The Secret Life Of Nora – Part 2
I caught the second half of the musical Secret Life Of Nora on Saturday. Thanks to Azimy (Enfiniti’s MARCOM Manager), I was seated at the exact same spot as previously. The reason I requested for this was to ensure continuity for the pictures. (See pics from Act 1 here)
Lead Tiara Jacquelina’s performance shone under the direction of Steven Dexter. Her facial gestures were expansive, making her a joy to watch (and to listen). Pay attention to that military training sequence where she switches back and forth between bewilderment and enthusiasm. She stole the show!
Ryan Silverman is perfect as the suave, sensitive Matsalleh spy. He sings great and I particularly like the ‘firefly duet’ with Tiara. Hey, it is a love story after all. Look out also for his song and dance tribute to history’s famous honey trappers.
It may be hard for anyone to shake off Aznil Nawawi’s trademark swagger, but he played the role of villain Mr J very convincingly. The character is like a cross between Dr No and the Queen of Hearts. He and sidekick Aaron Khaled were hilarious taking a bow chained together. Aaron was very good too with the song and dance skit with the female ensemble.
Adibah Noor is undoubtedly the crowd favourite, drawing chuckles with every single line and expression. She sings, she dances, she vacuums and she flies! My favourite is Tony Eusoff’s understated performance of the cynical and bumbling spy with a touch of gadget man Q. Stephanie Van Drissen appeared to relish her innocent, Ugly Betty-like character, and it was a nice surprise to see her bursting out in a lavish Samba costume for the encore.
The set design of the villain’s lair is brilliant. The moving elevators and multi-tiered complex is visually stunning. And like every worthy spy story, there is an exciting self-destruct sequence in the finale. Spectacular!
All pictures photographed with the Olympus Pen E-PL2 by & © TV Smith
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