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Bringing back ‘the oldies’

OLDIES fans, this one is for you. The Actors Studio will be bringing back the golden oldies with their upcoming Cabaret Series: Yesterday Once More from 21 to 25 March 2018. 

They did not call it Oldies but Goldies for no reason. Some of the most memorable tunes were from the baby boomers’ generation. 

Expect all the greatest hits from 1950s through to 70s in this upcoming concert directed by Dato’ Faridah Merican and co-directed by Joe Hasham OAM. Some of the timeless classics that will be making an appearance include Fly Me to the Moon, Only You, Stupid Cupid and Oh Carol. Other staples from the later years include Hey Jude, He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother and Yesterday Once More, of course. 

Bringing this perfectly curated Golden Oldies playlist to life will be singers Ian Chow, Omar Ali, Phraveen Arikiah, Rachel Liu, Serene Chng & Suk Yin. They will be backed by a four-piece band plus a string trio featuring Endee Ahmad, Loh Ui Li, Lee Kok Leong, Soo Choy Wah, Vivian Cheng and Ian Francis. 

Get ready for an unforgettable trip down memoraly lane with Yesterday Once More. All you have to do is sit back, relax and unwind to the music by the greats such as Nat King Cole, The Platters, Doris Day, The Drifters, Cliff Richard, The Beatles, Frank Sinatra, The Hollies and many more. 


Title Cabaret Series: Yesterday Once More 
Presenter The Actors Studio Seni Teater Rakyat 
Leong, Soo Choy Wah, Vivian Cheng, Ian Francis 
Dates/Times 21 Mar 2018 @ 8.30pm (Preview) 
22 -24 Mar 2018 @ 8.30pm 
25 Mar 2018 @ 3pm 
Venue Pentas 2, The Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre (klpac) 
Sentul Park, Jalan Strachan 
Off Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah 
51100 Kuala Lumpur 
Tickets RM40 flat (Preview Night) 
RM50 incl. 1 free drink (single seat) 
RM280 incl. 1 bottle of wine (table of 4) 
Box Office Call 03 4047 9000 (klpac) or 03 7880 7999 (Ticket Pro) 
Walk in to klpac box office or any Ticket Pro outlets 
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Dato' Faridah Merican (Director & Executive Producer) 

Known as the First Lady of Malaysian Theatre, Faridah’s early acting credits include such plays as ‘Lela Mayang’, ‘Tok Perak’, ‘Uda dan Dara’ and ‘Alang Rentak Seribu’, works that defined the Malaysian theatre in the 60s and 70s, and determined the direction that theatre would take in the next few decades. In the early 60s, she joined Radio and TV Malaysia. Simultaneously, she was involved in the formative years of Malaysian Advertising, and is today, a member of the board of directors of Ogilvy & Mather. She also sits on the board of several other institutions. 

In 1989, Faridah co-founded The Actors Studio with her husband Joe Hasham. In June of 2003, floods destroyed the entire complex of The Actors Studio in Plaza Putra, Dataran Merdeka. Out of that devastation, Faridah’s ‘nothing is impossible’ attitude generated yet another ground-breaking event – the birth of The Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre, set up by the YTL Group, Yayasan Budi Penyayang and The Actors Studio. 

Joe Hasham OAM (Co-Director / Artistic Director) 

Joe was born in Tripoli, Lebanon, did his schooling in Sydney, Australia, moved to Malaysia in 1984 and is now a proud permanent resident of his adopted country. Joe is Artistic Director of The Actors Studio, which he set up with his wife Faridah in 1989 and also Artistic Director of The Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre. Joe is a graduate of NIDA (National Institute of Dramatic Art) at the University of NSW, Sydney, Australia. Before he made the decision to come to Malaysia, he was one of the most sought after actors in Australia. Joe is a multi award winning film director, actor, writer and recording artist. 

Joe was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM), within the Australian Honours System "For Service to the performing arts through The Actors Studio (Malaysia) and The Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre; and, as an actor, writer, producer and director". 

Ian Chow (Music Director & Singer) 

Ian is currently attached with The Actors Studio Malaysia, The Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre (klpac) and Performing Arts Centre of Penang (penangpac) as the Group General Manager and Production Director with the Young Choral Academy. To date (since his foray into the arts in 2002), he has been involved in more than 60 local productions in various creative and management roles from producing to directing to performing as well as stage and production management. 

