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Will Hal Prince-Helmed EVITA Bring Its Rainbow Tour to Broadway? Will Hal Prince-Helmed EVITA Bring Its Rainbow Tour to Broadway?
by BWW News Desk on January 15, 2018 in South Africa

So what happens now for Hal Prince's international tour of Evita? Broadway- according to a recent interview with the Straits Times. The production, which opened in Johannesburg, South Africa last fall, and which was reviewed by BroadwayWorld during its Cape Town stop last month, is on its way to play Singapore, Australia and Japan, before bringing the Rainbow tour home to Broadway. (more...)
Alexander Upstairs Hosts THE DEFICIT Alexander Upstairs Hosts THE DEFICIT
by BWW News Desk on January 15, 2018 in South Africa

A young man finds himself trapped between financial and academic struggles. He strives to find a balance between the two but the debt that he faces as a result of an unjust system and the manipulators of society becomes too much for him. A pawn in a political game, his dreams and academic success are threatened and shattered. (more...)
Alexander Upstairs Presents NASTY WOMXN Alexander Upstairs Presents NASTY WOMXN
by BWW News Desk on January 15, 2018 in South Africa

If you really love Greek mythology, the old Divas of WWE or trashing other womxn then this is probably not the play for you. But if you love the Kardashians, candid CNN interviews, gold (everywhere), spelling womxn with an x and smashing the patriarchy one rape-culture-drenched mythological origin story at a time then this might just be your cup of tea. Drawing from the Greek mythologies of Persephone, Medusa and other not so well-known characters, Nasty Womxn is a collection of sketches about contemporary womxn just trying to get from day to day. (more...)
SARAFINA MAGAZINE: LIVE to Play Alexander Upstairs SARAFINA MAGAZINE: LIVE to Play Alexander Upstairs
by BWW News Desk on January 15, 2018 in South Africa

After a successful year of bringing womxn's stories to the forefront, Sarafina Magazine invites you to join the conversation. Inspired by The Hollywood Reporter's Roundtables, Sarafina Magazine: Live will feature discussions with South Africa's leading womxn artists and arts industry professionals. Sarafina Magazine founder, Candice Bernstein, will moderate the bi-monthly talkback series, which kicks off this month with a panel to be announced shortly. Audience members are encouraged to engage in the discussion through a Q&A session at the end of the talkback. (more...)
YOSSARIAN - THE ALBUMS Comes to Alexander Upstairs YOSSARIAN - THE ALBUMS Comes to Alexander Upstairs
by BWW News Desk on January 15, 2018 in South Africa

Yossarian are an eclectic collective hailing from the UK, Australia and Argentina. The band has released two albums, 'The Little We Know' (2013) and 'Light Up My Head' (2015), and currently recording their third. They have been featured artists on the BBC and their music synced to a range of media, from ski film soundtracks to an advert for UNICEF. (more...)
ImproGuise Presents POP-UP IMPROV at Alexander Upstairs ImproGuise Presents POP-UP IMPROV at Alexander Upstairs
by BWW News Desk on January 15, 2018 in South Africa

Improguise starts off 2018 with an improvised bang, bringing its special brand of outrageous, unmissable theatre made up on the spot, to their favourite theatre, The Alexander upstairs. 5 nights of unscripted, high risk, longform Improv, with a different cast and format each night. So come to one, or all 5! (more...)
(W)ASEM Comes to Alexander Upstairs (W)ASEM Comes to Alexander Upstairs
by BWW News Desk on January 15, 2018 in South Africa

Albertze and Makapan were motivated to create this piece after both of them were involved in a racist incident in Stellenbosch earlier this year. In the viral video we see Makapan with a bloodied nose, declare that he had just been punched in the face by a young white male. Said male had used a racial slur against Makapan and his friends and when confronted about it, became enraged. Despite not provoking this individual, Makapan still received some backlash on social media, prompting him and Albertze to question the validity of one's voice in these instances Thus began their allegory of feeling breathless. Voiceless. 'Waar is my asem?' The production explores various occasions in which the writers felt they didn't have a voice and tell their individual stories with the help of a few balloons. The play is full of dark humour, addressing social injustices and highlighting the importance of expressing yourself no matter how impossible it may feel. This mainly Afrikaans production by Du Toit Albertze and Terence Makapan mixes white Afrikaner culture with coloured Afrikaner culture. (more...)
Bookings Now Open For Star-Studded THE ROAD TO MECCA At The Fugard Theatre Bookings Now Open For Star-Studded THE ROAD TO MECCA At The Fugard Theatre
by BWW News Desk on January 15, 2018 in South Africa

