10-Minute Musicals

All Books, Music & Lyrics by NICK CHOO

Nick has thus far written five short musicals, four of which were featured in the Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre's Short+Sweet Musical (Malaysia) Festival between 2010 and 2014. 


Here's the rundown of the four, plus information on the fifth mini-musical which was specially written for 4 in 50: A Mini Musical Marathon at Perth FringeWorld  in 2017.

Commencement (2017)

Premiere performances 24-28 Jan 2017. Laneway Lounge, Perth, Western Australia. Directed by Justin Mosel-Crossley. Musical arrangement and direction by Nick Choo 


Four young people are about to attend their commencement ceremony and enter the real world, complete with all their hopes, apirations, conflicts and fears. 


COMMENCEMENT was first exclusively featured in 4 in 50: A Mini Musical Marathon. 


Photo by Jamie Breen

Cartography of a Relationship

Premiere performances 1-5 Oct 2014. Short+Sweet Musical, Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre, Malaysia. Musical arrangement & direction by Nick Choo. Directed by Dominic Lucien Luk. 


The relationship between a young man and woman is told from a very unique point of view – a GPS device. Told almost entirely through song by Carter, the singing digital navigator, this is a tour-de-force piece for a solo female performer that also includes two non-singing roles. 


CARTOGRAPHY has since been performed in several concerts featuring Nick's songs, including 4 in 50: A Mini Musical Marathon.
 

AWARDS & ACCOLADES

Short+Sweet Musical (Malaysia) 2014

  • Best Female Lead Actor (Ida Mariana)
  • Best Composition (Nick Choo)
  • Best Libretto (Nick Choo)
  • Mercedes-Benz Malaysia Creative Excellence Award (Nick Choo)

“Just when I thought I’d seen it all, Short+Sweet hit me with Cartography of a Relationship. So clever was this musical, it deserved a standing ovation."


“[Ida Mariana's] performance was expressively and expertly sung – I felt like I was watching a piece of Broadway.” ~ The Star, 12 Oct 2014


Photo by Tang Chun Cheuh

Live performance of Cartography of a Relationship, staged in Oct 2014 at the Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre. Starring Ida Mariana, with Samantha de Lune and Dennis Lee. Directed by Dominic Luk

Dreaming Outside the Box

Premiere performances 25-28 Sept 2013. Short+Sweet Musical, Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre. Musical arrangement & direction by Nick Choo. Directed by Freddy Tan. Featuring Aaron Teoh & Tria Aziz
 

Jack and Jackie are jack-in-the-boxes who have journeyed together from their maker's workshop to their owner's toy room. Sadly, they have been forgotten in this day and age of digital overconsumption. Today, the two soulmates wait day in and day out for children to play with them – if only so they can be freed from their wooden prisons and see each other once again.


DREAMING OUTSIDE THE BOX is a crowd-pleasing favourite that has been performed in numerous concerts and events, including at the Esplanade Concourse in Singapore, and in 4 in 50: A Mini Musical Marathon.

 

AWARDS & ACCOLADES

Short+Sweet Musical (Malaysia) 2013

  • Best Male Performer (Aaron Teoh)
  • Best Female Performer (Tria Aziz)
  • Best Direction (Freddy Tan)
  • Best Musical Direction (Nick Choo)
  • Best Composition (Nick Choo)
  • Best Libretto (Nick Choo)
  • Best Overall Production 
  • Audience's Choice Award

Photo and homepage main image by Huneid Tyeb

Live performance of Dreaming Outside The Box, staged on 28 Sept 2013 at the Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre. Starring Tria Aziz and Aaron Teoh; directed by Freddy Tan

Float N'Sync: The Rise N'Fall of the Bad Streak Boys

Premiere performances Sept 2011. Short+Sweet Musical, Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre. Directed by Nicole-Ann Thomas. Choreography by Judimar Hernandez. Musical arrangement, programming &  direction by Nick Choo

One of the world’s most popular boybands comes under threat when their lead singer decides to make a drastic, life-altering decision.

AWARDS & ACCOLADES
Short+Sweet Musical (Malaysia) 2011

  • Best Musical Direction (Nick Choo)
  • Best Glitz & Glamour

Little Girl Lost

Premiere performances Sept 2010. Short+Sweet Musical, Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre. Directed by Llew Marsh. Musical arrangement & direction by Nick Choo

A mother loses her daughter in a crowded shopping centre. While looking for her, she encounters three other women who are moved into remembering their own experiences of having lost their children, or having been lost themselves. 


LITTLE GIRL LOST has been performed in concerts featuring Nick's music, including 4 in 50: A Mini Musical Marathon.

AWARDS & ACCOLADES
Short+Sweet Musical (Malaysia) 2010

  • Best Libretto 
  • Best Composition
  • Best Overall Production
  • Audience’s Choice Award