After Music Box represented Malaysia in a cultural exchange event between Malaysia and Indonesia in Padang, Indonesia, Jessie Chung and the crew travelled to Kuching to perform here. It was a full house at the approximately 700-seat Kenyalang Theatre that night, and the stage play reduced the audience to tears with its poignant tale.
Symphony Musical House’s Music Box is produced by Neil McLean and incorporates avant-garde theatre techniques and technology. So far, 14 sold-out shows have been completed, receiving an overwhelmingly positive audience response.
To give the audience an immersive visual experience, the director employed brand new techniques, including an LED backdrop to accentuate the mood for each scene and a magnificent soundtrack. His hope is that the audience will be able to enjoy the stage play as if it were a movie with elements of additional sensory perceptions, and through that, achieve the pinnacle of next-gen theatrical arts. The entire play is presented in English, and although lasted for 2 hours and 45 minutes, many of the audience stated that time flew with the tight storyline.
Music Box is a beautifully constructed stage play, bringing to surface the deepest mentalities and sentiments of its characters, at the same time filling the air with a poetic sense of elegance and love. Inspired by a true story in 18th century England, which recounts a teenage girl’s experience with romance, friendship, and family, Music Box also incorporates Jessie Chung’s life journey and elements drawn from three of her relationships.
The cast of Music Box consists of 14 actors and actresses, including Marcus Choot and Tylor Chen, who also starred as male leads in the stage play Moonlight. They, along with Jessie Chung, interact on stage seamlessly. Jeffrey Beh, the newcomer who appeared in the music video of “Last Teardrop”, became the star of the show with his muscular build and charismatic personality.
In the show, Jessie Chung plays the role of a daughter, sister, friend, lover, and singer, switching between different identities and moods. Her emotions rise and fall according to the plot. In one challenging scene, she has to display a gamut of emotions within a short period of time, including happiness, anger, panic, confusion, madness, sadness, and pain, making it one impressive scene to watch. Due to the director’s strict requirements, everything, including punches, kicks, slaps and kisses must be performed authentically, giving the actors a real challenge.
After the curtain call, Datin Sri Tsai Deng Lan Hua and Dato’ Sylvia Chai came to the stage to present a bouquet to Jessie Chung. Jessie and the other actors then threw heart-shaped pillows and boomerangs with souvenirs attached into the crowd, causing the audience to boil with excitement.
To this date, the organizer has garnered over 1,000 video reviews from the audience, receiving an overwhelming collection of positive reviews. Many celebrities, artists, experts of various fields, and governmental staff also gave their positive comments to the stage play. Fans from all across the world, including the United States, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, South Korea, Japan, Thailand, and Malaysia came to witness the spectacular show.
The stage play Music Box is an event that fundraises for cancer patients; Jessie Chung and the rest of the cast and crew all perform free of charge for the cause of philanthropy. After the show in Kuching, Music Box will be shown in Taipei, Taiwan at Clapper Studio on March 31st, Saturday; Shah Alam, West Malaysia at Symphony Theatre on April 7th, Saturday; and Kota Kinabalu, East Malaysia at JKKN Auditorium on April 14th, Saturday. For more information, please contact 016-263 4399.