March 6, 2011 at 2:00 pm
It is not everyday that we see a local comic character become an inspiration for a musical production. Many Malaysians are familiar with that lovable character known as Lat – a young Malay boy with a distinctive nose and wild bushy hair. His adventures, from the time of his birth up till the time he leaves his village to become a city boy, is chronicled in a graphical novel known as The Kampung Boy. This novel is an autobiographical account of the artist’s life, his childhood years of growing up in rural Perak in the 1950s.
The Kampung Boy became an instant hit which propelled Datuk Mohammad Nor Khalid, or also fondly known as Lat, into the international scene. He became a highly regarded cartoonist and the release of Kampung Boy in the United States garnered several awards, such as Booklist Editor’s Choice for 2006 and Outstanding International Book for 2007. In 2007, an animated television series based on this book was aired on TV1, a local television network and two and a half years later, the series began its run over Astro Ria. Today, the series has broadcasted in more than 60 countries since its first airing in Malaysia.
This musical begins with Lat’s early years as a boy growing up in a small village in Perak and slowly progresses to his current stage in life. This peaceful atmosphere coupled with traditional lifestyle and strong values formed the roots of his identity in his life. These values also played an important role in shaping the way how Lat perceives his surroundings, which later becomes the main influence behind his style of drawing. The musical, starring famous artistes like Awie, Douglas Lim and Sandra Sodhy will be starting its run from the 16th March till 3rd April 2011, with exception of two days – 21st and 28th March 2011. The show will start at 3.00 pm for shows on Sundays, 8.30 pm for shows from Tuesdays till Fridays and 3.00 pm and 8.30 pm for shows on Saturdays. Tickets are priced at RM 40, RM 70, RM 100, RM 120, RM 160, RM 200 and RM 230. For more information, log on to www.istanabudaya.gov.my/home.
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