Book, music & lyrics by Nick Choo
A young woman is unexpectedly told that she is about to have a baby; a frazzled carpenter frets over the prospect of impending fatherhood; a company of shepherd siblings yearn for something to rid them of the drudgery of watching sheep; and a trio of friends, wise or otherwise, salivate at the prospect of glory and riches they believe they deserve – all of them on a journey towards a distant destination, guided by a suave, smooth-talking Angel and the burning light of a supernova!
Follow the Light is a musical about friendships, relationships, babies, sheep, and finding out that there just might be more to life than this. Told almost entirely through songs that range from pop and rock to R&B, funk and belt-out-loud ballad, it’s a show for the whole family that’s mostly based on the Christmas story!
10th & 5th Anniversary concert performances 28-29 Dec 2015 • Playspace Live!, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia • Musical arrangement & direction by Joanne Ho & Loh Ui Li • Choreography by Seong Huixuan • Produced & directed by Cheryl Tan
Choo’s rewrite of the nativity is one of rare, clever works by young locals, triumphing in terms of wit and resonance with a 21st century audience. Read the rest of the review here!
Malaysian premiere performances 2-10 Dec 2010 • PJ Live Arts @ Jaya One, Petaling Jaya • Musical arrangement & direction by Nick Choo • Produced by Kirton Call Productions & Nick Knack Productions • Directed by Colin Kirton
Western Australian premiere performances 23-26 Nov 2005 • Nexus Theatre, Murdoch, Western Australia • Musical arrangement & direction by Nick Choo • Directed by Catherine Martinez & Nick Choo
Awards & Accolades
• Special Adjudicators’ Certificate for Overall Achievement (for Construction, Music and Writing), Robert Finley Award for Independent Theatre, Western Australia (2005)
• Second Place for Best Musical, Robert Finley Awards for Independent Theatre, Western Australia (2005)
The charismatic Angel Gabe reveals herself to the Shepherd Boy in this scene from the December 2015 concert staging:
The Not-So-Wise Men encounter the Angel Gabe in this clip from the December 2015 concert staging:
Be It Unto Me performed by Juwita Suwito:
From the 2010 Kuala Lumpur staging: