An unexpected theatre night out is always a pleasant surprise and none more so than one filled with the gorgeous Daneel van der Walt as seen in her cabaret show Dani and the Lion, at Alexander Upstairs.
Keyboardist Roelof Colyn, rocking the sexiest lion ears this side of the equator, joins van der Walt on her musical trip down the rabbit hole, as Leo, her personal, drunken one lion orchestra; providing the backtrack for a comical look into the singer and actress’s quirky mind, heartbreaks and more.
Audiences may be more familiar with van der Walt as the buxom alien Magenta in the Rocky Horror Show (a role which earned her a Fleur de Cap Theatre Award) and much as she did in that hit show, in Dani and the Lion she brings the heat with her powerful voice and presence. Colyn as Leo provides the perfect comical foil to van der Walt’s deadpan delivery of her messy life experiences.
From a stunning rendition of everyone’s favourite cartoon show theme, Gummy Bears to fantastic original numbers, Dani and Leo introduce us to bizarre and fascinating characters like Gerry the Giraffe, whose biggest dilemma in life is being relegated to the back seats of a theatre because he is so tall. With their fantastic chemistry, dynamic facial expressions and impressive comedic timing, van der Walt and Colyn are such a pleasure to watch.
This show wasn’t on our must-see radar but an unexpected invitation moved it to the top of our list, and boy, am I glad it did! With its fun mood music, side-splitting originality and hilariously tragic pace, Dani and the Lion is the perfect night of entertainment and worth braving the winter cold for in Cape Town.
Winter is as great a time as any to get your fill of delicious entertainment and tasty treats at Alexander Bar&Cafe. On the night of our show, I tucked into their yummy butternut and sweet potato soup for just R25 and the must-have malva pudding for only R35. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for their daily specials.
Dani and the Lion runs at the Alexander Upstairs until Saturday 1 August, 2015 at 9pm. Tickets are R90 (R80 if booked online).