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Mbongeni Ngema

 
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Birth Place: Veulam, SOUTH AFRICA

Stage Credits

  [South Africa]
World Premiere, 1987
Performer

Productions

 
[Broadway, 1988]
Director
Music Arranger
 
[Broadway, 1987]
Director

Writing

Playwright
Composer/Lyricist
Bookwriter
Composer
Lyricist

 

Stage

Performances
  [South Africa]
World Premiere, 1987
Performer

Productions

[Broadway, 1988]
Director

Music Arranger

[Broadway, 1987]
Director

Writing
Playwright
Composer/Lyricist
Bookwriter
Composer
Lyricist

Mbongeni Ngema Awards and Nominations

 
Helen Hayes Awards - 1991 - Outstanding Director, Non-Resident Production
Mbongeni NgemaSheila's Day
 
Helen Hayes Awards - 1991 - Outstanding Director, Non-Resident Production
Mbongeni NgemaSarafina!
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1988 - Outstanding Music
Mbongeni Ngema, Sarafina
 
Tony Awards - 1988 - Best Choreography
Mbongeni Ngema, Sarafina!
 
Tony Awards - 1988 - Best Direction of a Musical
Mbongeni Ngema , Sarafina!
 
Tony Awards - 1988 - Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre
Mbongeni Ngema, Sarafina!
 
Tony Awards - 1987 - Best Direction of a Play
Mbongeni Ngema, Asinamali!
 
Olivier Awards - 1983 - Comedy of the Year
Mbongeni NgemaWoza Albert!

Mbongeni Ngema News

BWW Interview: Artistic Director Ricardo Khan and CROSSROADS THEATRE COMPANY Photo BWW Interview: Artistic Director Ricardo Khan and CROSSROADS THEATRE COMPANY
by Marina Kennedy - Oct 27, 2021

Broadwayworld had the pleasure of interviewing Crossroads Theatre Company's Artistic Director, Ricardo Khan about his career and the season ahead.

Bheki Mkhwane Departs BOPHA! Season at South African State Theatre Photo Bheki Mkhwane Departs BOPHA! Season at South African State Theatre
by Stephi Wild - May 24, 2021

The South African State Theatre has announced that veteran performer Bheki Mkhwane will no longer be part of Bopha's season -starting from 25 May to 13 June 2021- after being booked off sick for four weeks.

Ricardo Khan and the Performing Arts Alliance to be Honored at Theatre Communications Photo Ricardo Khan and the Performing Arts Alliance to be Honored at Theatre Communications Group 2021 Gala
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 20, 2021

Theatre Communications Group has announced the 2021 TCG 60th Anniversary Gala: Our Stories will be held virtually on Tuesday, May 18, 2021 at 7:30pm ET with an afterparty to follow. The Gala will honor Ricardo Khan and the Performing Arts Alliance, and both the Gala and virtual live afterparty will be hosted by drag superstar Shequida. 

Crossroads Theatre Company Looks Back on SHEILA'S DAY to Celebrate Women's History Mo Photo Crossroads Theatre Company Looks Back on SHEILA'S DAY to Celebrate Women's History Month
by A.A. Cristi - Mar 1, 2021

A presentation of excerpts of the musical drama Sheila's Day is being streamed as part of Crossroads Theatre Company's commemorative programming celebrating Women's History Month.  It will stream March 2 through March 23 on the Crossroads website. 

New Federal Theatre Announces Virtual Reading of WINDOWS  by Mfundi Vundla Photo New Federal Theatre Announces Virtual Reading of WINDOWS by Mfundi Vundla
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Feb 22, 2021

 As part of 'New Federal Theatre Celebrates Black History Month,' Woodie King, Jr.'s New Federal Theatre is offering a live streaming virtual reading of 'Widows' by Mfundi Vundla on February 27 at 7:00 PM. The reading will be available on-demand through March 1. 

BWW Interview: Greg Homann Joins HOW NOW BROWN COW's Promising Playwrighting Initiati Photo BWW Interview: Greg Homann Joins HOW NOW BROWN COW's Promising Playwrighting Initiative
by Lindsay Kruger - Feb 4, 2021

Founded at the end of last year, local production company HOW NOW BROWN COW has launched a new and exciting writing programme. As one of the participants of its first instalment ‚ÄĒ¬†director, playwright and academic Greg Homann chats to BroadwayWorld about his writing and his involvement with THE WRITERS' COLLECTIVE.

Meet The Current Cast of Creatures In THE LION KING On Broadway Photo Meet The Current Cast of Creatures In THE LION KING On Broadway
by A.A. Cristi - Aug 4, 2019

Giraffes strut, birds swoop, gazelles leap - the entire Serengeti comes to life on stage each night in The Lion King. The Tony Award-winning musical adaptation of Disney's much-loved film transports audiences to a dazzling world of glorious colors, stunning effects and enchanting music to tell the story of Simba and his epic journey from wide-eyed cub to his destined role as King of the Pridelands.

Mbongeni Ngema and Percy Mtwa Reprise Roles in WOZA ALBERT! at the Baxter Theatre Photo Mbongeni Ngema and Percy Mtwa Reprise Roles in WOZA ALBERT! at the Baxter Theatre
by Stephi Wild - Jan 18, 2019

Acclaimed South African theatre luminaries, Mbongeni Ngema and Percy Mtwa, reprise their original roles - created some 40 years ago - in one of this country's most brilliant and popular classics, Woza Albert!, at the Baxter Flipside from 5 February to 2 March 2019 at 7.30pm and Saturday matinees at 2pm.

Jam-packed Eighth Annual Baxter Zabalaza Theatre Festival Now On Stage Photo Jam-packed Eighth Annual Baxter Zabalaza Theatre Festival Now On Stage
by David Fick - Mar 11, 2018

The eighth annual 2018 Zabalaza Theatre Festival to showcase some 40 productions by dynamic young theatre-makers from all over the Western Cape.

UK Premiere of THE SUITCASE to Open at Hull Truck Theatre Before Touring the North of England
by BWW News Desk - Jun 15, 2017

The Suitcase brings together a unique partnership of venues in the North of England and the Market Theatre Johannesburg, marking the internationally renowned theatre company's return to the UK after a five year absence.


Mbongeni Ngema Frequently Asked Questions

How many shows has Mbongeni Ngema written?
Mbongeni Ngema has written 2 shows including Asinamali! (Playwright), Sarafina! (Composer/Lyricist).

What awards has Mbongeni Ngema been nominated for?
Outstanding Director, Non-Resident Production (Helen Hayes Awards) for Sheila's Day , Outstanding Director, Non-Resident Production (Helen Hayes Awards) for Sarafina! , Outstanding Music (Drama Desk Awards) for Sarafina , Best Choreography (Tony Awards) for Sarafina! , Best Direction of a Musical (Tony Awards) for Sarafina! , Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre (Tony Awards) for Sarafina! Best Direction of a Play (Tony Awards) for Asinamali! and Comedy of the Year (Olivier Awards) for Woza Albert! .