“It’s about one moment. It’s about hitting the wall and having to make a choice, or take a stand, or turn around and go back…”
This one moment in life is what ‘Songs For A New World’ is all about. The off-Broadway hit produced by Tony Award-winning composer Jason Robert Brown is a collection of scene-songs which are linked through common themes and threads. There’s anger, betrayal, fear and regrets just to name a few. The characters in each songs are forced to confront a change in their circumstances and enter a new world.
The Malaysian premiere of ‘Songs For A New World’ is directed by Boh Cameronian Arts award-winning director Christopher Ling and features Anugerah Industri Music (AIM) nominated vocal quartet Caipifruta.
According to Ling, the musical is going to be spontaneous with just basic costumes and add on pieces because he wanted it to be more about sharing of moments and inspiration which will hopefully affect the audience and make them feel like they have been taken on a journey. Even if it’s only five minutes out of the entire show, audience should be able to find something that speaks to them. It could be about god and spirituality, shared humanity, universality and accessibility.
Singing ‘King of The World’ a song from the musical
As for Caipifruta, ‘Songs For A New World’ is their first venture into acting. Without any audition, the quartet agreed to take the center stage in this musical. Comprises of Tracy Wong (soprano), Lai Suk Yin (mezzo-soprano/alto), Aaron Teoh (tenor), and Joel Wong (baritone); Caipifruta shared with us their experience of learning and connecting with each song using different approach. The singing part was not as difficult as trying to find that ‘one moment’ which required them to be fully immersed into the song. Caipifruta told Emm-a-man how they are very impressed with the music and excited to let the audience see a different side of the group.
‘Songs For A New World’ will be staged at The Actors Studio@Lot 10 from June 21 until June 24. Tickets are priced at RM43 and RM 23 for students, disabled and TAS Card Members.
Check it out and see if you can find your ‘one moment’. Support our local art scene and see you there!