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NIGEL Richards, a Bri­tish stage per­former, singer and aca­demic, will be back in town to per­form two show se­ries at the Theatre Lounge Cafe in Kuala Lumpur, start­ing with Ap­pas­sion­ata ( Sept 9- 11) and The Food Of Love( Sept 16- 18).

In early 2014, Richards played a cou­ple of small show­cases at the In­ti­mate En­coun­ters se­ries at Theatre Lounge Cafe.

This month, he is rar­ing to cut loose again at the same venue.

First up is Ap­pas­sion­ata, a mu­si­cal theatre treat, which will be some­thing to ap­peal to a wide au­di­ence.

You know the songs, you know the movies. You just need the right singer to make the night spe­cial. W ith Richards on stage, this is where the crowd- pleas­ing gets se­ri­ous. He will turn on the charm in an evening of theatre mu­sic from Phan­tom Of The Opera, Les Mis­er­ables, Chicago, Carouse­land many more. Pi­anist Ken­neth Teh will be ac­com­pa­ny­ing him on stage.

If any­thing, Richards is a man of many moods. And he sure can turn up the ro­man­tic vol­ume. The Food Of Love takes its lead from Shake­speare’s po­etry right to mu­sic and mu­si­cals in­spired by the Bard.

Richards will sing songs from West Side Story, the new Broad­way hit Some­thing Rot­ten, as well as Lion King, Hair and Kiss Me Kate. The pi­anist on board is Khoo Khe Sin.

Back in Bri­tain, Richards is no stranger to the showbiz scene. His name has graced W est End pro­duc­tions, in­clud­ing play­ing the lead role in Phan­tom Of The Opera, Quasi­modo ( The Hunch­back Of Notre Dame) right to En­jol­ras ( Les Mis­er­ables).

Richards even tried out musician Scott W alker’s tunes in the ac­claimed pro­duc­tion Drift­ing And Tilt­ing – The Songs Of Scott Walker in Lon­don in 2008. Most re­cently, Richards was part of The World Goes Round show, a cel­e­bra­tion of the Kan­der and Ebb song­book, in Eng­land.

Ap­pas­sion­ata ( Sept 9- 11) and The Food Of Love ( Sept 16- 18), both pre­sented by Dama Asia Pro­duc­tions, will play at Theatre Lounge Cafe, B1- 3A, Plaza Da­mas 3, 63, Jalan Sri Har­ta­mas 1, Sri Har­ta­mas in Kuala Lumpur. More info: www.the­atrelounge­cafe.com. Call: 03- 6730 7982.

— LOW MEI LING

Richards will be back in town to per­form shows at the Theatre Lounge Cafe in KL.

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