I’m on leave in Cape Town and it is wonderful! As part of my effort to squish as much fun into a week as possible, my sister and I watched West Side Story at the Artscape Opera House.
It. Was. AMAZING.
What I knew of The Fugard Theatre Company going in: they stage the well-known Rocky Horror Show in Cape Town regularly and do it well. Their home theatre is fairly small, so the Artscape was necessary for a production of this size.
What I knew of West Side Story going in: it is loosely based on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. It’s a musical. The music is by Leonard Bernstein, who was just all kinds of awesome. It is a super-popular musical all over the world.
That is all you need to know really. The cast is all-South African and all-talented. I loved it all: from the music (kudos to the orchestra) and the dancing (who said dance was for sissies?) to the lighting and the stage. The stage and props constituted a MASTERPIECE. It was so well-designed that I eagerly anticipated every set-change.
The show got a standing ovation last night, and it was well-deserved. It feels like a privilege to have watched it.
If you are in Cape Town – nay, in South Africa – you will not regret watching this production of West Side Story. It runs til 23 August – do it!
Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. I just loved the show.