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24 HRS ON BROADWAY (article first published : 2008-04-19)

The Eeny Meeny Miny Mo Entertainment Company proudly presents 24 Hrs on Broadway, a musical explosion of song and dance, which comes to the Kwasuka Cutting Edge Theatre at the beginning of May.

The complexities, excitement, stimulation and awe of a businessman spending a day in New York wondering the streets and catching some fabulous shows, comes to life in a poignant, beautifully-crafted production.

Award-winning actor Darren King plays Ken Lawson, an English stage director / choreographer who has an appointment with an American producer and theatre owner in New York. The appointment is moved to the following day giving him 24 hours to enjoy New York - taking in the sights and sounds of the city: the yellow cabs, fast-food diners and the slick genre-defining musicals. He contemplates their musical legacy, nostalgia, phenomenal talent and heartache.

In a rare and exciting vocal combination, Darren King is joined by popular Kerry de Witt (vocalist for bands such as Gina peep and Butternut) who will provide the female narrative and vocals. The production is choreographed by Janine Bennewith who will lead the six cast members though the paces, including dancers Londiwe Dhlomo, Maxine Muir and Vusi Thabethe.

Direction is by Durban dancer and choreographer Dean Bennewith who explains: “I want to create a Broadway show that pumps and jives as the scintillating toe-tapping songs make up the story line.”

The various Broadway songs take the audience on a pacy ride as the cast brings Lawson’s experience to life: “We want to challenge our audience by creating something fabulous and unusual,” says Bennewith. His vision is to stage a slick, fast-paced production with multi-media input to give a sense of the texture and pace of the city. “The stage set starts in the auditorium and assembles its way to the stage creating an industrial look, but enhanced by the colours of a New York cab,” he explains.

The set design will incorporate cubicles representing different elements found in a big city but at the same time creating performance spaces for the artist with them never leaving the stage for this hour-long show. The Kwasuka Theatre will provide the perfect intimate setting for their venture. The production looks to celebrate and honour the many visually-defining postcard-type American icons which have shaped our world – especially the culinary and musical legacy of the city.

The theme will extend to the foyer and gardens at the Kwasuka: there will be cafe tables in the amphitheatre at the Kwasuka, with mini-skirted waitresses in candy-stripes taking orders – with hotdogs, burgers, soda, coffee-to-go and popcorn being on sale to encourage patrons to enjoy a full evening of best-loved American themed entertainment.

24 Hrs on Broadway runs at Kwasuka Cutting Edge Theatre from May 1 to 18 with shows from Tuesday to Saturday at 19h30 (Sundays at 15h00)

There are special Friday lunch time shows at 12h45 and a Wednesday matinee at 14h00. These will encourage people working in the neighbourhood to spend their Friday lunch-hour at the Kwasuka where they can grab a hotdog and enjoy the hour-long show. They are welcome to relax at café tables for leisurely afternoon drinks, or rush back to the office if they must.

Tickets R90 (R75 pensioners, students and scholars) with R70pp for block bookings for 20 people or more or buy ten R90 tickets and get the 10th one free. Bookings on 031 202 8928




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