Thursday 29th December, 2005


Rudder to feature in Queens Hall production

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David Michael Rudder will unveil 19 new compositions in The Brand New Lucky Diamond Horseshoe Club.

The Lordstreet Theatre Company Limited, in association with David Rudder, will present the calypso musical The Brand New Lucky Diamond Horseshoe Club at Queen’s Hall, St Ann’s, from February 7 to 24, 2006.

First performed at Indiana State University’s prestigious Summer Stage and produced by Arthur Feinsod in July 2004 and starring Trinidad veterans Conrad Parris, Rhoma Spencer and Qwewina Roberts, daughter of the Grandmaster of calypso, Lord Kitchener, this production is based on events that took place at an actual bar in Port-of-Spain. The original club was situated on Wrightson Road’s “Gaza Strip” and operated there until a few years after WWII, when it was relocated to the corner of Henry and Duke Streets, in the heart of the nation’s capital.

Now reduced to a car park, the club was, in its heyday, a haunt of seedy nocturnal characters up to the mid-1990s, when a mysterious fire razed it mere days after Rudder decided to have the building photographed for posterity.

In 2000, his album (Zero) included a track in memory of the dubious landmark. The resulting calypso musical provides a slew of clues as to “whodunit?”

Hall, for his part, has written an unconventional love story, sparking a dangerous triangle and constructing an elaborate plot to protect a mysterious fugitive. Taking place on the eve of T&T’s world famous Carnival, the musical introduces the Club’s salty and colourful misfits, viewed in the glow of carnivalesque illusion. Lucky Diamond is a place where love, tempers and joyous music can ignite at any moment but where Old Patience (aka Mista Nation), attempts to reform sinners with a cleansing fire born of his religious zeal.

The Brand New Lucky Diamond Horseshoe Club features a whopping 19 new songs by calypso superstar Rudder (plus the calypso that inspired the work, Show Me a Sign, and Wining Season).

Acclaimed actors Errol Sitahal, Michael Cherrie, Errol Roberts and Marvin George will join Spencer, Parris and Roberts to complete the cast for this Trinidad premiere. In addition, Hartford-based choreographer Stephen Hankey, is working with an eight-member dancing chorus, and there will also be a chorus of singers and a calypso orchestra led by Wayne Bruno.

For more information call Naima Mohammed at 621-5925.




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