Michael Rudder will unveil 19 new compositions in The Brand
New Lucky Diamond Horseshoe Club.
Lordstreet Theatre Company Limited, in association with
David Rudder, will present the calypso musical The Brand
New Lucky Diamond Horseshoe Club at Queens Hall, St
Anns, from February 7 to 24, 2006.
First performed at Indiana State Universitys 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 Roads 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 nations 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&Ts world famous Carnival, the musical
introduces the Clubs 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
For more information call Naima Mohammed at 621-5925.