Photo by Chris 'Goa' Farrugia 

Il-Kbir Għadu Ġej

A jukebox musical in Maltese built around the best-loved hits of rock n’ roll icon Freddie Portelli. Freddie’s music has been synonymous with Maltese culture since the 1960s and this musical was a celebration of his legacy, his larger-than-life persona, and Maltese life in the swinging 60s.

The show is the story of young Alfred who dreams of international stardom and juggles his musical aspirations with work at the Drydocks. His hopes lie in winning the music competition at the Black Train Bar and the contacts that come with the prize. However his life is complicated by his crush on Georgette (who fronts rival band Liberty Land), and the lure of emigration for better opportunities which threatens to take his best friend (and drummer) away.

Il-Kbir Għadu Ġej features hits such as Viva Malta, Xewqat Sbieħ, Se Jkolli Nemmen and Ħallini. The show was commissioned and produced by Balzunetta Productions.

Duration: 120 mins

Main Cast: 7F, 9M

The closing song for Il-Kbir Għadu Ġej was written and released for the show with music by Dominic Galea, lyrics by Sean Buhagiar, performed by Freddie Portelli and remixed by Micimago.

Photos by Chris 'Goa' Farrugia

Il-Kbir Għadu Ġej was first produced by Balzunetta Productions on the 9th - 17th August 2019 at the Mediterranean Conference Centre, Valletta.


Book - Malcolm Galea

Music & Lyrics - Freddie Portelli

Musical Arrangements - Dominic Galea

2019 Production

Director - Sean Buhagiar

Musical Director - Dominic Galea

Choreographer - Warren Bonello

Original Cast

Alfred il-Kredu - Kevin Borg

Toni Tagħna - Davide Tucci

Lourdes - Amber Bondin

Georgette - Marilena Gauci

Zija Pawlina - Leontine Spiteri

Old Alfred - Mark Tonna

Sylvia - Petra Zammit

Il-Bum - Luke Dalli

Il-Bummer - Max Dingli

Kurun - Colin Fitz

Gwido l-Liberty - Frank Zammit

Claudette - Taryn Mamo Cefai

Yvette - Michela Galea

Hans Fritzer - Emanuel Cassar

Michela - Amber Mansueto

Valentino - Dominic Cini


Keys - Dominic Galea

Guitar - Luke Grech

Guitar - Steve Delia

Tenor Sax - Mario Borg

Bass - Antoine Psaila

Drums - Robert Spiteri


Alison Abela, Mariele Rose Borg, Toni Busuttil, Jamie Cardona, Ina Cini Robinich, Christine Francalanza, Jeremy Grech


Warren Bonello, Alister Camilleri, Eliza Cassar, Nicole Chetcuti, Jake Curti, Martina Galea, Maria Gauci, Thomas Grixti, Matthias Magri, Neriah Mangion, Matteo Mifsud, Nina Ragonesi, Emilie Visanich




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