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PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT

HOP ON THE BUS TO FABULOUS!

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Divas Candida Mosomo, Londiwe Dhlomo & Tembeka Mnguni – Photo Credit: Lance Peterson

From the minute the curtain goes up and the cast of Priscilla Queen of the Desert launches into their enthusiastic, energetic opening number: It’s Raining Men – complete with 3 sparkly, shimmering Diva’s suspended above their heads – you know you’re in for a helluva ride! And that’s exactly what you get when you take your seat for this proudly South African production that takes you on the journey of a lifetime across the Australian outback.

In case you don’t know, this is the touching story of three drag queens who travel across Australia on a rather decrepit bus, which they fondly name Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. On their journey they discover the true meaning of friendship, love and unfortunately also meet up with the animosity that accompanies those who have no understanding of anyone or anything ‘different’. It’s a timeless tale of how strong bonds are formed, how hatred and derision continue to exist despite the advances that we think are being made, and how ultimately we all have the need to be accepted for who we are, regardless of our differences.

Daniel Buys is perfect in the role of Tick (Mitzi); delightfully up-beat, while seamlessly able to shift into a more restrained, reflective mood when his role requires it. And it’s certainly needed as he secretly has more than one reason to be schlepping around the

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David Dennis, Daniel Buys, Phillip Schnetler – Photo Credit: Nardus Engelbrecht

outback in a broken-down bus! He ropes in flighty Adam (Felicia) to join him on his mission, and Felicia has a goal of her very own. Apart from just wanting to have a good time, she’s always wanted to belt out a Kylie number on top of Ayers rock, because who doesn’t love the thought of ‘a cock in a frock on a rock’! Phillip Schnetler camps up the role with spot-on, screaming hilarity (and a touch of Jack from Will & Grace)! The trio is complete with dignified, slightly aging transsexual Bernadette who feels she’s possibly past her prime, but willing to go out with a bang (so to speak!). David Dennis plays the role with gracious grandeur, back-biting as wickedly as any self-respecting old queen would! And I just have to add here, out of these three, I just can’t decide who has the best pair of legs … they’re all to die for!!

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Tshepo Ncokoane – Photo credit: Nardus Engelbrecht

Mentions must go to the all too fabulous, stupendously over-the-top Miss-Understanding, Tshepo Ncokoane; Candice van Litsenborgh who hams it up as the most hilarious mullet ever, complete with humungous boobs bouncing all over the stage (almost); Chantal Herman as a cheeky mail-order bride who’s sick and tired of being overlooked; and last but most definitely not least, veteran actor, James Borthwick who plays the simple, but simply adorable, big-hearted mechanic, who might just have more to him than meets the eye.

Ultimately though, producers Hazel Feldman and Tony Feldman of Showtime Management have put together a cracker of a team who have have masterfully overseen all the minutiae of this show, ensuring that they collaborate perfectly to make it the glitter and glitz extravaganza that it is. Director Anton Luitingh keeps things crisp, smart and snappy and technical director Alistair Kilbee oversees the constant ebb and flow of the pizazz that abounds throughout. Resident choreographer, Duane Alexander ensures (I have no clue how) that the 28-strong cast gets every step in synch, in heels nogal!  Brian Schimmel, one of SA’s top music directors leads the 9-piece orchestra through numerous well-loved numbers (I Say a Little Prayer, Don’t Leave Me This Way, True Colours, I Will Survive … and many more) that will have audiences singing at the top of their lungs, not only during the show, but when they leave too!

And as for the costumes … the headdresses, the shoes … they’ll simply take your breath away! There’s so much colour, so much to look at … it’s a feast for the eyes and an extreme celebration of the imagination!

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Photo credit: Nardus Engelbrecht

Best of all though is the utter enjoyment that shines from the face of each and every cast member. This is a show that begs for an audience, and has audiences begging for more

Priscilla Queen of the Desert is a must-see. It’s fabulous fun, thoroughly entertaining, and if you don’t walk out of that theatre with a huge smile on your face, then you lied and didn’t actually see the show!

