Tuesday, September 30, 2008

the journey ahead....

well...we've done all our 10shows in KLpac and eagerly await for our tour next week...1st stop, Ipoh, then Penang, Johor and lastly Kota Kinabalu... so whoever hadn't had the chance to catch our show in KLpac, hurry hurry go go go buy tickets...your in for a treat!

its been great working with such talent Tria Aziz and Janet Lee who eventually won't be joining us for our tour journey but their laughter and bullying method will always remain in our hearts.

As for the rest, Soon Yoon, Keith, Sham, Glam, Sarah, Tabby, Mia, Zeqhty, myself(Shahila) and our additional cast Edna will surely do our best to bring the best show that we can. Along with Brian, Shalu, Eva, Ann, Naz, John and Boon, they will make sure that the show will run smoothly like it did in KLpac...

we'll be having a final rehearsal before the tour on the 5th of October 2008 just to brush up what we've left aside during raya this week (you'd probably be seeing the BIGGER and WIDER looking cast of BPLL on tour after a week of ketupat and lemangs). :p

so feel free to drop us some comments and do tell ur about your expactation of us during the show so that we'll be prepare to give you the best show that we can...


much love,

Shahila Johan

The Unsung Heroes

The run of BPLL in KLPac has finally come to an end. A great thank you for all of you who came for the show, some even watched it more than twice – please take a double, triple hats off from all of us! The show wouldn't have stayed open till scheduled closing without your support.

Okay, this may NOT be true 'cause we've booked the venue so we die-die-we-must-stay throughout the entire duration. But we must confess: every night before the show opened we did peeped at the backstage monitor to see the crowd, worried that audience might:

a) gave up driving in a jam
b) police road blocks along Jalan Ipoh
c) early Raya out-of-town holidays
e) all of the above

f) other (please specify) ____________________________ reason(s).

An empty theatre is a taboo: so you get the message, sincerely from us – your presence at the audience seat, a silent smile in your heart; or even the lightest dutiful applause, have motivated all us to keep the show going every night.

In one of a few chain emails circulated amongst the cast members lately, one message from Soon Yoon gave me a harsh reminder: We tend to always thank the directors, playwrights, producers or choreographers, very often enough we steal the light away from the production crew. So the next half of the entry is for them: the Unsung Heroes of Broadway Parodies Lagi Lah!

Lim Ang Swee lighting designer
John Siew sound engineer
Loi Chin Yu
set builder

Dominique Divorsine
costume designer
Shalini Kalimuthu stage manager, publicist
Jasmine Tham production manager
Ian Chow
theatre manager
Michael Thomas
production manager

Mohd. Nazri Osman
lighting operator

Ooi Yit Boon
sound operator

Seshadri Kalimuthu
PA to executive producer

Eva Wong
assistant stage manager

Ramon Matthew Singho
front-of-house manager
Shangari Subramaniam

Suresh Rasammanikam (TAS)
Farah Diana (KLPac) box office supervisors

...feeling more guilty now as I'm quoting the names shamelessly out from the programme, I hardly know half of them!

My personal thanks would be to
Shalini Kalimuthu 'Shalu' & Eva for handling almost everything backstage yet constantly got yelled at when props didn't come on stage on cue. Hats off to both of them as I had underestimated how heavy those panels were until I had to haul one all by myself! Cheers to girl power.

Also to
Boon who constantly shines the light on our faces, literally, every time before we went on stage to check that our microphones were in place. Especially for those whose microphones hate their owners - namely Shahila and myself, we owe you a big thank you and this one is for you!

