Harimau Malaya football nostalgia and stadium-roaring musical theatre look like a high-scoring combination.
Ola Bola The Musical, which played a sold-out first season early last year and had a recent second run at Istana Budaya this year, has received 10 nominations at the upcoming 16th Boh Cameronian Arts Awards (popularly known as the Cammies).
The Cammies awards night, themed Mulanya Di Sini, on April 28 at Pavilion Hotel in KL will see Ola Bola The Musical represented in the major Musical Theatre categories such as Best Direction (director Puan Sri Tiara Jacquelina), Best Performer In A Leading Role (Brian Chan and Iedil Putra), Best Musical Direction (Duan Sharafuddin), Best Performance By An Ensemble (the cast of Ola Bola The Musical ) and Best Set Design (Raja Malek).
Ola Bola The Musical might lead the pack for nominations. But it is closely followed by The KL City Opera’s Madama Butterfly and Theatrethreesixty’s The Edge, with six and five nominations respectively in the Musical Theatre category.
The full list of nominees of the 16th Cammies were announced recently in Kuala Lumpur. These annual awards celebrate the best local work in the performing arts categories of Music, Dance, Theatre and Musical Theatre for 2018. The nominees were chosen by five independent panels comprised of 22 judges, each a local arts practitioner. A total of 75 shows were shortlisted in the nomination process.
In this year’s Music category, the Young KL Singers’ Aurora: A Tribute to Bjork, has been nominated five times. This haul includes a clean sweep (three nominations) in the Best Group Performance (Vocal) category. Musician Samuel J Dass’ show Sitar: Swarasia Malaysia Kampungku, and American Tapestry by Philharmonic Winds of Malaysia, have both nabbed four nominations each.
In the Dance category, ASK Dance Company’s The iProject: Between Self And Others is nominated for seven awards, including Best Featured Performer (Imran Syafiq Mohd Affandi), Best Choreographer In A Full Length Work (Mohamed Naim Syahrazad Mohd Zin and Mohd Fauzi Amirudin) and Best Group Performance. Kwang Tung Dance Company’s show Bisikan Monsoon has five nominations, including Best Group Performance and Best Choreographer In A Full Length Work (Chang Wei Loy, Amy Len and dancers).
In Theatre, Greenhopper Theatre’s Dear Molly is nominated for seven awards, including Best Original Script and Best Direction (both by Tan Chee Ken). The Bee by Hideki Noda and Colin Teevan, presented by Theatresauce, and Anomalist Production’s IQ Rock are both nominated for three awards.
Six shows were also picked for the Best Of 2018 awards, namely American Tapestry, Dear Molly, Eight Twelve (Eight Twelve), Hoong Siamang Hoong (Hongjiejie Work Station), IQ Rock (Anomalist Production) and Ola Bola the Musical.
The “Best Of” winners – the exact number of recipients yet to be confirmed by the organisers Kakiseni – will receive access to Backers Auditions to pitch their shows to prospective sponsors. They will also be fully-sponsored to attend the Australian Performing Arts Market in Melbourne next year.
At this year’s Cammies, indie singer-songwriter Zee Avi and dance pioneer Dr Joseph Gonzales were also announced as “Gamechangers”.