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DESPERATELY SEEKING PRINCE CHARMING (article first published : 2003-04-15)

A fun and offbeat original musical – Desperately Seeking Prince Charming - comes to The Catalina Theatre in Wilson’s Wharf from April 16 until May 11.

Written and devised by Charon Williams-Ros and Toni D’Amant, this locally-devised cabaret takes a humorous and poignant look at the evolution of heterosexual relationships through an eclectic mix of familiar songs, comedy, dance and quirky narrative.

A talented mix of four strong and attractive women take to the stage in this smart and sassy original cabaret. Toni D’Amant and Charon Williams-Ros are both seasoned performers on the local circuit who will be adding their own personal brand of glamour and humour to their piece. Durban audiences also get to catch charismatic Durban diva Nothando Mbanda and the award-winning Catherine Mace.

Directed by Peter Court, Desperately Seeking Prince Charming is a humorous look at relationships through feminine eyes, with poignant moments of hard–hitting honesty.

A myriad of medleys allows a great many numbers to be included such as Gershwin’s Someone to Watch over Me andThe Man I Love; I Will Follow Him; Baby Love, Nine to Five, I Enjoy Being a Girl (Rogers and Hammerstein); Wives and Lovers; Sorry I Asked; A Good Man is Hard to Find; I Put a Spell on You; Black Magic Woman; Here I Am; I Can Make You a Man (Rocky Horror); Tits and Arse (from A Chorus Line). Some of the more contemporary numbers include Don’t Let Me Get Me; And I Still Believe in Love and Long Train Running. There is also original numbers including Don’t Underestimate a Woman by CharonWilliams-Ros and performed by Nothando Mbanda.

The carefully-chosen narrative includes excerpts from a home economics book from the 60’s entitled The Total Woman; Marge Piercy poem A story wet as tears and original dialogue about life and love.

Desperately Seeking Prince Charming was one of the sell-out hits of the South African Women’s Arts Festival in the Playhouse in 2000.

Suitable for adult audiences, it is being staged from April 16 until May 11 at the Catalina Theatre. Performances Tuesday until Saturday at 20h00 and Sunday’s shows at 18h00. Bookings on 031 305 6889.




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