i'm glad i have a blog now. especially since p.ramlee opened, i find myself still buzzing from the adrenalin of watching the show again and again each night, still unable to switch off even past 2 am like NOW. i must say i'm the biggest fan of the show myself. i'm glad i have the chance to be in the audience this time around and just enjoy being entertained for a change instead of working it on stage, its quite a different experience. i'm glad though that now, FINALLY, in our 3rd last performance for the season, i can put my nightly notes to rest. otherwise i can't sit through a show and not be typing notes for actors, notes to zahim, pat, erwin, from my seat in the audience, to give them the next evening during briefing and sound-checks. FINALLY, the actors don't have me look for them backstage just to have me whip out my now infamous bling phone that carries notes for each of them. its so funny, whenever any of them see me approaching them and i go "ha!" they know that next thing that will happen is out comes my phone and out come the notes. bless these kids.
its part of the magical organic process i enjoy in theatre really. if something doesnt work, we can either remove it, or edit the text, or re-work the scene till it works. when something is working, we let the audience savour the moment. with film unfortunately, what you see on the big screen is what you get... it costs an arm and a leg to edit anything and have to go through the final mix process etc again...God forbid!
i sit through the show each night and allow myself to get soaked up in the show completely now. i look forward to the opening titles, cos the crowd response at that point tells me whether or not we have a "fun" crowd in the house that evening. then i look forward to the train sequence, which i think is malek's ultimate magic trick so far, i look forward to the scene where junaidah (atilia), ida, izlyn, zeqhty and maya swoon over p.ramlee...such an adorable "girlie" moment, that. then i look forward to the cutie pie infinatez and azrul in their paparazzi sequences. then, my faaaavorite scene in all of act 1 - the wedding of junaidah and ramlee! that just kills me. i love the look on sean's face when he turns his face and next thing he knows he's looking at the kadi! sean is ace in that scene, to me. what caps act 1 for me is sean's "hujan di tengahari" especially when he does the 1-octave-higher thing.
in act 2, i look forward to the norizan-ramlee showdown.melissa really blows me (and everyone else apparently) with her powerhouse acting in that scene. hats off to you, babe. thats a killer role and you nailed it no sweat. i thnk i wanna try "get outta my way!" one of these days, just for the thrill.. hee hee. after that, the moment saloma appears, its magic all the way to the end of the show. liza hanim has to be the most under-rated actress/singer ever. i've never really been a fan of any local singer's voice, but i must say liza's just mesmerises me, unfailingly, day after day, without fail. and the "gelora" scene is my absolutelutelute favorite of the entire show. the courtship and wedding proposal brings tears to my eyes everytime. and by the end of the show when seam sings "airmata di kuala lumpur" i'm a wreck.
i love my job.