By Prisca Sam-Duru
Scheduled to be performed on stage beginning from February 14 to 16, at the AGIP Recital Hall, MUSON Centre, Lagos, is the musical adaptation of the novel ‘A Beautiful Wilderness’, written by one of Nigeria’s prolific writer, Dupe Olorunjo and produced and directed by the legendary Gbenga Yusuf.
The Musical will set the stage for mesmerizing scenes, relatable narratives and gripping twists and turns. It will show for three consecutive days by 4pm and 7pm daily.
Seasoned with free-flowing poetry, riveting dances and enchanting music, ‘Beautiful Wilderness the musical’ is a must-see stage splendor. “What is real and what is not is left for the audience to decide”.
The plot revolves around the stereotypically successful business tycoon that is Keanu Omira (played by Patrick Diabuah). Omira is an easily recognizable boss-man by any working class subject as he believes he has got the world in his pocket. He is truly bewildered when the rug is pulled from beneath his feet and he takes off on a journey into the unknown. In this 4D-nightmare-come-alive, he must make a choice; to either retrace his steps or be lost forever.
The musical play parades top notch actors such as Tosin Adeyemi, Omololu Sodiya, Aisha Onitiri, Eden Attah and many others.
Produced by Dupe Olorunjo’s ‘Seeing Through the Arts Production Company’, this family show speaks of humility and kindness as part of the best human virtues to possess. It explores a different kind of love that gives freely but expects nothing in return.
The Executive Producer of the musical play and author of the novel ‘A Beautiful Wilderness’, Olorunjo, believes that stories have the power to expose the reality of where we stand and help us envision where we should be. She also states that all positive stories birthed in our hearts deserve a telling.
“I have written four novels, all within the inspirational fiction genre, and my hope every day is that each one will continue to influence my audience to embrace life-changing possibilities, sometimes outside our normal reach.”, She said.
Talking about how she was inspired to write the novel, Olorunjo revealed that it happened while she was trapped in Lagos traffic one morning.
“I was sitting in the car, frustrated, when my eyes were drawn to a lame beggar. He must have just arrived and was unpacking his things including his begging bowl. I watched him closely and realized that this was his entire life; he wasn’t concerned with the traffic, with issues in the corporate world, the stock market, Lagos gossip, celebrities, owning a car, designer clothes… nothing. Then I also understood that he didn’t choose that world. In fact, each one of us in a different life, a different family, a different environment could have easily been sitting in that beggar’s shoes. The story of ‘A Beautiful Wilderness’ from the beginning to the end was formed in my mind that morning. I trust that our exposure to this story will help us appreciate all we are and all we have including our blessings and the love God has surrounded us with.” Olorunjo explained.
Producer and Director of the Musical, Gbenga Yusuf said, “It is not a regular story and so our decision to stage ‘Beautiful Wilderness’ during the Valentine period was intentional, because, the musical play shows us a different kind of love. It is the highest form of love…one that has depth. I will say this to you, no matter what your schedule looks like, make time for yourself, your loved one or ones, as the case may be, to come see this show. Do not miss the ‘Beautiful Wilderness Musical’.The musical play shows how crucial our decisions are and how they come to bear on our love life, relationships, businesses and also to us personally. We follow the story up the corporate ladder, through the alleys of poverty, over the bumps of the marriage institution and finally to a point of self-reflection on our own life journey. It’s a family show which connects with different age groups and social classes and one we are quite proud of.”