KUALA LUMPUR: Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali has been announced as the patron of the world's most popular musical, The Phantom of the Opera which will be held at Istana Budaya on June 15.
Following the announcement, live entertainment company, BASE Entertainment will host the Tun Siti Hasmah Charity Gala on July 3.
“I have always had a soft spot for the arts, so when Base Entertainment invited me to be the patron, I was delighted to accept the offer.”
“The Phantom of the Opera is the world’s most popular musical – a West End and Broadway classic – showcasing Andrew Lloyd Webber’s most famous compositions. It has something for everyone – breath-taking special effects, beautiful costumes and a timeless romantic storyline.
“I hope Malaysians from all walks of life will take this opportunity to experience this unforgettable musical,” said Siti Hasmah, who is the wife of Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
The Charity Gala aims to raise funds for two non-profit organisations – Dyslexia Association of Malaysia (PDM) and Malaysian Spinal Injuries Association (MASIA).
PDM was established to advance the education and general welfare of children and adults suffering from dyslexia. Its main focus is to promote awareness and educate the public on integration methods for those with this learning disability.
MASIA, meanwhile, is a self-help group for people with spinal cord injuries as well as for their families. The halfway house currently serves as a rehabilitation centre to encourage those affected to live better quality lives
Both PDM and MASIA offer emotional and practical support to those affected and rely mostly on the generosity of supporters to further their cause.
“BASE Entertainment has always believed in giving back to the community, and we are pleased that The Phantom of the Opera can impact in support of causes that do not normally get enough visibility and attention," said BASE Entertainment head, Datuk Jared Lim.
Tickets to the Charity Gala are priced at RM1,500 (Premium), RM1,000 (Category A) and RM600 (Category B).
The Phantom of the Opera was written by Andrew Lloyd Webber with lyrics by Charles Hart and is the longest-running show in Broadway history, which is now enjoying its 33rd year in London's West End.