Bond with Nora the secret agent

KUALA LUMPUR: Look out Bond, here comes Nora.

The Malaysian undercover agent, with stylish '60s bouffant do and psychedelic fashion sense, will make her stage debut in the musical The Secret Life of Nora. A production from Enfiniti Vision Media, it will be staged at Istana Budaya on Sept 29.

Enfiniti, which previously successful staged the sold-out Puteri Gunung Ledang the Musical (PGL) and P. Ramlee the Musical in KL and Singapore, roped in London-based director Steven Dexter to helm the project this time.

Dexter, who has worked in London's West End productions, directed shows such as Peter Pan and Pirates of the Penzance.

"It's set in 1960s Malaya," said writer Raymond Miranda during a recent press conference, adding, "it is whimsical and fun, a musical that blends adventure, intrigue, comedy and love for the audience to enjoy".

Set in a fantastical version of Malaya, the story revolves around Nora, a cabaret star who unwittingly finds herself embroiled in a mysterious plot by an evil organisation bent on mischief. She meets Roger, a British spy whose task is to mould her into an undercover agent and together stop the evil plan.

Enfiniti executive producer Tiara Jacquelina, who last mastered the art of Javanese dancing in Puteri Gunung Ledang, will now learn to execute deadly blows to play Nora. More cast information will be made known at a later time.

The bilingual show, in English and Bahasa Malaysia, will be choreographed by Pat Ibrahim, (PGL and P. Ramlee) with Francis O'Connor as set designer and costumes by Moe Kassim & Stylo.

It will see the return of composer/producer Roslan Aziz as the music director. "I have been waiting for a chance to work with Tiara again after successful collaborations with PGL and P. Ramlee," he said, adding the songs were composed by Weng Onn San with lyrics by Jerome Kugan and Alfian Sa'at.