Thousands came to watch Tunku The Musical as it was staged at the Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre (KLPac) in August. Many shows were sold out as people appreciative of the arts and culture joined with the cast to pay tribute to our nations founding leader Tunku Abdul Rahman.
Created and directed by Joe Hasham, Artistic Director of KLPac, the musical has received rave reviews and has played to numerous full houses and standing ovations.
KLPac held an exclusive gala performance of Tunku - The Musical on 5 September 2007 to culminate the end of its incredibly successful three-week run. The show was attended by YTL Corporation Bhd director, YB Tan Sri (Dr). Francis Yeoh, and also among the audience was actor Mel Gibson.
The excited cast dedicated their performance to the visiting star and prayed that he would stay and enjoy the show. After the spectacular performance, the Guests of Honour and Mel Gibson appeared on stage all in smiles to congratulate the cast.
YB Tan Sri (Dr.) Francis Yeoh also gave away the inaugural Datin Paduka Seri Endon Mahmood Award for Performing Arts Excellence to freelance artist-cum-dance choreographer Aris Kadir that night.
The award, a scholarship fund worth RM50, 000 sponsored by the YTL Corporation, enables the winner to further his education in his chosen discipline and it reflects our late patron’s fight for the development of the performing arts in Malaysia.
Text of speech by Tan Sri (Dr.) Francis Yeoh
Yang Berhormat, Dato’ Dr. Ng Yen Yen, Timbalan Menteri Kewangan
Yang Berbahagia Dato’ Mirza Mohammad Taiyab, Ketua Pengarah, Tourism Malaysia
Yang Berbahagia Dato’ Norliza Rofli, Ketua Pengarah Jabatan Kebudayaan dan Kesenian Negara
Yang Berusaha Puan Nori Abdullah, Pengerusi, Yayasan Budi Penyayang Malaysia
Para Diplomat yang terhormat
Yang Berbahagia Tan Sri-Tan Sri, Puan Seri-Puan Seri ,
Tuan-Tuan dan Puan-Puan yang dihormati sekelian.
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