Enfiniti Productions and Istana Budaya has announced the return of OlaBola The Musical, the sold-out hit show of 2018 and the biggest musical ever staged in Malaysia. The 2019 season is slated to be Tighter, Stronger, More Luar Biasa (extraordinary) and will kick off with opening night on 18 February.
OlaBola The Musical follows the journey of Tauke (Big Boss) Chow Kwok Keong, the team captain, who is determined to lead the Harimau Malaya team to Olympic glory, and his best friend, the very affable wannabe-sports commentator Rahman. The musical also features the team goalkeeper Muthu, team star striker Ali and the rest of the colourful team, in a captivating story that highlights their challenges as they journey to the Olympics.
Re-imagined for the stage by Tiara Jacquelina, through heart-tugging lyrics, fascinating choreography and stellar acting, the musical opens with the Harimau Malaya team, who are continuing to train passionately despite their failure to reach the 1976 Olympics.
The story slowly unveils the challenges that each of the lead characters face; team captain Chow Kwok Keong has to choose between his love for football and providing for his family, star striker Ahmad Ali suddenly faced with the introduction of a second striker, and Muthu, whose father is widely opposed to his son playing football instead of helping the family, and Rahman, who dreams of being the voice you hear commentating during matches in Stadium Merdeka.
The intensity grows with the arrival of a new coach, and the superteam are left broken and divided. However, the team quickly realise the importance of setting aside ego, and that they stand a better chance of achieving the same dream when they unite.
OlaBola The Musical is an adaptation of the 2016 blockbuster movie, first staged in 2018 with a sold-out extra performance.