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Jersey Boys live in Malaysia – we saw them!

The Jersey Boys musical was in Kuala Lumpur recently between 15th and 27th April 2014. The hubs and I managed to catch one of the shows and we were completely blown away!

Needless to say, the singing and the music were flawless. I expected it to be good, of course, since Jersey Boys has been performed over 3000 times and is now the 14th longest running show on Broadway. It has been seen by over 18 million adoring fans! Now plus me and hubs :)

# – Yay, Jersey Boys!

Thanks to Milestone Production Sdn Bhd, we were able to enjoy Jersey Boys at our very own Istana Budaya. It is a musical based on the true story of the meteoric rise to stardom of one of the most successful bands in American pop music history – Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons.

# – The real Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons.

Featuring the band’s 60’s American pop worldwide hits, Jersey Boys details the inspiring journey of The Four Seasons from humble New Jersey to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi wrote their own songs, invented their own sounds and sold 175 million records globally – all before they hit thirty!

# – During the performance (picture nicked from Jersey Boys’ FB).

When hits such as “Sherry”, “Big Girls Don’t Cry”, “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You”, and “Oh, What a Night” were sung…well, lets just say if I weren’t pregnant, I would have gotten up and shaken my tail feather.

When “Fallen Angel” came on, I cried like a sobbering fool – damn hormones!

Jersey Boys is the winner of 54 major awards including the 2006 Grammy® Award for Best Musical Show Album. Contrary to belief, it is not a tribute band but a full-scale Broadway musical that tells the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons through each of the four members’ perspectives.

The Four Seasons are played by Grant Almirall (Chicago, Evita, Jesus Christ Superstar) as Frankie Valli; Daniel Buys (Boys in the Photograph, Mamma Mia!) as Tommy DeVito; Kenneth Meyer (Boys in the Photograph, Evita, Jesus Christ Superstar) as Bob Gaudio and television star Emmanuel Castis (Scandal, Isidingo, season 4 winner of Strictly Come Dancing) as Nick Massi with Jaco van Rensburg (Showboat, Chicago, Grease) playing Frankie Valli at certain performances.

# – The dashing Four Seasons in Jersey Boys (picture nicked from Jersey Boys’ FB).

The three leading female characters, fondly dubbed, the “Jersey Girls” are played by Carmen Pretorius (Footloose!, Mamma Mia, Cabaret), Taryn-Lee Hudson (Rocky Horror Picture Show, Kidz Rock, Let the Good Times Roll) and Kirsten Murphy-Rossiter (Some Like it Vrot, Grease, M-Net’s Crimes Uncovered).

I really hope Milestone Production Sdn Bhd will bring in even more international musical acts to our shores! Can I suggest “We Will Rock You” next, pretty please?

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Idyllic Sunday

Lazy weekend clothes…

# – Looking at myself.

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# – Looking at my phone.

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My Sienna Miller-esque lazy top from Nichii. Shorts from can’t remember where. Pouch from YSL perfume. Sandals from Ipanema Gisele Bundchen.

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Had a nice idyllic Sunday. We woke up for a nice brunch at Fierce Curry House then went looking at cars for fun.

# – So fierce.

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Came home for a short nap. By the time I woke up I had developed an awful period pain but nothing 45mg of Meloxicam couldn’t solve.

We then watched Pacific Rim at TGV IMAX. Really enjoyed myself, easily the best film I have watched this year.

Probably aided by the presence of my favourite actors on TV – Charlie Hunnam (take me and use me Jax!) and Idris Elba (oh beautiful chocolate hotness in a suit)…I implore you to watch it if you haven’t already.

There was just the right amount of emotional back story to not become a typical cheesy American film, a coherent and engaging action sequence (unlike the recent Superman, which was just loud and messy), beautiful but down-to-earth protagonists, enough humour and very good, very realistic computer graphics.

It was a good ride. I came out of the cinema all satisfied and rooting for humankind.

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Warwick Avenue

Feeling all pattern loud again. Also feeling lazy about my hair so hairband timeeeee. Hurhurhur.

# Leg bent.

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# – Legs straight.

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Wooly top trifted in Bangkok. Striped skinny from Bangkok too. Shoes also Bangkok. Hairband also Bangkok lol. Bag from ri2k.

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I love singing! One of my resolutions since 2012 was to go to a vocal class but that still hasn’t happened.

That’s because I have terrible stage fright, in fact I suspect why I haven’t gotten around to attending a vocal class is because am even terrified to sing in a class :(

Anyway, I recorded myself singing a Duffy number back in February for fun. I sometimes record my own singing whenever am alone or with Gareth.

Gareth is possibly the only person in the world that I am comfortable singing for.

So here’s the song I sang – Warwick Avenue. One of my favourite songs by one of my favourite singers ever, Duffy. Her voice is amazing! If I can get any voice I want, I’d want Duffy’s singing voice.

# – Cover of Duffy’s Warwick Avenue by ME!

Sorry there’s no accompanying music. I recorded it by singing along the song while listening to it via earphones.

Here’s the original video. Be warned, the music video is sad as hell! I cry almost everytime I watch it.

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