PM’s wife is patron of musical


Dr Siti Hasmah hopes Malay-sians will take the opportunity to experience this unforgettable musical.

TUN Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali, the wife of the Prime Minister, has consented to be the patron of the iconic The Phantom of the Opera musical in Kuala Lumpur.

Presented by live entertainment company Base Entertainment, the musical is based on the novel by French writer Gaston Leroux about a disfigured musical genius dubber the Phantom who lives in the sewers beneath the Paris Opera House and falls in love with the young soprano Christine.

The musical, written by Andrew Lloyd Webber with lyrics by Charles Hart, is the longest-running show in Broadway history. It is now enjoying its 33rd year in London’s West End.

Winner of 70 major theatre awards, the musical continues to play to packed houses and enthral audiences with its opulent stage sets, legendary music score and emotional storyline.

Base Entertainment is proud to host the Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Charity Gala on July 3 at Istana Budaya.

Speaking about the musical, Dr Siti Hasmah said, “I have always had a soft spot for the arts, so when I was invited to be the patron for The Phantom of the Opera show, I was delighted to accept the offer.

“It is the world’s most popular musical, showcasing Andrew Lloyd Webber’s most famous compositions.

“It has something for everyone – breathtaking special effects, beautiful costumes and a timeless romantic storyline.

“I hope Malaysians from all walks of life will take this opportunity to experience this unforgettable musical,” she added.

In line with its numerous charitable initiatives, Base Entertainment hopes to continue its tradition of giving back through the Tun Siti Hasmah Charity Gala.

The gala aims to raise funds for two non-profit organisations – The Dyslexia Association of Malaysia (PDM) and Malaysian Spinal Injuries Association (Masia).

PDM was established to advance the education and general welfare of children and adults with dyslexia. Its main objective is to promote awareness and educate the public on integration methods for those with this learning disability.

Masia prides itself on being a self-help group for people with spinal cord injuries and their families. The halfway house currently serves as a rehabilitation centre to encourage those affected to live better-quality lives.

Both PDM and Masia rely mostly on the generosity of donors to further their cause, and are still severely underfunded.

As such, the proceeds from the show will be channelled towards the two organisations to assist in their efforts.

“Malaysians had the privilege of witnessing Tun Dr Siti Hasmah play the violin last year; she is an inspiration to many,”said Base Entertainment head Datuk Jared Lim.

“We are honoured to have her as patron of the musical debut in Malaysia. Nobody exemplifies passion for the performing arts like her.

“Base Entertainment has always believed in giving back to the community, and we are pleased that the gala show can drive support of causes

that do not normally get enough visibility and attention,” he added.

Istana Budaya will be transformed into the Palais Garnier opera house of Paris from June 15 to July 7, accompanied by soaring music, spectacular costumes and mesmerising performances.

The buzz of excitement surrounding The Phantom of the Opera’s debut in Malaysia is testimony to the grandeur and artistry of this production.

Musical fans can now enjoy the memorable experience of watching the musical while donating to a noble cause.

Tickets to the charity gala are priced at RM1,500 (Premium), RM1,000 (Category A) and RM600 (Category B).

Bookings can be made via lyla@tremendousness.com or eva@begroup.my

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