By Prisca Sam-Duru
THE iconic, international and award winning stage musical, Kakadu by popular demand returned with an improved cast. The dance drama which was staged on December 29th and 30th 2015, will be on again from 1st to the 3rd of January 2016. Kakadu The Musical, Nigeria’s first ever contemporary stage musical, which is an exciting and eclectic blend of music, drama and dance is a tribute to the period and infinite possibilities of Nigeria in the sixties and early seventies.
It uses the famous Lagos nightclub of the sixties as a backdrop for an era, which gave birth to wonderful music and the distinctive social life that followed the birthing of a young nation!
It has been described as “ complete theatre that educates and enlightens while it entertains”. A must see for every Nigerian, Kakadu returns this time with a new cast and re-invigorated music.
According to the writer and producer of the stage musical, Uche Nwokedi SAN, “The Kakadu storyline catches the watershed years in Nigeria’s history”. Kakadu the Musical is the journey of four friends through a time of infinite possibilities. It is a story of peace and war, of friendships and broken promises, and of innocence.
It has a powerful plot and a captivating storyline that looks at the 1960s Lagos as a nation celebrates the end of colonialism and the birth of a new nation. Lagos as a city was as colourful then and as hedonistic as any cosmopolitan city in the world.
Produced by the Playhouse Initiative, Kakadu The Musical won awards and the commendations of many organizations including an award from the National Association of Nigerian Theatre Arts Practitioners (NANTAP) as the “Most Outstanding Total Stage Performance for 2013”.
Kakadu The Musical was Nigeria’s official cultural export and cultural performance at the World Economic forum in Davos Switzerland in 2014. The musical returns courtesy of MTN Foundation and Access Bank Plc.