Housewife Noor Supateri Hamdan, 53, who showed up two-and-a-half hours before the counter opened, was the first in line.
“I have been waiting since 9.30am although I knew the counter would only open at noon. It might have been a long wait but I am sure it will be worth it.
“This is a special production directed by Puan Sri Tiara Jacquelina in conjunction with Merdeka to showcase the spirit of muhibbah,” enthused the Sarawakian after collecting her four tickets yesterday.
She added that it was great that Penang got to stage it on Merdeka Day itself.
Retired couple Rixon Mok, 75, and his wife Lim Geok Cheng, 71, from Butterworth, also queued for over two hours to collect their tickets for their son who was at work.
“My son has been telling us over and over again about the show, so we decided to help him collect it.”
The passes were given out on a first-come, first-served basis.
There will be three performances in Penang on Saturday – 2pm, 5pm and 8pm – with attendance limited to 800 per show.
After Penang, Ola Bola the Musical will be performed in Kuching (Sept 6-8), Kota Kinabalu (Sept 11) and Kuantan (Sept 21).
For more details, visit olabolamusical.com.
The musical will be performed in full in Kuching.
In the other locations, the audience will get a one-hour “I Cover You” showcase version.
It is performed free for the rakyat thanks to state governments, government-linked companies, corporate partners and supporters.
Ola Bola the Musical bagged eight of 12 awards at the recent 16th Boh Cameronian Arts Awards 2019.
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