What’s on in Joburg?

Hi all.

The other day I was screening the broadway.com site for plays currently playing on Broadway in New York. Feeling rather left out of the theater fun, I decided to have a look locally at what is showing around JHB. I got the most pleasant surprise at just how much is showing in the next month or so that I thought I just have to share. So without further ado here is my summary of shows currently on in Johannesburg;

Let’s start with Montecasino. There is a fortune going on at Monte between now and June and it is rather exciting. “The play that goes wrong” is currently showing in the small theater. This hysterical comedy of errors comes from the UK and is taking residency here until the end of the month. This play was featured at the Queen’s variety show a few years ago and promise to be an evening filled with laughter.  (I am hoping to see this soon so keep a look out for the review :))

The big musical coming to JHB this April is “Priscilla Queen of the desert) This colourful musical is on from the 29th of April and has just been extended until the 18th of June! Very exciting news. This musical promises to be a feast for the eyes with over 500 beautiful, award winning costumes. The show is about 3 drag queens who embark on the adventure of a lifetime. The cast looks absolutely fabulous and I CANNOT wait to see this show!

On the 15th of May, the wonderful cast of the musical RENT will call Monte their home for one special performance. The original South African cast will come together to perform as a fundraiser for hospiceWits which makes it especially touching since loss and illness are two big themes in the musical.  As always, the music of rent will touch your heart and the story itself will pull on all your heartstrings. This one is not to be missed.

The last biggie at Montecasino for the next few months will be Jonathon Roxmouths ‘the musicals in concert.’ For three nights in June, Jonathon and his legendary voice will be performing all the greatest hits from all our favourite musicals. With a full orchestra and a few tricks along the way, what more can you ask for on a night at the theatre?

On the other side of Town at the Joburg Theater, there is also a wide selection of theatre shows going on. Kids will love watching their favourite characters from Winnie the Pooh come alive at the people’s theatre until the end of the month.

If you miss the special performance of RENT on at Monte, do not stress! There are performances going on at The Joburg Theater until the 5th of June. While it may not be the original cast, it will still be up to our high South African standard of talent.

These are only a few shows picked from a much greater choice. So there is lots of entertainment to choose from 😀 Enjoy, Enjoy, ENJOY!

*lights out*

Natalia

 

 

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Robin Hood and the Babes of the wood (2016)

Hi everyone,

It’s that time of year again. Schools are beginning to quieten down for the year, Christmas presents are beginning to be thought about, last minute holidays are being booked and the annual PANTOMIME is on! This year Director Janice Honeyman chose a new story to share- Robin Hood and the babes of the wood. The show has a star-studded cast including Kate Normington as The spirit of the wood fairy, Izak Davel as Robin Hood, Graham Hopkins as the evil Sheriff of Nottingham, Carmen Pretorius as Maid Marian as well as many other talented South African stars.

There is such a sense of fun at the Pantomime. Everyone just wants to have a good time and relax. It really is a great atmosphere to be a part of. There is always plenty to keep everybody entertained. Cultural humor for the adults, extravagant costumes, heroes for the boys, fairies, and princesses for the girls and music that everyone can enjoy. It truly is a family affair.

The cultural references in this year’s script were so up to date that it felt like the characters were living in our present South African society. Someone must have their fingers on the pulse in the creative team because everything was so current and SO funny. Everything from taxes to social media culture, the South African government and the American election were thrown together to create a pop of well, culture.

My only problem this year was that I found the story a bit hard to follow, however, this did not lessen my enjoyment because there were plenty of costumes, sets, jokes and music to keep me going… Going back to set design, I am SO impressed with the set design that I have seen in the past few shows I have been too. Each show out does the previous one when it comes to the art department and this show was no exception. The sets were so colorful, interesting and unique that it truly brought the characters to life.

The cast of this show is so talented. Having seen a number of cast members, Natasha Van De Merwe, Bongi Mthombeni, Candida Mosoma and Nurit Graff (to name a few) in other productions I got so excited at the prospect of seeing them on stage again! Everyone who walked on stage performed with such enthusiasm, energy and commitment that it made me happy to watch people enjoying their craft and succeeding. I always feel that any actor, singer or dancer on stage is so brave because they put themselves forward for public scrutiny and they hardly receive enough credit for their hard work and dedication.

There was some stand out moments of course. The merry men performed a hilarious song about their manly-ness, which my 11-year-old brother found most amusing. The two babes Tokkel (Dale Scheepers) and Tina (Kyra Green) brought some heart into the show. Friar Tuck (Desmond Dube) and Little John (Phumi Mncayi) do a Hilarious rendition of ‘the bear necessities’… the list could go on and on…

Naturally, the only thing left for me to say is congratulations to the entire cast and crew on a fun-loving, entertaining and exciting production!

The show runs at the Joburg Theater until the 30th of December so be sure to book your ticket for an awesome day out….

*lights out*

Natalia

xxx