LANGARM Takes to the Floor at The Fugard

LANGARM PosterLangarm, the latest musical created by the award-winning David Kramer, opens tonight at The Fugard Theatre for the festive season. With Kramer directing the production, musical direction and arrangements have been created for the production by Charl-Johan Lingenfelder. Grant van Ster choreographs.

A story of love and intrigue, Langarm is set in the world of Cape Town’s ballroom dance culture in the 1960s. When the recently widowed Dinah Levin invites her nephew Jeff to help her manage her late husband’s Canterbury Hotel, he meets Angelina, a lovely young ballroom dancer who asks him to partner her in The Swaziland Ballroom Championships. Seeing this as an opportunity to humiliate his ex-fiancé, who has just dumped him, Jeff agrees, even though he will risk arrest by flouting the laws of apartheid-era South Africa.

Currently booking through 31 January 2019, Langarm will be performed from Tuesdays to Saturdays at 20:00 with a matinee performance on Saturdays at 15:00.  From Sunday 16 December, there will be an additional Sunday matinee at 15:00. There will be a Monday night performance at 20:00 on New Year’s Eve, 31 December 2018. Tickets ranging from R150 to R260 can be booked through the Fugard Theatre’s box office on 021 461 4554 or through the Fugard Theatre’s website.

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.

 

Countdown to LANGARM: 84 Days to Go!

LANGARM PosterOnly 84 days remain until the first performance of the award-winning writer-director David Kramer’s new musical, Langarm, which will open at The Fugard Theatre on 20 November. Produced by Eric Abraham,  Langarm tells a story of love and intrigue set in the world of Cape Town’s ballroom dance culture in the 1960s. With the threat of the new apartheid laws hanging over their heads, people will do almost anything to survive.

In 1965, when Dinah Levin is widowed, she invites her nephew, Jeff, whose fiancé has just dumped him to help her manage her late husband’s Canterbury Hotel. Here he meets a lovely young ballroom dancer named Angelina, who asks him to partner her in The Swaziland Ballroom Championships – the perfect opportunity for Jeff to humiliate his ex. Aware that he will risk arrest by flouting the law, he throws caution to the wind and agrees. When Jeff decides to rejuvenate the Canterbury by offering langarm dances and Eddie Jephta comes to play the hotel with his Moonlight Serenaders langarm band, Dinah has to confront the secrets of her past.

David Kramer says:

I have been wanting for many years to do a musical inspired by the langarm-ballroom bands from this time.  I grew up watching my parents dancing to the music of these bands, and Langarm pays homage to the likes of the Johnny Lyners Blue Moon Jazz Band and Willie’s Starlite Orchestra.

The stellar creative team who will work with Kramer to bring Langarm to life includes Charl-Johan Lingenfelder (musical arrangements), Saul Radomsky (set design), Widaad Albertus (costume design) and Grant van Ster (choreography).

Daniel Galloway, the executive director of the Fugard Theatre, comments:

We are proud to be collaborating on our fifth production with David Kramer following the success of District Six – KanalaOrpheus in AfricaBlood Brothers and Kat and the Kings.

Langarm will be performed at the Fugard Theatre from 20 November from Tuesdays to Saturdays at 20:00 with a matinee performance on Saturdays at 15:00.  From Sunday 16 December, there will be an additional Sunday matinee at 15:00. There will be a Monday night performance at 20:00 on New Year’s Eve, 31 December 2018. Tickets ranging from R150 to R260 can be booked through the Fugard Theatre’s box office on 021 461 4554 or through the Fugard Theatre’s website. There is a 15% discount available for the Friends of The Fugard members.