Review: Offbeat Broadway 4

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Offbeat Broadway is back at the Theatre on the Bay.  This is its fourth run which, well… really says it all, doesn’t it?

The beautiful Lindy Abromowitz, the hilarious Paul du Toit and the heart-throbbing Anton Luitingh are this time directed by comedian Alan Committie in a performance of musical favourites from the likes of The Lion King, Phantom of the Opera, Mamma Mia and more. The most heart-palpitating would have to be the 32-song medley which makes the listeners’ heads spin and even the three great live singers lose their breath.

The show runs on no particular storyline, but does involve a discussion of the mad world of musicals, the opportunistic money schemes involved and the stereotypical people who go to these shows. The irony is light-hearted as of course everyone in the room is clearly a fan of the musical genre.

The three performers clearly had a lot of fun putting this together and this was reflected in the cheerful harmony of their voices as well as their camaraderie on stage. I’d have liked to see a little more effort go into the costumes, although the “budget broadway” final scene of Les Miserables somewhat compensated with lots of props, wigs and hats.

A full-on musical is often an elaborate and correspondingly expensive show.  This refreshingly relaxed ‘highlights” show, while it won’t whisk you away into another world, is perfect for a good chuckle, and will certainly get you tapping your feet while you revel in the power of three incredible voices.  This is a musically rich performance which should be shared.

 Zaid Philander

Offbeat Broadway runs at the Theatre on the Bay 13 – 29 October 2011.

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