Starting today, Saro The Musical 2 rocks Easter with 13 performances in six days
Returning with a 100-man cast, Saro the Musical 2, a Bolanle Austen-Peters production, and supported by Terra Kulture, will deliver 13 outstanding performances in six days this Easter starting from today, April 1 – 6.
The spectacular performance that wooed audiences at Christmas returns to the prestigious Shell Hall, MUSON Centre, Lagos, with a bang. This Easter’s show will be delivering an even bigger showcase of dazzling performances in lovely and colourful costumes, energetic and well-choreographed dance steps, and an exquisite fusion of jazz, afro-beat, hip-hop, highlife, juju, apala, and such other contemporary Nigerian music genres.
Saro’s successful showing at MUSON Centre last Christmas drew notable names in the Nigerian arts sector such as Prof. Duro Oni, Olu and Joke Jacobs, Tunde Kelani, Ben Tomoloju, Yeni Kuti, as well as political figures such as APC chieftains, Gen. Muhamadu Buhari, Governor Rotimi Amaechi, Senator Mamora Olorumnibe and PDP chieftain, Mr. Jimi Agbaje. The diplomatic corps, top government officials and private sector players also had slice of it. The more than 10 shows also garnered critical acclaim and attention from media as well as critics all over the world.
With each show sold out in December and a deluge of praises showered on the performance, a number of impressed audience members had expressed the hope that the show would tour the country, and eventually be showcased to the world. It is in fulfillment of this that Saro 2 returns this Easter to meet the yearnings of Nigerians who yearn for another super performance.
The show schedule is as follows: show time from Wednesday, April 1 – Sunday, April 5 is 3pm and 7pm. However, show time for Easter Monday, April 6 is 1pm, 4pm and 7pm respectively. A statement from Austin-Peters said, “Through our theatre initiatives, we have demonstrated that the creative industry can provide skills and employment for our youths. We also recognize that Nigerians need leisure and entertainment activities.
However, theatre requires substantial infrastructure and funding to thrive, and we hope that both government and the private sector will take up the challenge and drive the growth of the sector through funding and infrastructure development. The sector has the potential to generate thousands of jobs and contribute significantly to the GDP of Nigeria if given the necessary support and encouragement.
“With tremendous interest in Saro the Musical from foreign media, we believe that Nigeria’s theatre industry can be a major tourist attraction and tool for development”.
Directed by Kenneth Uphopho, GbengaYussuf (dance director) and Ayo Ajayi (music director), Saro the Musical 2 will be featuring outstanding Nigerian artists and performers including Bimbo Manuel, Dolapo Oni, Gideon Okeke, Ade Laoye, Patrick Diabua, A’rese Emokpae, William Benson, Lami Phillips, Pual Alumona, Paolo Sisiano and many others.
Support for this wholly indigenous cultural production comes from MTN, Access Bank Plc and AfricaMagic. Feelings of confinement and frustration lead a group of young performers to embark on a journey in search of their destiny.
The boys shake off the shackles of complacency and head for a land that promises limitless opportunities. Inevitable human emotions ensue, including love, fear, jealousy and the inevitable “success”.
Freedom is what they seek and Lagos has the potential to offer these emerging artists an escape from poverty. A devastating experience lands them in the lap of destiny, success ignites them and love fuels them. Will their purpose be fulfilled? Destiny is always inevitable. Welcome to the future in which Saro is avante garde!
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