Oh, what a drama!

2012-08-25 18:39

Director of Drama Queen: The Lebo Mathosa Show responds badly to criticism.

Actor and director Sello Maake ka Ncube has lashed out at critics of his poorly-staged and controversial musical Drama Queen: The Lebo Mathosa Show.

The veteran Scandal actor, who directed the stage show based on the late popstar Lebo Mathosa’s life, insisted he will not engage in a “he says, she says” battle with “complainers”.

This comes after last week’s uproar from both fans and friends of Mathosa who went to see the show on opening night.

Celebrities such as the popstar’s former bandmates, Junior Sokhele and Thembi Seete, were quoted criticising the two-hour long musical.

“This show is not about Lebo,” Seete told reporters. “It is more about beautiful girls competing to be the best singers on stage, and Lebo was not about competing.”

However, an unrepentant and clearly annoyed Maake ka Ncube laughed off his critics.

“I was there on the opening night and no one came up to speak to me about their queries or qualms ­regarding the show.

“It’s not that I am scared to address the matter. I know I had pure intentions when I wanted to direct this piece on Lebo.

But clearly they have made up their minds that I did it for whatever reasons they have stated,” he said.

The show’s preview was staged on Women’s Day (August 9), with opening night taking place on August 14. When the negative reviews flooded in, it was promptly shut down last week Friday.

Many questioned the role of ­Mathosa being played by six people – Khanyi Mbau, Rami Chuene, Sindi Nene, Lucia Gumede, Ayanda Nhlangothi and Siziwe Ngema.

Some also said Maake ka Ncube had based his entire script on an interview Mathosa had with Nkhensani and Zam Nkosi on the now-discontinued talkshow Mojo.

Said a source: “He used Lebo’s interview from Mojo word-for-word, which is why many people were upset.”

But Maake ka Ncube said: “I am not going to address such allegations the same way they (complainers) have addressed me. But I will rather personally meet with the parties who are affected and ­offended by the show privately.”

Soon after the news that the show had been cancelled, he cited a flu epidemic that had struck down three of the leading ladies as the reason for the short run.

Drama Queen was meant to run from August 9 to September 9.

According to a source close to the show, however, the musical has not been completely abandoned.

“We are back at work, Sello has finally let other people direct the show and they have made the script shorter and got rid of the useless songs. They also got rid of the conductor,” said the source.

Whether an improved Drama Queen will make it again on stage remains to be seen.

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