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Tony Hall

The Brand New Lucky Diamond Horseshoe Club

The Brand New Lucky Diamond Horseshoe Club
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Published by Streetpublishing & Lypsoland (script available from lordstreet@yahoo.com)
First performed July 2004
The Brand New Lucky Diamond Horseshoe Club was an actual bar and hangout in Trinidad that burnt down under mysterious circumstances. This brand new calypso musical [Blues Kaiso in Jouvay Opera], which had its world premiere at Indiana State University's SummerStage 2004, provides the clues. It is a “whodunit” musical but it also is an unconventional love story sparking a dangerous triangle and an attempt to protect a mysterious fugitive. Taking place on the eve of Trinidad’s world-famous carnival, the musical introduces us to the Club’s salty and colorful misfits viewed in the glow of carnivalesque illusion. Lucky Diamond is a place where love, tempers and joyous music can ignite at any moment. It is a place where the reigning patriarch Old Patience aka Mista Nation, played by SummerStage veteran Lew Hackleman, attempts to reform the sinners that hang out in the Club with a cleansing fire born of his religious zeal. With music from the calypso/soca star David Rudder, you will want to stand and dance and marvel at a world that is the colorful yet tragic Caribbean in miniature, one that is as strong and beautiful as it is fragile and vulnerable, the “belly out of which the music emanates, like an unexpected diamond for all to see and wonder at.”
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