Thursday, April 2, 2009

Puteri Gunung Ledang: The Legend comes Alive!

"They are the legends that every Malaysian child knows by heart: Hang Tuah, the greatest Malay warrior, and Puteri Gunung Ledang, mystical keeper of the mists. And now Puteri Gunung Ledang The Musical brings to life the beloved tale that is as old as time with a burst of theatrical magic." -

Few weeks back, my classmates and I have the golden opportunity to indulge the musical theatre of 'Puteri Gunung Ledang' at Istana Budaya. We experienced the enchantment of an unforgettable performance that excite our souls and senses!

This musical spectacularly portrays the majestic kings, dazzling damsels, heroic warriors. We can actually see the glory of 15th Century Melaka unfold before our very own eyes. Breathtaking sets, resounding chorus lines, pulsating rhythms and spirited contemporary choreography combine in a fury of staggering imagination to bring us all to an evening to be remembered.

I was deeply immersed in the soaring love story between an invincible warrior and the beauty who tamed his heart. I can actually feel the pain of two yearning souls. And then wonder at the dilemma tearing them apart between loyalty and desire as the sweeping award-winning epic is stunningly adapted live on stage.

The music just moved us with an unforgettable score composed by Dick Lee, the Andrew Lloyd Webber of the East, and Roslan Aziz, Malaysia’s magical maestro. Together, they have produced a beguiling soundscape that is at once traditional and modern. We were marvelled by the magnificent sets that rumble into place. Also, we were thrilled by the intricate choreography that weaves more than 50 actors on stage in perfect coordination. With clockwork precision, the elements come together to bring us a truly immersive experience.

Catching this breath-taking 'Puteri Gunung Ledang: The Musical' really opened my eyes to the world of theatre! I believed all their hard work were paid off by the tremendous applause we audience gave whole-heartedly. Since that theatre, my friends and I have developed the love for theatre, and we would all be attending another theatre this coming Wednesday. Hope it will be another valuable experience for us all!

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