5 Reasons Why You Should Watch MUD: The Story of Kuala Lumpur
Say, have you watched “MUD: THE MUSICAL” with the tagline ‘THE STORY OF KUALA LUMPUR”. Well, you really should if you are looking for something different! Something unique that will etched itself on your mind.
Head over the Panggung Bandaraya which is just right next to the famous Sultan Abdul Samad building in front of Dataran Merdeka. Why would I want to go and watch any musical called MUD? That was what I was thinking when I first heard about it but when I watched it, I was mesmerized.
Here are 5 reasons why you really should watch it!
- MUD is a live musical show created by the Enfiniti Team, headed by Ghafir Akbar and Chedd Yusoff. It is produced by Tiara Jacquelina and the very same team that produced those amazing award winning musicals like Puteri Gunung Ledang, P. Ramlee The Musical and The Secret Life Of Nora and is directed by the lovely and versatile Tiara Jacquelina herself.
2. MUD is a story of Kuala Lumpur, and how it came to be, it is a short, simple and memorable history lesson of Kuala Lumpur and also a story of not giving up in the face of adversity and a triumphant celebration of the human spirit.
The story starts with an influx of immigrants from China and neighbouring countries as well as locals head to the junction of two rivers: the erstwhile Sungai Lumpur (now known as Sungai Gombak) and Sungai Kelang, and along with these fortune seekers are three childhood friends Mamat, Meng and Muthiah, who left the comfort of their respective villages to come to Kuala Lumpur in search of their dreams and face countless challenges and hardship instead.
3. The show will definitely make you sing along to the infectious tunes, feel emotional, laugh, cry and what surprises me about MUD is that it is also interactive and like it or not, you are drawn into the story by the cast, as you could be chosen to help out in their ‘kenduri’ preparations, or chosen to help put out the fire, get ‘drowned’ under water and also join them on stage in their closing dance.
This simple but amazing storyline will remind you that there is so much more that we can achieve when we decide put aside our differences and work together hand in hand. And in times of difficulties, it is then we know who our true friends are, and how important a role friendship and unity can play in our lives.
4. MUD happens to be very aptly located in the very historical and heritage building that was the former Town Hall, sitting right next to the confluence of Sungai Gombak and Sungai Klang that gave Kuala Lumpur its name. This majestic 112-yr old theatre, the Panggung Bandaraya is the grand old dame of the Malaysian theatre scene. Just entering this gorgeous building and seeing its interior is such a humbling experience and I was definitely bowled over with the majestic and beautiful theatre now restored to its former glory in this unique architecture filled with historical significance. Do check out the ‘Wau’ inspired ceiling.
5. “MUD” is the heartfelt journey of our forefathers, whose blood, sweat and tears are lovingly etched into the very bricks and foundations of the humble tin mining village that has grown into the thriving city we now call our home. It is a story of achievement, hope, love, commitment, friendship, strength, and survival, of its people and the city.
After having the opportunity to watch it, I have to say that this is a must watch for everyone, irregardless whether you are a visitor in KL, an ‘immigrant’ here or even a born and bred KL-lite, it will be one of the best 50 mins you spent in your life learning a little bit of KL history in an amazing and vibrant musical. I still cannot believe how I have missed out on this for all these time and I will definitely be back for more.
Venue : Panggung Bandaraya, Jalan Raja
How to get there : Take the LRT to Masjid Jamek, and walk to the theatre, it is just about a 4-5 mins walk.
Date : Daily (Subject to Blackout dates)
Time : 3:00pm and 8:30pm
Duration : 60 minutes
Ticket Purchases via Box Office Walk-Ins : Panggung Bandaraya Box Office, Jalan Raja, Dataran Merdeka
Opening Hours : 10 am – 9.00 pm
Website – www.mudKL.com