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'OlaBola' is being adapted into a musical

Enfiniti Group brings the film about the Malaysian national football team to the stage

By Medina Azaldin | Published: 17 May 2017

OlaBola The Musical
Photo: Ola Bola

Last year's hit movie OlaBola is getting a musical adaptation, set to take the stage at Istana Budaya in February 2018! The film, directed by Chiu Keng Guan, is based on the 1980 Olympic Malaysian football team and received much fanfare. With some power players in the musical version, we predict it would do just as well.

Theatre production company Enfiniti Group has plenty of well-known musicals under its belt including Puteri Gunung Ledang, P. Ramlee The Musical and most recently, MUD: The Story of Kuala Lumpur. Directing OlaBola The Musical is actress, producer and Enfiniti's founder Tiara Jacquelina.

"Having been so inspired by the film, I saw an opportunity to bring OlaBola to a live stage setting for our nation to relive and re-experience this inspirational Malaysian story," Tiara said. "This is just one of those stories that should be shared again and again to continuously inspire new audiences and the nation at large."

Saiful Ridzuan of popular rock band SevenCollar T-Shirt was named music director and will be working alongside rapper Altimet, composer Mia Palencia and writer Shamaine Othman on the story and lyrics. No news yet on casting but we're keeping our fingers crossed that some of the original actors will be onstage.

Early bird tickets are priced at RM120 (original value RM250-RM300), and will be available for a duration of three months from 25 May 2017 on www.olabolamusical.com. The website goes live on 20 May.

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