Weekends in Lagos; A review of Heartbeat: The Musical (a stage play)Two weeks ago on a friday night I went to see Heartbeat: The Musical at Muson Centre, Onikan. It was my first time at Muson Centre (whaaaat) and my first time at a stage play in Lagos (whaaaaaaat), which is weird because it is exactly my kind of entertainment. Shoutout to D for taking me. The play ran from November 10 to December 18 and I saw it on December 9.
If you feel like there's nothing to do in Lagos, you're probably just not getting information about it. A good place to start is Dealdey because not only do you get to see when there are tickets to something like this, you get them at a discount. I also like nothingtodoinlagos.com for info.
Ok, Heartbeat. It was produced by Lufodo, a company owned by Olu Jacobs and Joke Silva so I knew it was going to be good. They were the first people I spotted when we walked into the ticketing area by 6:30pm. Kate Henshaw was there too.
So we sorted out our tickets and sat down to wait for 7:00pm when it was supposed to start. I was so impressed when just before 7 we were ushered to our seats and the play started exactly on schedule. No African time. We were allowed to take pictures without flash, but no videos. Phones were to be silenced of course.
The set was really simple, but the performances were so good you would think it was constantly changing. The story was layered, with a couple of flashbacks and turns that were very well executed so it was impossible not to follow every bit. At the centre was Grace House, a shelter in the heart of Lagos for the disadvantaged. It starts with the owner and its residents planning the 25th anniversary of Grace House, and then things start to happen outside the home and we are gradually shown just how much they affect the home and the lives of all the people that are somehow connected to it.
It was entertaining and it was real too. I felt like every Nigerian would relate; corruption, politics, family, riots, love, romance, betrayal and of course power failure (I wonder if there's light as you're reading this). It was a feel-good play though, last last.
Since it was a musical I expected a lot of singing, but it was even better than I expected. There was very good dancing too. The songs were all original, and were performed along with a live orchestra. I couldn't even imagine the amount of rehearsing they'd had to do, in addition to their obvious talent, to have done it so beautifully.
The humour was on point too. they had everyone in the audience laughing.
The one person in the cast I recognised was Femi Jacobs and I loved his portrayal of JD Dacosta, the ruthless politician.
There was someone who voice gave me chills and captivated D. Unfortunately I don't know her name and I can't even remember the name of her character (If you went to see this play, I mean Grace's daughter who became Fileoluwa's love interest).
Maybe some scenes were a little drawn-out, and maybe at some point the end was a little bit predictable, but that didn't make it any less captivating. There were times when a scene was over before I realised I wanted pictures of it. At the final curtain, I was on my feet applauding because they deserved it.
Heartbeat; the Musical was a wonderful experience and I just may become a stage play junkie. If you ever want to go see one, holla at your girl and we can make a small group outing out of it.
|my hairstyle for the day was a braidout. I used an afro pick to lift the roots|
Enjoy the rest of your week!