ti­bet (2008), which nabbed five awards at the sev­enth Boh Camero­nian Arts Awards.

“Hav­ing ob­served Astro Clas­sic Golden Melodies con­tes­tants since 2000, I was in­spired to pool to­gether some of the vet­eran per­form­ers to stage this light-hearted mu­si­cal,” said Ho, 39, in an in­ter­view last week.

Sing­ing Mar­ket The Mu­si­cal fea­tures the win­ners of Astro Clas­sic Golden Melody (ACGM) Sing­ing Com­pe­ti­tion – Julie Chew, Irene Hong, Choo Ya Chan, Jimmy Liew and Ooi Teck Poh, as well as Astro Hua Hee Karaoke’s John Lee.

Lim Tiong Piow and Yang Wei Han, who have been co-host­ing the ACGM with Sum­mer Grace sis­ters Kwok Voon Voon and

The colour­ful cast of Yen Yen, are also fea­tured in the mu­si­cal along with singer Jeanie Lee, who re­cently re­leased her first al­bum One And Only, as well as a spe­cial ap­pear­ance by vet­eran crooner Wee Hun Boon.

Yang, 39, who reg­u­larly stars in MOSP’s mu­si­cal plays the Prince Of Bal­lads Wei Han who fi­nally meets his first love Wen Wen again af­ter many years and de­cides to pur­sue her again.

“My char­ac­ter in the mu­si­cal is a love-sick guy who spends years search­ing for his gen­tle lover who sac­ri­fices her love to help his ca­reer flour­ish,” he said.

Lee, 25, makes her de­but in the mu­si­cal play­ing a shy Zheng Mei Li who is set to fur­ther her stud­ies in Tai­wan but finds it dif­fi­cult to leave her cof­feeshop owner un­cle Ah Ming and her chicken seller suitor Hokkien Kia.

“It’s quite amus­ing be­cause I play a shy girl who has to learn how to sing and dance. I have to pre­tend to be an am­a­teur,” said Lee.

TV host Lim, 38, who of­ten plays em­cee for MOSP projects, is also mak­ing his de­but in the mu­si­cal. His char­ac­ter is Fatty Piow, the fish­mon­ger with a PhD who is smitten with singer Yen Yen.

“As a highly-ed­u­cated guy who takes over the fam­ily’s fish busi­ness, he gets to ser­e­nade his love while pro­vid­ing some of the comic mo­ments in the mu­si­cal,” said Lim.

Mu­sic di­rec­tor Cody Foong, 34, who also worked with the MOSP team for Kita The Mu­si­cal, was tasked with the ar­range­ment of clas­sic tunes from the 1950s to the 70s.

“These are songs that prob­a­bly marked mile­stones for our par­ents and con­tinue to be pop­u­lar with the ma­ture crowd,” Foong of­fered.

The mu­si­cal fea­tures dance chore­og­ra­phy by Chan Soo Leng, cos­tumes de­signed by Adrain Liew and make-up and hair styled by Kenzo Tuan. n Sing­ingMar­ketTheMu­si­cal will be staged at Is­tana Bu­daya, Kuala Lumpur, from Oct 30 to Nov 12. Show­time is at 8.30pm from Wed­nes­day to Satur­day and 3pm on Sun­day. Tick­ets are sell­ing at RM68, RM118, RM138, RM168 and RM198. Se­nior cit­i­zens aged 65 and above are en­ti­tled to a 15% dis­count. For show de­tails and ticket reser­va­tion, con­tact Mu­si­cal On Stage (% 012-632 3033/mu­sicalon­stage.com) or AX­CESS (% 03-7711 5000/ax­cess.com.my). TheMak­ingOfSing­ingMar­ketTheMu­si­cal will air on Astro AEC (Astro Cchan­nel 301) on Oct 23 at 6pm.

Nostal­gic:

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Pro­ducer, di­rec­tor and scriptwriter Ho Lin Huay (right) and mu­sic di­rec­tor Cody Foong.

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