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The story of Bawang Merah Bawang Putih appears in the musical theater

Inspired by the classic family tale of Bawang Merah dan Bawang Putih (Onion and Garlic), pop musical Bunga untuk Mira (Flowers for Mira) is set to take the stage at the Taman Ismail Marzuki (TIM) cultural center in Central Jakarta on Dec. 22 and 23.

As reported by, the tale that tells the story of two siblings with opposite personalities named Bawang Merah and Bawang Putih gets a modern adaption to attract a new generation.

Director Mia Johannes said that Flowers for Mira would also be different from the usual musical theater performances.

“The adaptation of the legend Bawang Merah dan Bawang Putih is a free adaptation that would be re-imagined with science fiction,” Mia said, as quoted by

Mia said she had changed the names of the main characters to Mira and Puti for a more popular appeal, adding that the play would also be accompanied by a live orchestra.

The musical will feature singers Shae and Daniel Adnan and harp players Maya Hasan and Johan Yanuar.

Mia has also tapped Mondo Gascaro to be responsible for the music. Mondo will collaborate with Indra Prakarsa on the orchestra, as well as involve choreographer Ufa Sofura. (liz/kes)

The Jakarta Post


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