Thursday, January 15, 2009

Mama Mia! - Thank You for The Music And The Memories

Mama Mia! The Smash Hit Musical which had a successful run from December 17 2008 to January 4 2009 at the Istana Budaya, Kuala Lumpur will certainly be remembered as one of the most entertaining musicals to hit our shores. The musical played to wildly enthusiastic audiences at all its sold-out performances. Among those who watched the musical were royalty, dignitaries and the glitterati. Their Royal Highnesses, the King and Queen of Malaysia attended one of the shows. So did our prime minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and his wife Datin Seri Jeanne Abdullah. Our deputy prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor were also there as were several other VIPs.

Mama Mia! The Musical has been seen by more than 30 million people in 160 cities in 8 languages around the world. Audiences all over the world have fallen in love with the characters, story and the songs of ABBA that have made Mama Mia! such a hit. In fact due to the overwhelming response to the musical in Malaysia, 4 extra shows had to be added. For about 3 weeks, some 33,000 Malaysians (and others) got to experience the charm and magic of Mama Mia! Malaysians, who are generally a reserved lot, discarded their inhibitions and stood up to sing, clap and dance during the shows. Way to go! It felt good to see so many people really enjoying themselves and having fun. To the cast of Mama Mia! - thank you for the music, thank you for the memories!

A total of RM1.2 million was raised from the Charity Night and contributions from Star Foundation and Capitaland. In spite of the economic downturn, many caring Malaysians dug deep into their pockets to donate for a worthy cause. Which proves that Malaysians are generous and really do have a heart of gold. The money collected was channelled to 10 charitable organizations, amongst them the National Heart Institue Foundation, Hospis Malaysia, The Befrienders Kuala Lumpur and HOPE Worldwide Malaysia.

Best Wishes As Usual,

Dance Aficionado
Dancesport Malaysia


Best Buy Idea said...

Too bad, I did not have the chance to watch it. Maybe next time. But I do hope to buy their DVD to have a feel. To me, I feel regret for not able to experience their on-stage performance.

Anonymous said...

It wasn't all that great the musical. The props and the costume weren't that elaborate or colorful compared to some local productions for example PGL, P.Ramlee etc.

just my personal opinion.

LostEarthling said...

Lots of information on the dance scene in Malaysia. BTW are you into competitive dancing?

Dancesport Malaysia said...

I would love to take part in ballroom dancing competitions but am still unable to find a suitable partner. You know the joke about it being easier to find a life partner than a dance partner. I am still keeping my fingers crossed though!

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