This would be my second commercial musical to be staged in Kuala Lumpur/Klang Valley; the first was a musicalised version of the Christmas story called Follow The Light, which was produced and performed at PJ Live Arts back in 2010 to very positive reviews, and was also performed in 2005 in Perth, Western Australia. I also compose songs for theatrical shows produced by Murdoch University in Perth, particularly music for their children’s theatre unit there, with at least one project a year since 2005.
What inspired you to write The Edge?
The seeds were planted when I was chatting online with a friend in 2006, and this friend confided in me on how he had previously attempted to take his life. I remember thinking, how could I help? Who was with him at the time? Where were his friends, his family? These are the questions that eventually (with his blessing) germinated into the basis for The Edge: what happens when somebody you know tries to end his or her own life? For the record, this friend is perfectly fine today, happily.
How long did it take for you to write The Edge?
After the idea was conceived in 2006, an earlier version was workshopped by KLPAC in 2008, where we managed to get audience feedback on what they thought worked and didn’t work. Using that feedback, I continued to rewrite the script and songs. When Monday Show Entertainment approached me last year with their interest in staging it, I was able to finalise the material with their input. So it’s been a labour of love, seven years in the making.
What can our readers expect from the musical?
A really moving, thought-provoking show, with songs that I hope will linger in their heads long after the performance is over. If they’re expecting flash and flamboyance, glitz and glamour, I think they’d be disappointed. The Edge goes against the vision of ‘musical theatre’ that most people have! We don’t even have choreography in this show! But I would say, come prepared to experience something stirring and haunting that will stay with you for a while… and be prepared to laugh and cry — bring lots of Kleenex!
What is next for Nick Choo after The Edge?
Nothing concrete is in place, but I’m continuing to work on new musical projects. Hopefully from this production of The Edge, we will be able to go further with it, perhaps take it down to Singapore and elsewhere. I also hope to be able to restage Follow The Light… after all, Christmas comes yearly, does it not? It’s show, I think, that can only grow to become bigger, better and brighter.
For those interested, details are as follows:
Date and Time:
November 2nd, 2013 (Saturday) 3.00pm and 8.30pm
November 3rd, 2013 (Sunday) 3.00pm
November 6th, 2013 – November 9th, 2013 (Wednesday to Saturday) 3.80pm
November 9th, 2013 (Saturday) 3.00pm
November 10th, 2013 (Sunday) 3.00pm
Venue: Pentas 2, KLPAC @ Sentul Park
Ticketing Details Are As Follows:
RM68.00 with a promotion of 15% discount for students of The Monday Show. Students are required to show their tags at the Box Office in order to receive the discount.
Tickets are available at KLPac, Sentul Park and can be bought via walk in or by calling 03 4047 9000.
For normal and adult tickets, tickets are available online at Ticketpro or at the Ticketpro Hotline: 03 7880 7999
Tickets are also available at the TicketPro Head Office, The Guitar Store, Rock Corner, Victoria Music Centre, Life Centre as well as Loud and Clear.
For more information on The Edge please visit www.klpac.org or The Edge Musical
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