May 14, 2019

TUN DR. SITI HASMAH ANNOUNCED AS THE PATRON OF THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA


Performance on July 3 to be a Charity Gala in honour of her patronage

(KUALA LUMPUR, MAY 6, 2019) – BASE Entertainment is delighted to announce Tun Dr. Siti Hasmah, the First Lady of Malaysia, as the patron of the musical masterpiece, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA. In light of the announcement, BASE Entertainment is equally proud to host the Tun Siti Hasmah Charity Gala happening this July 3rd.

The prestigious Istana Budaya will be transformed into the Palais Garnier opera house of Paris accompanied by soaring music and spectacular costumes and scenery. THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, which is now enjoying its 33rd year in London’s West End and is the longest-running show in Broadway history, continues to thrill packed houses with its opulent staging, emotional punch and onstage talent. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s legendary score has a greater visceral tug than almost any score written in the past 20 years. The buzz of enthusiasm surrounding THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA’s debut in Malaysia this June 15th shows the timeless nature of this great production.

“I have always and will continue to have a soft spot for the arts, so when Base Entertainment Malaysia invited me to become a patron for THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, I accepted the offer with much delight.THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA is the world’s most popular musical - a West End and Broadway classic. It has something for everyone – Andrew Lloyd Webber’s most famous music, wonderful scenery, beautiful costumes, breath-taking special effects and a romantic storyline.I hope Malaysians from all walks of life will take this opportunity to experience the mother of all musicals,” said Tun Siti Hasmah.

It is with great honour that a musical so deserving has the philanthropic Tun Dr. Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali as its patron. In line with Tun Siti’s numerous charitable initiatives, BASE Live Entertainment continues its tradition of giving back through the Tun Siti Hasmah Charity Gala, slated this July 3.

The Gala is set to raise funds for two non-profit organisations (NPO); The Dyslexia

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Association of Malaysia (PDM) and Malaysian Spinal Injuries Association (MASIA). PDM was built to advance the education and general welfare of children and adults suffering from dyslexia. Their focus is to promote awareness and to educate the public on integration methods for those with this learning disability. MASIA prides itself on being a self-help group for people with spinal cord injuries, as well as, their families. The halfway house currently serves as a rehabilitation centre, to encourage those affected to live a quality life.

Even though, both organisations are doing their part for the betterment of society, both NPOs are severely under-funded. As such, the proceeds from the Gala will be channeled to these organisations. Both PDM and MASIA offer emotional and practical support to those affected and rely mostly on the generosity of supporters to furnish their cause.

Through this effort, fans of Broadway and West End musicals can now enjoy the memorable experience of seeing THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA for an even greater cause. Tickets to the Charity Gala are priced at RM1,500 (Premium), RM1,000 (Category A) and RM600 (Category B). BASE Entertainment together with Tun Siti are elated that the art of musical theatre is able to serve as a platform for this charitable initiative.

“We are honoured to have Tun Dr. Siti Hasmah as a patron of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA’s for the Charity Gala debut in Malaysia. Nobody exemplifies passion for the performing arts like her. Malaysians from all walks of life have had the privilege of witnessing our beloved Tun Dr. Siti Hasmah perform with the violin and she is an inspiration to many, so it’s an honour to have her as our patron. BASE Entertainment has always believed in giving back to the community and we are delighted to see how THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA can drive impact in support of causes that do not normally get enough visibility and attention,” said Datuk Jared Lim, Head of BASE Entertainment.

Together, Tun Dr. Siti Hasmah, BASE Entertainment, and its affiliates look forward to welcoming you to the Charity Gala on July 3rd.

Bookings for THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Charity Gala can be made via: lyla@tremendousness.com

eva@begroup.my

For publicity materials, please access:

https://bit.ly/2E0ce75

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TICKETING AND SHOW INFORMATION

CHARITY GALA DATE & TIME:
Wednesday, 3 July 2019 I 8:30pm

TICKET PRICE:

Category

Price (RM)

Premium

1,500

Category A

1,000

Category B

600

*Excludes the booking fee of RM 4 per ticket

FOR CORPORATE BOOKINGS

Kindly contact: lyla@tremendousness.com, evangeline@begroup.my

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA became the longest running show in Broadway history on 9 January 2006 when it celebrated its 7,486th performance, surpassing the previous record holder “Cats”. This coincided with the Broadway and the US national touring company celebrating an unprecedented 20,000 performances in the United States. On 1 January 2018 it celebrated its 13,000th performance and later that month on 24 January the Broadway production celebrated an amazing 30 years on Broadway.

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA has won over 70 major theatre awards, including seven Tony’s on Broadway and four Olivier Awards in the West End. It won the ‘Magic Radio Audience Award’, voted by the public, in the 2016 Laurence Olivier Awards. It is produced by Cameron Mackintosh and The Really Useful Theatre Company Limited, and is presented in Malaysia by Lunchbox Theatrical Productions and Base Entertainment Asia.

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA became the first stage production to reach worldwide grosses of $6 billion. Revenues far surpass the world’s highest-grossing film “Avatar” (at USD 2.8 billion), as well as such other blockbusters as “Titanic”, “The Lord of the Rings”, “Jurassic Park” and “Star Wars”. Worldwide, over 140 million people have seen THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA in 37 countries and 172 cities in 16 languages.