Bookings are now open at Computicket for the Fugard Theatre's star-studded production of Athol Fugard's acclaimed play THE ROAD TO MECCA. Eric Abraham presents this Fugard Theatre production in honour of this iconic playwright's 85th year. The play will open at the Fugard Theatre on 27 March 2018, on World Theatre Day, and run for a limited season. (more...)
Oppiwater Arts Festival Announces Programme for 2018 Oppiwater Arts Festival Announces Programme for 2018
by BWW News Desk on January 12, 2018 in South Africa

RSG and Lefra Productions incredibly successful Oppiwater Arts Festival sails from 15 - 20 April 2018 this year on the MSC Sinfonia from Durban to Mozambique. The main event is a fully fledged arts festival on board the ship with more than twenty top Afrikaans productions, which have just been announced. (more...)
World's Most Loved Musical THE SOUND OF MUSIC Returns to South Africa in 2018 World's Most Loved Musical THE SOUND OF MUSIC Returns to South Africa in 2018
by BWW News Desk on January 12, 2018 in South Africa

Pieter Toerien, David Ian and The Really Useful Group will present Andrew Lloyd Webber's production of THE SOUND OF MUSIC in South Africa this year. This return season of the 2014 South African production was a box office smash in its first season and garnered a flood of rave reviews from the local media. (more...)
Ian von Memerty to Pay Tribute to Elton John in HONKY CATS at Theatre On The Bay this January Ian von Memerty to Pay Tribute to Elton John in HONKY CATS at Theatre On The Bay this January
by BWW News Desk on January 10, 2018 in South Africa

Ian von Memerty, South Africa's 'Prince of the Piano,' will pay tribute to the world's 'King of the Keyboard,' Elton John in HONKY CATS this January at Theatre on the Bay. Von Memerty will be joined on stage in the show by the fantastic Centre Stage Band in what promises to be a thrilling journey through John's extraordinary and evergreen songs. (more...)
Beatlemania Fever Set To Hit Johannesburg Next Month With Renowned International Tribute Show Beatlemania Fever Set To Hit Johannesburg Next Month With Renowned International Tribute Show
by BWW News Desk on January 09, 2018 in South Africa

Bringing to life on stage the major musical hits that made The Beatles one of the most successful and influential rock groups of all time, international hit tribute and stage show Beatlemania On Tour is set to take over Johannesburg in early 2018 for a one month-long season at the Theatre of Marcellus, Emperor's Palace Casino. (more...)
Stars Like Daniel Radcliffe, Jude Law and Andrew Garfield to Illuminate The Fugard's Bioscope Screenings This January Stars Like Daniel Radcliffe, Jude Law and Andrew Garfield to Illuminate The Fugard's Bioscope Screenings This January
by BWW News Desk on January 08, 2018 in South Africa

The Fugard Bioscope has an exciting January line up with The National Theatre Encore Season, a chance to re-experience some of the most popular recorded live theatre titles of the past year. The programme features the best of British theatre screenings as well as some new titles from the comfort of a Fugard Theatre seat. (more...)
Dave Starke Brings COHEN - A TRIBUTE Comes to Alexander Upstairs Dave Starke Brings COHEN - A TRIBUTE Comes to Alexander Upstairs
by BWW News Desk on January 08, 2018 in South Africa

COHEN - A TRIBUTE is an exploration of the life and works of the late Leonard Cohen. The show features Cohen's music and poetry, interspersed with anecdotes from his life and other literary writings. (more...)
Greg Gelb's REFOCUSED Comes to Alexander Upstairs Greg Gelb's REFOCUSED Comes to Alexander Upstairs
by BWW News Desk on January 08, 2018 in South Africa

Greg Gelb is back with a new show entitled 'Refocused' which is full of top-quality magic and that Gelb humour that audiences have come to love. The show reminds audiences of what's important in life. Refocused is all about the laughter, all about the magic and all about the interactions. Audience members can expect top quality magic as they saw in Blurred Lines but his regulars will see all new material. This is not to be missed. (more...)
THE GREAT S.A. BURLESQUE EXPRESS Rides Into to the Alexander Upstairs This Weekend THE GREAT S.A. BURLESQUE EXPRESS Rides Into to the Alexander Upstairs This Weekend
by BWW News Desk on January 08, 2018 in South Africa

THE GREAT S.A. BURLESQUE EXPRESS returns to the Alexander Upstairs with more burlesque than audiences can shake a tailfeather at! After six years, the train trip of titillating trouble and tease stops in Cape Town once again-this time to celebrate Black Orchid Burlesque's 10th Birthday. (more...)
Cape Town Jazz Superstar Jonathan Rubain's CAPE JAZZ IS LEKKE! Begins Final Week of Baxter Theatre Run Cape Town Jazz Superstar Jonathan Rubain's CAPE JAZZ IS LEKKE! Begins Final Week of Baxter Theatre Run
by BWW News Desk on January 08, 2018 in South Africa

