Musical theatre by Titilayo Adedokun
Musical theatre by Titilayo Adedokun

Titilayo Adedokun presents a whimsical, quirky song revue depicting the journey of two women in 50 Shades of Fairytales. The protagonists evolve through their personal experiences of love, its challenges and consequences.

She hopes this collection of witty, thought-provoking songs will leave you laughing, crying and identifying with the characters. 50 Shades of Fairytales explores the complexities of love and the consequences of expectations in a satirical, entertaining way. The show is at The Drama Factory in Strand.

Cape Talk/Die Burger theatre critic Marina Griebenow’s take of Titilayo Adedokun’s 50 Shades of Fairytales:

“One of the things I envy my friends who live in New York is that late night after the shows end on Broadway, stars sometimes head to intimate clubs where they let their hair down and give impromptu performances of hits from the musicals and lesser-known numbers by the same composers and librettists, in other words the stuff they would really like to sing. Coming across a show with the same sensibilities right here in the Mother City was therefore an unexpected and welcome pleasure! Titilayo Adedokun’s cabaret show puts her audience in a New York state of mind with sophisticated material ranging from Gershwin to Sondheim and a finely honed, polished performance. She is a superb interpreter who has an extraordinary voice that she uses to great effect. In fact, she is a rare breed – a trained singer with an instrument that manages to straddle both the operatic repertoire and show tunes without the one style overwhelming or undermining the other.

Titilayo Adedokun 50 Shades of Fairytales

Titilayo Adedokun biog

Titilayo Rachel Adedokun was born in Nashville, Tennessee, USA to parents of Nigerian origin. A former Miss Ohio and 2nd Runner-up to Miss America, her experience spans different musical genres – from classical, musicals and spirituals to jazz, blues and Yoruba music.

She is known for her versatility, her range and a ability to captivate. A graduate of the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music in Ohio, USA – studying opera by day and performing at a dinner theatre by night – she has sung in opera houses and with orchestras all over the world and also performed in galas with the late Adolph Greene, Betty Comden, Lauren Bacall and Tommy Tune.

As a recipient of the Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship, she moved to Italy where she studied with Renata Scotto and Vincenzo Manno while, at the same time, collaborated in concerts and CD recordings with the late jazz composer and pianist, Giorgio Gaslini.

She was chosen by director Franco Zeffirelli to sing the title role in his production of Aida at Teatro Verdi in Busseto, Italy, on the centennial celebration of Verdi’s death. She has toured Europe in various productions including as Musetta in La Boheme, Kate in Kiss Me Kate, soloist in Night Fever: Die Gala Der Film Musicals and Billie Holiday in the jazz musical Ella & Billie. As the vocalist for the Munich Big Band and The Wine & Roses Swing Orchestra, she returns to Germany to perform with the group. She moved from Munich to Cape Town with her family and is thrilled to call this beautiful city “home”.

What: Titilayo Adedokun 50 Shades of Fairytales
When: Friday 9, Saturday 10 August 2019 at 7.30pm
Where: Drama Factory, 25 Comprop Sq, Asla Business Park, Strand, Cape
Tickets: R120, www.thedramafactory.co.za/show/ade19
Duration: 60 minutes
Info: 073 215 2290
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