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TEMAN's RENT Ignites the Air with Artistic Fire and Communal Warmth Photo TEMAN's RENT Ignites the Air with Artistic Fire and Communal Warmth
by Rakaputra Paputungan - December 02, 2022

TEMAN (Teater Musikal Nusantara) did what many Indonesian thespians thought impossible: bring Jonathan Larson’s 1996 RENT to the country. The show’s themes — which proved to be just as relevant in 2022, if not more so — were powerfully brought to life through effective direction, heartrending perfor...
Review: SUDAMALA: An Ageless Folklore that Tells an Ever-relevant Story Photo Review: SUDAMALA: An Ageless Folklore that Tells an Ever-relevant Story
by Rakaputra Paputungan - September 29, 2022

What did our critic think of SUDAMALA: DARI EPILOG CALONARANG at Gedung Arsip Nasional?...
Review: UNDER THE VOLCANO is a Poetic Testament to the Human Spirit Photo Review: UNDER THE VOLCANO is a Poetic Testament to the Human Spirit
by Rakaputra Paputungan - August 28, 2022

What did our critic think of UNDER THE VOLCANO at CIPUTRA ARTPRENEUR?...
Review: #MUSIKALDIRUMAHAJA RETURNS WITH GATOT AND BATU GANTUNG at INDONESIA KAYA Photo Review: #MUSIKALDIRUMAHAJA RETURNS WITH GATOT AND BATU GANTUNG at INDONESIA KAYA
by Rakaputra Paputungan - July 31, 2022

What did our critic think of #MUSIKALDIRUMAHAJA RETURNS WITH GATOT AND BATU GANTUNG at INDONESIA KAYA?...
BWW Review: TEGAK SETELAH OMBAK's Story of Perseverance Inspires, Both On and Off Sta Photo BWW Review: TEGAK SETELAH OMBAK's Story of Perseverance Inspires, Both On and Off Stage
by Rakaputra Paputungan - June 05, 2022

After a two-year delay, the musical monologue TEGAK SETELAH OMBAK ('Standing Tall After the Wave') by Titimangsa Foundation offers a look into the life of Inggit Garnasih, the second wife of Indonesia's founding father Soekarno....
BWW Review: LSPR Teatro's First Original Spectacle DIVA Promises a Bright New Era Photo BWW Review: LSPR Teatro's First Original Spectacle DIVA Promises a Bright New Era
by Rakaputra Paputungan - April 24, 2022

Diva, the latest offering from LSPR Teatro, premiered on December 10, 2021 at Cinépolis Plaza Semanggi. It was a momentous production for the theater club, being both their first original musical and their first cinematic show. Though not without obvious shortcomings, the tragic showbiz cautionary t...
BWW Review: New Horror Musical IBU Delivers Frights and a Mother Lode of Drama Photo BWW Review: New Horror Musical IBU Delivers Frights and a Mother Lode of Drama
by Rakaputra Paputungan - November 05, 2021

As Halloween season is wrapping up and some spookiness lingers still, Indonesia Kaya introduces a brand new horror musical titled IBU for those still looking to be delighted and frightened. The 45-minute musical film stars Andrea Miranda, Morgan Oey, Nino Prabowo, Sita Nursanti, and Chandra Satria....
BWW Review: JPAC and SHOEMAKER's THE LAST FIVE YEARS is a Heartbreakingly Beautiful M Photo BWW Review: JPAC and SHOEMAKER's THE LAST FIVE YEARS is a Heartbreakingly Beautiful Marriage of Film and Theater
by Rakaputra Paputungan - July 04, 2021

Jason Robert Brown’s award-winning musical tragedy THE LAST FIVE YEARS got a new interpretation for the quarantine era by JPAC and SHOEMAKER STUDIO. With picture-perfect performances and a directorial approach that preserves and elevates the soul of theater through a filming lens, the production is ...
BWW Review: Musical Short Film LENTERA DI TEPIAN Serves a Flickering, Old-Fashioned R Photo BWW Review: Musical Short Film LENTERA DI TEPIAN Serves a Flickering, Old-Fashioned Romance
by Rakaputra Paputungan - December 21, 2020

