Monday, April 30, 2007
On behalf of the casts of Broadway Parodies Lah!,I would like to thank Grace Chen Dawson of The Star for publishing our showcase preview on April 21st at the Bangsar Shopping Centre for last Saturday's Metro section. 1 and a 3/4 pages of publicity!!
Well done girlfriend!!
Keep up the good work
love & peace
3 weeks more to the premiere? ....AAArrrggghh!!
my God, i felt as if it was just yesterday when i auditioned for this show
and now....we are almost done with all the songs
how time truly flies
what's left is to polish & brush up our singing and dancing,and to bring it to perfection
by the way,
don't forget to catch us in action again for our showcase preview and solos at The Attic, Bangsar on May 9
it's also our press conference
be there, if you wanna see more of us
SEE U THERE!!
Okay, so Elaine asked us all to contribute to the bloggie thing but I don't really know what to say. I recently stopped my day job so I don't do much with my time (yet) and my brain isn't functioning normally because I just stone all day long (and look at my lyrics, heh heh, that's for Brian).
Well, I have this sort of strange sense of humour, and I just got this good joke from my sister, so I'll share it with you.
"Hit me," said the masochist.
"No," said the sadist.
Yeah..I sort of need to get a life.
The Gig at The Attic is in about 9 days. Hope to see you all there!
Saturday, April 28, 2007
Thank you very much for taking your time to log onto our show's website.
There are gonna be more updates from time to time, do check it out.
So far, my experience with our rehearsals has been really good. It is also a great learning and exchange experience.
It's wonderful to work with a group of talented casts such as Soon Yoon, Doreen, Cheryl and Ivan (wow! when u guys sing...u SING!!) and not forgetting Joanne, Sabrina, Kyra & Douglas.
What's great is, i get to work and reunite with my dance teacher and mentor, Farah Dato'Sulaiman, our choreographer. (Girl, when you got it,...U got IT!)
As for our director, Brian McIntyre, whom I've worked with years ago, it's such a blessing to be under his direction. He's always open to new creative ideas.
Overall, I must say, I have the least amount of pressure doing this show.
Do come and watch us in action and we promise you a great evening of comedy, song and dance.
Thursday, April 26, 2007
I had a chance to interview the Director of "Broadway Parodies Lah!" Brian McIntyre about the musical.
Check out the interview below:
Me: What inspired you to write this musical?
Brian: Actually it all started with a trip to the dentist in late 2002. Long time dentist friend Jason Cheong, who has appeared in numerous stage productions, knew of my writing song spoofs from shows we had done with accapella group Six2Eight. In the USA, a group going out under the name "Forbidden Broadway" would spoof songs from the musicals. During a visit for a check up and filling by my long time musical collaborator Edna Tan, he wondered to her why someone couldn't do a similar thing in a Malaysian context. That sparked in me a list of possible spoof titles, and before I knew it a handful of songs had been written. About ninety percent of the songs were written across an eight week period whilst others came at various points over the subsequent four years. That was a real burn time for writing!
The show itself is a revue, so it's all songs with no story (unlike a musical which will have a plot and characters who develop throughout the show). Each of the songs looks to tell a story about some aspect or character that is quintessentially Malaysian. There's the Karaoke Datin Datin keeping surgically young, there's the Tai Tai wannabee looking to avoid the NS camp, there's a Manglish language teacher, there's the businessman wondering why the share price won't go up and what to do about it. There's songs about the uniquely Malaysian love of food, and the hazards (and delights) of business life. And naturally, the neighbours down south come in for some hantam. But it's all sought to be done in a spirit of good natured ribbing and fun. Don't take so serious one!
Me: What would you like to see being achieved though this musical?
