Yes­ter­day once more

Its cre­den­tials as a box of­fice hit al­most guar­an­tees the mu­si­cal ver­sion of Sem­bilu to be a smash, too.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - MUSIC - By AZHARIAH KAMIN en­ter­tain­ment@thes­tar.com.my

sEM­BILU cre­ated a splash when it was re­leased in 1994, turn­ing Wings front­man Awie, for­mer Miss Malaysia Erra Fazira and singing siren Ziana Zain into house­hold names.

The chem­istry be­tween the trio was so amaz­ing that view­ers fell in love with the movie and its se­quel Sem­bilu 2 (1995).

The trio came to­gether again for Tragedi Ok­to­ber, Maria Mar­i­ana, Maria Mar­i­ana 2 and Merah.

And now, two decades on from its orig­i­nal jaunts, the best-sell­ing Sem­bilu and Sem­bilu 2 (which raked in RM4.2mil and RM6.1mil, re­spec­tively), the trio is mak­ing a come­back of sorts.

Next month, Awie, Erra and Ziana will come to­gether in Kon­sert Teaterikal Suara Kita, a mu­si­cal theatre pro­duc­tion to be staged at Pang­gung Sari, Is­tana Bu­daya in Kuala Lumpur.

Suara Kita, sched­uled to run from March 3–9, com­bines the con­cept of act­ing and singing as a flash­back to the glo­ri­ous days of Malay box­of­fice movies.

The two-and-a-half-hour mu­si­cal will fea­ture sig­na­ture scenes from Sem­bilu, Sem­bilu 2, Tragedi Ok­to­ber, Maria Mar­i­ana 2 and Merah, which once topped the lo­cal box-of­fice.

Awie, whose com­pany Awie En­ter­tain­ment Sdn Bhd, is the pro­ducer for Suara Kita, said that he had been toy­ing with the idea of per­form­ing with Erra and Ziana for a while.

“I planned for Suara Kita two years ago, but it wasn’t easy to bring Erra and Ziana on board as each had their own com­mit­ments. Thank God, it’s fi­nally be­com­ing a re­al­ity.”

But there were com­pli­ca­tions with this plan: Awie had to get the “green light” from his wife Rozana Mis­bun, given his ro­man­tic past with Erra (they were once en­gaged).

“I told her about my idea be­cause I know I have to take care of her feel­ings as well as other people’s in­ter­est. She was sur­prised at first, but then en­cour­aged me to go ahead since it was for work and art. Be­sides, she is a fan of Erra and Ziana,” he said in a press con­fer­ence for the con­cert at Is­tana Bu­daya re­cently.

Awie added that af­ter get­ting his wife’s “bless­ings”, he, rather for­tu­itously, met Ziana at an event and shared his plans with her.

He was re­lieved when the singer wel­comed his idea.

“I met Ziana when we were both do­ing a show at an event. I told her of my con­cert idea and she in­stantly agreed.

“She then asked about Erra, but at that point, I had not met with Erra yet.

“As fate would have it, in an episode of my pro­gram Tunggu Seke­jap, TV3 sur­prised me by invit­ing Erra as a guest to the pro­gramme. That was when I voiced my plan. I re­mem­ber I was stam­mer­ing when I talked to her. I never thought that she, too, would wel­come the idea,” he re­called.

When asked how the ro­man­tic scenes would pan out be­tween him and Erra, Awie said he has no prob­lems. He also added that he was will­ing to ac­cept crit­i­cism.

“Act­ing is act­ing and we are pro­fes­sion­als. Maybe our act­ing will be bet­ter than when we acted in the movie. And I am ready to ac­cept good or bad crit­i­cism.

Erra, like­wise, has no is­sues work­ing with her ex-fi­ance as both of them have their own fam­i­lies now. She also said that the time is right to share the nos­tal­gia with fans.

Mean­while, Ziana added that the mo­ment Awie in­formed her of the re­union idea, she could not say no since she loved ev­ery mo­ment in those movies. “Se­ri­ously, we were such a great team back then and it’s a ‘must’ to take die-hard fans on a nos­tal­gic jour­ney.”

Awie fur­ther ex­plained that the con­cert is di­vided into two seg­ments.

“In the first, fans will see the three of us singing hit songs from our al­bums. The sec­ond seg­ment is the mu­si­cal. We will stage un­for­get­table mo­ments and scenes from the five movies,” he added.

The RM1.4mil pro­duc­tion has Erma Fa­tima as (joint) di­rec­tor, event pro­ducer Azmi Zainal Abidin as pro­duc­tion di­rec­tor and com­poser Edrie Hashim in charge of the mu­si­cal di­rec­tion.

And in this day of perks and ex­tras, RM399 and RM499 ticket hold­ers are privy to a spe­cial re­cep­tion, which will be held at 9pm on the last day of the show, where fans get to meet the trio up close and per­sonal.

Kon­sert Teaterikal Suara Kita is staged from March 3–9 at Pang­gung Sari, Is­tana Bu­daya. For ticket book­ings and info, visit www.tick­et2u.biz.

Ter­rific trio: (from left) erra Fazira, awie and Ziana Zain will reprise some of the best loved scenes from their movies for Kon­sertTeaterikalSuaraKita.

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