Must Go’s: Celebrating Women Empowerment Through The Life And Music Of Whitney Houston

March is the month we celebrate International Women’s Day, and as such, is about honouring women, and especially those who struggle with tremendous obstacles, rise above them and continue persevering. In-line with such an important event, Milestone Production Sdn Bhd is presenting “REMEMBERING WHITNEY – THE GREATEST LOVE OF ALL”, a 90-minute live music concert direct from glitzy Las Vegas, on the 22nd and 23rd of March 2019 at Istana Budaya, Kuala Lumpur in celebration of the life and top selling hits of the late Whitney Houston.

The show is in tribute to Whitney Houston, one of the most awarded female artists of all time by Guinness World Records. Although she battled many hardships, she made an impact in the world today because she believed in herself, reflecting the lyrics in her song “Greatest Love of All” – “I decided long ago never to walk in anyone’s shadow; if I fail, or if I succeed at least I did as I believe”.

In a show of support for International Women’s Day, Milestone Production invites show goers to join in the celebration of honouring women, by “sponsoring a survivor” to catch the show. Every “sponsor a survivor” ticket purchased will go to a female survivor (single mothers and cancer survivors for example) and comes with a light dinner. According to Grace Lee, Managing Director of Milestone Production Sdn Bhd, “For the past 17 years, Milestone Production has always looked for different ways to give back to the community through performing arts. This year, we are proud to be celebrating International Women’s Day and Cancer Awareness by inviting all of our show goers to celebrate the love and sacrifices made by women!”

Trina Johnson Finn, the star of “REMEMBERING WHITNEY – THE GREATEST LOVE OF ALL” is known as one of the few women who can step into Whitney’s “larger-than-life” role, will enthrall Malaysians with breathtaking renditions of Whitney’s memorable classics, including “Greatest Love of All”, “I’m Every Woman”, “Queen of the Night”, “How Will I Know”, “I Will Always Love You”, “I Have Nothing”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody”, to name a few. She wants Malaysians to join her by celebrating the beauty of strong and amazing women. “I want to share my gift of Voice to uplift and empower all women around the world and let you know that you are special and forever the “Queen of the Night,” adds Trina.

She continues, “The fans of Malaysia can expect to hear all the wonderful hits made famous by Whitney Houston and I will talk about how she inspired me and why I love her so. I will give the audience a piece of my soul as I perform and pay homage to an amazing vocalist. Growing up similar to Whitney in the church, I want to give a soulful and powerful performance that the audience will never forget. As Whitney would say; I’m Every Woman – it’s all in me.”

Ticket Promotion – “Group of 4” Promotion

Get 30% off the Friday show and 20% off the Saturday show if you purchase the Package of 4 (only available for Premium, VIP, Cat A and Cat B tickets).

Hotel Maya Kuala Lumpur Special Deal for Remembering Whitney’s showgoers!

Stay in their Studio Suite for only RM307.40 nett (20-26 March 2019). Each room comes with an International Buffet Breakfast for 2 pax and internet access. SPECIAL complimentary double upgrade to Deluxe Suite – only for this period! Book your stay with reservation@hotelmaya.com.my and attach proof of ticket purchase. For further enquiries, kindly call 03 2333 1310 (Reservation Line) or 03 2711 8866 (Hotel’s General Line). This promotion is valid until 20 March 2019. T&Cs apply.


Getting To Know Trina Johnson Finn 


Trina is no stranger to the entertainment industry and has appeared on such shows like The Grammy’s, Oprah, the MTV Music Video Awards, the BET Awards, and the American Music Awards to name a few and has graced the stage with iconic entertainers ranging from Barbra Streisand to MC Hammer, Michael Bolton to Valerie Simpson, Smokey Robinson to Martha Reeves, and Marilyn Manson to The Family Stone.

As a Recording Artist, Trina was a featured vocalist on MC Hammer’s “Please Hammer Don’t Hurt ’em” album which showcased hits like “You Can’t Touch This” and the project sold over 20 million albums world-wide. Trina was also signed as a solo artist on MC Hammer’s record label and toured the world with him for several years as a backup singer and dancer. As a Songwriter, Trina is currently writing and co-producing her debut album featuring Pop, R&B and Funk-infused tunes like “In Your Face“ and “Delicious“ as well as soulful, smoothed-out ballads like “To Know Love” and “Over Due“.

Trina also has many film, television and theater credits under her belt as well. Appearing in projects like “Anchorman” starring Will Ferrell, “Breakin All The Rules” starring Jamie Foxx, “Bringing Down The House” starring Queen Latifah and Steve Martin, and the Off-Broadway theater productions of “Dreamgirls”, “Ain’t Misbehavin” and “The Wiz”. On the Las Vegas Strip, Trina was an original cast member of the hit production “Vegas! The Show” and she is frequently a headliner in her own production shows throughout Las Vegas, the US and Internationally.

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About Milestone Production
Established in 2003, Milestone Production is one of the region’s leading show production company that provides unparalleled live entertainment experiences globally. We aim to cultivate appreciation of the performing arts in the region by bringing in internationally acclaimed West End and Broadway productions to Malaysia and to the rest of South East Asia, namely – “Mamma Mia!”, “The Mousetrap”, the multi-award winning Broadway production “Jersey Boys”, “Thriller Live”, “Saturday Night Fever”, “Potted Potter”, “Dr. Bubble With Milkshake”, “One Man Star Wars Trilogy”, “Dr. Balloon’s Science Adventure”, “Rumour Has It – Adele – Her Life And Songs”, and the iconic “An Evening With The Phantom Of The Opera”.