It’s on at the Teatro, Montecasino until 18 June, 2017.

BOOKINGS: Computicket by calling 0861 915 8000, or visit www.computicket.com

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

This musical contains some strong language and adult themes, therefore parental guidance is recommended for children under the age of 12

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THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG

Pieter Toerien presents the FUNNIEST COMEDY EVER on stage!

The play follows a theatre troupe as they struggle to get through a run of their murder mystery without succumbing to the disasters surrounding them: falling set pieces, sticking doors, missed cues, anything covered under Murphy’s Law!

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Pieter Toerien says: “The PLAY THAT GOES WRONG is the FUNNIEST play I have EVER seen!”

Joanna Lumley after seeing a recent London performance said: “We laughed until the tears ran down our faces! It has to be seen!!!”

WHAT’S ON STAGE said “It’s as though The Mousetrap has been taken over by Monty Python!”

Described by theatre audiences as Fawlty Towers meets Noises Off – this new hit comedy has won every major award on the London stage – 2015 Olivier Award Winner for Best New Comedy/ 2015 BroadwayWorld UK Winner for Best New Play/ 2014 WhatsOnStage Award Winner for Best New Comedy! The South African production is by Alan Committie and features a fabulous comedy cast which includes ROBERT FRIDJHON, RUSSEL SAVADIER, THEO LANDEY, CRAIG JACKSON, ROBERTO POMBO, NICOLE FRANCO, LOUIS VILJOEN and SIVE GUBANGXA.

THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG celebrates the best of live theatre… and the worst:

The Northriding Polytechnic Drama Society is putting on a 1920s murder mystery, but as the title suggests, everything that can go wrong… does! The accident-prone thespians battle against all odds to make it through to their final curtain call, with hilarious consequences!

Given 5 stars from The Daily Mail, called a ‘Gut-busting hit’ by the New York Times and with celebrity endorsements from the likes of Ant and Dec ‘funniest show we’ve seen! If you can get a ticket go.’

THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG is guaranteed to leave you aching with laughter!

RUNNING TIME: 2 hrs 5 mins (including a 20 min interval)

Recommended Age: 8+

South African audiences will be treated to the award-winning Comedy from 24 March in Jo’Burg and 3 May in Cape Town.

Pieter Toerien’s Montecasino Theatre: 24 March – 30 April

Performances: Wed – Fri @ 8pm, Sat @ 5pm & 8pm, Sun @ 3pm

Tickets: R220, R180, R130 & R100

Theatre on the Bay: 3 May – 17 June

Performances: Tue – Fri @ 8pm, Sat @ 4pm & 8pm

Tickets: R220, R180 & R120

 

Original SA RENT Cast Reunites for 1 Night Only!

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Save the date! Showtime Management’s 10th Anniversary Production of RENT IN CONCERT takes place at Montecasino’s Teatro on Monday, 15 May 2017 at 8pm. Tickets are now on sale at Computicket.  Presented by Showtime Management, this celebratory one night fund-raising concert features the much loved iconic and popular numbers from the stage production of RENT including Seasons of Love, Out Tonight, Without You, Will I and Take Me Or Leave Me performed by the original South African cast who reunite especially for this concert. They last performed together to rave reviews in the Tony and Pulitzer Award winning musical production of RENT, produced by Showtime Management ten years ago at the Alexander Theatre in Braamfontein and then Artscape, Cape Town.

I confess, I’m an official Renthead! From the first time I saw the show onstage at The Alexander Theatre  I was hooked! So maybe I arrived at the Rent party a little later than others – but at least I got there, and I never left!

