Theater audience gather at the entrance of the Marquee venue in New Cairo, January 2021 (Photo: Cairo Show)
Private Egyptian theatre company Cairo Show are gearing up for another big night this Friday as they staging their latest musical comedy titled 'Happy New Year Bel-Arrabi' ("Happy New Year in Arabic") at their Marquee venue in New Cairo.
Written by Ahmed Abdel-Wahab and Karim Sami, under supervision of director and producer Magdi El-Hawary, the family-friendly-labeled show combines a selection of currently commercial hits makers cast led by experienced star Bayomi Fouad alongside Shaymaa Seif and Teatro Masr trio Mohamed Abdel-Rahman, Karim Afifi and Mohamed Anwar, in addition to SNL Bel-Arabi's Merna Gamil and a few shaabi famous singers.
'Happy New Year in Arabic' is about a group of friends enjoying their new year eve's celebrations at a music party where they find a mysterious box that explodes clashes between the characters over mixed feelings of fear and greed.
Cairo Show introduced multiple big productions in Egypt and abroad since their early 2019 debut Talat Ayam Fil-Sahel (Three Days in the North Coast) starring comedian Mohamed Henedy, before producing Yehia El-Fakharany's successful version of Shakespeare’s King Lear in addition to their musical comedy version of Aladdin, starred Ahmed Ezz.
Running under cautious safety measure to avoid spreading of the COVID-19 Pandemic, with obligatory facemask and sanitizing, 'Happy New Year Bel-Arrabi', premiered in January, is one of a few open theater shows in Egypt as the second wave of the pandemic indicates a fade-out.
Among the running theater shows are three by the Culture Ministry in venues of Theatre Artistic House; Recycle, Abi Taht Al-Shagara and Eilet El-Fakry.
Egypt detected 547 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, bringing the total infections toll in the country since the outbreak of the pandemic last year to 165,418.
According to an official statement, the health ministry reported 46 deaths, bringing the fatalities from the virus to 9,263.
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