Monday, August 28, 2006

Puteri Gunung Ledang... Is it good?

I missed the first run of Puteri Gunung Ledang - The Musical. I went to the boxoffice at Istana Budaya and found a long line ahead of me. Disappointed I was when I found out that the rest of the shows were soldout.

Fast forward to the last three weeks when I wanted to watch the show so badly but I was low in cash due to our kitchen renovation. I was trying to find a way to watch the show but to no avail. On the 14th, I decided to buy the tickets via credit card first. What to do!! I had wanted to buy two tickets, for my wife and I but the only day available was on that Sunday, 20th and a matinee show. To add another obstacle, there was only one seat of RM150(Which I could only afford) left. I decided to buy it anyways and let my wife decides who to go. Of course, selfishly, I want to go.

My wife was disappointed but she let me go and watch it. Thank you. Thank you. Now, I have set up the situation that I was very eager and excited to watch PGL, the question is did the show live up to the expectation?

I have to say that the show deserves whatever boxoffice receipts that it has been getting. Yes. And Yes, the show was really good. The only part I was disappointed was the ending could have a more memorable song to end the show with a great bitter note but I am nitpicking. Stephen Rahman-Hughes and Tiara Jacqueline had that right chemistry together to make it work.

During the end curtain call, I welled up a little as I stood to give the actors a standing ovation and in my mind, why did I have tears in my eyes? It was only when I got into my car that I knew why.

I have seen Phantom of The Opera, Les Miserables, Miss Saigon, Sunset Boulevard, Crazy For You and a few other musicals...... and I am proud to say that Puteri Gunung Ledang - The Musical is comparable to the ones that I have mentioned..... and it is from Malaysia. Makes me proud to be a Malaysian.