Hg2 Cape Town author Keith Bain knows a good musical when he sees one–particularly when it’s dripping with tongue-in-cheek humour.
Back in the 90s, three fresh-faced, super-talented, straight-out-of-drama school South African actors staged a gut-wrenchingly funny musical spoof entitled Offbeat Broadway. It played at Cape Town’s Theatre on the Bay and so convincingly wowed and delighted audiences that it turned into a theatrical franchise spawning several sequels. Each successive show has poked fun at the musicals we all know and love—as well as a few nobody’s ever heard of. And each show has been a marriage of slick, high-energy entertainment and ball-grabbing commentary on everything from politics to penises.
It’s been six long years since the third installment, and now the trio is back with Offbeat Broadway 4, another insane, irreverent and off-the-wall romp through the musicals. Taking audiences on a risqué, fall-down-laughing tour of some of the greatest show tunes (and a few embarrassing dogs), the show stars Anton Luitingh, Lindy Abromowitz and Paul du Toit, all bright-eyed, bushy-tailed, and ready to murder a string of musicals. You don’t need to be the sort who sings along to every number in Cats or Phantom of the Opera, but prepare for a fast-paced, tears-of-laughter gallivant from Saturday Night Fever through to The Book of Mormon, with plenty of below-the-belt ribald along the way.
After the Johannesburg run, the show returns to its spiritual home in Cape Town, where from 10 to 29 October it plays at Camps Bay’s Theatre on the Bay (read the review here).
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