All that glittered was the gold

2011-03-26 12:16

Everybody hoped for something precious.

The lobby of Gold Reef City’s suitably plush and ornate ­Lyric Theatre was awash with Jozi’s fashionable and famous faces.

 It was the opening of Streets of Gold, the musical written to order for AngloGold Ashanti to launch the jewellery designs of this year’s 10 AuDITIONS finalists.

There were tumblers of golden Johnny Walker Red Label (a bit cheap of them) to get the who’s who into the mood.

Carl Beukes, who was one of the four celebrities asked to design a piece of jewellery, looked dapper.

Fellow actor Moshidi Motshegwa was elegant all in black with a glittering hair clip for sparkle, while Ashley Hayden was decked out in red velvet and Terence Bridget, as always, was one of the best dressed fellows there.

The list of guests traversed generations and Generations and the atmosphere before the curtain rose was celebratory – there were so many air kisses you could get smacked by one reaching for a second whiskey.

As Jackie Mansfield, in a gorgeous golden floor-length evening gown, lamented, there should be a dress code enforcer, so those who stick to the black tie instructions don’t feel over-dressed.

UJ FM’s Rose Mosenohi, in an unmissable cerise wig, and her partner Bessie Sibanyoni, with a pair of earrings worthy of the stage, were excited.

They’d happily bought into the hype and expected to be rewarded.

It was not to be.

The trouble is that no amount of free whiskey could transform Streets of Gold from base metal into something golden. Which is weird given the list of creative alchemists hired by the corporate.

The cast reads like the guest list to an exclusive party – Fiona Ramsey, Samantha Peo, Tumisho ­Masha, Phumi MnCayi, Amor ­Vittone and Shaun V.

So does the crew – Vicky Friedman, Alan Swerdlow, Bryan Schimmel, Suzaan Heyns and Louis Zurnamer.

Yet it felt like a room full of sorcerers all casting spells at once, each cancelling the other out. 

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