Jonathan Roxmouth, the multi-award winning star of local theatre, will perform three concerts entitled ‘From The Footlights’, featuring a variety of hits from internationally acclaimed Broadway and West End musicals such as ‘The Phantom of the Opera’, ‘Les Misérables’ and ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’. The concerts will be taking place at the Teatro at Montecasino on Friday and Saturday, September 18 and 19, both commencing at 8pm; and on Sunday, September 20, at 2pm. (Tickets are on sale at Computicket.)
Roxmouth will be sharing a few musical surprises from some of his favourite artists who have made their mark on the musical theatre scene. Guest stars include Afrikaans “Kaapse Draai” singer and recording artist, Nádine; actress, singer and musician, Lindiwe Bungane; TV, stage and movie actress and comedienne, Tracey-Lee Oliver; and actor, singer and recording artist, Harry Sideropoulos. Roxmouth and his guest artists will be accompanied by an 18-piece Broadway big band under the baton of award-winning conductor and arranger, Bryan Schimmel (‘Chicago’, ‘We Will Rock You’, ‘Jersey Boys’) who is also the arranger and co-producer of Roxmouth’s new album.
Concert-goers are sure to be enthralled by the repertoire of ‘From the Footlights’, which is resplendent with songs by the greatest composers in musical theatre history, including Andrew Lloyd Webber (‘Phantom of the Opera’, ‘Cats’, ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’), Stephen Sondheim (‘Sweeney Todd’, ‘Company’, ‘Into the Woods’), Kander & Ebb (‘Chicago’, ‘Cabaret’) and Jule Styne (‘Funny Girl’, ‘Gypsy’); as well as some of the more contemporary composers like Jason Robert Brown (‘Songs For a New World’, ‘The Last Five Years’), Frank Wildhorn (‘Jekyll and Hyde’) and Marc Shaiman (‘Hairspray’, ‘Catch Me If You Can’ and the TV Series ‘Smash’). The arrangements of these songs have been custom written for Roxmouth to flex his vocal versatility and virtuosity to the max. These songs are also featured on Roxmouth’s latest album (released earlier this year) by the same name.
Nádine and Roxmouth played leading roles in the hit musical ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ and will reunite to perform the moving song from this musical, ‘I don’t know how to love him’. For those who are familiar with the movie ‘Dreamgirls’ and the musical by the same name, Bungane will sing the popular song ‘And I’m Telling You I’m Not Going’.
Roxmouth began his professional musical theatre career in 2006 playing Vince Fontaine in ‘Grease’ and continued to play a number of leading roles in many of the biggest musical theatre productions staged in this country. Roles such as Gaston in ‘Beauty and the Beast’; Judas Iscariot in ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ and Joe Gillis in ‘Sunset Boulevard’ and Tony in ‘West Side Story’, which most recently firmly established Roxmouth as one of South Africa’s biggest stars of the stage.
It was his powerful performance as the Phantom in ‘The Phantom of the Opera’ that made critics and the public alike take special note of the artist’s talents.
Aside from musical theatre, Roxmouth has also performed in the popular musical revues ‘A Handful of Keys’, ‘Topsy-Turvy’, ‘Noel and Gertie’ and ‘Hats Off!’. Recent shows by Roxmouth include ‘Call Me Lee’ and country-wide sold-out performances of his one-man show, ‘Stage by Stage’.