Sarafina
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Whoopi Goldberg stars in this musical take on the South African struggles against Apartheid in the mid-1970s, during the imprisonment of Nelson Mandela. An adaptation of Mbongeni Ngema's popular musical, which ran on Broadway from 1988 to 1989, Sarafina! recounts the political coming of age of the title character, a high school girl involved in the Soweto student protests of 1976. At first just a petulant bundle of energy, more interested in boys than civil rights, Sarafina (Leleti Khumalo) learns of the Afrikaaner oppression through the underground lectures of her teacher, Mary Masembuko… More

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"A rather bloody musical that captures the horror that was apartheid."
‑ Bob Bloom, Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
"It just doesn't work."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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