Not to forget Ann Chung, the wardrobe assistant, whose one of the name didn't make it to the program. She picks up everybody's sweaty, dirty, smelly laundry... ahem, to word it nicely – she ensures we have clean, crisp costume before every show. She stations to ensure there's no room for wardrobe mulfuction, especially for Sham's oh-so-fabulous Sari. I sincerely wish to appologise on behalf of Glamo for asking her to wash his (smelly) socks. Eek. Please don't do that to Ann anymore, okay? Be nice or she'll make a Janet-Jackson's-halftime-show-at-the-Super-Bowl out of you. *Bomoh's evil laugh*

Also there are lots of other names did not even make it to the booklet, like the team at the souvenir booth who greeted all of us everynight as we sneak passed the crowd during intermission; those sweet girls at the door who wishes us to break another leg, eventhough after two shows we all ran out of legs to break; the gribs and best boy technicians who fanatically trailed Tria and the bomoh with follow spots; also those who worked answering phone calls from customers negotiating for more discounts over the boxoffice... the list goes on and on.

To those who will not join us for the tour, we hope to be able to work with all of you in many many projects in the future.

Sekian, terima kasih.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Shop! Shop! Shop!

There is a scene in "Shop! Shop! Shop" (from the Student Prince) whereby "Toh Puan Chow Mai Fan" (played by Tabitha Kong) officiate an opening ceremony of the shop. Since I was like the "guard" of the place, I was also in charge of taking pictures for the "VIPs" every night in the song. I use my own personal Nikon Coolpix S9 to snap the scene while Tabitha is still singing.

Take a look at the photos below. All of the photos were taken every night during act 2 on different days. Everyday, I will take 2 shots, can you guess which is which day?

Friday, September 26, 2008

How to get tickets?

Easy, if you are in Bangsar, just drop by The Actors Studio at Level 3, Bangsar Shopping Complex. You can choose your seats too!

Else, if you have a credit card, buy over the phone by calling KLPAC at 03-40479000 and then collect the tickets from the KLPAC box office half an hour before the show begins, e.g 8.00pm from Tues-Sat, and 2.30pm on Sunday.

3 more shows ONLY

26 September 2008 Friday 08:30 PM Pentas 1, KLPAC
27 September 2008 Saturday 08:30 PM Pentas 1, KLPAC
28 September 2008 Sunday 03:00 PM Pentas 1, KLPAC (FINAL KL run)

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Review: THE STAR - Malaysia's Got Talent

Tuesday September 23, 2008

Talents on display in Broadway Parodies Lagi-Lah


If you’re looking for a brilliant night of music, dance and laughter, watch Broadway Parodies Lagi-Lah.

If you watched Broadway Parodies Lah last year, watch it again this year. If it’s new to you, you are in for a rollicking treat.

If the title of the show is not self-explanatory enough for you, it is a collection of songs about Malaysian life set to the tunes of Broadway hits and a couple of Disney movie tracks too. Hi Ho from Snow White becomes a Malaysian’s plaintive cry Aiyo! while Tomorrow from the musical Annie answers the nationally asked €“ and answered - question: When am I going to get paid?

Shows in Malaysia, even great ones, rarely show for more than a few weeks. If you don’t catch it when it’s here, that’s it. So you know there must be something special about Broadway Parodies Lagi Lah which has returned this year not only to a bigger stage and theatre, but also to a nationwide tour which will start after it finishes its run in Kuala Lumpur.

This year’s Broadway Parodies Lagi Lah! has a brilliant new cast and is complete with dance routines,

I caught and enjoyed Broadway Parodies Lah which sold out for all performances last year at the Actor’s Studio in Bangsar, KL.

While a couple of the songs fell flat, the vast majority were hits and I wondered whether this next generation of actors would be able to step into the shoes of last years’ crowd-pulling names like Douglas Lim and Joanne Kam Poh Poh.

They do. In fact, in many ways, this performance improved on last year’s.

The stage at KLPac Pentas 1 is much larger than the one in Bangsar, but the actors fill it beautifully, due largely to Farah Sulaiman’s lively choreography. Last year, numbers like I Like to Stay in Malaysia (sung to America from West Side Story) and We Must Play Golf All Night (to, of course, I Could Have Danced All Night from My Fair Lady) needed dancers. This year, they have them.

The overall feel of Broadway Parodies Lagi Lah is a lot more like the big musicals it borrows from, with costumes, lighting, sets and even slideshows.

