Time to go INTO THE WOODS at Theatre on the Bay

PInto the Woodsieter Toerien Productions and KickstArt Theatre will present James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods at Theatre on the Bay, starting 30 January. Proclaimed as a sleek and sexy beast of a musical, Into the Woods is by turns moody, magical, witty and wise, and promises to offer the exhilarating theatrical experience that audiences have come to expect from Sondheim, the co-creator of musical masterpieces such as Sweeney Todd and West Side Story.

Into the Woods follows the trials and adventures of a baker (Earl Gregory) and his wife (Jessica Sole), whose paths cross with a witch (Kate Normington) and a host of of well-known fairy-tale characters, including Cinderella (Haylea Heyns), Rapunzel (LJ Neilson), Jack (Graham Wicks) and Little Red Riding Hood (Megan Rigby) as they all go into the deep and dark woods on separate quests that intersect with sometimes amusing, sometimes alarming results.

But Into the Woods is no children’s tale. The musical is is a wicked and wonderful cautionary fairy tale for adults that will delight and haunt audiences as it explores what it means to be human, to long for something other, to wish for something more than what you have, and to deal with the inevitable loss and the terrible beauty that this journey through the world offers us.

The show features a dazzling score, with ravishing melodies and seductive rhythms. Boasting one of the cleverest and most complex set of lyrics ever written for musical theatre, this is Sondheim at his very best, offering South African audiences a very rare opportunity to revel in his wisdom and originality.

Directed by Steven Stead and designed by Greg King, the production will have musical  supervision by Drew Rienstra, costume design by Neil Harris and lighting design by Tina le Roux. The company is rounded out by  Dianne Simpson as Cinderella’s Stepmother and Granny, Sarah Richard as Florinda, Ashleigh Harvey as Lucinda, Candice Van Litsenborgh as Jack’s Mother, Zak Hendricks as The Wolf and Cinderella’s Prince, as Rapunzel, Nathan Kruger as Rapunzel’s Prince, Schoeman Smit as The Steward and Michael Richard as The Narrator and The Mysterious Man.

Into the Woods is booking through 2 March, with tickets ranging in price from R175 – R375 available at Computicket. Providing both intellectual and emotional satisfaction, Into the Woods has all the allure of the fairy tale. Both mysterious and whimsical, it tells of love, loss, desire, hope – and revenge. Although its roots are deeply planted in old folk tales, Into the Woods offers a rich harvest of ideas – the kind of production that appears only once in a blue moon.

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.

 

10 Days Left to Snap Up The Fugard’s KINKY BOOTS Early Birds Special

Kinky BootsEric Abraham and the Fugard Theatre will present a brand new, original production of Kinky Boots, the smash-hit musical by Harvey Fierstein and Cyndi Lauper. With performances set to run from 11 June 2019, The Fugard is offering musical theatre lovers the chance to snap up a fabulous early bird ticket special until 31 October 2018.

This early bird special, which is exclusively available by contacting The Fugard Theatre’s box office by phone on 021 461 4554  or by email, enables audiences to purchase four premium priced tickets, regularly priced at R470 per ticket, at only R300 per ticket for performances after 27 June 2019.

Winner of six Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Original Score, Kinky Boots tells the story of Charlie Price, who has reluctantly inherited his father’s shoe factory, Price & Son, which is on the verge of bankruptcy. Trying to live up to his father’s legacy and save his family business, Charlie finds inspiration in the form of Lola, a fabulous entertainer in need of some sturdy stilettos. As they work to turn the factory around, this unlikely pair find that they have more in common than they ever dreamed possible, and discover that when you change your mind about someone, you can change your whole world.

The Fugard Theatre’s Kinky Boots is brought to Cape Town audiences by the same creative team behind the Fugard Theatre productions of The Rocky Horror ShowCabaretFunny Girl and West Side Story. Direction is by Matthew Wild, with musical direction by Charl-Johan Lingenfelder and choreography by Louisa Talbot.