Arts

Published: Thursday January 2, 2014 MYT 6:05:00 PM
Updated: Thursday January 9, 2014 MYT 11:48:24 AM

A cultural smorgasbord at Istana Budaya

The musical 'Jersey Boys', which tells the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, is set to make its Malaysian debut at Istana Budaya in April.

The musical 'Jersey Boys', which tells the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, is set to make its Malaysian debut at Istana Budaya in April.

Rock legends and international musicals light up Istana Budaya’s 2014 season.

WHO would’ve thought that folk rock outfit Kembara, a James Bond musical and a musical about Sarawakian legends and life by the Rejang river would share the Istana Budaya in Kuala Lumpur.

If you want diverse, then this year's programming at Istana Budaya is definitely a treat.

Kembara's Expres Rakyat concert series (May 23-26) is bound to attract the masses and bring back some early 1980s folk rock nostalgia.  

Other headliners at Istana Budaya this year include papa rock Ramli Sarip, who will celebrate 45 years in music with the Konsert 45 Tahun Seniman Ramli Sarip series (Oct 17-19), Salamiah Hassan in her first solo concert, Konsert Gelombang Salamiah Hassan (Jan 10-12), Hands Percussion’s The Next (Jan 21-23), featuring guitarist Man Kidal and Taiwanese aboriginal singer Sangpuy Katetapan and Konsert Gemersik Ahmad Jais Dalam Kenangan (Aug 28-31).

It’s also going to be a season of Broadway (and beyond) musicals and fans can expect to see Jersey Boys (April 10-20), Mystic India (Aug 15-24) and Mamma Mia (Dec 15-25), which makes a return.

Other musicals include Suara Kita (March 3-9), featuring Awie, Erra Fazira dan Ziana Zain; Indonesian production Matah Ati (April 25-27); Rejang Sebuah Muzikal, which revolves around the inhabitants along the Rejang River in Sarawak; and Xuan Zhuang – A Journey To The West The Musical (Oct 27-Nov 9)).

Tags / Keywords: Entertainment, Istana Budaya, Ne-Yo, Bruno Mars, Entertainment, Music

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