His desire to help budding singer-songwriters and develop a new performing platform has prompted him to produce a series of acoustic gigs and CD compilations from 2004 til now. 

In 2008, he released his collaborative album He Says, She Says together with fellow singer-songwriter Tracy Wong followed up with his debut solo album Issues#01 in 2010. From then til now, Ian has ventured into other collaborations including The Two Chinese Who Barely Made Itand Lelaki 2.5. He has been appearing in Life Sdn Bhd series since 2005 and among his other notable works include Malaysian Girls the Musical (2012) and One Thousand Million Smiles: A Tribute to Sudirman (2016 / 2017). 

In October 2013, Ian make his directorial debut in Period by the Young KL Singers and once again returned to the director’s chair in their following productions, Incantations, Shakespeare Does the Bard and YKLS Rocks in 2014, 2016 and 2017 respectively. He helmed the post of Musical Director for Lelaki 2.5 Out of the Closet (2015) and Shakespeare’s Sonnets (2016) and currently the Festival Director of Yayasan Sime Darby Arts Festival. 

On the private sector side, Ian is the co-owner of Sdn Bhd since 2010. He is a guitar plectrum (pick) freak where he has over 1,500 different picks in his collection to date. 

Omar Ali (Singer) 

Trained as a graphic designer and copywriter, Omar stumbled onto the stage by accident, liked it, and decided to stay. He does a bit of acting, directing, set design and dabbles in arts education. 

His more recent adventures include Tragedi Hamlet (Aug 2016), Dato' Seri (Jun 2016), Zak Zebra's Malaysian Safari (Sep 2015), Uda dan Dara (Apr 2015), Zak Zebra's African Safari (Feb 2015), Sinbad: The Musical (April 2014), Rashomon (Jul 2013), Broken Bridges (May 2013), Philadelphia, Here I come! (Jan 2013). 

In set design, he works alongside scenographer Yusman Mokhtar. Their recent works include The Taste of Water (Jul 2015), SuperMokh: The Musical (Nov 2013), Philadelphia, Here I come! (Jan 2013), and Paper Crane (Aug 2012) which won Best Set Design at the 2012 ADA Theatre Awards. 

In 2013, Omar was awarded the Short+Sweet Festival Director's Award, and in 2014, his group won Best Overall Production as well as the Mercedes-Benz Malaysia Creative Excellence Award at the annual Short+Sweet Festival. 

Omar is currently a resident director at klpac and is trying his miserable, clumsy hands at writing. 

Phraveen Arikiah (Singer) 

Phraveen Arikiah is a singer-songwriter and actor who has had the honour of performing on stages across Malaysia, Hong Kong, South Korea, and Thailand. His recent performance credits include five roles that he originated for 'Mahsuri (And Other Peculiar Tales): A New Musical' by Liver & Lung Productions – which won the Innovation in Musical Theatre Award at the 14th BOH Cameronian Arts Awards 2017, Musa in Penang PAC’s production of ‘Bengal Tiger At The Baghdad Zoo’, Michal Katurian in theatrethreesixty’s staging of ‘The Pillowman’, and an ensemble member in Theatresauce’s production of ‘4.48 Psychosis’. 

Rachel Liu (Singer) 

Rachel Ray Liu is an educator for children with learning disabilities and cannot be thankful enough for all the performing opportunities that have been coming her way and she looks forward to her performing arts journey as her interest in performing arts began from a young age with various church productions and small performances. She completed her Piano education with a Distinction in her Grade 8 exams with Trinity College of Music. By 13, Rachel performed at weddings and small external events before joining the Young KL Singers in 2008. Rachel began Individual Classical Voice training under the tutelage Ms. Gynger Soh Bee Teng in 2013 and has completed her Grade 8 with Distinction under the Trinity Guildhall. 

Serene Chng (Singer) 

Serene is one of the very fortunate people who has been able to take her bathroom warbling to the stage. Since she was 12, she has been singing in choirs in Singapore (Nanyang Girls' High School Choir, National Junior College Choir and ONE Chamber Choir), UK (The University of Bristol Barbershop Singers, The Trinity Singers), and now Malaysia with the Young KL Singers. (It'll be a great way to travel the world, said Mum. She wasn't wrong!) More recently, Serene also stumbled upon a regular gig singing at Taps Beer Bar on weekend evenings, and is therefore forced to sing things other than alto harmony lines. When not singing, Serene is a wildlife conservationist. - 7KLIK  

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