By Rosli Mansor
Ard Omar’s musical, staged at the Perak Department of Culture and Arts auditorium, was well received by theatregoers.
“Sally” a musical play was performed for three consecutive nights from July 5 to 7. The play is a depiction of the iconic Malay actress cum singer, Saloma Ismail, wife of actor cum singer cum composer extraordinaire, P. Ramlee.
The role of P. Ramlee was helmed by the talented actor Azharudin Ramli popularly known as Arja Lee. A cameo appearance by P. Ramlee’s granddaughter, Miss Najua, was a much-awaited highlight.
The two-hour adaptation of Saloma’s eventful life beginning from the Japanese Occupation up to her time spent as the spouse of P.Ramlee was well enacted.
Director and writer, Ard Omar said Sally is a contemporary musical showcasing Saloma’s passion for singing and her love interests, namely hubby P. Ramlee and her sister Mariani.
“The play is about the greatness of a woman named Saloma. The trials and tribulations she underwent in wanting to remain true to her calling,” said Omar to Ipoh Echo.
Show producer, Yusop Najmi Othman, said Sally is part of an effort by the Perak Cultural Association to promote theatre plays in the state.
“We plan to stage more plays in the future. Public response has been very encouraging,” said Yusop who is also the Deputy President of the Perak Cultural Council.