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Mamma Mia – The Musical Live in Malaysia


You’ve heard tonnes of excellent & groovy reviews of the smash hit musical MAMMA MIA! (from The Stars mostly; they’re main sponsor ma)

Wanna hear what I think?

I went to the MAMMA MIA musical few days ago as in last year. Having missed The Phantom Of The Opera musical that was held at the Esplanade, Singapore last year, I have to endure 3… oh make it 5 hours listening to my mom & sis comparing the venue’s toilet (hahaha), seats, etc & etc.

So when they said Singapore one better. I’d say London one better (not that I’ve been there before). πŸ™‚

This musical were held at Istana Budaya, KL. Honestly without even comparing the Esplanade, Istana Budaya looks like $hit (international wise). Sorry that’s what I think. There were rubbish, stained windows, dirty toilets… enough said.

See so norm ya? Nothing to hu-ha about.



The interior of the theater is not bad. But still I hear complains from my 2 ladies. πŸ˜€

Our tickets & survey forms. By filling in the survey, we stand a chance to win tickets to London. Come on! Let me win the tickets. BECAUSE I’M WORTH IT. Hehehe

Our 3pm show start exactly on the dot. Not too sure whether this session is a sell out or not but as far as my eyes can see… the seats are all occupied. Our RM160 ticket placed us at the top most level 3. FAR & HIGH from the stage.

When the person in front of me sit straight my view will be blocked. As a result my head keep swinging left & right! Because I sit so far I can only imagined how their faces looks like from afar. For Donna I imagined Justine Shapiro, a Lonely Planet travel host.

The show ends at about 5.20pm with 15-20 mins intermission.

Souvenirs booth. My mom & sis said so ‘lau yiah’. For me I said expensive lo.




And yet my sis bought 3 items there.

We (3 of us) rated MAMMA MIA musical (live in Malaysia) an average of 6.33 out of 10. It wasn’t bad but we weren’t captivated by it. Ya know how when you watch an amazing show and you came out of the cinema feeling WOW but not this musical.

I think the rest of the audience agrees with us. There’s clapping, body swaying, sing along but no standing ovation. I know after that that it’s not because of us seating high and far and thus missing out the ‘connection’.

No more Istana Budaya for me.

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5 Comments

  • Reply xin January 2, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    musical is not really my type of movie. too much singing and im just not used to it. not to mention, it is also exp!!!

    happy nuuuuuuuuuuuuuueeeeeeeeeeew year to u! πŸ˜€

  • Reply dawn January 2, 2009 at 11:55 pm

    Never been to a musical before. Guess I don’t like musicals but classicals I don’t mind attending at all. I so lost touch with KL now, Istana Budaya, is it new? :thinking:

  • Reply Neo January 3, 2009 at 1:06 pm

    Why you never bring me there? :devil:

  • Reply Che-Cheh January 4, 2009 at 10:09 am

    Xin, I’m not so into musical either. The moment I find the show interesting is when they act it out. Happy New Year to you too!

    Dawn, Istana Budaya is not that new. Built in 1995.

    Neo, why you never call me? πŸ˜€

  • Reply E August 5, 2011 at 7:05 am

    I actually like Istana Budaya’s Panggung Sari much better than Esplanade’s theater. I was in S’pore 5 years ago for Phantom and not only was the sound subpar (probably engineer’s fault, not the system), the seats were uncomfortable, dress code was not enforced, and people were allowed in LATE. And members of the audience actually TALKED. Istana Budaya broke a lot of ground when it was built, and having been in theaters in various places (New York, Boston, London) I think it lives up to a pretty high standard of sophistication. The sound could be better but at least the general atmosphere (interior, crowd, etc) is good.

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