P. Ramlee, the Musical

29 10 2007

Last Friday night, Papa brought me to watch P.Ramlee the Musical. Papa, Mama and me were supposed to sit in the upper circle while my grandparents sat at the main seats. Since my grandfather didn’t want to go, he had asked my aunt to replace him. When I found out about this thing – which was the theatre day – I begged my aunt to let me sit at the main seats with my grandmother and her to replace me in the upper circle. Mama said I was lucky to not sit upstairs as they could only see the heads and voices only.

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So anyway, the main casts were Sean Ghazi (P.Ramlee), Liza Hanim (Saloma), Atilia (Junaidah), Melissa Saila (Norizan) and the special appearance, Siti Nurhaliza (Azizah).The co-stars were Wan Kenari Ibrahim (D Harris), Joseph Gonzales (BS Rajhans), Chedd Eddie Yusoff (Sukardi), Zeqhty Nattrah Ramli (Junainah), Mohd Fauzuly Hamdan Tahir (Sukarmaji) and Colin Kirton and Douglas Lim (Run Run and Runme Shaw). But my favorite cast are the children. They act three by three. The night I was present was Muhammad Syafie Naswip – also Mukhsin from the Malay movie ‘Mukhsin’ – (Ramlee), Emeer Iskandar (Sukardi) and Rachel Wesley (Azizah). The other nights would be Mikhil Merican (Ramlee), Wan Ramzizul Zaimi (Sukardi) and Nurazliana Haslin (Azizah).

The show was magnificent! I was a bit amazed of how Sean Ghazi looks and sounds like P.Ramlee. And – for the first time – I knew who P.Ramlee married first and that he liked Azizah since they were in Primary school.

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My favorite characters that night was P.Ramlee and Norizan. The reason I liked the character Norizan is because that I liked the way she sang, shouted and half-ran around P.Ramlee’s ‘room’ in the old-fashioned ‘baju ikan duyung‘. That particular scene was amazing. The other scenes that I love were the scenes when they were children and the scenes about Saloma and P.Ramlee. It was simply fantastic!

How I wish I could turn back time and watch that show over and over again!

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