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Mbongeni Ngema

Birth Place: Veulam, SOUTH AFRICA

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Mbongeni Ngema STAGE CREDITS

[South Africa]
World Premiere, 1987

Mbongeni Ngema Productions

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



Mbongeni Ngema News

THE LION KING North American Tour to Welcome Back Mukelisiwe Goba as 'Rafiki'

Get the latest news on Disney's The Lion King North American Tour as Mukelisiwe Goba makes a triumphant return as 'Rafiki'. Find out all the details and dates for this highly anticipated production.

The Apollo Season Features Jazz Commission And Hip-Hop Concerts, AFRICA NOW! Festival, And More

As The Apollo gears up for a historic 2023 with the opening of The Apollo's Victoria Theater and the renovation of the Historic Theater, the iconic Harlem nonprofit announced additional upcoming concerts, comedy shows, and educational programs for the winter and spring of 2023.

TCG Books Presents to Host Conversation with Authors of Classic Russian Drama Series

Theatre Communications Group has announced the eighth iteration of TCG Books Presents, featuring Richard Nelson, Richard Pevear, and Larissa Volokhonsky in conversation with Gregory Mosher on YouTube Live, Friday, October 28, 2022 at 1:00pm ET.

BWW Interview: Artistic Director Ricardo Khan and CROSSROADS THEATRE COMPANY

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

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 Group 2021 Gala

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 Month

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

 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 Initiative

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 — 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

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

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

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

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.

Did You Know... Our Favorite Fun Facts About the 2017 Tony Nominees!

The 2017 Tony nominations were announced this morning. If you haven't checked them out yet, what are you waiting for?! CLICK HERE to check out a full list of this year's nominees, and HERE for reactions from the lucky few!

BWW Awards Special: South African Theatre Winners Celebrate the 2016 Regional BroadwayWorld South Africa Awards

It was no unlucky Friday the 13th for South Africa's theatre community when BroadwayWorld's Regional Managing Editor Christina Mancuso released the names of the of the winners of the 2016 BroadwayWorld South Africa Awards.

BWW Review: Will the Real WOZA ALBERT! Please Stand Up?

WOZA ALBERT! remains an incredibly powerful play. That it can withstand mediocre productions and still, more or less, manage to resonate with an audience is a testament to what Ngema, Mtwa and Simon achieved 35 years ago. When the real WOZA ALBERT! stands up, it takes no prisoners. It is a play that reminds us of the journey we have travelled, and the long way we still have to go.

BWW Review: WOZA SARAFINA! at Cape Town Fringe a Disruption that Needs to Erupt

Writer-director Koleka Putuma's assemblage of ideas and motifs in WOZA SARAFINA! is constructed within the context of the #RhodesMustFall movement and is informed by the ideologies that underpin that movement. While it speaks many truths, the play never finds a way to deliver more than just "the feels".

SARAFINA! Set for Mann's 2016 Young People's Concert Series, 6/14

The Mann Center for the Performing Arts will present the musical Sarafina! to kick off the Mann's 2016 Young People's Concert Series on June 14. This special performance, presented by the Mann, Howard University's Department of Theater Arts and NEWorks Productions, is a musical inspired by the 1976 Soweto Student Uprising, when more than 10,000 South African youth boldly defended their right to an education that affirmed their cultural identity and heritage. Now, 40 years later, the inspiring story of these brave South African students comes to life on the Mann's main stage in this production by Howard University. Sarafina! is Directed by Eric Ruffin with choreography by Jakari Sherman, the book, music and lyrics are by Mbongeni Ngema and arranged by Mbongeni Ngema and Hugh Masekela.

Who Was Lucille Lortel and Why Is There An Award Named For Her?

With a career spanning seventy years in the theatre, Lucille Lortel's life mission was to help nurture emerging innovative playwrights.

NY Public Library's Artistic Producer Evan Leslie on SARAFINA

BroadwayWorld.com continues our exclusive content series, in collaboration with The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, which delves into the library's unparalleled archives, and resources. Below, check out a piece by Evan Leslie, Artistic Producer for The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts on Sarafina:


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

Mbongeni Ngema has been nominated for several awards throughout his career. He received nominations for Outstanding Director, Non-Resident Production at the Helen Hayes Awards for both "Sheila's Day" and "Sarafina!" Additionally, he was nominated for Outstanding Music at the Drama Desk Awards for "Sarafina" and for Best Choreography at the Tony Awards for "Sarafina!" Ngema also received nominations for Best Direction of a Musical and Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre at the Tony Awards for "Sarafina!" Furthermore, he was nominated for Best Direction of a Play at the Tony Awards for "Asinamali!" Lastly, Ngema won the Comedy of the Year award at the Olivier Awards for "Woza Albert!"

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