“It’s All Over”

10 Aug

Yes, it’s all over, for now at least.

Dreamgirls ended with a celebration – fireworks, confetti, and loud cheers from all the cast, crew, and people in the audience. It was a production that many will remember, simply because of the excellent and moving storyline and songs that made this musical so touching and meaningful to many people.

We received great reviews from the media, and we would like to thank the members of the press for being so supportive and encouraging, especially for sharing Broadway Academy’s goals and visions with the entire nation.

The production was well received, and we are happy that until today, many people still talk about their experience while watching Dreamgirls at Istana Budaya. All our special guests and VIPs enjoyed the show and had nothing but praises for the amazing talents that were on stage. The performers did an amazing job, keeping their spirits high for every single show, regardless of their fatigue and nerves. The cast and musicians, together with the entire production team, made the show extremely special, just by sharing their passion on stage with everyone.

The audience certainly enjoyed themselves too, especially since we also had Nescafe Gold serving everyone free cups of coffee at Istana Budaya. The aroma welcomed our guests, and it made the mingling easier for everyone before entering the concert hall. We would like to thank everyone who came to watch Dreamgirls. We had a standing ovation during every show, and that was great motivation for everyone.

Always remember, that Dreams do come true.

Press Conference Number Two

4 Jul

21 June 2011, Broadway Academy had it’s second press conference – to share with everyone great news.

1. Kris Coleman, from Broadway in New York, flew all the way, specially brought in by Broadway Academy, will be playing the role of Jimmy Early.

2. The production will be supporting some charities, to help make dreams come true for many other people in the country. Broadway Academy will be supporting the National Cancer Society of Malaysia, PT Foundation, Safe Clinic, and Make A Wish Malaysia.

3. Dina (Malaysian Idol), who was previously the understudy for Effie White, is now promoted to co-lead, and will share the role with the amazing Elvira Arul.

 

More updates on these latest annoouncements will be posted up here soon. Stay tunes!

Shazroul’s limit is beyond the sky!

4 Jul

Shazroul says he was destined to be in Dreamgirls. It’s his all time favorite musical; even before the audition, he knew all the songs by heart. So he would have been a complete fool if he had not taken the opportunity and audition for Broadway Academy’s Dreamgirls.

Shazroul was one of the finalists in AF4 (Akademi Fantasia), so music is no stranger to him at all. He is a full-time performer, and has been entertaining audiences and crowds for many years already. What not many people know is that he is passionate about classical music.

Being a performer in Malaysia, Shazroul relates himself to the story of ‘Dreamgirls’ – having to suffer and strive in order to achieve your goals and passions in life. And because of that, the lyrics of the songs in Dreamgirls are extra meaningful to him, as it reflects a lot of how he feels internally.

Shazroul is happy to be part of Dreamgirls, and that’s a fact! He smiles all the time at rehearsals, exccept, of course, when he is given new dance moves to follow. Shazroul admits he is new to musical theatre, but being part of this group has made him feel like he belongs to a family that appreciates both his strengths and weaknesses. Essentially, he is doing what he loves most: entertaining people through performing arts.

It seems like even though this production is challenging for Shazroul, he still plans to continue being in more productions, with the hopes to gain more exposure in dancing, singing, and acting. In a way, perhaps, musical thatre is very therapuetic and addictive? 🙂

Shazroul had his big break in 2008 when he managed to raise enough funds to cut his first solo album. Still, he admits, it’s tough being in this industry in Malaysia. But like the Dreamgirls, the sky’s the limit.

We’ll be seeing Shazroul playing multiple roles in Dreamgirls. Keep an eye (or two!) for him, especially when he sings that extremely high note!

Shahila Johan and her Dreams!

22 Jun

Shahila feels honoured to be in Dreamgirls. Who wouldn’t?! It’s “the most famous musical of all time” according to Shahila, who also said that she knows people from around Asia who wanted to be part of this production but could not! Shahila, you are lucky and blssed, aren’t you?

Shahila will be part of the ensemble, and in fact, you should watch out for when the Stepp Sisters come out – that’s where you’ll see Shahila grooving and singing with attitude! Shahila told us that she is trying to find the ‘inner black-ness’ in her, and she wants to do it as best as she can.

We are lucky to have Shahila with us in this production. She started singing at a very young age, and has been with the Young KL Singers and studied at ASK from 2004-2007 with Syafinaz Selamat. Many of you have probably even seen her in productions like ‘Broadway Parodies Lagi Lah’, ‘DanSing thru Broadway’, ‘Kaki Blue the Musical’, and ‘Mamak Mee-ah!’.

When we asked Shahila what her favourite scene in Dreamgirls is, she explained that she loves it when C.C. sings ‘Family’ to Effie White. Truly that scene is a heart-warming scene that every one in the audience should look out for. It’s the best part of the first act!

Shahila, generally a shy person, has learned to be more open and easy going after joining Broadway Academy’s production of Dreamgirls. Amazingly, the people in this production are one crazy bunch, and it’s inspiring to see them bond so well.

What does this young lady want to do after Dreamgirls? With a smile, she answers: “BE IN MORE MUSICALS WITH BROADWAY ACADEMY SO I DON’T STOP SINGING!”. Then she adds cheekily…. “and perform on Broadway maybe?”

Well, Shahila, we do hope to see you on broadway one day!

Nadrah, this one’s yours!

23 May

Indeed, any reason to have fun and celebrate, is a reason to have fun and celebrate!

Nadrah, congrats on graduating, and happy (belated) birthday!!

Hip, hip, hurray!

Congrats, Josh!

23 May

Joshua Gui, a member of our ensemble, was back in Sydney last week for his graduation! We celebrated it here in KL too just for the sake of it! 

Joshua, this one is for you 😛

 

Congrats, Josh!

Meet Benjamin

9 May

We’re sure you’re eager to know who’ll be on stage when you come to watch Dreamgirls. And we’re delighted to introduce you to some of the cast members through this blog.

Meet Benjamin Lin, a member of the ensemble for Dreamgirls. You’ll be seeing him quite a lot, playing multiple roles.

Benjamin is a hardcore fan of musical theater, and merely went to the Dreamgirls audition “for fun”! Little did he know that it would change his life for the better. And when we say it changed his life, we mean it literally.

Benjamin quit his job to be in Dreamgirls, and to pursue his dream of being in musicals and shows. A former Corporate Communications Exec at Bentley Music Sdn Bhd, Benjamin is now discovering his true musical talents after many years of singing in church and college gigs.

Benjamin aims to grow with Broadway Academy, so we can expect to see him in more productions in the next few years, or perhaps even longer!

What does Benjamin like about Dreamgirls? Well, he loves the part when Effie sings “I Am Changing”. To Benjamin, that scene is like watching a lion helpessly drowning and calling out for help.

Remember to spot Benjamin on stage, playing several roles in different costumes. And have fun while you’re at it!

Benjamin being interviewed by Dominic after a promotional event at The Curve.

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