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Malaysian premiere performances 13-15 June 2014. Robert B Gaw Theater, International School of Kuala Lumpur. Devised and directed by Timothy Howe. Featuring original music, lyrics and musical arrangements by Nick Choo
This propaganda-style play-within-a-play uses the words of "infamous" figures, thinkers and historical texts to take the audience on a captivating journey from a 21st-century political rally to ancient Egypt and back. The show was first presented as Peace, Land, Bread in March 2014, before being reworked into The Great Dictatorship in June that year.
From the programme notes: Through the device of "documentary theatre", words from some of the greatest leaders, thinkers, historical texts and composers are reimagined to create the text and world of The Great Dictatorship. The National Anthem, “City of the Horizon”, “The One, the Chosen” and “On to the Streets to the Light” are original works by Choo. Lyrics for “City of the Horizon” are inspired by the French, North Korean, Azerbaijan and Chinese national anthems.
AWARDS & ACCOLADES
12th BOH CAMERONIAN ARTS AWARDS (MALAYSIA), 2015
NOMINATED for Best Original Production, Junior Cammies category
“The Great Dictatorship is a beautifully realised, historically epic world that possesses intricately detailed design elements and iconic imagery" ~ Mark Charney, Kennedy Center
Nina Fuad performs On to the Streets to the Light from The Great Dictatorship
Western Australian premiere performances 20-22 Nov 2014, Nexus Theatre, Murdoch. Book & lyrics by Scott McArdle. Music & additional lyrics by Nick Choo. Musical arrangement by Nick Choo & Glenn Tippett. Produced by Second Hand Theatre
For the past two years, Captain Astonishing has been protecting Destiny City's skies from the menacing figure known as The Destroyer, and, while the city is still standing, some people have had enough.
Polly, an ordinary barista, decides to stand against the super-beings. Together with a tough-as-nails ex-cop, two loveable but excitable nerds, and a top government scientist, Polly puts into motion a course of events that catch the attention of the higher-ups —and we’re talking higher-than-skyscrapers high.
"At [writer-director] Scott [McArdle’s] side, composer Nick Choo has put together some fantastic and entertaining songs, and the mixture of the live band and singing provided a professional level of musical theatre performance." ~ Praise Theatre Reviews
Aaron Teoh and Michelle Tan perform Lying in the Street, originally written for Extra Ordinary People
12-28 Dec 2008, Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre. Based on the adaptation by John Mortimer. Original music, musical direction & musical arrangement by Nick Choo. Directed by Christopher Ling
One of Charles Dickens’ most best-loved tales saw its Malaysian debut in this production featuring the adaptation by Mortimer, which was first staged by the internationally renowned Royal Shakespeare Company in 1994 to critical acclaim.
The old, bitter but extremely wealthy Ebenezer Scrooge is taken on a journey through past, present and future by three ghosts on Christmas Eve. As Scrooge enters the lives of Tiny Tim, Bob Cratchit and the Fezziwigs, he comes to know the meaning of kindness, charity and goodwill, and finally remembers the true spirit of Christmas.
The haunting musical score featured a blend of rearranged Christmas classics and original songs by Nick.
AWARDS & ACCOLADES
7TH BOH CAMERONIAN ARTS AWARDS (MALAYSIA), 2009
NOMINATED for Best Music/Sound Design (Nick Choo)
If Bethlehem Were Here Today, from A Christmas Carol, performed by Peter Ong, Stephanie Van Driesen and Cheryl Tan, with Tan Jen Wei on bass, Rohnie Tan on violin and Nick Choo on piano