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.