Hello to Adele

> Malaysians got to watch the life story of the Brit diva un­fold in a one-of-a-kind mu­si­cal


IN­TER­NA­TIONAL award­win­ning mu­si­cal Ru­mour Has It: Adele – Her Life and Songs, that de­buted at Bris­bane in 2013, cel­e­brates the in­spir­ing story be­hind world-renowned singer­song­writer Adele Ad­kins.

The show tells of her life as an or­di­nary girl from Tot­ten­ham, Eng­land, with a pas­sion for singing to her even­tual star­dom on the world stage.

Por­tray­ing Adele in this mu­si­cal pre­sen­ta­tion is Aus­tralian singer and ac­tress Naomi Price, who com­peted in the fourth sea­son of The Voice Aus­tralia.

The mu­si­cal, which was staged in the Kuala Lumpur Per­form­ing Arts Cen­tre (kl­pac) from Sept 21 to 25, also marked the show’s first South­east Asian stop.

Price man­aged to nail Adele’s dis­tinc­tive dress style, with an all­black out­fit of a lace top and midi skirt paired with stock­ings and pumps – in­stantly trans­form­ing into the diva.

Ap­pear­ances aside, the singer-ac­tress also showed off her singing prow­ess that matched Adele’s pow­er­ful vo­cals, demon­strat­ing the ver­sa­til­ity of her voice through some of Adele’s great­est hits such as Ru­mour Has It, Rolling in the Deep, Set Fire to the Rain, and Sky­fall.

Back­ing Price in the pro­duc­tion were three Malaysian vo­cal­ists – Lazarul Afiezy, Ben­jamin Lin and Ash­ley Chan – who were hand-picked for the show by a panel of judges that in­cluded Price her­self as well as Malaysian West End singing sen­sa­tion Sean Ghazi and mu­sic direc­tor Ching Eng Shen.

Ching not only per­formed on the bass gui­tar at the show but also acted as as­sis­tant to mu­sic direc­tor and Price’s fel­low coun­try­man Michael Manikus on pi­ano, who led the team of mu­si­cians, all from Malaysia.

Price’s abil­ity to croon like the Bri­tish songstress was also show­cased in poignant but pow­er­ful songs like Hello, Take It All, and Some­one Like You.

The night grad­u­ally turned dreamy when the bub­ble ma­chine was turned on as Price per­formed an acous­tic ver­sion of Day­dreamer, ac­com­pa­nied by gui­tarist Th­ern Woo.

Price also pre­sented up­beat acous­tic ver­sions of Send My Love to Your New Lover, and Chas­ing Pave­ments, which she ex­e­cuted with a play­ful mash-up of the Spice Girls’ hits Wannbe, Spice Up Your Life, and 2 Be­come 1.

She also per­formed cov­ers of Ce­line Dion’s My Heart Will Go On, Tay­lor Swift’s Shake It Off and Amy Wine­house’s Re­hab, which served as a trib­ute to the late singer.

This eclec­tic group of artistes is known to have in­spired and im­pacted Adele’s mu­si­cal jour­ney over the years.

But what made the pro­duc­tion in­ter­est­ing was Price’s fan­tas­tic show­man­ship, as she took breaks in-be­tween num­bers to re­veal the sto­ries be­hind each song, com­plete with an English ac­cent.

Some songs had a poignant story be­hind them, but Price al­ways added a touch of hu­mour that sent au­di­ences into fits of laugh­ter.

Ru­mour Has It: Adele – Her Life and Songs


A star is born ... (left and be­low, right) Price hit­ting the high notes as Adele; (far left) with Th­ern Woo on gui­tar for an acous­tic num­ber; and (be­low left) with her backup singers (from left) Lazarul and Chan.

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