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Must Go’s: Swan Lake by Ballet West

When I first received an invite from Milestone Entertainment for The Golden Gala Premiere of Swan Lake by Ballet West, I had to reread their email several times due to disbelief. If you have read my previous post, also on Swan Lake, you’ll know that I had learnt ballet eons ago. So being able to attend Swan Lake was a dream come true for me and definitely one of my Performing Arts Bucket List items!

A look at the Stage and Seating from the Top

And with it being held up at Genting’s, the location’s atmosphere set the mood for the anticipated event, complete with cool weather and mist to boot. The Genting International Showroom, where Swan Lake is being performed, is just one floor above the Genting Grand Hotel Lobby, convenient indeed!

A section of the Cocktail Reception

As invited guests, we were treated to a lovely cocktail reception with delicious hors d’oeuvres and freshly squeezed juices or beer. It was a great time to catch up with some of my fellow blogger friends.

Gillian Barton, the Founder & Director of Ballet West, was so hospitable during the reception, stopping at every table to chat with guests as well as pose for pictures. Choy Peng of Choypengism and I couldn’t help but get in a photo of our very own!

[L-R]Ryan James Davies (in the background), Choy Peng, Gillian Barton, and me

No videos nor photographs were allowed during the show, so all stage photos in this post (aka the ones without my blog name plastered on them) are credited to Ryan James Davies, the official photographer for the event. Thank you Ryan!

[L-R]Gillian Barton meeting her DYMM Sultanah Pahang Sultanah Hajjah Kalsom

The performance that evening was graced by DYMM Sultanah Pahang Sultanah Hajjah Kalsom who arrived promptly with her entourage. And right after the audience were seated, the curtains went up and the performance began!

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Swan Lake by Ballet West is divided up into 4 Acts, with 2 before Intermission, and the remaining 2 right after.

Act 1 – The Birthday Celebration

Act 1 starts off with a Birthday Celebration for Prince Siegfried where he is presented with a crossbow. His mother, the Queen, also informs him that he is to be subjected to an arranged marriage as he has come of age yet has not found a bride. The Prince, upset upon hearing his mother’s wishes, then goes off hunting with his friends with his new crossbow.

Act 2 – Odette’s Story

Act 2 is about Odette’s Story and herein enters the White Swan at the lake where the Prince discovers her. We find out that she has been cursed along with some other girls, to be magically turned into swans during the day, and only to reclaim their true human forms at night. Prince Siegfried, entranced by Odette, tries to woo her without success as the curse hangs between them and threatens their feelings for each other. The curse, it will come to be known, can only be broken if Odette finds a man whose heart belongs only to her.

Act 3 – The Matchmaking Party

With Act 3 comes The Matchmaking Party, where Rothbart (the evil sorcerer that cursed Odette) brings his daughter Odile (the Black Swan), disguised as Odette, to the party to ensnare the Prince’s heart in order to keep the curse securely in its place. It works, and the Prince informs the Queen that he has found his lady.  

Act 4 – Forgiveness

In Act 4, the Prince realises that he has been duped and seeks Odette’s Forgiveness. Receiving such, they declare their love for one another and decide to die together, breaking the curse on the rest of the swans, and also on the power Rothbart holds over them. He eventually dies as well, after being overcome by the swans.     

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Natasha Watson

Natasha Watson, playing Odette (the White Swan), was flawless in her execution. With ballet, it is sometimes hard to watch every angle of a performance. Not only were her expressions on point, clearly projecting the mood of the piece, but her feet were most definitely en pointe as well (an observation I made as often as I dared take my eyes away from the performance)! Her leg movements were so precise and detailed, depicting a swan’s movements, that they were worth the price of the seat ticket itself.

Jonathan Barton, who plays Prince Siegfried, too was lovely to watch. Showcasing a principal danseur’s much-needed strength (there were quite a number of long lifts he had to complete) yet never foregoing on the gracefulness of the dance form.

[L-R]Uyu Hiromoto, Jonathan Barton, Gillian Barton

Uyu Hiromoto was equally wonderful in her portrayal of the Black Swan Odile, casting her evil spell on us as the evening unfolded. Her series of pirouettes are not to be missed!

Beautiful backdrop of the lake (complete with mist!)

The vividly colourful costumes and intricate swan tutus were yet another star of the show. With 33 dancers, the performance is definitely a feast for the eyes. The whole cast played their roles wonderfully, bringing Swan Lake to life with such poise and elegance. The backgrounds, although few, were eye-catching, complete with (here comes the Genting element again) mist! And last but definitely not least, Tchaikovsky’s hauntingly beautiful music. It sweeps you up and immerses you in the world of Swan Lake.

Hours went into the making of these intricate tutus

How often are we graced by dance of such calibre, performed by dancers from around the UK!? And so again, THANK YOU, to Milestone Entertainment and The Dance Company, for bringing this mesmerising performance by Ballet West to our shores. It will not be forgotten.

Tickets are still on sale here so don’t miss the chance to be enraptured by Swan Lake by Ballet West.

Show Date
24th – 26th August 2018
31st August – 2nd September 2018
Show Time & Venue
8pm at the Genting International Showroom, Genting Highlands

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