CAPE JAZZ IS LEKKE, Jonathan Rubain's sensational homage to Cape Town's rich jazz history, commences its final week of performances at the Baxter Concert Hall this week. To create the perfect summer show for music lovers, Rubain has assembled a stellar line-up of local legends, including Hilton Schilder, Kyle Shepherd, Dave Ledbetter and Candice Thornton. (more...)
Chantal Stanfield's FROM KOE'SIESTES TO KNEIDLACH Extends at the Baxter Chantal Stanfield's FROM KOE'SIESTES TO KNEIDLACH Extends at the Baxter
by BWW News Desk on January 08, 2018 in South Africa

Following its nearly sold-out run so far and due to popular demand, the season of television star Chantal Stanfield's hilarious FROM KOE'SIESTES TO KNEIDLACH has been extended and will now end on 13 January, running in the Baxter Golden Arrow Studio at 20:15 nightly. (more...)
Backsberg Picnic Concert Series Set To Rock The Paarl Valley Again In February and March Backsberg Picnic Concert Series Set To Rock The Paarl Valley Again In February and March
by BWW News Desk on January 08, 2018 in South Africa

Backsberg Wine Estate has released the lineup for their much anticipated 2018 Picnic Concert Series, which takes place every Sunday from 18 February to 18 March this year. The bands this year are Spoegwolf on 18 February, Valiant Swart Trio on 25 February, Manouche on 4 March, a double bill with Sutherland and Nic Preen (the lead singer of Al Bairre) on 11 March, and Bottomless Coffee Band wrapping up the season on 18 March. (more...)
BWW Review: Impeccable Worldbuilding the Highlight of Standing O's Immersive Theatre Experience IMMORTAL BWW Review: Impeccable Worldbuilding the Highlight of Standing O's Immersive Theatre Experience IMMORTAL
by David Fick on January 06, 2018 in South Africa

There is something utterly inspiring about IMMORTAL, the theatre experience currently playing two shows a night at the Castle of Good Hope in Cape Town. Billed as the first-ever immersive theatre production of its kind in South Africa, it is exciting to see a new company going out on a limb to offer local audiences an innovative night of performance art. (more...)
Mike McCully to Present TRIBUTE TO ABBA at The Masque Theatre Mike McCully to Present TRIBUTE TO ABBA at The Masque Theatre
by BWW News Desk on January 02, 2018 in South Africa

Mike McCully and The Masque Theatre will present TRIBUTE TO ABBA, a celebration of favourite ballads and dance numbers released by the Swedish pop group comprising Agnetha F ltskog, Bj rn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad. (more...)
Alan Committie To Celebrate 2018 with Funny Look at Everything on PLANET MIRTH at Pieter Toerien's Montecasino Theatre Alan Committie To Celebrate 2018 with Funny Look at Everything on PLANET MIRTH at Pieter Toerien's Montecasino Theatre
by BWW News Desk on December 29, 2017 in South Africa

The imminent start of a new year means it is time for South African funnyman Alan Committie to bring audiences in the City of Gold another hilarious look at the world around us. In PLANET MIRTH, Committie presents a docu-comedy in the highest definition and promises all the infectious energy, physical hi-jinks, witty wordplay and hysterical observations audiences have come to love about his brand of comic madness. (more...)
OOM SCHALK, FROM THE HEART Brings the Stories of Herman Charles Bosman to the Masque Theatre OOM SCHALK, FROM THE HEART Brings the Stories of Herman Charles Bosman to the Masque Theatre
by BWW News Desk on December 29, 2017 in South Africa

The loveable Oom Schalk is coming back to the Masque Theatre this January to tell his stories. F Creations, in partnership with The Merry Scholar, is proud to present OOM SCHALK, FROM THE HEART and invite audiences to come and listen as actor David Muller transports them back in time through the words of the famous character that Herman Charles Bosman created. (more...)
BWW Review: Popular AUNTY MERLE - THE MUSICAL Leaps Forward in Concept, but Falls Back in Its Execution at the Baxter BWW Review: Popular AUNTY MERLE - THE MUSICAL Leaps Forward in Concept, but Falls Back in Its Execution at the Baxter
by David Fick on December 28, 2017 in South Africa

There is a great deal about AUNTY MERLE THE MUSICAL that deserves to be recognised. Most importantly, it is a homegrown musical created largely by people of colour with a significant number of roles for people of colour. It attempts to connect with contemporary South African social dynamics and issues using a medium that not only has wide appeal but which can also give voice to ideas in an often unexpected and effective ways. (more...)
BETWEEN YOU AND ME to Play Alexander Upstairs BETWEEN YOU AND ME to Play Alexander Upstairs
by BWW News Desk on December 27, 2017 in South Africa

The cabaret show BETWEEN YOU AND ME, created and performed by Aletia Upstairs and Sigrun Paschke, will play Alexander Upstairs Theatre on 27 December 2017 at 7 p.m. (more...)