Sunday, 22 March 2015

Rebirth of the Legend

Puteri Gunung Ledang - Rebirth of the Legend 

Today marks day 3 since the opening of Puteri Gunung Ledang - Rebirth of the Legend. Many had the chance to catch this musical live at the Istana Budaya in Kuala Lumpur. 

This concert is being staged in conjuction with the 10th anniversary of Puteri Gunung Ledang - the movie. 

As soon as I finished work on Friday, I rushed home to sort out the kids & immediately left to witnessed the biggest concert of the year by Enfiniti Vision Media. The company was started by Tiara Jacquelina who plays the lead role in the PGL movie and also takes up the lead role in this musical.  

The Enfiniti group has a well know reputation among the entertainment industry and I was excited to be able to catch their first show on 19th of March. I wanted to see what they had, up their sleeves this time around. Read on to find out further

The traffic was pretty much decent for a Friday night, thank god for that. I reached early at Istana Budaya and so decided to snoop around a little 

Istana Budaya Kuala Lumpur - where the Rebirth of the Legend is being staged 

Istana Budaya - Walkway towards the main Auditorium 

A beautiful customised backdrop was set up right in front of the main auditorium where the musical was going to be staged. I could already see many taking selfies and posing in front of the backdrop. Of course me included, couldnt resist the backdrop with the gorgeous Tiara Jacquelina on it.

The backdrop at the Rebirth of the Legend Musical Concert

The backdrop with the all the stars of the show 

They had Puteri Gunung Ledang merchandise up for grabs. You can choose one of the many items that were on display or more if you're one of their biggest fans. They had T-shirts with the PGL logo, badges, magnets, landyards and song book. They also had customised coffee table book, movie DVD's and Movie blue ray box set. It makes a great gift if you have a friend or family members who are a great fan of PGL. 

PGL merchandise - Badges

PGL merchandise - Magnets

A wide range of  PGL merchandise at Istana Budaya

Once I got my tickets, I headed towards the auditorium. By then the crowd was overwhelming. I could see people from all walks of life waiting to be seated. Im stepping into Istana Budaya after a long break and hence the auditorium looks all new & revamped. 

My Puteri Gunung Ledang tickets !

The stage is set up with the Puteri Gunung Ledang written in Red Bold Letters. As we all know, red is a colour of blood & fire. It symbolises war, danger, strength and power. On the other spectrum it also symbolises Love, passion and desire. By looking at it so much of thought runs through your mind, the love triangle between Puteri Gunung Ledang, Hang Tuah and the Sultan. So much has been put to thought that even the colours of the letters mean someting more than just being a colour. 

The Puteri Gunung Ledang in Concert

The opening act was beautiful. Lovely group of dances in white danced gracefully. They had to co-ordinate the movements well as they were dancing on an uneven platform - that was a bit tricky I thought. As you we watched them, Tiara Jacquelina appears from the 'sky' with some cool acrobatic movements. She rejoins the other dances to complete their first song sequence. 

The first song sequence after Tiara Jacquelina lands fron the 'sky'

The first song sequence of PGL in concert

It was very personalised I felt. In between each sequence, she explains how she feels about a particular song or how she felt being the 'Puteri' in the movie. After 10 years since the movie was played, she still has a strong connection towards the roll 'Puteri' that lingers around her. 

The gorgeous Tiara Jacquelina perfoming a song sequence

She also introduced Ida Mariana as one of her closed friend who stood by her through difficult times. A friend that she can always count on anytime. Ida Mariana was full of character and took charge of the stage immediately. She did a solo song and also with Tiara Jacquelina 

Ida Mariana and Tiara Jacquelina 

 Next comes, Stephen Rahman Hughes as Hang Tuah. They nicknamed him as Hang Tuah Mat Salleh. He landed from London a couple of weeks ago and was equally good at performing the dance and the songs with such short timing. He was very much like a warrior with his toned body and danced like a pro. His opening act was a bit of a retro twist with him being the Mat Salled Hang Tuah. At the background, you could see the many faces of Stephen Rahman in superhero comic way. 
He and Tiara did a duet overlooking the moon. Ahhh.... that does bring back a lot of memories of the movie

Stephen Rahman Hughes and Tiara Jacquelina 

 As its a live performance, unfortunately there was a technical error in between for less that 3 minutes. The music didnt play at the baackground like it supposed to and they had to stop for a couple of minutes to correct it. But the show resumed immediately. 

AC Mizal came as Raja Majapahit and Adlin Rahman Ramlie as Sultan Mahmud. Adlin is also the concert director for this musical and I think he did an excellent job ! Both of them brought so much of humor to the musical. They were spontaneous, funny and went with the flow. Humor must be their second name. 

I must highlight here that the props used in this musical was just brilliant ! For an example the big elephant that brought Sultan Mahmud to the stage was something very unique and interesting. The number of triangles on the elephant symbolises love triangle that happens. 

AC Mizal & Adlin Aman Ramlie with the great props used at the Musical 

The LED visuals were magnificent, choreographed well and you could feel that you're transported to that era where it all began. Its a show that it Refreshed, Reconstructed and Re-imagined.  

You still have 2 more days to catch the live performance. You can also get up close and personal with the lead actors and actresses by getting your VIP passess. So what are you waiting for ? Book your seats now before its too late

Get your tickets soon from / 03-77251177

Puteri Gunung Ledang in Concert - Rebirth of the Legend 

20 - 24th March 2015

At Istana Budaya


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