KUALA LUMPUR, 16 OCTOBER 2017 – Tiara Jacquelina, award-winning actress, producer and “Chief Dream-maker” of the Enfiniti Group and Director of OlaBola The Musical said, “We were blown away by the sheer magnitude of talent from in and around Malaysia that showed up at our casting call in August. Over 300 people showed up, and we were auditioning people right up till midnight! 100 people made it to the callback, where they went through another rigorous round, and we finally ended up with 40 of the very best. To me, this is a dream cast. They’re going to just blow everyone away when you watch them perform in February.”
She continued, “With a cast including the likes of theatre powerhouses like our longtime friend Iedil, two of the original cast from OlaBola The Movie (Luqman and Jian Wen), promising new talents such as Brian, Abimanyu and Kai and legendary rapper lyricist Altimet making his first appearance in a stage musical, we have such a broad range of diverse talents from across the various sections of the performing arts community working together, embodying the spirit and message of OlaBola.
It is a fact all over the world, that the performing arts can only progress and flourish with the collaboration and support of private sector, government and the industry. The government has made one important initiative, which is a tax deduction of up to RM700,000 to all corporations supporting OlaBola The Musical, to encourage more corporations to support local productions.
Today, we would like to recognise and acknowledge the participation of CIMB in OlaBola The Musical. This is a stellar example of how the private sector has come forward to help us realise a major effort to take Malaysian performing arts to a higher level, pushing boundaries and creating new benchmarks not just in this country but hopefully in the ASEAN region as well.
In the movie OlaBola, Malaysians from all walks of life came together to support our national football team in their journey to the Olympics. Today, in that same spirit, we have the most talented individuals from diverse performing arts communities, from film, theatre, music, YouTube, Rap, Hip-hop, B-boys and even child actors and a Miss Malaysia in the show. All coming together to create the greatest show Malaysia will ever see.
The multi-racial “family” of OlaBola The Musical are Malay, Chinese, Indian, Sabahan and Sarawakian. We’ve been working together since the fasting month, workshopping scenes, dialogue, songs, football, dance, and in between, we even play futsal together!
Over 300 people attended the casting call in August, and we had two rounds of callbacks following that, until we settled on the final 40 we have in our cast today.
For me, this is a dream cast – we have established theatre actors like Brian Chan Abimanyu Masilamani, Kai Chalmers, recording artiste Melissa Ong, stage and film actor Iedil Putra, and two of the original cast from the original movie, Luqman Hafidz and Jian Wen. On top of that, we have rapper extraordinaire Altimet in his first role on stage!
I’ve worked with Brian, Abi and Kai on separate projects before this, and I’ve observed their work ethic for the past few years. There’s something about being young, hardworking and “hungry” that reminds me of my early years, and these three boys have the right work attitude and deserve a big break.
As for Luqman and Ah Chai “Wen”, I appreciate that they took the trouble to attend several rounds of the audition just like everyone else. During the second script workshop, as we were finalising the script and cast, I told Luqman that he really needed to “sell it” to me that he could carry the epic rap song Altimet wrote for one of Ali’s scenes, and that he could carry the “bad boy” attitude of Ali. The next day, he turned up with a plaster under his right eye. Channeling the rapper Nelly. I had to bite my tongue all day to stop myself from giggling every time I looked at him. That aside, I must say that I love how dedicated Luqman is as an actor, and in spite of his fame from playing Ali in the movie, he is still so humble and eager to learn and better himself.
Wen lives and breathes the character of Ah Chai and he is such a sweetheart. He brings so much joy into the rehearsal room. He constantly reassures me that he will give his best, and you know what, he really does.
Because the sound of the show is rap and hip-hop, we also have champion hip-hop dancers, the amazing Budak Joget dance crew, Kalai, Farhi and our Assistant Choreographer Fuzz Wayne. Representing the B-boy community, we have three Sabahan brothers, known as the best B-boys in Malaysia, Khenobu, Juicy and Wes, who are international breakdance champions from the Giller Battle Crew.
“They’re going to just blow everyone away when you watch them perform in February” – Tiara Jacquelina
Ticket sales will commence on Monday, 16th October 2017 at
As an ‘Early Bird’ promotion, a limited number of tickets for selected sections of the auditorium that are originally priced at RM250 will be available for purchase at the discounted price of RM150. This promotion will be available until Thursday, 16th November 2017 on a ‘first come, first serve’ basis.
CIMB cardholders are entitled to purchase all categories of tickets at a discount of 40%. This discount is applicable to the first 3,000 tickets purchased. This promotion will commence on Thursday, 26 October 2017, and will be on a first-come-first-served basis.← BackNext →