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A Night at the Musicals

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Lovers of Drag and Musicals…and of Drag Musicals…. are in for a Double Whammy treat at A Night at the Musicals currently on stage at the fabulously revamped Theatre on the Bay at Camps Bay in Cape Town. This award-winning musical revue comes directly from London`s West End and is the creation of two superstars of the international cabaret circuit, Le Gateau Chocolat and Jonny Woo. Sometimes called the “ebony and ivory” of international cabaret, the Olivier-winning star Le Gateau Chocolat and the Queen of the alternative drag scene Jonny Woo, have teamed up for the most absurdly camp and thoroughly entertaining homage to the modern musical. The unlikely duo, play off each other like the drag versions of French and Saunders or the Two Ronnies or dare we say Laurel and Hardy. The larger-than-life Gateau Chocolat and the beautifully athletic Jonny Woo, perform in a range of spectacular outfits from tight-fitting sequined gowns to the skimpiest Lycra swimsuits. Visually spectacular, the voices are pitch-perfect. While Nigerian-born Gateau is the vocal star (being an opera star in his other life), it is Woo who adds the comic relief with perfect timing and a knack for moving things on.

Chocolat and Woo drag their unsuspecting audience through 70 minute of ripping the piss out of the silliest bits of musical theatre. Expect Les Mis in three minutes, excerpts from The Lion King, Phantom of the Opera, Cats to Beauty and the Beast, Annie, Grease, to name but a few. No musical is safe! In the words of Miss Gateau, who made it as a bearded drag queen years before Conchita Wurst hit the scene:

“It’s a show that’s born out of our friendship, and it captures a real joy and anarchic abandon – what made it ignite the way it did is its ability to completely forget everything for one hour and have fun with two grown men in bathing suits.”

This show full of hilarious hijinks and shady shenanigans is a tortured love letter to the glorious genre of musical theatre. A Night at the Musicals has won a string of “best show awards” wherever it has been performed. The spectacle has been showcased at all the major Cabaret and Fringe Festivals around the globe. This is Le Gateau Chocolat’s and Jonny Woo’s first visit to South Africa.

A Night at the Musicals is being performed at the Theatre on the Bay until 5th October. Tickets are available at Computicket from R150 to R200