Monday, June 30, 2008

Beauty and the Beast at KL Convention Centre

Went to watch "Beauty and the Beast - The Broadway Musical" at KL Convention Centre (the other KLCC) on Saturday with Hubby, the kids (minus Jon... again), my BIL and his wife. Some celebs (Chef Wan, Fazley, Harith Iskander) and some socialites were spotted. The concourse area was a hub of activities. Snacks as well as souvenirs were on sale - both cost a bomb. I bought the cheapest memorabilia - the RM 30 programme book.
Unlike hubby, I have never watched a foreign musical before. So, naturally, I was excited. I was not prepared for what happened next. The play was delayed for an hour! The organisers only apologized 40 minutes later citing technical problems (hubby whispered that in a play, technical problem was considered major). By then several disgruntled people had begun to clap their hands as a sign of protest. How weird! Shouldn't they be thumping their seats or something? The women behind me complained loudly that everybody should be united in showing their dissatisfaction (by clapping? Come on...) Hello have the right to show your anger but don't force other people to support your cause. I could hear her snide remark that "some people do not mind waiting at all". Yeah... yeah...vent your anger on fellow audience. Checked the tickets to see if we could exchange the time or get a refund if we decided not to hang around but (horrors!) ...

My SIL, Nani remarked that the shows at KL Convention Centre never start on time, unlike those in Istana Budaya. If this is true, it's a shame. Itu belum lagi audience yang datang lambat. Typical Malaysian. Show's supposed to be at 3.00 p.m. but some people lenggang-kangkung came much later. Macam tau-tau saja show lambat start. Nasib baik bukan kat Dewan Filharmonik Petronas. I remembered at an MPO show, the ushers closed the hall door just before the concert started. Late-comers were only able to come in after intermission. But then, that was several years ago. Don't know what's the practice now...hmm...
The show was superb. Worth every single ringgit. I was awed by the well-executed special effects and impressive props. Hubby however commented that these couldn't match the ones in "The Phantom of the Opera". The actors: Lumiere the candelabra (Ben Stock) and Mrs. Potts the teapot (Tania Newton), especially, won me over with their humour and song. My concentration was however distracted a couple of times due to the wails of some babies or toddlers in the auditorium. I guess some overzealous parents wanted to expose their little ones to the Arts. Hey, I'm also a mom but I would never bring my children to any show or movie unless I know that they will behave (that's why I left my five-year-old at home...). As for babies...they are better off at the comforts of home (tak kiralah rumah babysitter ke). I mean...come consider other people like me who forked out close to 1 K (o.k... not me, hubby. He! He!) for those tickets. Besides the noise, my view was also partly obstructed by somebody's head in front of me, so I had to "manouvre" my neck for most part of the show. Who's to blame? The lady in front of me or the designer who had configured the seating positions in the auditorium?

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