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West End debut of Gaddafi musical wows critics

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West End debut of Gaddafi musical wows critics

Ben Elton’s Oh Colonel! described as “riotous romp from opening scene”

The latest poster for Oh Colonel!

The poster for Oh Colonel!

LONDON: Critics have been unanimous in praise for Oh Colonel!, the new musical based on the life and times of the late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, which had its debut on London’s West End last night.

Oh Colonel! was described as “a riotous romp right from the opening scene” by Time Out magazine, while The Guardian called it the “king of kings of musicals”.

Written by Ben Elton, the high-octane show features songs including ‘Muammar, He’ll Go Far’, ‘Oil Be Damned’, ‘The Jamahiriya Jam’, ‘Mad Dog Got The Blues’ and ‘Ben Ghazin’ In Your Eyes, It Made Me Want To Cry’, with a 30-strong dancing troupe made up of several members of Gaddafi’s own all-girl bodyguard unit.

“Rocky Horror Picture Show meets the Lion King; the exhilarating Oh Colonel! will have audiences singing all the way home,” declared the London Evening Standard.

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  1. financialuae

    August 20, 2013 at 11:16 am

    Are you not aware that there was an opera about Gaddafi staged in London in 2006? No kidding. It was staged by the English National Opera, with added ME musicians and starred Ramon Tikaram (Ferdy from This Life). Understandably, it wasn’t a massive success…

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