How lucky am I? I was invited to a run through of Cape Town Opera’s Showboat this afternoon. It is not being performed locally before it goes to Sweden for a two week run. My most stunning and super talented shvester-in-law Gina Shmukler has one of the leads in the show (which is how I managed to wangle my way into the run through in the first place) and I really wanted to see what she was up to. I am so glad I did.
It is going to be beautiful. Even without the orchestra, costumes and set it is a very impressive production. It is slick, powerful and impressive, with tons of talent, great singing and dancing and more than a couple of really moving moments.
Ok, I am biased, and I think the sun and moon shine out of and on Gina. She is fabulous. But there are others. Malcolm Terry is great. Catherine Diamond is gorgeous; funny, quirky and totally there. Some of the accents are a bit dodge, but the chorus are amazing. And the spirit and cohesion of the cast are amazing.
I couldn’t really understand what an SA cast doing an old fashioned American musical was all about, but after seeing today’s run through I totally get it. And Old Man River was one of my father’s favourite songs.
Tante B, Gina plays the part that Ava Gardner played. And she sings that song. And it is brilliant!