MUD: A review of the daily must-watch musical

Much of what transpires in this day and time is mainly due to the past.


So if you want to enjoy a ‘tour’ of Kuala Lumpur’s past and its journey to the present times, do make it a point to catch MUD: Our Story of Kuala Lumpur The Musical.


MUD is a delightful presentation of Kuala Lumpur’s history. With catchy songs, melodious music and an able cast, it is a must-watch show.



Panggung Bandaraya is the venue of the long-running musical — an apt choice, considering that it is housed in the venerable and uniquely designed Bangunan Sultan Abdul Samad.


The tin mining boom scene in the 1880 provides the musical’s opening and the backdrop of the musical’s first half of the show. A metaphor can also be gleaned from the precious metal that is tin — once garnered after an effort, it shines bright.


It also highlights the denizens of the shantytown comprising multiracial stock of people who come from far and wide in search of a better life and a more hopeful future. For although the name ‘Kuala Lumpur’ is a literal translation meaning ‘muddy estuary’, it is as clear to the folks of the river settlement that the mud can never sully the inhabitants’ optimistic outlook.



Depictions of key events such as the great flood and fire in Kuala Lumpur, as well as its elevation to Federal Territory status, are also highlighted.


Scenes such as the kenduri (Malay feast) and the touching invocation of a character at a Hindu temple following his life’s hardships give viewers a glimpse of the melting pot heritage that Malaysians are so familiar with.


MUD is also delightfully engaging: Some of the cast members got down from the stage to invite members of the audience who are willing to join the kenduri dances and food preparations on the stage.



And what’s more, this show runs twice a day every day, even on public holidays, since its inaugural staging in June 2014.


With a run time of just a little over 1 hour, it is a perfect show for families with restless young children looking for something colourful, engaging, entertaining and informative too!

 

NOTE: A collaboration between Kuala Lumpur City Hall and Enfiniti Productions Sdn Bhd, MUD runs twice daily (3.00 pm and 8.30 pm) every day. Tickets: RM80 and RM50 (MyKad holders). As there may be block bookings, do enquire prior to purchase to avoid disappointment. Visit www.mudkl.com for more information.


Or, buy the 'KL PASS Night Out Deal' for RM99. Each cardholder is entitled to a four-course meal at Coliseum Cafe, a ticket to watch MUD, and an entry (plus a complimentary drink) to ZOUK KL. Details: www.klpass.com.


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