The Jakarta Post
The 'What I Did For Love' performance by 13 participants of the 'Indonesia Menuju Broadway' scholarship program at the Soehana Hall, Energy Building, Jakarta, on Aug. 27, 2019. (Bakti Budaya Djarum Foundation/File)
Thirteen selected participants of Indonesia Menuju Broadway (Indonesia Headed for Broadway) presented a long-awaited showcase at Soehana Hall, Energy Building, Jakarta, on Tuesday.
Initiated by Bakti Budaya Djarum Foundation’s Ruang Kreatif (creative room), global arts education organization StudentsLive and United States-based theater program Passport to Broadway, the training scholarship program was aimed at providing a Broadway-standard theater education for young performers in Indonesia.
Launched in January, the program attracted 672 registrants, with 243 of them selected to audition in front of renowned judges, who included director Garin Nugroho, choreographer Ari Tulang, singer Andrea Miranda and dancer Ufa Sofura.
Sixty-eight participants then received intensive training by StudentsLive-Passport to Broadway instructors in February. Thirteen people were selected to fly to New York, namely Adyla Rafa Naura Ayu, Aldafi Adnan Hutomo, Dasrizal, Desmonda Cathabel, Evelinn Kurniadi, Galabby Thahira, Gerardo Cristopher Jonathan Tanor, Lil’li Latisha, Muhammad Qardhawi Gad El Haq, Ni Made Ayu Raharsini Gurnitha, Palka Kojansow, Putri Indam Kamila and Stephanie Mariska Setiawan.
From July 8 to 12, they had the opportunity to collaborate with musical theater specialists, partake in musical performances, watch Broadway shows and meet with performers.
In Jakarta, the 13 participants presented the showcase titled “What I Did For Love”, taken from a pivotal song of the musical A Chorus Line. The 60-minute musical performance was first held on July 12 at Symphony Space in Broadway, specifically designed to demonstrate the participants’ musical theater abilities.
It featured 40 songs, such as “Getting Married Today” and “Being Alive” (Company), "We Both Reached for the Gun" (Chicago), "When I Grow Up" (Matilda), “Any Dream Will Do” (Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat) as well as “The Music and The Mirror” and "What I Did For Love" (A Chorus Line). The performance in Jakarta was sealed with a lovely rendition of “Indonesia Pusaka” by Ismail Marzuki.
“We went through a long and difficult process to determine the 13 participants. All that hard work paid off when we watched these young Indonesian artists attend each class and give their best performance in front of a top New York Broadway team,” said Renitasari Adrian, program director of Bakti Budaya Djarum Foundation.
The foundation also announced that it had extended its partnership with StudentsLive and Passport to Broadway through 2021. The program will offer online pre-college and college musical theater conservatory level courses and curricula designed by StudentsLive-Passport to Broadway. (ran/wng)