October 25th sees the opening of SARO The Musical, touted as the largest Broadway style production to come out of Nigeria.
On October 8th, we were treated to a preview of sorts of the stage musical that the producers promised us is going to blow us away. Not usual practice, the preview was actually a rehearsal but the team was keen to share their ambitions and give us an insight into the scale and vision of the production. The preview was held at Terra Kulture where they have been preparing but the production will be staged at the New Oriental Hotel Grand Ballroom which currently boasts the best stage in Nigeria.
The rehearsal was put on without the full complement of lights, sound and costume but they still managed to raise goose bumps with music from an impressive array of instruments including a horn section and traditional percussion. Despite the fact that they have been rehearsing for 90 days, the singers and performers looked like they were enjoying themselves and their enthusiasm was infectious.
Written and produced by Terra Kulture’s Managing Director Bolanle Austin Peters, SARO The Musical features original music as well as borrowing from all eras of Nigerian music up to the current popular music including Lagbaja, Tiwa Savage and I think I heard some Wizkid in there. She is working with some of the best but young hands in the industry led by Makinde Adeniran (Executive Director), Ayo Ajayi (Music Director), Kenneth Uphopho (Drama) and Gbenga Yusuf (Dance).
We only got to watch the introductory scenes, not enough to give too much away but enough to draw us into the story with a festival, a lovers rendezvous, the start of a journey and the promise of Lagos, the land of opportunity.
SARO is the story of four young men who – determined to break from the yoke of frustration and lack of opportunities to explore their talents and realize their dreams – decided to embark on a journey to the land of opportunities….LAGOS.
A devastating experience lands them in the lap of destiny, success ignites them and love fuels them.
Watch a sneak peek of SARO – The Musical below http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pm8Z0ofkM90
The first preview, held on September 10th, and attended by a select audience including Professor Ahmed Yerima, former General Manager of the National Theatre; Lagos State Commissioner for Tourism, Disu Holloway; Ebony Life TV founder Mo Abudu and 2face, garnered rave reviews.
The team assure us that they have “spared nothing to ensure people get the best experience” with SARO . We are looking forward to seeing everything they’ve got in store. (See the dates, showtimes, venue and ticket details after the pictures).
DATES: October 25th, 26th and 27th
VENUE: New Oriental Hotel Grand Ballroom, Victoria Island, Lagos.
SHOW TIMES on the 25th: 11am, 4pm and 7pm
SHOW TIMES on the 26th: 11am, 4pm and 7pm
SHOW TIMES on the 27th: 1pm, 4pm and 7pm
TICKETS: VVIP N40K, VIP N25K, PREMIER N10K, STANDARD N5K, CHILDREN N2,500
Please note that the 11am shows are Matinee Shows targeted towards Schools and Students ONLY.
TICKETS AVAILABLE AT www.naijaticketshop.com and NaijaTicketShop Outlets: Silverbird Cinemas (VI and Ikeja), Ozone Cinemas and Domino’s Pizza/ColdStone Creamery (VI and Lekki)
Join the conversation on Twitter @sarothemusical and use the hash tag #SaroTheMusical.
THIS WOULD ABSOLUTELY BLOW YOUR MIND.