Two of the best-received numbers of the first act were performed by relative newcomers Keith Yew and Shahila Johan. Dancer Yew showed that he also excels in singing with Marina (Maria from West Side Story) - an ode to Marina Mahathir; and Shahila played a pampered girl worrying about the prospect of being drafted into the National Service (I am Seventeen, Going on Eighteen from the almost similarly named favourite from The Sound of Music).

If there were to be one complaint about the show, it would be the same one I had last year. In some numbers with three or more singers, it is near impossible to make out the words. This year, the show makes up for it with slideshows, costumes, props and dancing to keep us entertained whereas last year, all we could do was strain hopelessly to hear what we could only assume was as funny and insightful as all the other songs.

Luckily, most songs are done as solos or duets and writer Brian McIntyre’s hilarious lyrics come across loud and clear.

The second act picked up the pace and was even faster and funnier than the first, eliciting constant cheers from the audience. The showstopper was the finale with Mia Palencia teaching a rapt group of tourists how to curse and scold Malaysian style. As it did last year, Bodoh Lah (Do-Re-Mi from The Sound of Music), brought down the house.

The cast of Broadway Parodies Lagi-Lah was so splendid, I could single out each and every one of them for praise. Three, however, deserve special mention:

Sham Sunder Binwani merely had to step onto the stage or open his mouth to have the audience roaring with laughter. Young Mia Palencia, whose voice is more powerful and who has more stage charisma than professional performers twice her age, took over and improved on some of the show’s best numbers. Finally, the comedic talent of Tria Aziz (of reality show Audition) got some of the night’s loudest laughs and applause with several songs as a recently minted Datin doing her best to live up to her new title €“ with the help of multiple plastic surgeries and fashion accessories (her shoes are now all from “Guacci”).

Keep your eyes open for these three, as well as Yew, Shahila, Ho Soon Yoon, Glamorique Arshad, Tabitha Kong, Janet Lee, Sarah Low and Zeqhty Nattrah Ramli. If there is anyone here you haven’t heard of or seen before, hold onto your hats. You will certainly hear of them now.

Broadway Parodies Lagi Lah will be showing in Pentas 1 at the Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre (KLPAC) until Sept 28, with matinée on Sunday. Tickets are RM60, RM40 and RM20 (students) - family and group discounts are available. Its national tour kicks off in October, entertaining audiences in Ipoh, Penang, Johor Baru and Kota Kinabalu. For details, call KLPAC at 03-40479000 or visit www.klpac.com.my.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

4th Show! 6 more to go!

Mia Palencia Tria Aziz Glamorique Arshad Shahila Johan Tabitha Kong
Ho Soon Yoon Keith Yew Janet Lee Sham Sunder Binwani Sarah Low Zeqhty Nattrah

We were delighted to perform for the Ampang Special Children today during our matinee run. I hope they have enjoyed watching the show as much as we are enjoying performing in Pentas 1, KLPAC.

There are 6 more shows for the KL run before our national tour from the 6th of October onwards. We will stop at Taman Budaya Negeri Perak, Ipoh for our first touring location before heading to Penang. So, Ipoh fans, do come!

JB, and KK would be the final 2 stops.

Do grab the program book before you go into the theatre to learn about the originates of the songs as well as the credentials of the cast members.

There is also a brief history about how Broadway Parodies come about.

How to buy tickets? Well, easy lah, just call up Actors Studio (603-2094 0400) or KLPAC Box Office (603-4047 9000) for purchase over the phone using Credit Cards.

