About the Show
“Music Box” is a beautifully presented stage play, bringing to surface the deepest mentalities and sentiments of its characters, at the same time filling the air with a poetic sense of elegance and love. It is jointly produced by Future Entertainment & Music Group Australia and Symphony Musical House and organized by the Malaysia Naturopathic Association (MNA).
Due to its outstanding performance, Music Box received the government’s support and was chosen to represent Malaysian theater in a cultural exchange with Indonesia’s cultural department. Music Box was performed at the auditorium of Universitas Negeri Padang, attended by the Governor of West Sumatra province, Irwan Prayitno, the Minister of Tourism, 19 mayors in West Sumatra, and many high-ranking officers of the Navy, Army, and Air Force. Around 2,000 theatergoers attended this colossal stage play. “Music Box” soon proved to be sensational as it attracted a full house attendance on its performance in Taipei!
The stage play’s outstanding record of 17 shows even made news on Hong Kong’s TVB Entertainment News, Astro Malaysia, and various TV stations in Taiwan, Hong Kong, the United States, China, and Australia.
Directed by Brian Choot, “Music Box” is an emotional drama set in modern times that is filled with twists and turns. Inspired by a true story in England, which recounts a teenage girl’s experience with romance, friendship, and family, “Music Box” also incorporates Jessie Chung’s life journey and elements drawn from three of her relationships.
Jessie Chung, who portrayed the female protagonist Sandy Qin, poured all her emotions into each scene, including kissing and action scenes. Even after the curtain call, Jessie still had a hard time coming out of her character as many aspects of the play were performed realistically, including the kisses, action and tears!
In the show, Jessie Chung plays the role of a daughter, sister, friend, lover, and singer, switching between different identities and moods. Her emotions rise and fall according to the plot. In one challenging scene, she has to display a gamut of emotions within a short period of time, including happiness, anger, panic, confusion, madness, sadness, and pain, making it one impressive scene to watch.
The cast of “Music Box” consists of 15 actors and actresses, including Marcus Choot and Tylor Chen, who also starred as male leads in the stage play “Moonlight.” They, along with Jessie Chung, interact on stage seamlessly. Jeffrey Beh, another male lead who starred as the protagonist in the music video of “Last Teardrop,” adds to the play another dimension of excitement. Jessie Chung also sings five songs in “Music Box,” including “Love in You,” "There You Are,” “Captured My Heart”, “Drive My Heart” and “Be Strong.”
This is a play that you’ll want to see again and again as it is just filled with positivity. Besides touching the hearts of the audience, it also allows them to see life from various points of views. At any given moment, each and every character is filled with emotions, immersing those who are watching right within in the plot. The quote, “Remember to open up your heart and let your inner melody flow out,” continues to echo in the minds of the audience after the play ends.
To give the audience an immersive visual experience, the director employed a few avant-garde techniques, including using an LED backdrop and a magnificent soundtrack to accentuate the mood of each scene. His hope is that the audience will be able to enjoy the stage play as if it were a movie, and that the play would achieve the pinnacle of next-gen theatrical arts.
Although the play lasts for three hours, many of the audience stated that time flew by with the tight storyline. At the end of the play, many of them felt the true meaning of love through laughter and tears as the storyline stirred their hearts and resonated with them. What’s memorable was the prolonged applause given to the cast at curtain call.
The stage play “Music Box” is an event that fundraises for cancer patients; Jessie Chung and the rest of the cast and crew all perform free of charge for the cause of philanthropy. The organizer also held a fundraiser to sell various “Music Box”-related products, including elegant music boxes, T-shirts, souvenirs, etc. All proceeds and donations go to cancer charity.