The Life, The Loves and The Inspiration of P. Ramlee

28 October 2007 14:26

Having missed out on Puteri Gunung Ledang: The Musical, I vowed not to miss out on P. Ramlee: The Musical this time around. I almost did. And after watching it this afternoon, I was glad and thankful for not missing out on this wonderful production by Enfiniti. Like many Malaysians of my generation, I only know the late Tan Sri P. Ramlee (who incidentally died exactly two years before I was born) through his timeless songs and movies. This musical attempts to show the personal side of him, i.e. his life, the loves and the inspiration. I shan't elaborate on the storyline but I shall say that I thoroughly enjoyed the production, from the cast and ensemble to the sets (check out the locomotive and the cabooses during the train station scene!) to the choreography (dig that clog dance during Ramlee's and Junaidah's wedding scene) and especially the music (Gelora's percussion had my head bopping like a hip hop producer at the mixing desk and Dick Lee's numbers were really moving). Favorite scenes for me have to be Ramlee's marriage to Junaidah and Ramlee's courtship with Saloma which had the elements of humor that we all know and love P. Ramlee for! The only niggling points for me have to be Melissa Saila's singing (a wee bit uncomfortable to the ears in places and her voice was quite hoarse this afternoon) but she made up for it with her powerful acting in that intense breaking up scene. The other being the prolonged scene of Singapore breaking out from Malaysia (could use more of the clog dance in that Ramlee and Junaidah's wedding scene!). Overall, it was a wonderful and enjoyable performance! Kudos to Datin Tiara Jacquelina and Enfiniti!

I'd like to thank Pat Ibrahim (choreographer of the musical) for slotting me in to this afternoon's show. I also had the privilege of meeting up with Chedd Yusoff who plays Sukardi (Ramlee's best friend) after the show. He had earlier pimped that mashup I did of Siti and Snoop Dogg to Siti (who plays Azizah) herself. Needless to say, I had to be gone before any talks of potential lawsuits could ensue.

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tiara
tiara
10/29/2007 6:39:50 PM #

hey there... pleasantly surprised to be tagged
in such a kind review of the show - tks redz.
btw tell your friends if anyone's interested,
we just decided on an extra performance for
p.ramlee - sat 3rd nov at 3pm. anyone
interested can call 03 20911666 or check
www.ticket2u.biz,1st come 1st served
basis...or forever hold their peace! take care..

laydiefa
laydiefa
10/30/2007 8:05:41 AM #

"jeng jeng jennnngggggggg!!"
sound clip tu ada main tak?
:P

Lynn
Lynn
10/30/2007 9:18:44 AM #

Haha best kan best kan. Anyhoo, good move of getting away before any legal discussions ensued, haha!

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