Anton Luitingh's Reign as JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT's Pharaoh at Theatre On The Bay Almost Over
JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT has been back at Theatre on the Bay for three weeks, with the touring production having returned to Cape Town after runs in Johannesburg and Port Elizabeth. Along with Nádine, who has been performing the role of the Narrator in this return season of the show, a new addition to the cast has been Anton Luitingh, who has been playing the Pharaoh. Luitingh begins the final week of his reign today, with Jonathan Roxmouth, who originated the role in this production, returning to the role from next Monday.
Luitingh graduated with a degree in Drama from the University of Stellenbosch and was played lead roles from early on in his career, in productions of THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW and GREASE. HE was then cast in the international touring company of CATS, playing the narrating silver tabby, Munkustrap, in twelve countries. This was followed by a South African tour of an earlier production of JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT, in which he played the rock 'n' roll crazed Pharaoh. He has also performed in SHOW BOAT, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, RENT, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, NOAH OF CAPE TOWN, THE WOMAN IN BLACK, PORGY AND BESS, THE MANDELA TRILOGY, EVITA, SUNSET BOULEVARD. His performances in musical theatre have earned him regular nominations for Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards.
Luitingh has also worked behind the scenes, assisting New York actor-director Anthony Rapp on the South African Production of Jonathan Larson's RENT, then serving as resident director for CHICAGO, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, JERSEY BOYS and THE SOUND OF MUSIC. Luitingh is also the co-writer, performer and musical director for the three-time Vita and Fleur du Cap Award nominated OFFBEAT BROADWAY shows, which have toured extensively around the country as well as to other destinations in Africa and London.
Directed by Paul Warwick Griffin (SUNSET BOULEVARD, EVITA, HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL), this touring production - which is described by Pieter Toerien Productions as one that has been "dynamically re-imagined" - runs in Cape Town at Theatre on the Bay until 8 April. Tickets are available from R125 via the box office at Theatre on the Bay on 021 438 3100, or Computicket on 08619158000.