THE tale of Malaysia’s most celebrated footballer, Mokhtar Dahari, is back on stage as Supermokh The Musical is on its second run at Istana Budaya due to popular demand.

Produced by Tall Order Productions Sdn Bhd, Supermokh The Musical had its first run in November last year.

Starring Awie as Mokhtar Dahari and Maya Karin as his wife Tengku Zarina, the story portrays some of Mokhtar’s best moments in his sporting career, his relationship with his wife Tengku Zarina and his relationship with fellow footballers such as Santokh Singh and Soh Chin Aun.

Viewers will also get to see how Mokhtar sacrificed much of his time with his loved ones to play for the love and glory of football.

As a result, he took the Selangor state to victory many times in the Malaysia Cup, played against football greats such as Diego Maradona and scored 320 goals in his career.

Besides Awie and Maya, the musical also features Rashidi Ishak, Dina Nazir, Douglas Lim, Phoon Chi Ho, Oliver Johanan dan Clarence Kuna.

Writer and co-director Harith Iskander said the show remains the same.

“We just made minor changes to make the story better. A previous scene that was relegated to the background (showing Mokhtar being bribed) is now a main scene with new characters,” said Harith.

Director Hans Isaac said that the high demand for the show has prompted the second run.

“We also want to continue telling Mokhtar’s story and it is heartening to have CIMB as our title sponsor,” said Hans, who is also the managing director of Tall Order Productions Sdn. Bhd.

Hans hopes to change the mindset of locals about watching theatre productions.

“Many people here continue to think that theatre is for the upper class. But actually theatre is accessible to anyone who wants to be entertained. When sponsors are attracted to a theatre’s concept and see the potential for branding, they will collaborate and take away the huge ticket cost,” said Hans.

“I hope that ultimately we will inspire people to come up with good shows. That’s why Tall Order came up with our first theatre production Cuci The Musical 1 ( in 2009) because we want to see if we can do a better show than the existing ones at that time,” said Hans.

Besides Supermokh and Cuci The Musical 1, Tall Order productions also produced LAT The Musical (2011), Cuci The Musical 2 (2010) and Cuci The Musical Last Kopek (2012)

Tall Order’s next offering is Rejang The Musical, to run in April next year.

“I can’t reveal any information about it yet except that it will involve a two-month sojourn in London to get a feel of West End productions. So far we have focus our attention on our shows to let Malaysians know that they are good. And we intend to keep it that way.” said Hans.

Note: Supermokh The Musical runs at Istana Budaya till Sunday (Sept 21). Tickets for 3pm matinee show (RM38, RM78, RM86, RM102, RM134, RM190, and RM246) and evening shows at 8.30pm (RM46, RM96, RM106, RM126, RM166, RM236 and RM306) are available at Istana Budaya box office or www.ticket2u.biz. Call 03-4147-8600.

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