What’s On

Here’s what’s lighting up musical theatre stages around the country.

Cape Town | Durban | Johannesburg

Cape Town

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Langarm
20 November – 3 March
The Fugard Theatre
Bookings: The Fugard Theatre

Langarm, the latest musical created by the award-winning writer-director David Kramer, will be presented at the Fugard Theatre for the festive season. Langarm is a story of love and intrigue set in the story-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. The creative team includes Charl-Johan Lingenfelder (musical arrangements), Grant van Ster (choreography), Saul Radomsky (set design) and Widaad Albertus.

Into the WoodsInto the Woods
30 January – 2 March
Theatre on the Bay
Bookings: Computicket

Into the Woods is a seminal work by American musical theatre genius, Stephen Sondheim, and follows the trials and adventures of a collection of well-known fairy-tale characters, including Cinderella, Rapunzel, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Red Riding Hood. They all go into the deep, dark woods on separate quests, and their paths cross and intersect with sometimes amusing, sometimes alarming results. Brought to local audiences by the same team who brought us the chilling Sweeney Todd, Pieter Toerien is proud once again, to present this production with KickstArt.

Hairspray (Pinelands Players)Hairspray
From 2 – 16 February
Artscape
Bookings: Computicket

The popular amateur theatre society, The Pinelands Players, will kick off its 71st year of theatre with Hairspray. Set in Baltimore in 1962, the musical sees Tracy Turnblad, a quirky, plus-sized teenager with a plus-sized hairdo, follow her dream to dance on The Corny Collins Show.  Her successful audition transforms her into a local celebrity, but she faces discrimination because of her weight, her choice in friends and her hairdo.  Tracy becomes determined to use her influence to push for social change and racial integration in the show. Neil Leachman will provide direction and musical direction, with Laura Bosman and Jared Schaedler handling the choreography.

ordinary-days-2019-posterOrdinary Days
From 26 February – 3 March
Theatre Arts Admin Collective
Bookings: Tixsa

​Following the success of both Off-Broadway and international productions, Square Pegged
Productions brings Adam Gwon’s Ordinary Days to Cape Town audiences in its South African premiere. A refreshingly honest and funny musical, Ordinary Days that tells the story of four young New Yorkers who experience the big impact of a small moment. Directed by Byron Bure, the four-strong cast includes Dean de Klerk, Emile Hager, Kirsten Murphy and Josie Piers. Musical director Kurt Haupt accompanies the production on piano.

Chicago

Chicago
From 15 March – 14 April
Artscape
Bookings: Computicket

The killer hit musical Chicago returns to razzle-dazzle South Africa in 2019! A nightclub singer, a double-murderess, a smooth-talking lawyer and a cell block of sin are back on local stages in the world’s sexiest musical. Local audiences have got it comin’ as the story of John Kander, Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse’s award-winning Broadway and West End classic, Chicago, unfolds to show-stopping songs including “All that Jazz”, “Cell Block Tango” and “Mister Cellophane”. It would be criminal to miss it!

Durban

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Johannesburg

Into the WoodsInto the Woods
8 March – 14 April 2019
Pieter Toerien Theatre at Montecasino
Bookings: Computicket

Into the Woods is a seminal work by American musical theatre genius, Stephen Sondheim, and follows the trials and adventures of a collection of well-known fairy-tale characters, including Cinderella, Rapunzel, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Red Riding Hood. They all go into the deep, dark woods on separate quests, and their paths cross and intersect with sometimes amusing, sometimes alarming results. Brought to local audiences by the same team who brought us the chilling Sweeney Todd, Pieter Toerien is proud once again, to present this production with KickstArt.

ChicagoChicago
From 20 April – 26 May
Teatro at Montecasino
Bookings: Computicket

The killer hit musical Chicago returns to razzle-dazzle South Africa in 2019! A nightclub singer, a double-murderess, a smooth-talking lawyer and a cell block of sin are back on local stages in the world’s sexiest musical. Local audiences have got it comin’ as the story of John Kander, Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse’s award-winning Broadway and West End classic, Chicago, unfolds to show-stopping songs including “All that Jazz”, “Cell Block Tango” and “Mister Cellophane”. It would be criminal to miss it!