Winner of the Best Overall Performance and Audience Choice Awards, 300 Million: The Reconceptualization of A Conception was an epic journey of a pool of sperm fighting their way through a deadly obstacle course of contraceptives.
Our reporter takes a look at some of the award winners in the musical category.
If the finale to Short+Sweet Malaysia 2014’s Musical segment was anything to go by, Malaysia has some serious talent waiting in the wings. There were more than a few stand-out acts at the gala night at Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre last Sunday night, which saw nine teams competing.
Nasi Kandaq Gulai Tempoyak was a crowd favourite. The love story (written by Fa Abdul, music by Kam T and Joanna Van, direction by Matthew Koh) of an unlikely mamak-malay couple had the audiences in stitches and earned actor Sudhan Nair an award for Best Supporting Actor.
The other two popular comedic instalments were:The Mummy Returns (written by Terence Toh, composed by Lydia Tong, musical direction by Kelvin Loh, direction by Sudhan Nair) where the multi-talented (dancer- singer-actor) Ostella Adam stole the show with her portrayal of the ghost of a meddling mother trying to stop her nerdy son from falling prey to the hidden “dangers” of online dating; and winner of the Best Overall Performance and Audience Choice Awards, 300 Million: The Reconceptualization of A Conception. This show tells the epic journey of a pool of sperm fighting its way through a deadly obstacle course of contraceptives.
My favourite was One Day, a delicately written piece about two individuals dealing with the loss of a past lover. Impressively, it was written, composed and directed all by one Vale Wong, who also performed as one of the three-member cast, all of whom gave tear jerking performances.
Unsurprisingly, Wong took the Best Actor award (male).
The other piece worth mentioning was Cartography Of A Relationship, which featured Ida Mariana as a human-GPS system, narrating in song the bumpy and winding road of a young couple’s romance.
Her performance was expressively and expertly sung – I felt like I was watching a piece of Broadway – the judges clearly agreed and handed her the Best Actor Award (female), whilst musical director, composer and lyricist Nick Choo won a triple award for Best Composer and Best Libretto and the Mercedes-Benz Award for Creative Excellence.
Other winners included Best Musical Director for Clarence Chua, Best Supporting Female Character for Nur Zakuan and Best Director for Siti Farrah Abdullah and Freddy Tan for the experimental parody piece Working Title, where Tan played himself, the plot line was actually written and composed by the actors and musicians during the four-rehearsal period.
And finally, Best Newcomer award went to composer and lyricist duo, Tan Yun Shying and Teh Yee Tung, for their work in Last Call, while the Festival Directors award went to the talented husband-wife team Alvin Looi and Karynn Tan, who directed A Woman At War and were also the composers and lyricists for 300 Million: The Reconceptualization of A Conception.
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