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. Please use the contact form to list your production.

Cape Town

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

Kinky Boots

From 11 June – 2 February
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.

Aunty Merle – It’s a Girl!

From 22 November – 1 February
The Baxter Theatre
Bookings: Webtickets

The much anticipated sequel to AUNTY MERLE – THE MUSICAL is here: AUNTY MERLE – IT’S A GIRL! Merle’s daughter and son-in-law, Abigail and Alan, have been married for five years now. They have an announcement to make. Excitement mounts in Belgravia Road, Athlone, and Merle simply cannot wait to be a first-time grandmother. After all, her son-in-law is, as Aunty Merle puts it, “Bantry Bay-born.” Written by Marc Lottering, the show is directed by Lara Foot with musical direction by Trevino Isaacs and choreography by Grant van Ster.

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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.

The Producers

From 4 February – 28 March
Theatre on the Bay
Bookings: Computicket

Based on the hilarious 1968 film, Mel Brooks, Doug Besterman, Glen Kelly and Thomas Meehan’s The Producers is a laugh out-loud, outrageous and crowd-pleasing musical comedy that has been a smash hit since its 2001 debut. Fading Broadway producer Max Bialystok (played by Alan Committie) is desperate to get to the top of his profession again, and finds an unlikely ally in mousy accountant Leo Bloom (Richard White), who predicts that one could make far more money with a flop of a show than with a hit. Together, the two set out to produce the worst musical ever to hit Broadway. With no shortage of show-stopping musical numbers and Brooks’s signature humour keeping audiences in stitches, The Producers is directed by Joseph Pitcher, with musical direction by Garth Tavares and choreography by Duane Alexander.

Johannesburg

Seussical

From 20 December – 12 January
The Lyric At Gold Reef City Casino
Bookings: Computicket

Everyone loves the Cat in the Hat, Horton the Elephant, the Grinch and the Whos. Now, audiences have the opportunity to meet Jojo, one kid with an unstoppable imagination who brings together acclaimed author Dr. Seuss’s favourite characters in a big musical adventure the likes of which has never been seen before. From the Jungle of Nool through the tiniest planet in the sky Whoville to Circus McGurkus and everywhere in-between, this feel-good musical bonanza dares audiences to think big and reminds them of the power of loyalty, family and acceptance. Brought to life by the Naledi Award-winning theatre company &CO, Seussical is directed by Matthew Counihan.

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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.

The Producers

From 3 April – 31 May
Theatre on the Bay
Bookings: Computicket

Based on the hilarious 1968 film, Mel Brooks, Doug Besterman, Glen Kelly and Thomas Meehan’s The Producers is a laugh out-loud, outrageous and crowd-pleasing musical comedy that has been a smash hit since its 2001 debut. Fading Broadway producer Max Bialystok (played by Alan Committie) is desperate to get to the top of his profession again, and finds an unlikely ally in mousy accountant Leo Bloom (Richard White), who predicts that one could make far more money with a flop of a show than with a hit. Together, the two set out to produce the worst musical ever to hit Broadway. With no shortage of show-stopping musical numbers and Brooks’s signature humour keeping audiences in stitches, The Producers is directed by Joseph Pitcher, with musical direction by Garth Tavares and choreography by Duane Alexander.