Thursday, June 26, 2008

Beauty and the Beast Musical @ KL Convention Centre

Yesterday i was bought away from my familiar surroundings and transported to a fairytale land.


One very important lesson i learnt from Beauty and the Beast was that you need some sort of item, in which case Belle loved her books as there take her away from the real world and transform her ordinary lifestyle to one that is full of knights in shining armour and romance.

To me, musicals do the same.

Barely a month ago, i was transformed to the 50s of Penang and Singapore during the era of P Ramlee. Yesterday night, i was thrown back to the cartoon that i last watched in Primary 2. The familiar characters of the candlestick Lumiere and the arrogant Gaston bought back an air of familiarity, back to the days when we would rewind the tape over and over again.

Although seating abit far back, despite paying RM175 a ticket, it was a worthwhile experience for i could switch off and hum to the Disney tunes.

Except..

SPOILER: The Beast isn't exactly very scary and in fact his character jumps right at the end of the plot when "it" is more humane and remains that way right to the end. The transition was not apparent at all, i am afraid. I suppose it is very hard to just roar his way throughout half the musical but the small attempts in becoming more friendly turned out a bit lame and as soon would say "gay". Other then that, the complaints:

I must say when everyone complains about food and petrol prices going up, the crowd that night definitely didn't show. Bringing children barely able to seat still and know what is Beauty and the Beast isn't exactly the brightest things to do. I admit, we should start young but not THAT young. I suppose the Disney side of the musical attracted the young children as they came in masses. Having small kids moving up and down, asking this and that wasn't what i expected in a musical.

After paying RM15 for the P Ramlee programme booklet, i was shocked that the Beauty and the Beast was selling theirs for RM30! T shirts (the same quality when our Young Enterprise sold in our school drama "Grease" which costs us RM12) was sold for RM70! The CD was RM80! Unbelievable.

CAMERAS! Istana Budaya is known for being very strict with cameras and that should be something that KLCC should learn. Camera flashes from every corner throughout the whole musical was atrociously disturbing, people are here to enjoy a piece of art, not being value for money by taking a picture of every damn scene.

The Centre console being infront of me with various monitors was also very disturbing with the lights glaring over. Clearly the place is more comfortable but if you ever watch a musical in KLCC, get seats INFRONT of the console.

The audience doesn't seem to be as warm as the people in Istana Budaya. Despite the bigger crowd, the clapping was mediocre, this actors and actresses strive on the applause, give them what they deserve for entertaining you.

Other then that, i urge those who have not watched musicals to go, to give it a try. Unless you resort to other things to bring you to fantasy.

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On the same note of Beauty and the Beast, the Mille Crepe from Food Foundry is a perfect example, well to me.

The first time i had it, it tasted well, bad. Like the Beast i suppose. After all the hype, i found it sweet and it tasted like it was in the fridge for way too long.

So like a bad nightmare, i avoided it at all costs until i felt like having desserts after my RM14 nasi lemak meal. I was proven wrong by being presented the two beauties.

The Chocolate Mille Crepe suited well with a Cafe Latte (although RM9, a slice). I could taste the layers of Crepe without the cream overshadowing the unique texture.

The Strawberry Crepe on the other hand like much lighter and didn't feel at all sinful to indulge. Definitely a Beauty.

Available at Food Foundry @ SS 17 Happy Mansion

Rating: 4 stars out of 5 stars

18 comments:

Kenny Mah // Life for Beginners said...

Hmm, I'd go for the Beast first (being a big choco-addict that I am) and then I'll have Beauty all for myself! Hahahaha...

I'm talking about the the Mille Crepes, of course. :P

Precious Pea said...

Seems like you are exploring Happy Mansion area. There is a cafe nearby serving very very nice grilled chicken wings.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

kennymah: actually there are both beauties..its a pity i tasted the horrible vanilla beast ages ago..

pp: haha if you noticed "after my RM14 nasi lemak"..this was after 6-10..originally wanted to go My Elephant 1..

Nic (KHKL) said...

wa liao eh...first, a food reviewer. now, musical as well...hehe...

i lurve the original crepe mille from food foundry. but definitely not the entrees...

CUMI & CIKI said...

one thousand layers of YUM. that's what i call it.. the mille..

mimid3vils said...

so into musical recently?

mh said...

next time try choco orange...The tinge of orange taste, give the rather blanche "original" (i.e vanilla) mille crepe an extra oomph..

btw...do u know there's Food Foundry near office, near Bangsar area??

SuLee said...

u know i been having weird cravings and i tried soooo hard not to visit your blog to see any pictures of those food i cant get! grr!! now i want cake!

YilingL said...

yerr i wanted to go beauty and the beast as well but didnt manage to plan my time well as they is always the excuse of "end of june ah... long more time to go.." and den i'll just conveniently forget about it. le sigh.

i wanna go to the high school musical on ice though, it'll be interesting to see how they do those dances on ice!

YilingL said...

oh yeah, if u think rm30 is exp for the program booklet, i bought saturday night fever's at rm45! i was abit krazy i think but i tot it'd be nice to have a collection of souvenir booklets of the musicals i go to...

New Kid on the Blog said...

serving on a metal plate?

wmw said...

Haven't been to Food Foundry for a long time...Will go back for the cake since the original is now in Johor (left the place in Malacca already).

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

wmw: aiyoh the malacca close down alr? crap..planning to go try when i m free to go dwn during the wkends..

new kid: haha that 1 take away at home..

yiling: u shud go if there is still tickets..

sulee: pregnancy cravings?

mh: heard abt it..need to find now..

jasmine said...

i have the exact sentiments about the musical when I watched it last week. And i as so irate with the poor enforcement on the no camera rule. it was esp. irritating for me coz this woman right in front of me kept her digicam on all the time and I was so distracted by the lit up lcd. Plenary Hall also needs to learn about punctuality :P

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

jasmine: oh yeah..i liked how they put on speaker: 10 mins b4 the show starts..pls enter..n 5 seconds later..5 minutes b4 the show starts..

n truth was..after we went in..20 minutes later..

ling239 said...

the strawberries one is really good !!! ^O^

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

ling239: yeah very light!

fatboybakes said...

you watched the cartoon in standard TWO? hahaha, oh dear, i had already built the KL Golf and Country Club by then.... (when i watched it, or was in the middle of its construction). oddly enough, i remember till today with who and where i saw it. (it was a group of people la).

for once i was glad plenary hall wasnt punctual, coz the day i went, traffic was hoooooorrrrrrrrendous, and we got there at 8.10, JUST IN TIME FOR ....once upon a time...