A musical to light up Datuk Mokhtar Dahari’s life on stage.

FOR most Malaysians who grew up watching legendary footballer Datuk Mokhtar Dahari, he was the epitome of all that was good and great about the sport.

Now 22 years after his untimely passing at the age of 37 of muscular dystrophy, the fans – young and old alike – will get a glimpse of the man’s life behind the game.

Mokhtar’s inspiring story is the subject of an upcoming local musical production. SuperMokh The Musical, to be staged at Istana Budaya in Kuala Lumpur from Nov 6 to 18, boasts a star-studded line-up, including rock star Awie (as the football hero), Maya Karin, Rashidi Ishak, Douglas Lim and Dina Nazir.

It will be co-directed by Hans Isaac and Harith Iskander with Michael Veerapan as musical director.

Co-produced by Tall Order Productions and Jugra Publication, the musical is under the patronage of the Sultan of Selangor Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah, who is also one of Mokhtar’s biggest fans.

According to Hans, the musical will tell the life of Mokhtar – as a football hero, husband, father and friend – and the trials he faced.

The famous Malaysian striker Datuk Mokhtar Dahari’s life story gets retold in a musical.

“This musical is a big task for me and my team as the late Mokhtar is such a legend in our history of football. I really want to stay true to his character and his life – but at the same time I also want to entertain the audiences,” said Hans during the official launch of the musical at Setia City Convention Centre in Setia Alam, Selangor, today.

There will be 19 songs featured in SuperMokh The Musical.

Tickets for Super Mokh The Musical are priced at RM46, RM96, RM106, RM126, RM166, RM206, RM236 and RM306 for night shows. Tickets for matinees (Nov 9, 10, 16 and 17) are priced at RM38, RM78, RM96, RM102, RM134, RM166, RM190 and RM246. Tickets are available from www.ticket2u.biz.