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA is currently showing in London, New York, Budapest, and on tour in the US.

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www.thephantomoftheopera.com

www.andrewlloydwebber.com

www.reallyuseful.com

BENEFICIARIES

THE DYSLEXIA ASSOCIATION OF MALAYSIA (PDM)

A Non-Profit association concerned with the Education and Welfare of Dyslexic children and adults. The association, which was established in 1995 promotes awareness and understanding of the problems and needs of people with specific learning disabilities and assist them to obtain diagnosis and treatment so their disabilities may be remedied. PDM’s core objective is to uncover the gift and genius of Dyslexics by helping them to read and prepare them for better life ahead.

MALAYSIAN SPINAL INJURIES ASSOCIATION – (MASIA)

The Malaysian Spinal Injuries Association (MASIA) is a non-profit, non-religious, non-political, national organization of the spinal injured individuals of all races and from all walks of life, resident in Malaysia. MASIA is a self-help group for people with spinal cord injuries and their families. It is controlled and run by the spinal injured people and their friends. MASIA assists spinal cord injured people and their families to promote their integration and full participation in Society. MASIA encourages paralyzed people to live a quality life and realize their own goals.

ORGANISERS

BASE ENTERTAINMENT ASIA - MALAYSIA

Base Entertainment Asia is the largest presenter of live theatrical entertainment in Southeast Asia with offices in Kuala Lumpur and its Asian headquarters in Singapore. It is the resident developer, producer, programmer and manager of live entertainment at Singapore’s Sands Theatre at Marina Bay Sands.

The company has presented over 200 of the world’s most recognised shows of varied genres in Singapore; musicals – The Phantom of the Opera, Disney’s The Lion King, Wicked, Jersey Boys, Cats, My Fair Lady, Annie, MAMMA MIA!, The Sound of Music, Blue Man Group, Chicago, Sister Act, Evita, Legally Blonde, Kinky Boots, Matilda The Musical; stage magic - The Illusionists, Cosentino: Anything Is Possible; circus – Le Noir, Cirque Adrenaline, Cirque Eloize, Circus 1903; concerts - Michael Bolton, Bjorn Again, Cliff Richard, AR Rahman, Air Supply, Elvis Costello, The Village People and Bjorn Again, The Simon & Garfunkel Story, Bee Gees Gold; performing arts – Cavalia; classical concert – The Music of John Williams, The Music of Hans Zimmer VS John Williams; ballet – Giselle, Superstars of Ballet Gala, Romeo & Juliet; comedy – Laugh You Long Time; children – Disney Live, Hi-5, Disney in Concert.

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Along with supporting international content, it is part of Base Entertainment Asia’s on-going efforts to give Asian content a platform to showcase their talent - Kabuki (Ebizo, Takizawa), Cai Xiao Hu, Kit Chan, The Lee Kuan Yew Musical, THE SECRET (based on Jay Chou’s movie, Secret) and more.

LUNCHBOX THEATRICAL PRODUCTIONS

Founded in Hong Kong in 1992 by James Cundall, Lunchbox Theatrical Productions has established an unrivalled reputation for producing top quality international entertainment across five continents, and is now headquartered in the United Kingdom with companies in Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Singapore, The Philippines and Malaysia.

Productions include musicals such as Cats, The Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, Wicked, Mamma Mia, West Side Story and Chicago; spectaculars such as Riverdance and Cirque du Soleil’s Alegria; boutique shows such as Stomp, Tap Dogs, Slava’s Snowshow, Potted Potter, Circus Oz and Barry Humphries’ Farewell Tour ‘Eat, Pray, Laugh!’; musical concerts including Thriller Live, The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Abba Mania; international artists Jamie Oliver, Rick Stein and Elaine Paige; plays such as The Woman in Black, The Mousetrap and The 39 Steps; children’s shows Thomas the Tank Engine and Barney’s Space Adventures; events such as Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland (an outdoor Christmas ice rink and funfair in York, UK) and The Last Night of the Proms for the Hong Kong Handover; and The Imperial Ice Stars’ productions of The Sleeping Beauty on Ice, Swan Lake on Ice, Cinderella on Ice and The Nutcracker on Ice.

As well as producing this portfolio of shows, James Cundall spent the first five months of 2010 based in Shanghai, as Producer of the Outdoor Opening Ceremony of Expo 2010 Shanghai China, on behalf of David Atkins Enterprises.

In addition to The Phantom of the Opera in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Manila; future productions for 2019/20 include: Potted Potter in Australia and New Zealand; The Mousetrap in New Zealand; War Horse in New Zealand and Hong Kong; Matilda The Musical in Hong Kong; Cats in Manila and Singapore; Peter Pan On Ice in South Africa; The Nutcracker on Ice in the UK; and Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre in the UK and Manila.

For media enquiries contact:

Fauzia Sultan
PR Associate
Platinum PR
54B Jalan Datuk Sulaiman, Taman Tun Dr Ismail,
60000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Mobile: +6016 337 5155
Email: fauzia_sm@yahoo.com

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Shirinderjit Kaur
Publicist
Base Entertainment Asia
Marina Bay Sands, Theatres, B3

10 Bayfront Avenue,
Singapore 018956
Office: +65 6688 8121
Mobile: +65 9235 4594
Email: shirin@baseentertainment.com.sg

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