Thirteen years ago, Puteri Gunung Ledang The Musical (PGL), arguably one of the country's most popular musicals of all time, graced the KL stage with its story of love and treachery.
The Enfiniti (M) Sdn Bhd's musical starred Puan Sri Tiara Jacquelina in the titular role and Malaysian-born British actor Stephen Rahman Hughes.
The musical also won eight Boh Cameronian Arts Awards in 2006. After three restagings, it holds the record of being the longest running show at Istana Budaya in KL.
Next year, PGL is set to return with an all new cast and Tiara in the director's seat. Datuk Zahim Albakri directed the previous stagings of PGL.
"I've been waiting for the day when I can revisit this project that's been such a big part of my world," says Tiara, who picked up the Best Director award at this year's Boh Cameronian Arts Awards for Ola Bola The Musical.
In 2020, PGL will first play at Singapore's Esplanade Theatres On The Bay in June (PGL previously performed there in 2006) before returning home to Istana Budaya in July. Following that, there are plans for the production to take on a national tour.
Tiara, who also played the role of the Malay princess in the 2004 film version of Puteri Gunung Ledang, is keen to make Enfiniti's 21st anniversary celebrations a memorable one with these PGL shows.
"This is my 21st anniversary gift to the fans and supporters of the PGL brand who have been so loyal all these years," says Tiara, Enfiniti's chief dream-maker.
Set during Melaka's golden age, the musical tells the story of a forbidden love affair between the Malay warrior Hang Tuah and mystical princess Gusti Puteri Raden Ajeng Retno Damilah.
Auditions to cast the new ensemble will take place soon. It is unclear whether Tiara will reprise her role as the princess.
The PGL musical features 30 songs with music composed by Singaporean singer-songwriter Dick Lee and lyrics by Adlin Aman Ramlie, who also wrote the book together with Zahim and PGL's movie director Saw Teong Hin.
Enfiniti has also staged several other stage productions over the years, including P. Ramlee The Musical, The Secret Life Of Nora and Mud KL - The Story of Kuala Lumpur, which ran for three years.