16 May 2017: The story that moved Malaysians makes the transition from the silver screen to the stage! It’s time to mark your calendars for something special as local entertainment company Enfiniti has announced its latest production, OlaBola The Musical, which will be the first production to be staged at the freshly renovated Istana Budaya from 22 February until 22 March 2018! Directed by award-winning producer, founder of Enfiniti and performing arts advocate Puan Sri Tiara Jacquelina, the musical is the company’s latest original production after the well-received Puteri Gunung Ledang, P.Ramlee The Musical and MUD: The Story of Kuala Lumpur.
Puan Sri Tiara with Chiu Keng Guan, Director of the Ola Bola movie
Puan Sri Tiara (centre), with the cast of the OlaBola Musical
The OlaBola movie was inspired by the glories of the Malaysian national football team that successfully qualified for the 1980 Summer Olympics. With overarching themes of dedication, perseverance and grit, the film portrayed Malaysia back in the 1980s during a time where the nation was finding its identity post-independence and uncovering its potential. The box office hit, which netted RM16.5 million, successfully spurred the nation with national pride and an appreciation for the genuine inter-racial friendships between the Harimau Malaya team. “Watching OlaBola in the cinema evoked emotions and carried a strong message that I felt needed to be experienced ‘live’. The vision we have for this production will truly immerse the audience like never before, which I believe will rally the nation to unite once again for OlaBola. I really wanted this musical to be presented in the voice and sounds of today that is fresh and different from anything else we’ve produced in the past, with that sparked the idea of a first-time collaboration by two award-winning talents in their fields – composer and lyricist Mia Palencia and rapper-lyricist Altimet,” reveals Puan Sri Jacquelina, who hints that rap will be a noticeable element in the musical. OlaBola The Musical
WHERE Istana Budaya, Jalan Tun Razak, Kuala Lumpur WHEN 22 February-22 March 2018 ADMISSION RM120 (25 May-25 August 2017), RM250-RM300 (25 August 2017 onwards) olabolamusical.com enfiniti.com.my