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Mamak Mee-Ah! review

I watched Mamak Mee-Ah! The Musical Spoof last Sunday. The conclusion is, it was good, much better than what I have expected.

The finale pose after the theme song Mamak Mee-Ah!

The story revolves around topics like Malaysia-Singapore relationship, local social and political jokes, youth issues and, what else, food!

Gotta love the humorous and sarcastic Singaporean jokes they keep cracking. I really had a good laugh.

The casts performing Bare Celebrities (Bare Necessities from Jungle Book).

Although the script was good, but it doesn’t really stand out as much as the songs.

List of songs

  1. We Love the Good Food (Food, Glorious Food from Oliver!)
  2. I Feel Hungry (I Feel Pretty from West Side Story)
  3. Under the Tree (Under the Sea from Little Mermaid)
  4. I’ll Eat Anything (I’d Do Anything from Oliver!)
  5. Empty Chairs at Plastic Tables (Empty Chairs at Empty Tables from Les Misérables)
  6. I Got to Get a Message to You (Bee Gees)
  7. Love Letters (The Pat Boone Classic)
  8. SMS (SOS from Mamma Mia!)
  9. Sambal Nights (Summer Nights from Grease!)
  10. Mak Cik Life (Mack the Knife from The Threepenny Opera)
  11. If I Were a Tan Sri (If I Were a Rich Man from Fiddler on the Roof)
  12. Over the Causeway (Over the Rainbow from Wizard of Oz)
  13. Bare Celebrities (Bare Necessities from Jungle Book)
  14. Low Class Bad Word (Lonely Goatherd from Sound of Music)
  15. No Pork No Pork (New York, New York)
  16. Bodoh (Bui Doi from Miss Saigon)
  17. What I Had for Lunch (What I Did for Love from A Chorus Line)
  18. Peas and Rice (JC Superstar)
  19. Mamak Mee-Ah! (Mamma Mia!)

I like how they have chosen songs from different genre and most of the casts can really sing well.

Mak cik performing the song Mak Cik Life (Mack the Knife from The Threepenny Opera).

The only thing with the songs is the composition. It’s obvious that the music wasn’t composed with real musical instruments. They end up sounded a little bit like MIDI music. And the cut-and-paste overture at the beginning really makes me raise my eyebrows.

Besides, there are times we can’t really hear what the casts are singing clearly. Maybe it’s the sound system or maybe the singers themselves. Or, maybe it’s like what Ted said, our England is not good enough.

Dancing to the song Low Class Bad Word (Lonely Goatherd from Sound of Music), the Dikir Barat way.

My favourite song out of so many is definitely No Pork No Pork (originally New York, New York). Ah Fatt‘s exaggerated act can really portray the typical Malaysian Chinese biggest concern — an Islamic state with no pork and Char Siew.

Look at his face in the picture below, so convincing that the face shouts, “No pork? NO PORK???!!! NOOO……!!!”

Ah Fatt singing the No Pork No Pork (New York, New York). Thanks to Sophea for this picture.

All in all, it was a good local musical production. My friends and I really enjoyed it.

The Actors Studio, Lot 10.

If after you read this and you feel like watching this musical, it’s not too late (as of writing). The show ends this coming Sunday, 18 April 2010. Find out more info about ticketing on my previous post.

P/S: My last complaint would be, the studio is too hot and the seat makes my ass numb.

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  1. Hi Dennis,

    Thanks for coming for the show and the review. Glad you enjoyed it.

    Any chance I could get the pictures of the show from you?

  2. “Don’t want to wake up in the morning not having char siew…”

    p.s. next time bring your own pillow! hahaha

  3. @Callista
    You are welcome 🙂 It was a good show, congratulations.

    @Kopi Ais
    It was “Don’t want to wake up in the city with no Char Siew…”

    Then I should bring my own fan also next time… hahaha…

  4. Brian Mack Brian Mack

    Hi Dennis,

    Glad you enjoyed the show too!

    Some really great photos you took. Will tell the cast to take a look.


  5. Ted Ted

    nice pictures and color! 😀

  6. @Brian Mack
    Thanks for dropping by 🙂

    Well done on the show. Keep up the good work and all the best to you!

    Thanks 😀

  7. Hi Dennis,

    Thanks for the kind words. I’m honoured that you liked Ah Fatt and his exaggerated No Pork, No Pork. The picture taken by Sophea too is just awesome. I’ve even saved it on my desktop! lol.


    Joe Zainul @ Ah Fatt

  8. Hi Joe,

    Thanks for dropping by. All my friends liked Ah Fatt too. Glad you like the pictures.

  9. Glad you had fun during the show =)

  10. Hi Dennis!

    Thank you so much for coming for the show! Glad you enjoyed it a lot. I had a great time performing in this musical. I’ve got another one coming up towards the end of June called Sparks Of Broadway under my mom, Farah Dato’ Seri Sulaiman. You should come check that out too.

    Oh, love the pictures as well! Great stuff dude! 😀 😀 😀

  11. @Kevin
    Sure I did 😀

    Thanks for the heads up. Definitely will check that out soon.

  12. The pulling quite classic.. haha

  13. Hi Dennis,

    I’ll be holding a solo debut concert at The Actors Studio this Sunday at 8pm. It’s a 2.5 hours concert, divided into 45 mins of classical pieces in the first half before a short interrval of 20 mins. Afterthat, a 75 mins of pop contemporary. It would be lovely if you could come for the concert as i’ll be singing in both genres.

    The last time, you have only seen me doing musical theatre as Ah Fatt, the chinaman, on Mamak Mee Ah The Musical Spoof. Now I’m doing the other two genres. I’ll be pursuing my Postgraduate studies in Operatic Voice at The Birmingham Conservatoire in UK, thus, this is like a temporary ‘farewell’ concert for my family and friends.

    Do let me know if you are able to come and I’ll make arrangements for complimentary tickets for you.



    Joe Zainul

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