What’s On

Here’s what’s lighting up musical theatre stages around the country. Cities are listed alphabetically, with productions arranged by opening date.

Cape Town

This is the posted for The Fugard Theatre production of KINKY BOOTS.

Kinky Boots

From 11 June – 27 October
The Fugard Theatre
Bookings: The Fugard Theatre

Eric Abraham and the Fugard Theatre present a brand new, original production of the huge-hearted, smash-hit musical Kinky Boots. The show features a Tony Award-winning score by Cyndi Lauper and a book by four-time Tony Award winner, Harvey Fierstein. Kinky Boots tells the story of Charlie Price (played by Darren Craig), who has reluctantly inherited his father’s shoe factory, 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 (played by Earl Gregory), 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. Kinky Boots is directed by Matthew Wild, with musical direction by Charl-Johan Lingenfelder and choreography by Louisa Talbot.

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The Rocky Horror Show

From 6 December – 12 January
Artscape Opera House
Bookings: Computicket

This critically-acclaimed stunning new production of The Rocky Horror Show promises to be a bigger and better production than ever seen before on South African stages. Directed by Christopher Luscombe, the smash hit show features all of the famous musical numbers which have made The Rocky Horror Show so popular, including “Sweet Transvestite,” “Science Fiction/Double Feature,” “Dammit Janet” and, of course, the timeless floor-filler, “The Time-Warp”. Starring Craig Urbani as Dr Frank’n’Furter and Kate Normington as the Narrator, the production also features Anthony Downing, Marlee van der Merwe, Stefania du Toit, Zac Hendrikz, Jarryd Nurden, Jessica Sole, Usisipho Nteyi, Robin Timm and Sean Louw.

Durban

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Johannesburg

Here’s to You: the Simon and Garfunkel Songbook

From 5 July- 28 July
Artscape Opera House
Bookings: Computicket

Fall in love with Simon amd Garfunkel all over again in this dynamic, and uplifting musical journey through more than twenty classic hits! Expect to hear all the hits, including “Bridge Over Troubled Waters,” “The Sound of Silence,” “Scarborough Fair,” “Mrs Robinson” and “Graceland.” The show Is performed by a stellar all-South African cast of talented singers who all play musical instruments, including Wessel Odendaal, Josh Ansley, Ashleigh Butcher, Daniel Geddes, Hanna So, Justin Swartz, Phindile Dube and Sanli Jooste. The production is directed by Timothy le Roux.

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The Rocky Horror Show

From 17 January – 1 March
Artscape Opera House
Bookings: Computicket

This critically-acclaimed stunning new production of The Rocky Horror Show promises to be a bigger and better production than ever seen before on South African stages. Directed by Christopher Luscombe, the smash hit show features all of the famous musical numbers which have made The Rocky Horror Show so popular, including “Sweet Transvestite,” “Science Fiction/Double Feature,” “Dammit Janet” and, of course, the timeless floor-filler, “The Time-Warp”. Starring Craig Urbani as Dr Frank’n’Furter and Kate Normington as the Narrator, the production also features Anthony Downing, Marlee van der Merwe, Stefania du Toit, Zac Hendrikz, Jarryd Nurden, Jessica Sole, Usisipho Nteyi, Robin Timm and Sean Louw.

Makhanda

ANGOLA: CAMP 13

Angola: Camp 13

From 1 – 3 July
Rhodes Theatre
Bookings: National Arts Festival

Angola: Camp 13 is a musical extravaganza about the generation of patriots who left everything behind and went to pursue the liberation struggle in Africa. It is a historically significant play that deals with sins of the past, plumbing the dark depths of human rights abuses that took place in the Umkhonto weSizwe (MK) camps around Africa and the abuse of power by the party’s leaders and military commanders during its exile years. Written by Sello Maseko, Angola/ Camp 13, is a brave and unflinching look at one of the ANC’s darkest periods. This spectacular production is presented with revolutionary music and extraordinary dance choreography. It is an action-parked thriller of our times, celebrating and honouring South Africa’s fallen struggle heroes who are not found in the pages of our history books.

Nelspruit

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The Buddy Holly Show

From 25 – 28 June
Innibos Arts Festival
Bookings: Computicket

Almost six decades after his untimely death, Buddy Holly’s music continues to fire in the hearts of fans around the world. The Buddy Holly Story, created by Alan Janes, tells the story of Buddy since his first performances as a traditional country singer to ‘the day the music died,’ referring to Don McLean’s song “American Pie” after the tragic air crash in which Buddy died. This production is an energetic and inspiring experience in celebrating this music pioneer’s contribution to music, with favourites like “Peggy Sue,” “Oh Boy,” and “That’ll Be the Day” “all celebrating the timeless music of the fifties.