Full house at P. Ramlee musical
Sean Ghazi (as P. Ramlee) and Datuk Siti Nurhaliza (as Azizah) in ‘P. Ramlee The Musical … The Life, The Love, The Inspiration’ yesterday.
KUALA LUMPUR: The much-awaited musical on the country’s “King of Entertainment”, Tan Sri P. Ramlee, premiered at Istana Budaya here yesterday.
P. Ramlee The Musical … The Life, The Love, The Inspiration, made its debut at 8.30pm.
All tickets for the show were sold out.
The two-hour musical, which runs until Nov 3, is produced by Enfiniti Productions, which also made Puteri Gunung Ledang — The Musical in 2005.
Its executive producer is Datin Seri Tiara Jacquelina. Its co-directors are Zahim Albakri and Adlin Aman Ramlie, the host of talk show Jangan Tidur Lagi and Tiara’s co-star in Puteri Gunung Ledang.
Adlin, whose father was Ramlee’s close friend and fellow screen legend A.R. Tompel, also wrote the lyrics for the musical’s 20 songs, with music composed by acclaimed Singaporean composer Dick Lee.
Indonesian music maestro Erwin Gutawa is the music director, while Pat Ibrahim of reality television series So You Think You Can Dance? is the choreographer.
Taking on the role of Ramlee is West End musical Miss Saigon and Anna And The King star, Sean Ghazi.
Popular singer Liza Hanim plays Ramlee’s wife, Puan Sri Salmah Ismail, or Saloma.
Saloma’s niece, popular actress Melissa Saila, plays Norizan Mohd Noor, Ramlee’s Perak-born second wife. Norizan was the award-winning actress famous for her film, Esok Untuk Siapa?
Singaporean actress Junaidah Daeng Harris, Ramlee’s first wife and the mother of actor Nasir P. Ramlee, is played by jazz singer Raja Atilia Raja Haron, the daughter of veteran jazz star and “advertisement jingle queen” Salamiah Hassan.
Pop queen Datuk Siti Nurhaliza is making her debut in acting in the musical. She portrays the mysterious Azizah, widely believed to be Ramlee’s first love and the inspiration for his hit song Azizah.
The supporting cast includes Chedd Yusuf of Audition fame, GangStarz finalists Infinatez and So You Think You Can Dance? winner, Alam.
source : The New Straits Times