Show times are as follows:

18 September 2008 (Thu) 08:30 PM
19 September 2008 (Fri) 08:30 PM

20 September 2008 (Sat) 08:30 PM
21 September 2008 (Sun) 03:00 PM

23 September 2008 (Tue) 08:30 PM
24 September 2008 (Wed) 08:30 PM
25 September 2008 (Thu) 08:30 PM
26 September 2008 (Fri) 08:30 PM

27 September 2008 (Sat) 08:30 PM
28 September 2008 (Sun) 03:00 PM

Friday, September 19, 2008


hey everyone....

so we survived the opening night with really really awesome audiences...eventually its not a full-house but i have to say..the laugther of the audiences and espeacially Joe Hasham covered the whole pentas 1 itself.....hheheheheeee~

well...i would love to personally thank everyone who's involves in this production......the casts, kakak Zeqhty, mummy Tria, adik Sarah, cikgu Mia, aunty Janet, queen Tabitha, papa Sham, abg Soon Yoon, King Glam and of coz the-ever-so-banyak-kali-curang-punya Keith...hehheheeeee~

love u guys so much....without u guys.....theres no BPLL la...everyone is talented in their own way..hahhaaa~

to Brian, Edna and Farah....my gosh....thanks so much for breaking our legs....get it?? hahhahahaa~anyways...without u guys...the casts will be singing and dancing all over the place lah....

kudos to the stage and technical people.....let me see who...hmm... Shalu and Eva espeacially for doing a great job on stage and for pulling those really really freakin' heavy penals.... guys rock!!!!

to Boon, for checking my mic all the time (see,i told u klpac's mic doesn't like me), Dominique for her oh-so-awesome costume and manage to make me look like a 'minah rempit' on one of the song in BPLL... to Lim...the awesome lighting...its really awesome....all of ur loved it....great job... to John....hehheeee~for forcing me to sing '17 going on 18' all the time during sound check...thank u thank u....u make my voice 3x better during show...hehheheeeee~ who else..ou yea.. chin yu...the awesome set builder....the set wouldnt look it that woithout u and ur 'anak- anak'... ou..and Naz for doing everything else for the technical...hahhahaaaa~ ou yea..cant forget Uda, who lepak at the penal with the video cam tv and chatting all the way who i-dunno-who...hehheheeee...

ou well...have to get ready for tonight's show..
will update again soon.......

Shahila Johan

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

The night we run

we survived the tech run :) tomorrow evening is another challenge to pull together the set, lighting, songs and dance for the dress rehearsal.

Honestly, I can't wait to open the show...

Pictures from the tech run, enjoy. Am really really tired and sleepy now so perhaps more pictures in the next post, etc.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

BPLL Bump In

Hello Pentas 1, KLPAC!

Sets are being constructed and should be completed by the next day. This is a glimpse of the staircase that we will use during the opening number, "At The End of the Play".

There are also panels being built which reach as high as the ceiling.

We even test our microphones today. Not too bad la for a bump in. Tuesday's technical run would definitely be a test to everyone

Ho Soon Yoon: I have had the chance to snap some good photos in and out of the dressing room.

Shahila Johan: Gosh, she is just so hyper!

YKLS people, come and support her la! Buy more tickets and see her doing all the high kicks!

Sandee Chew:
Crew in KLPAC. Is she involved in BPLL? err, dunno ler..

Sham Sunder Binwani:

This is his outfit for "I Just Want to Be A Dame".

Nice colour Sham!
Keith Yew:
Aiks.. I don't think that's his wig...

Oh yes, the wig is for Sham lah!

Mia Palencia:
Wow! Stunning look with those gigantic shades.

Actually we have many of the same pair of glasses everywhere..

Tabitha Kong:
Remember her in "Drunk Before Dawn"? She was Lea in the musical.

Sarah Low:
Remember her in "No Limits"? She was the "Dancer"..
Tria Aziz:
Hello Datin....
Catch her in her LV bag in one of the songs.

Janet Lee:
Call her if you just want to simply look nice. She could get you all the exotic looking stuffs at affordable price.

Keith again, in his hip hop costume.

Keith Yew surrounded by the girls

(from left: Sarah Low, Zeqhty, & Shahila Johan)
Shahila Johan:
I thought I saw J-Lo, rupa-rupanya, Sha-Jo.
Yes, we know you have perfect teeth.

Actually nice ler...

Zeqhty Nattrah:
Remember her playing the role of "Junainah" in P. Ramlee the Musical?