2016 is set to be an exciting year for Joburg Theatre, with a wide variety of productions on offer and a new relationship with Webtickets and through them, Pick ’n Pay.
Some show highlights theatergoers can look forward to in the coming months include:
‘Queen It’s A Kinda Magic’
The Mandela, January 14 to February 6
‘Queen It’s A Kinda Magic’ returns to The Mandela at Joburg Theatre from January 14. It was last performed in Joburg in 2009 to sold-out houses. The show is the theatrical creation of the very best of Queen live in concert, delivering the whole Queen experience.
Englishman Giles Taylor will spearhead the role of Freddie Mercury, with support from Australians Richie Baker as Brian May on guitar, and Kyle Thompson as Roger Taylor on drums, and South Africa’s Steven Dennett as John Deacon on bass.
‘Queen It’s A Kinda Magic’ features over twenty original Queen hits, including ‘We Will Rock You’, ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, ‘Fat Bottom Girls’, ‘We Are the Champions’, ‘Another One Bites The Dust’, ‘Killer Queen’, ‘A Kind of Magic’, ‘Radio Ga Ga’, ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’, ‘Crazy Little Thing Called Love’, ‘Play the Game’, ‘I Want to Break Free’, ‘Who Wants to Live Forever’ and many more.
‘Queen It’s A Kinda Magic’ is brought to South Africa by Showtime Australia.
‘Bye Bye Baby’
The Mandela, February 10 to February 28
‘Bye Bye Baby’ will take audiences back in time on a musical journey through the career of The Story of Frankie Vallie and The Four Seasons, whose songs graced such films as ‘The Deer Hunter’, ‘Dirty Dancing’ and ‘Grease’.
Direct from London, and exclusively at Joburg Theatre, the show will feature classics ‘Big Girls Don’t Cry’, ‘Walk Like a Man’, ‘Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow’, ‘Silence is Golden’, ‘The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore’ and ‘Why Do Fools Fall in Love’.
Mzansi Music Ensemble
The Mandela, March 2 to March 6
Mzansi Music Ensemble comprises of an 18-piece big band with 12 voices; the ensemble is dedicated to celebrating South African music classics of both past and present composers in a contemporary African and Township jazz interpretation of this music. Prince Lengoasa is the Music Director, featuring the legendary saxophonist Barney Rachabane and some of South Africa’s best vocalists.
The Fringe, March 17 to March 20
With swirling skirts and stamping feet, the fire and passion of flamenco will light up the stage to celebrate Alianza Flamenca’s 20th Anniversary, featuring students and professionals who have been through Alianza’s ranks and guest artists from around the country.
‘Celebración Flamenca’ promises to enthral and captivate the audience with all of flamenco’s vibrant elements.
‘Always & Forever – A Tribute To Luther Vandross’
The Mandela, March 31 to April 3
The king of croon, Luther Vandross, will be celebrated by South Africa’s own “man with the velvet voice” Timothy Moloi in this non-stop nostalgia journey of musical delight.
After a sell-out inaugural concert in Johannesburg in August 2015, The CoLab Network will re-stage ‘Always & Forever’, this time at the Joburg Theatre for four performances only.
Vocalist extraordinaire Timothy Moloi will be backed by some of South Africa’s best live musicians and vocalists in Tia Herman, Lelo Ramasimong and Kurt Herman along with Voices Unlimited Gospel Choir. The Music Director is star-on-the-rise Llewellyn George who also penned the musical arrangements done especially for this show.
The show includes portrayals of unforgettable hits including ‘Superstar’, ‘Always and Forever’, ‘Endless Love’, ‘Power of Love/Love Power’, ‘Dance with My Father’ and many more.
‘Giselle’ performed by Joburg Ballet
The Mandela, April 8 to April 17
Joburg Ballet will begin its 2016 performance season with ‘Giselle’, widely acknowledged as one of the most beautiful classical ballets ever created, from April 8, joining many companies worldwide in marking the ballet’s 175th anniversary. A moving story of a young girl who dies of a broken heart, the title role is regarded as one of the ultimate measures of a ballerina’s greatness.
Mozart’s ‘The Magic Flute’
The Mandela, May 18 to May 24
Mozart’s ‘The Magic Flute’ is a celebration of true love conquers all. It’s an opera in two acts, sung in German with English subtitles and English dialogues. It will be accompanied by the German Rhine Philharmonic Orchestra.
* Tickets for Joburg Theatre remain available from www.joburgtheatre.com and 0861 670 670, but from 1 January the following options were introduced:
• Option 1 – book at www.webtickets.co.za – patrons can book and pay online; this is ideal for patrons who are already registered with Webtickets.
• Option 2 – Book Online/Pay Instore – patrons can book tickets on www.joburgtheatre.com and pay at any Pick ’n Pay store.
• Option 3 – Book and Pay Instore – patrons can book and pay at selected Pick ‘n Pay stores
• Option 4 – Book and Pay On Your Phone – patrons can book and pay via the Nedbank App on your Smartphone.
For group bookings of 10 or more tickets, call the Theatre’s ticketing office on 011 877 6917/6853.