In Briefs

Book: Fred Abrahamse & Marcel Meyer

Music & Lyrics: Marcel Meyer

Direction: Fred Abrahamse

Musical Supervision & Orchestrations: Charl-Johan Lingenfelder

Set Design: Fred Abrahamse

Lighting Design: JP Wilson

Cast: Jason Ralph, Marcel Meyer, Riaan Norval, David Chevers, Stephen Jubber

Photography: Pat Bromilow-Downing

Venue & Dates: On Broadway, 88 Shortmarket Street [24 August – 7 October 2007] and The Little Theatre [1 – 31 December 2007]

About: An original South African Musical Comedy following the lives of five gay men in the Mother City on two separate Friday nights.

What the Press Said:

“Slick, clever and polished…In Briefs is a fun musical with depth and oodles of irony and insight” THE CAPE TIMES

“An utterly delightful snapshot of gay life in Cape Town. The musical captures the vagaries of gay life with verve and sensitivity. The songs are excellent, and the production design is great. In Briefs is super-slick and sophisticated. Meyer and Abrahamse have written a watertight script sparkling with wit and excellent dialogue” THE CAPE ARGUS

“The music is firmly in the Broadway mould, but particularly refreshing is its willingness to attempt more complex musical arrangements clearly under the inspirational influence of Stephen Sondheim – not only in subject matter but also in style” MAIL & GUARDIAN

“What does one want from a musical? Short answer: One wants to be entertained and for the text to be witty and clever enough to hold one’s attention over two acts. One wants the music (especially when it is original) to be catchy and engrossing. One wants the players to sing and act well…and does In Briefs satisfy those requirements? Answer: Hell, yes! In Briefs does not have a dull moment.” THE NEXT 48 HOURS

In Briefs has great artistic merit and is a welcome addition to the gradual development of indigenous musical theatre with our country…witty lines keep the audience amused throughout and pertinent lyrics to very hum-able tunes swiftly move the plot along. It is a delightfully fresh evening’s entertainment” MAMBA ONLINE

FLEUR DU CAP THEATRE AWARDS

Best Performance in a Musical – Jason Ralph [nomination]

IN BRIEFS is named in THE CAPE TIME’S YEARS BEST ON STAGE list for 2007

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