Jozi fans of the music of Queen will be able to enjoy the hits of the legendary band when artist extraordinaire Joseph Clark brings ‘The Queen Experience’ to The Mandela stage at Joburg Theatre for a strictly limited season from February 12 to 17. That is six shows only.
‘The Queen Experience’ was first staged in November 2011 at The Gelredome Soccer Stadium in Arnhem, where Joseph Clark wowed a sold-out audience of over 30000 people. In December 2011, he completed theatre runs in The Hague and in Amsterdam.
Elzette Maarschalk produced the show in July and in October at The Atterbury Theatre in Pretoria last year where all the shows were sold out. Disappointed audience members who could not get tickets urged for more performances and luckily a week became available in Joburg Theatre’s busy programme. Elzette Maarschalk has gotten the same 12-piece cast together to mesmerize those who will see the show for the first time, as well as those who want to have the “Queen experience” again, just for the thrill of it.
The 12-piece cast consists of Joseph Clark – Lead Vocals/Piano/Backing Vocals; Nathan Smith – Lead and Accoustic Guitar/Backing Vocals; Peach van Pletzen – Drums; Richard Brokensha – Guitars/Backing Vocals; Kyle Petersen – Keys/Keytar/ Backing Vocals and Trevor Donjeany – Bass. Zetske van Pletzen – Vocals/Backing Vocals; Kate Borthwick – Piano/Backing Vocals; soprano Yollandi Nortjie – Vocals/Backing Vocals; Altus Theart – Vocals and The Gaabo Motho Tenors will be the special guests.
Clark became established as “an American African” after he left his ballet career in the USA when brought to South Africa to dance the leading roles in ‘Swan Lake’, ‘Papillion’, ‘Romeo & Juliet’ and ‘Witchboy’. He soon moved into musical theatre with lead roles in ‘The Buddy Holly Story’, ‘West Side Story’, ‘The Fantasticks’, ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’, ‘Joseph And His Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat’ and ‘Sweeney Todd’.
He became well known for his powerful interpretation of Queen’s music since his first appearance in the popular ‘Queen At The Opera’. In 2004 he toured Italy and Germany performing his own tribute to the music of Queen. In 2009/10 he sang in 13 concerts with the Netherland Symphony Orchestra and in 2011 he and his band did five performances at The Madinat Theatre in Dubai.
* Ticket prices range from R100 to R300, and are on sale at www.joburgtheatre.com, or by calling the theatre’s direct ticketing line on 0861 670 670.
A special Half Price Preview will take place on February 12.
There are also special Valentine’s Packages for the week’s performances. For further information on the various packages available, call contact the Hospitality Office at Joburg Theatre on 011 877 6834, or send them an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.