As the year comes to a close, ARTSWARA FOUNDATION and BAKTI BUDAYA DJARUM FOUNDATION offered a new musical short film to watch during the holidays. LENTERA DI TEPIAN is a very classic romance story with a Indo-Malay background. Though the end result is adequately entertaining, the overly familiar tr...
BWW Review: JOURNEY THROUGH TIME 4 REWIND's Hopeful and Bittersweet Message Photo BWW Review: JOURNEY THROUGH TIME 4 REWIND's Hopeful and Bittersweet Message
by Rakaputra Paputungan - October 03, 2020

Musical community Jaksicala??s annual birthday concert is back - this time in virtual space, due to the ongoing pandemic. JOURNEY THROUGH TIME 4 REWIND showcases showtunes from Jaksicala??s previous three concerts, sung by both returning and new performers....
BWW Review: #MusikalDiRumahAja Finished Strong with LUTUNG KASARUNG's Radiant Energy Photo BWW Review: #MusikalDiRumahAja Finished Strong with LUTUNG KASARUNG's Radiant Energy
by Rakaputra Paputungan - September 02, 2020

The sixth and final offering from #MusikalDiRumahAja closes the 6-episode web series on a high note. The Sundanese folktale of Lutung Kasarung was a joy to watch from start to finish, owing to the immaculate cinematography and fun theatricality....
BWW Review: BAWANG MERAH BAWANG PUTIH at INDONESIA KAYA Photo BWW Review: BAWANG MERAH BAWANG PUTIH at INDONESIA KAYA
by Rakaputra Paputungan - August 27, 2020

The penultimate episode of #MusikalDiRumahAja, Bawang Merah Bawang Putih, has been broadcast. With a quirky and distinctive art director, the episode is visually interesting and has an intriguing narrative take, although it might not appeal to everyone....
BWW Review: #MusikalDiRumahAja's SANGKURIANG at INDONESIA KAYA Photo BWW Review: #MusikalDiRumahAja's SANGKURIANG at INDONESIA KAYA
by Rakaputra Paputungan - August 26, 2020

Sangkuriang, the fourth episode of web musical series #MusikalDiRumahAja had arrived. The Tanta Ginting-led episode had exemplary cinematography and vocal prowess, yet the storytelling did not flow as beautifully and effortlessly as the leadsa?? vocals....
BWW Review: #MusikalDiRumah RARA J's Hip Story and Visuals Updates the Folktale for t Photo BWW Review: #MusikalDiRumah RARA J's Hip Story and Visuals Updates the Folktale for the Younger Generation
by Rakaputra Paputungan - August 10, 2020

#MusikalDiRumahAjaa??s third and latest entry, Rara J, is the first to transplant the source folktale into a current-day setting. However, the adaptation is not merely skin-deep, as the episodea??s presentation is as snazzy as its internet-savvy characters, resulting in a fun and accessible watch....
BWW Review: #MusikalDiRumahAja Dystopian Rendition TIMUN MAS is an Enchanting Chaos Photo BWW Review: #MusikalDiRumahAja Dystopian Rendition TIMUN MAS is an Enchanting Chaos
by Rakaputra Paputungan - August 08, 2020

The second episode of #MusikalDiRumahAja web musical series, Timun Mas, brought the childrena??s tale into a new, surreal realm. It puts its meticulously stylistic presentation up and front, at the cost of muddling its substance behind a veneer of colors and light....
BWW Review: #MusikalDiRumahAja Debuts with MALIN KUNDANG Photo BWW Review: #MusikalDiRumahAja Debuts with MALIN KUNDANG
by Rakaputra Paputungan - July 30, 2020

The first of #MusikalDiRumahAja series is here. Malin Kundang, the West Sumatran folktale, is available to watch until Thursday (7/30) evening on Indonesia Kaya's YouTube channel and stars Nino Prabowo, Dea Panendra, Desmonda Cathabel, and Naura....
BWW Review: The Imaginative Flight of MUSIC OF PAPER's Story and Form Photo BWW Review: The Imaginative Flight of MUSIC OF PAPER's Story and Form
by Rakaputra Paputungan - July 25, 2020

As part of Bandung Philharmonic Orchestra's Children Concert Series, the cross-opera MUSIC OF PAPER is available to watch on YouTube for two days this weekend (July 25-26)....