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The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - ARTS - By DI­NESH KU­MAR MAGANATHAN star2@ thes­tar. com. my More de­tails: www.is­tanabu­daya.gov.my.

IS­TAN A Bu­daya is clos­ing tem­po­rar­ily next Jan­uary for an up­grad­ing ex­er­cise. But that doesn’t mean the na­tional theatre hub won’t be busy in the next few months. It has a list of con­certs, mu­si­cals and theatre shows as this year’s pro­gramme high­lights.

De­spite a dis­tinct lack of past head­lin­ing mu­si­cals such as

Sat u rday Nig ht Fever and Jersey Boys right to solid lo­cal pro­duc­tions such as P. Ram­lee The Mu sical and Khalid Salleh’s Teat er

Kena Main, Is­tana Bu­daya, to say the least, has em­barked on a crowd- pulling 2016 pro­gramme.

The in­ter­na­tional list is a di­verse one, in­clud­ing China- based dance show That Pot Of Tea In Chao San ( March 19- 20), French pi­anist Richard Clay­der­man’s con­cert ( March 31- April 1), Shrek The

Mu sical ( June 2- 5) and chil­dren’s con­cert Hi- 5 ( Dec 8- 11).

For a slice of home­grown theatre, tra­di­tional shows and con­certs, look no fur­ther than Con­cert Malam N ada Biru ( March 5- 6), Theatre Randai Cin­dua Mato ( March 25- 27), Theatre Om­bak Rindu ( April 22- May 1), Con­cert Ja­mal Ab­dil­lah ( Sept 22- 25) and Mu­si­cal Theatre Mak Cun 2 ( N ov 5- 19). Here are some of our picks:

That Pot Of Tea In Chaoshan

Date: March 19- 20

Is­tana Bu­daya wel­comes a dance show all the way from Guang­dong in China. Tea is very much re­lated to the tra­di­tions in the re­gion of Chaoshan in Guang­dong.

The dance per­for­mance gath­ers a few scenes in­spired by de­tails and cus­toms em­bed­ded in the ev­ery­day life of the lo­cal com­mu­nity there.

That Pot Of Tea In Chaoshan does not im­ply a tea cer­e­mony. In­stead the show gives us a taste of life in that Chi­nese prov­ince, which is mix­ture of sweet and bit­ter.

Muzikal Randai Cin­duo Mato Date: March 25- 27

If you are on the look­out for some­thing tra­di­tional, with dis­tinct Malaysian roots, then Muzikal Randai Cin­duo Mato is just the show.

Di­rected by Lok­man Ghani, this mu­si­cal boasts a stel­lar en­sem­ble, in­clud­ing Remy Ishak, Vanidah Imran, Datuk Jalalud­din Has­san, Ashraf Mus­lim and Datuk Ah­mad Tamini Sire­gar. Muzikal Randai Cin­duo Mato high­lights the tra­di­tional art form of Randai, na­tive to the Mi­nangk­abau com­mu­nity of West Su­mat­era, In­done­sia.

Shrek The Mu­si­cal

Date: June 2- 5

Who can ever for­get the af­fa­ble and coura­geous ogre called Shrek. The green beast, to­gether with his side­kick Don­key, won the hearts of many in the hit Dream­Works an­i­ma­tion film. N ow, you get to see Shrek and the other won­der­ful and mag­i­cal char­ac­ters on stage in this hit mu­si­cal.

As the story goes, an un­likely hero shows up to res­cue a feisty princess to save his home. What Shrek doesn’t know is that Princess Fiona is not what she seems.

Go on the whim­si­cal and fan­tas­ti­cal ad­ven­ture with Shrek and his com­pany and be pre­pared to be blown away by spec­tac­u­lar the­atrics and cheery num­bers. Tick­ets: www. tick­etcharge. com. my.

Con­cert Ja­mal Ab­dil­lah Date: Sept 22- 25

Crooner leg­end Ja­mal Ab­dil­lah, 56, is no stranger to four- night en­gage­ments at Is­tana Bu­daya.

In 2014, he did four nights at the venue ( with In­done­sian singer Eddy Sili­tonga) and you can ex­pect Malay pop fans to pack out the venue for his up­com­ing shows there on Sept 22- 25.

For cer­tain, Perak- born Ja­mal is the man for the big stage.

High­lights will in­clude his big­gest pop hits like Kekasih Awal Dan Akhir, Peng hu ju ng Rindu , Derita Cint a, Sam­rah Ment ari, Kelu han Per­an­tau and Azu ra.

1 Muzikal Randai Cin­duo Mato, a Mi­nangk­abau- based mu­si­cal pro­duc­tion, takes place at Is­tana Bu­daya from March 25- 27. — BRIAN MOH/ The Star

2 Shrek The Mu­si­cal, di­rect from the United States, is set to bring the smiles at Is­tana Bu­daya from June 2- 5. — Base En­ter­tain­ment Asia

3 Leg­endary Malay pop crooner Ja­mal Ab­dil­lah is a name to pack out Is­tana Bu­daya from Sept 22- 25. — FAIHAN GHANI/ The Star.

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