Photography: Irwan Kurnia/Indonesia Tatler

After successful tours across Europe, Stars of the West End thrilled Jakarta’s musical fans with the most popular scores from the London theatre district. Mike Sterling, Shona Lindsay, Tom Solomon and Maya Barredo-Duffy were on hand to relay the pleasures of wonderful music in two concerts at the Ciputra Artpreneur Theater.

Visitors were serenaded by the beautiful voices performing the principal roles of the Phantom and Christine in Phantom of the Opera, Jean Valjean and Cosette in Les Miserables and Sandy in Grease. President Director of Ciputra Artpreuner Rina Ciputra Sastrawinata shares the details.

West End musicals swing from heartwarming adaptations and award-winning scores to hilarious musical theatre. Name three musicals you like best.

I’d have to say Mamma Mia!, Les Miserables and, of course, Annie.

What are your reasons for picking those three?

Each musical talks to me differently. Mamma Mia! is a feel-good and entertaining production. Les Miserables is a story of courage and willingness to scarifice for one’s country and love. Annie is so adorable; beyond that sweet face is a strength that teaches us to believe in our dreams and to treasure family and friends.

Shona Lindsay played Christine in Phantom of the Opera and Sandy in Grease. Will she play Kathy Seldon in Singin’ in the Rain?

Shona Lindsay and the other stars brought us the West End’s best musicals: Phantom of the Opera, Cats, Miss Saigon, Wicked and more. Maya Barredo-Duffy, one of the best Filipinas in the West End, performed as Kim in Miss Saigon and she was an inspirational addition for the Indonesian audience.

What do you have in store for the next semester? Can theatre-going crowds expect classy Christmas 2017/New Year 2018 concerts?

Our end-of-the-year calendar is quite busy. Among others is a special musical on the life of the great rock ‘n’ roll star Elvis Presley. Look out for our first New Year’s Eve Concert at www.ciputraartpreneur.com.

What are the challenges of operating a theatre?

Running a theatre is very much a business undertaking. It has been especially challenging for us as not many understand the true value of the arts—they are seen as another form of entertainment. I would like to quote pop artist Sir Peter Thomas Blake who designed the sleeve for the Beatles’ album Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, “All a country has is its culture; the rest is infrastructure.”

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