The 22nd of March 2019 was the night KLites got the chance to relive the legend that is Whitney Houston at the newly renovated Istana Budaya, Kuala Lumpur. There was not a single bad seat in the house as Trina Johnson Finn’s powerful voice resonated to the far corners of the hall. It was such a wonderful experience to not only listen to Whitney’s greatest hits, but also to look upon the joyous faces of some Whitney fans who danced along to the beat in their seats.
L-R: Trina Johnson Finn, Sultanah Hajjah Kalsom binti Abdullah, Yang Dipertua BAKASA YAM Tengku Muhaini, and Grace Lee, Show Producer
She came from Las Vegas, she sang and she channelled Whitney Houston for the night. Clad all in black for the first half of the show, Trina Johnson Finn commanded the stage and gave the crowd perfect renditions of Whitney Houston’s classics such as “I Will Always Love You, “I Have Nothing”, Where Do Broken Hearts Go”, and “I Wanna Dance With Somebody”. This special night was also wonderfully graced by the presence of the Sultanah Hajjah Kalsom binti Abdullah.
Before Trina took the stage, the crowd was treated to a special performance from two very young and talented aspiring musicians! Roy Wong, 13, wowed everyone with his powerhouse vocals, belting out “The Greatest Love of All” with local songbird – Tria Aziz.
Without missing a beat, Falizstha Sarafina Subahan, 15, sang a beautiful rendition of “Run to You”. Growing up listening to Whitney, Roy and Falizstha were thrilled to be able to perform some of her greatest hits. “Whitney’s music was challenging but it had a lot of soul to it! It’s a very surreal experience being here,” added Falizstha. It was great to see that Malaysia has so many budding talents in the music industry and hopefully, they’ll continue their craft in years to come.
“REMEMBERING WHITNEY – THE GREATEST LOVE OF ALL”, a 90-minute live music concert celebrating the life and top selling hits of the late Whitney Houston was presented by Milestone Production Sdn Bhd in collaboration with BAKASA for the Royal Charity Gala. This non-profit charitable body aims to provide a better living environment for the underprivileged managed to raise RM700,000 from ticket sales. These funds will be channeled into uplifting children who are orphans. These orphans come from RukTAA – a home for underprivileged children and CINTAA – a platform world of science, technology, and innovation.
“Tonight was the perfect way to celebrate all the strong women out there – you are truly the Queen Of the Night! Trina was truly remarkable on stage and I believe everyone enjoyed her charisma. She really connected with everyone in the audience and took us on a journey through Whitney’s life,” shared Grace Lee, Managing Director of Milestone Production Sdn Bhd.
“REMEMBERING WHITNEY – THE GREATEST LOVE OF ALL” ends tonight, 23rd March 2019 after a two-night live concert. Tickets are still available for purchase here for the final show.
For more info on the show, Trina Johnson Finn, and Milestone Production, check out my previous post for all the details!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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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