Brian: Not really sure how to answer this one.... I got inspired to write the songs, they got written, friends who heard them said they liked them, and Joe and Faridah said let's get it on the stage because it's entertaining and should appeal to Malaysian audiences! So I guess the simple answer is that I'd like to see large audiences to reward the faith that everyone has shown for the show! We have been hugely blessed to have attracted the high calibre of talent that will be performing. To date, Douglas Lim (actor, comedian of Kopitiam and Broken Bridges fame), Joanne Kam Poh Poh (also Broken Bridges and veteran performer and comedienne), Doreen Tang (delightful voice! M! The Opera, In The Mood, many corporate shows), Ho Soon Yoon (actor, singer in Broken Bridges, conductor In The Mood), Sabrina Hassan (Anjung Budi, PGL), Kyra Dani (Each Other, Forum), Cheryl Tan (Six Characters), Glamorique Arshad (Mikado, Stand and Deliver, Jalan Impian) have signed on, along with a tremendous new stage and vocal talent Ivan Choong. We'll also have piano accompaniment from musician and vocal/choral coach Melvin Ho and additional music sequenced on the computer by me. It's pretty humbling when you have the confidence of Joe and Faridah of Actors Studio along with talent of such a tremendous standard coming forward and so keen to do the show. What I hope is that the audiences will feel entertained and the cast and crew enjoy their involvement in the show. That's achievement enough.
Me: To feed the curiosity of Malaysians, how would you describe Broadway Parodies Lah! in one sentence?
Brian: Reggie Lee and C W Kee's world cartoons set to Broadway tunes lah!
Hope you guys enjoy reading it! See you guys at The Actors Studio for "Broadway Parodies Lah!".
Thank you for supporting Malaysian Theatre!
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
To All Broadway Parodies Lah! fans...
There will be an exclusive preview for Broadway Parodies Lah! at this cozy pub called - The Attic. The details are:
Venue: The Attic
Address: 61-2, Jalan Bangkung, Bukit Bandaraya, Bangsar
Date: 9th May 2007, Wednesday
Time: 9pm onwards
Come and see your stars in action and also get a little sneak of what this musical is all about!
For more information please call 03-20930400
Monday, April 23, 2007
Saturday, April 21, 2007
Come and see your favourite stars in Broadway Parodies Lah! perform life on stage at:
Venue: Bangsar Shopping Center, East Wing Concourse (Infront of Cold Storage).
Date: 21st April 2007
If you like what you see, you can even buy the tickets on the spot! Don't miss this once in a life time chance and dash to Bangsar Shoping Center to meet them now!
Thursday, April 19, 2007
Time: 1pm - 2pm
Venue: East Wing Concourse, Bangsar Shopping Center
Age: 10 - 16 year old
For more information, please do not hesitate to call us at 03-20930400 email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
Director & Writer: Brian McIntyre
Executive Producer: Dato' Faridah Merican
Artistic Director: Joe Hasham
Chereographer: Farah Sulaiman
Casts: Douglas Lim, Joanne Kam Poh Poh, Ho Soon Yoon, Doreen Tang, Kyra Dani, Cheryl Tan, Sabrina Hassan, Glamorique Arshad, & Ivan Choong
With sikit pinjam konsep from the Western "Forbidden Broadway" spoof show, The Actors Studio proudly presents "Broadway Parodies Lah!", a rich rojak of slices of Malaysian life garnished with a big splash of humour and served up on a platter of great songs. A Malaysian feast of spoofs that is sure to fill your stomachs with laughter!
Chicken With The Chili On Top (“Surrey With The Fringe On Top”)
The Bomoh Of The Bursa ("The Phantom Of The Opera")
We Must Play Golf All Day ("I Could Have Danced All Day")
Hello Datin ("Hello Dolly")
Bo Doh Lah ("Do Re Mi")
The Actors Studio @ Bangsar Shopping Centre
Dates & Times:
24th – 26th, 29th-31st May, 1st &
27th May &
Box Office Contact:
TAS Bangsar @ 03-20930400
Ticket Prices: (includes handling fees)
RM40 & RM30 (Adults)
RM20 (Students, senior citizens & the disabled)
Special promotion for Tuesday & Wednesday 20% discount for all tickets