NICK CHOO is a Malaysian composer, musician and playwright whose original works of musical theatre have been produced in Kuala Lumpur, Australia, South Korea and Singapore. These include the Boh Cameronian Arts Awards (Malaysia)-nominated children’s musical Zak Zebra’s African Safari, which was produced in 2015 and subsequently toured to South Korea for the launch of the Asian Cultural Complex in September that year.
Nick is the composer and lyricist of Alice’s Wonderland, produced and presented by Cempaka Performing Arts Company in May 2017, which most recently led to Cempaka Schools being recognised by the Malaysia Book of Records for being the first school to produce an original musical at the professional level. He most recently finished work on the next original Cempaka musical, Dames & Dimes, which premiered in March 2019.
In 2013, his original piece Dreaming Outside The Box swept eight out of 14 awards in the Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre’s Short+Sweet Musical festival, including Best Musical Director, Best Libretto, Best Composition, Best Overall Production and the Audience’s Choice award. He was the recipient of the inaugural Mercedes-Benz Malaysia Creative Excellence Award in 2014 for his work in Short+Sweet Musical over the years.
Nick is the also the composer, writer and lyricist of The Edge, which won several Boh Cameronian Arts Awards in 2014, including for Best Original Script/Lyrics and Best Musical Direction. The Edge made its Western Australian premiere in May 2018 with an all-Australian cast at The Blue Room Theatre in Perth. Most recently it celebrated its 10th anniversary (since the 2008 workshop performances) with a critically acclaimed run in Malaysia presented by theatrethreesixty.
Nick graduated with Masters of Arts in Journalism, Public Relations and Creative Industries in 2006 from Murdoch University in Western Australia, where he continues to collaborate with his colleagues in Murdoch University and in the wider Perth theatre scene, with projects such as 2017’s 4 in 50: A Mini Musical Marathon, which featured in the Perth Fringe World Festival and was nominated for a Theatre award.
He is always open to commissions for new musicals and other projects, and will be developing licensing options for his productions in due course. He can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.