Written and produced by Bolanle Austen-Peters with Makinde Adeniran calling the shots as executive artistic director, the production is set to live up to its billing as Nigeria’s first Broadway musical play.
That theatre lovers are going to enjoy the play is a given judging from the two previews held.
Lagos State Commissioner for Tourism, Disun Holloway; actress Taiwo Ajai-Lycett; dramatist and culture journalist, Ben Tomoloju; former Artistic Director of National Troupe of Nigeria, Professor Ahmed Yerima; art patron, Myma Belo-Osagie and founder of Ebony TV, Mo Abudu who were among guests at the first preview last month who rated the production.
Nollywood star, Dakore Egbuson-Akande, who was among guests at the second preview last week also commended the play which opens on Friday and runs till Sunday with three shows daily.
Tellingly, Adeniran and his three directors - Gbenga Yusuf (dance), Kenneth Uphopho (drama) and Ayo Ajayi (music) - have responded positively to observations made by some practitioners who have previewed the play and ‘Saro’ has become better for this.
“We want people to know that we are also conscious of standards in Nigeria. We hope this will revolutionise the way people see theatre in Nigeria,” offered Austen-Peters in response to why no effort is being spared to make the production excellent.
‘Saro the Musical’ tells the story of four young male performers who leave their village and head to Lagos in search of their destiny. It is a riveting story featuring all genres of Nigerian music and some tasteful instrumentals. The acting, of course, is top notch. It will be taken to some Nigerian cities after it closes on Sunday in Lagos before going on an international tour.