Legendary Musical BUDDY – THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY to Rock SA Stages in 2023

Pieter Toerien will present a brand-new stage production of the legendary rock musical, Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story, in South Africa in 2023. Promising to deliver all the thrills of a full-scale live rock ‘n’ roll experience, Buddy will run at the Artscape Opera House from 28 March to 16 April 2023, and at The Teatro at Montecasino from 21 April to 28 May 2023.

A poster for BUDDY: THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY, showing a neon image of Buddy Holly as well as the production dates and venues.

Buddy follows the incredible journey of Buddy Holly’s meteoric rise to the top of the charts during the golden age of rock music. Following a start as a country and western singer, he formed a band, The Crickets, and shifted his style to rock music, shooting to stardom in 1957. Just two years later, Holly died tragically in a plane crash alongside Ritchie Valens and J. P. Richardson, also known as The Big Bopper. It was a tragedy that shook the world – to wit, “the day the music died”.

The all-South African cast of Buddy will be led by singer-songwriter Jethro Tait as Buddy Holly. Joining him on stage will be Bethany Dickson and Keaton Ditchfield, as well as Michael Stray, Chad Baai, Simone Neethling, Gianluca Gironi, Thoko Jiyane, Che-Jean Jupp, Gerard Van Rooyen, Koketso Mere, Gabriela Dos Santos, Virtuous Kandemiri, Sindiswa Ndlovu and Morgan Marshall.

Nick Winston, the internationally renowned English director and choreographer, will stage a newly conceived production of Buddy, unlike any previous incarnation of the show seen on South African stages. Wessel Odendaal will handle the musical direction, while Niall Griffin will create original set and costume designs for the show.

Bookings for Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story are open at Webtickets for both the Artscape season and its transfer to The Teatro at Montecasino. Tickets range in price from R150 – R500, with performances taking place on Tuesdays through Sundays. Group bookings for the Cape Town run can be made with Dean Roberts (dean@theatreonthebay.co.za) and with Geraldine Swanepoel (geraldine@montetheatre.co.za) for the Johannesburg run.

Musical Theatre Nominees Named for 2018 BroadwayWorld South Africa Awards

Camelot 2018BroadwayWorld has announced the nominees for its 2018 regional awards programme. The awards are presented annually to productions running from the start of October of the previous year until the end of September of the current year, with nominees being reader-submitted and the winners decided by a public vote. Sponsored by BroadwayHD, the awards are open to different kinds of productions in several different categories.

The musical theatre nominees, per category are as follows:

Best Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical

  • Ashleigh Harvey (Avenue Q)
  • Emma Kingston (Evita)
  • Didintle Khunou (The Color Purple)
  • Carmen Pretorius (The Sound of Music)
  • Jessica Sole (Camelot)
  • Claire Taylor (Rock of Ages)

Best Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical

  • Lyle Buxton (Camelot)
  • Kevin Hack (West Side Story)
  • Jonathan Roxmouth (Evita)
  • Jonathan Roxmouth (Great Balls of Fire)
  • Jonathan Roxmouth (Lenny, Andrew, Steve and Me)
  • Steven Stead (Camelot)

West Side Story (2018)Best Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical

  • Anne-Marie Clulow (Camelot)
  • Isabella Jane (Evita)
  • Zandile Madliwa (Aunty Merle – The Musical)
  • Tankiso Mamabolo (Aunty Merle – The Musical)
  • Mpumelelo Mayiyane (Rock of Ages)
  • Natasha van der Merwe (Rock of Ages)

Best Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical

  • Robert Finlayson (Evita)
  • Michael Fullard (West Side Story)
  • Anton Luitingh (Evita)
  • Michael McMeeking (The Sound of Music)
  • Schoeman Smit (Rock of Ages)
  • Craig Urbani (Great Balls of Fire)

Best Director of a Musical

  • Neil Coppen and Khayelihle Dom Gumede (Tsotsi: The Musical)
  • Janice Honeyman (The Colour Purple)
  • Timothy le Roux (Avenue Q)
  • Harold Prince (Evita)
  • Steven Stead (Camelot)
  • John van Grinsven (Tina – Simply the Best)

Best Revival of a Musical

  • Buddy – the Buddy Holly Story
  • Camelot
  • Evita

Aunty MerleBest Musical

  • Avenue Q
  • The Color Purple
  • Rock of Ages
  • Snip/Tucked
  • Tina – Simply the Best
  • Tsotsi: The Musical

Further musical theatre nominees can be seen in the categories for Best Choreography (Janine Bennewith for Camelot, CAMELOT (Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre), Weslee Swain Lauder for Rock of Ages, Thandazile Radebe for Tsotsi – the Musical and Grant van Ster for Aunty Merle – the Musical), Best Ensemble Performance (Camelot and Rock of Ages) and Best New Work (Great Balls of Fire).

Congratulations to all of the nominees!

Should you wish to cast your vote for your favourites, visit BroadwayWorld South Africa before 31 December and select your favourites in each category. The winners will be announced in January.