frogway! frogs *can* sing after all!

Frogway musical poster Yesterday we had the opportunity to watch FROGWAY at The Actors Studio in Bangsar on its opening night. Frogway is a jazzy, groovy made-in-Malaysia musical, written by Marcel Nunis and composed by Michael Veerapen, and it was first staged nearly 30 years ago in 1980! The current re-staging is directed by Harith Iskander, and features Vince (of Akademi Fantasia fame), Ash Nair (of Malaysian Idol fame), Harith Iskander, Elaine Daly, Chelsia Ng, Ina Fabregas, Marielle Fabregas and Thor Kah Hoong.

A synopsis of the show:

Eddy, a singing frog, is rejected by his pond community because frogs aren’t supposed to sing! He leaves the pond, and the love of his life, to seek his fame and fortune downriver at the Swamp. Here Eddy’s singing talent propels him to stardom with the help of two cunning agents, a Snake and a Stork. He reaches the top of the entertainment world when he gets to perform on ‘Frogway’.

But fame, fortune and riotous living take their toll on our star. Blinded by pride and rejection, he turns to the dark side and dumps his best friend Freddy the Toad. To his horror, Eddy stumbles upon a dastardly plot by his agents to rob him of his fortune before killing and EATING him.

Will melon seeds save the day? Will Eddy be reunited with the love of his life? Find out this August, in FROGWAY!

Frogway musical cast

In a nutshell, we had FUN! We were thoroughly entertained by the simple yet heart-warming plot, and many parts tickled our funny bones. Vince (whom I think resembles Seann William Scott) performed well, and the dude really can sing, and sing well at that! I thought he was really good in it. Maybe he should remain a singing frog ๐Ÿ˜€

Ash Nair as Freddy the Toad, seemed to have a great on-stage chemistry with Vince. Which is a good thing, since he played best friend to Vince’s character, Eddy the Frog. Thor reprises his role as the grumpy father (Sepet, Gubra, The Homecoming). He didn’t sing but he looked really grumpy ๐Ÿ˜€ Ina Fabregas who was Helen the Longkang Fish and love of Eddy’s life sounded good. I loved her costume as well! Every time she came on, I thought her arms would drop from too much waving. Fish mah…

Marielle Fabregas (only 14-years old!!) was a lovely Frogette. Chelsia Ng as Shirley the Frogette was really, REALLY cute. Don’t want to spoil it for you, but her performance was really funny. The couple sitting next to me LOL-ed so hard every time Chelsia was on stage. I wished her voice was stronger though; the background music (by real-time musicians) kinda drowned her singing voice out.

Harith Iskander played Smiley the Snake. Indeed, he looked like a snake who just ate a big ass rabbit, lmao! Dude can move though ๐Ÿ˜‰ Elaine Daly didn’t sing (I am not sure if she could anyway), but she played her role as Suzanne ‘Ditsy’ Stork BRILLIANTLY! Her facial expressions were spot on.

Well, what else is there to say? The songs were fun, the costumes were fun, everything was so entertaining, and I thoroughly recommend that you go catch FROGWAY!

Links:
Official Frogway site
Frogway blog
Ticketing info
Show info

p/s: Thanks to TV Smith for the tickets.

Other reviews: Pokku, tgsherilamirah, Aziya, Kim

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  1. Glad you liked the show. Wish I had been there to see it. Cheers!

    Hope you don’t mind me linking you to the Frogway blog.

  2. hey yea!! we did have fun!!

    let’s do it again…*grin*

  3. lecram: oh my thanks for hopping over *grins* can’t believe you wrote that when you were 21. When i was 21, I was busy getting drunk and drunker

    tgsherilamirah: Indeed!!!

  4. LOL… you would be assuming that I wrote about a singing frog stone cold sober?

    If you come across other blog postings about Frogway… let me know. Cheers!

  5. Hey guys, I just went to watch the play yesterday.. Enjoyed it ๐Ÿ˜€

    Just upped my review on it (including a number of photos) at

    http://fooie.info/frogway-a-groovy-musical/

    Do let me know what you think! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    P.S. Suanie, cool blog you have here.. I’m gonna link to your review from my site ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Hey Suanie, thanks for dropping by ๐Ÿ™‚

    Yup, I agree. The Malaysian theater scene is most definitely blossoming in the last few years. Tunku was fantastic, and prior to this I managed to catch Cinderella and Puteri Gunung Ledang (which was simply majestic).

    Frogway may not have been as grand, but because it doesn’t take itself too seriously, it carved a little niche for itself that was both light hearted and likeable.

  7. lecram: ahh was going to, but you beat me to it! somehow you managed to scour the net for all the latest frogway reviews ๐Ÿ˜€

    FoOie: yeap frogway was fun ๐Ÿ˜€ one of those things where i don’t have to think very hard to try interpret this and that (in the name of art -_-“) — basically just sit back and enjoy ๐Ÿ˜€

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