Lebo Mathosa role divides cast

2012-08-11 17:34

Pop princess Lebo Mathosa’s life was full of drama – and telling her story on stage seems to be no less sensational.

Six women are playing the late singer, who died in a car crash in 2006, in Drama Queen: Lebo Mathosa Show.

But sharing a role has been no easy feat: rumours abound of unhappiness and sometimes outright mutiny among the less well-known of the women chosen to portray Mathosa.

Sources close to the show say that former Idols contestants Sindi Nene and Ayanda Nhlangothi, actress Rami Chuene and unknowns Siziwe Ngema and Lucia Gumede were unhappy that the sixth “Lebo”, socialite and actress Khanyi Mbau, seemed to be getting preferential treatment.

The unhappiness even seems to have spilled over into a spot of vandalism – although nobody knows who is actually responsible for allegedly defacing a poster outside Pretoria’s State Theatre which only featured Mbau’s name.

“I don’t know what is happening. All I saw was the poster with tape over my name.

“I don’t know who did it but clearly someone is unhappy that I am named as the star on the poster,” said Mbau.

The show’s director, Sello Maake ka Ncube, denied that Mbau was the lead actress.

“Khanyi is not the star of the show – we have five other ladies who are playing the leading role,” Ncube said.

But on stage, Mbau (27) certainly seems to have top billing: City Press watched a performance during which she had over eight costume changes and took centre stage in six solo scenes – unlike her fellow cast members.

Chuene acted as narrator, while the other four “Lebos” sang and danced their way around Mbau and her many outfits.

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