After a series of jaw-dropping performances at the MUSON Center in October, the incredible cast and crew of LEGENDS: KINGS and KINGDOMS are ramping up plans for another awesome package for Lagosians this Yuletide season.
Those who were lucky to see the first show adjudged LEGENDS as the best thing that has happened to the Nigeria theater stratosphere in recent times.
Aiming to outclass the first edition, adjustments are being made to ensure the audience is treated to another stretch of unforgettable spectacle from December 22nd to the 26th at the Shell Hall, MUSON Center.
In its first stint, LEGENDS received avalanche of accolades for its extraordinary skills and authenticity of ideas.
Regardless, the outpour of praises has not given room for complacency as the producers are gearing up to take the show a notch higher this time around.
In a joint statement issued on Wednesday, the producers—Gbenga Yusuf and Ayo Ajayi, CEOs of Seeing Through the Arts and Declassical Arts & Entertainment Company, respectively, while announcing the development, said that since the audience has been yearning for more after the first spell, they were compelled to bring the production back on stage as quota to a fabulous festive season.
“By popular demand, LEGENDS will be back on stage in December” the statement read in part. It also revealed the motivations and goals behind the musical drama and how the dream was conceived from scratch, among other things.
In the statement, the production was described as phenomenal according to reviews from those who saw it during the MUSON Festival held in October earlier this year.
“LEGENDS is an unrivaled piece in terms of entertainment value, the wonderful scripting, the phenomenal actors, dancers and musicians and the imaginative directorial approach, combine to make this show a must-see for every household.
LEGENDS is a family event that has no age restrictions. Also, it is not elitist as prices are highly affordable” the producers added.
Five African heroes who lived in different time and age— Sango (Segun Adefila), Nana Yaa Asantewaa (Mojisola Kadiri), Neferneferuaten Nefertiti (Edem Attai), Shaka Zulu (Kelvin Mary) and Queen Amina of Zazzau (Uche Elumelu), drawn from different African countries, are summoned from Kumbayah by the little priestess (Oluchi Odii) who lives in modern time, to come save Modaland from the destructive grip of The Shadow (Floyd Igbo).
But alas, they realize that The Shadow is the greatest enemy of mankind that can only be destroyed by curbing the excesses of the man in the mirror.
Yinka Davies also stars in the LEGENDS, a feat that adds to the credibility of the musical drama as truly star-studded, solely made in Nigeria but of universal appeal. Ms. Davies urged Nigerians to “come out en masse” to see the worthwhile show while lauding the producers in their willingness to collaborate with sponsors and supporters in taking the show on tour even beyond the shores of Nigeria in the near future.
Similarly, some of the lead actors spoke about the high morale at rehearsal ground, hinting on the level of expectations and readiness to hit the ground running in few weeks’ time as the LEGENDS seeks to deepen an unforgettable niche for itself in the firmament of musical drama genre.
For Oluchi Odii, one of the contestants in the 2015 MTN Project Fame, her involvement with other exceptionally talented artists is an eye-opener for the actor whose career has barely spanned four years.
Speaking about her thrill of being amongst the cast and crew, Oluchi said though she has done a couple of musical dramas like Kakadu in the past four years of her fledgling career, she can say, without mincing words, that LEGENDS, above all, is outstanding in its style and content. She also gave kudos to the producers of LEGENDS for “making it easy” for her to flow with the tide.
Floyd Igbo equally agrees with being excited about his role and explained further that his involvement in the musical drama is a tipping point that would herald an envisaged successful future.
“The fact that the play fuses both the ancient and modern worlds together is an interesting dynamics.” He said.
“I start off as a very charming, modern young man who is pushing love and sometimes, becomes the villain
of the story.
It is a roller-coaster ride for me and I find that really exciting.” Igbo concluded.