A plunge into the un­known

‘Sec­ond Time Around’ will cap­ti­vate audiences

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - GOOD WEEKEND -

A S WE ap­proach the year’s end, many of us mull over what we have achieved and what is in store for the year to come, how brave we are and whether we can seize the mo­ment.

Tap­ping into this spirit of self­ful­fil­ment and new vis­tas, Jody Abra­hams, Louk­maan Adams and Keenan Ar­ri­son have cooked up the mu­si­cal Sec­ond Time Round, which is about or­di­nary peo­ple tak­ing the plunge into the un­known.

It is di­rected by Abra­hams and Basil Ap­po­lis and is on at On Broad­way un­til Novem­ber 28, Tues­day to Satur­days.

“We want to tell a lekker lo­cal story,” says Abra­hams. “We want peo­ple to have fun and es­cape and have a jol. Rather than just string­ing songs to­gether, we wanted to find a set­ting and char­ac­ters and to tell a story. We thought it would be great to put to­gether char­ac­ters that res­onate with us.”

And what res­onated was watch­ing or­di­nary peo­ple tran­scend their lives and reach for new heights. Orig­i­nally, the show was a two-han­der with Abra­hams and Adams, but it was felt that a third pro­tag­o­nist was needed, so Ar­ri­son was brought on board.

The set­ting is the Lost Lug­gage Depart­ment at Cape Town In­ter­na­tional Air­port where two bag­gage han­dlers du­ti­fully shuf­fle lug­gage around. Adams plays Yussie, aka Yusuf Sa­muels and Boeta “Yu”. He has ac­cepted his place on the con­veyor belt of life.

“ Ja, he knows his suit­cases and their per­son­al­i­ties,” quips Ar­ri­son who plays the other bag­gage han­dler – Roddi aka Rod­er­ick Sa­muels. “Roddi is very hip and very now.” He is younger than Yussie, less set in his ways. He throws a curve ball at Yussie and per­suades him to go to an au­di­tion with him.

Up for grabs is the op­por­tu­nity for the chance of a life­time – to sing at a World Cup cer­e­mony. “So, they’ll get seats and see the game and maybe, maybe they will get a break into show­biz. But on the way to the au­di­tion, they are in a car ac­ci­dent and get stuck in limbo, dan­gling in tran­sit be­tween the earthly and ce­les­tial worlds.

“As they stand at the point for Lost Souls – one stop from the Pearly Gates, they have to con­tend with Mr D – played by Abra­hams. He wants to process th­ese dudes and trans­port them to the other side. They find them­selves at an au­di­tion from hell. Be­yond the show­biz dreams, they re­alise that they are au­di­tion­ing to get back to earth, to get their Sec­ond Time Around.”

The playlist in­cludes stan­dards by The Real Thing, Bill Withers, Ste­vie Won­der, Kool & the Gang, Lou Rawls, the Jack­son 5, Earth Wind and Fire; and the Rat­pack.

“It is very much about the jour­ney,” adds Adams, “with things go­ing the wrong way. They get the au­di­tion time wrong. The car breaks down and then the ac­ci­dent.”

Abra­hams says: “They go on this ad­ven­ture from their mun­dane life. For them just driv­ing past Paarl is as­pi­ra­tional.”

Abra­hams, 35, and Adams, 34, have trav­elled way be­yond Paarl in ca­reers which have taken them all over the world.

They met aged nine and 10 as child stars at an air­port in 1986 when they were both per­form­ing in David Kramer/Taliep Petersen’s District Six. At the time Abra­hams was a vet­eran of mu­si­cal the­atre. “I’ve been on the road since I was eight,” he chuck­les. An­other child star was needed to al­ter­nate with him in District Six so Adams au­di­tioned at the Bax­ter. “They said – you’ve got the job – you are leav­ing to­mor­row for a six-month tour,” he re­calls.

Both have had glit­ter­ing ca­reers on stage and on TV. They daz­zled lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional audiences in the Kramer/Petersen show, Kat and the Kings and have picked up nom­i­na­tions and awards. Abra­hams was re­cently seen on Cape Town stages in Un­der the Fig Tree with his fi­ancée Di­aan Lawren­son. Af­ter that, he and Adams per­formed in Kramer’s Die Bal­lade van Koos Sas at the Tri­cy­cle The­atre in Lon­don.

Adams’s stage cred­its in­clude Ghoema, Song­book and the Where the Boys Are.

Keenan Ar­ri­son is the young- blood of this trio. He is an ac­com­plished ac­tor and singer. His the­atre pro­duc­tions in­clude The Boy who fell from the Roof, The Bac­chae, King Lear, Dal­liance (which was staged at the Dublin The­atre Fes­ti­val) and his own award-winning play, A Bird’s Eye View. He was in the re­cent a cap­pella mu­si­cal Noah, where he played a dumped hus­band.

“Live everyday as if it is your last,” is how he sums up his spunky char­ac­ter in Sec­ond Time Round.

Deep and mean­ing­ful plot­lines aside, they want every­one “to come along for a laugh” and en­joy the show. It is fam­ily en­ter­tain­ment with much-loved songs and au­di­ence par­tic­i­pa­tion.

Sec­ond Time Around is at On Broad­way from Novem­ber 3 to 28. Tick­ets are R85 and dis­counts are avail­able for block book­ings. To book call On Broad­way 021 424 1194 or visit www.onbroad­way.co.za

PIC­TURE: ROBYN CO­HEN

IN­VIG­O­RAT­ING: Keenan Ar­ri­son, left, Jody Abra­hams and Louk­maan Adams per­form in the mu­si­cal

Sec­ond Time Around.

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