“One is tempted to return just to relive the glorious music,” raved the Tonight on 20 July 2007 and now “Rentheads”, fans of the musical and theatre-goers are invited to take this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to enjoy RENT IN CONCERT.  Based loosely on Puccini’s La Boheme, the musical production of RENT follows a year in the life of a group of impoverished friends struggling to make it in New York’s East City Village as they struggle with relationships, drugs, loss, love, creativity, HIV/AIDS and paying their “rent”.  This concert version presents the entire score sung and performed with minimal staging. It’s all about the music, the songs and the strength of the beautiful voices that will have audiences singing along or sitting mesmerized, longing for more.  All proceeds go to HospiceWits whose “no end to caring” motto resonates with RENT’s themes of love, losing a loved one to a terminal illness, friendship and support. The music and lyrics written by Jonathan Larson performed by the South African cast tell the touching story though song.

“HospiceWits has provided the highest quality of care and support to hundreds of thousands of hopeful patients and families affected by life threatening illnesses in Johannesburg over the past 38 years. The funds provided by this event will be used for the continuation of that care in our compassionate environment which enables patients to feel supported and encouraged on the journey of life threatening illness.” says Joy Ruwodo, Marketing Manager, HospiceWits.

The cast is passionate about the concert and eager to give of their time to support HospiceWits. All the 2007 leads – including Shaun V who is flying in from Dubai – and some from around the country, sees Duane Alexander, Aubrey Poo, Zane Gillion, Thokozani “Zano” Nzima, Talia Kodesh, Sivan Raphaely and Ilse Klink together with fellow cast members Chantal Herman, Jaco Van Rensburg, Anton Luitingh, Megan Victor-Carelse and Lorri Strauss on stage on 15 May. New to this staging will be Phillip Schnetler and Nicholas “Nicksoul” Nkuna, who are looking forward to joining the original performers.

What started as a light-hearted Facebook chat about getting together for the 10th Anniversary of RENT is now becoming a reality.  Hazel Feldman and Tony Feldman of Showtime Management, the original producers of RENT are lending their full support to RENT IN CONCERT and Montecasino, the concert host is providing the Teatro as the concert venue. Technical companies Gearhouse Splitbeam, ProSound and Computicket have donated their services while Music Theatre International New York and the Jonathan Larson Estate has waivered performance royalties, therefore greatly assisting in raising funds for Hospice Wits.

The concert also reunites the 2007 creative team of choreographer Jill Somers with Anton Luitingh and Duane Alexander who will recreate their performances in RENT as well as co-direct the concert version. Music Supervisor, Bryan Schimmel will once again, lead the band.

“Rent radically changed the Broadway musical in the 1990’s, so in keeping with our vision to continually provide world class entertainment that is unique to our venue, the Teatro at Montecasino is thrilled to be hosting this once off event to raise money for a very hardworking organisation such as Hospice Wits” Bryan Hill, General Manager, Teatro

No day but TODAY! Tickets for this one night only concert are limited and patrons are encouraged to book at Computicket as soon as possible. #RentConcertSA

BOOKINGS: Computicket by calling 0861 915 8000, visit www.computicket.com or visit your nearest Computicket service centre.

 

PSYCHIC MEDIUM, JOHN EDWARD, RETURNS TO JOHANNESBURG FOR 1 NIGHT ONLY!

AUGUST 5, 20h00 AT THE TEATRO, MONTECASINO

This live appearance will include a Q & A session and messages from the other side

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The seminar will begin with an interactive question-and-answer session, after which Edward will then connect with the Other Side and give messages to the audience from family and friends who have crossed over.

No one attending the seminar is guaranteed a reading.

Bookings will be open from Tuesday 21 February 2017. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.johnedward.net or www.computicket.com/

John Edward has brought a fresh, honest and thought provoking attitude to the world of psychic phenomena. As a medium, author and lecturer, he has, over the last three decades, helped thousands with his uncanny ability to predict future events and communicate with those who have crossed over to the Other Side. Deeply compelling, often startling and occasionally humorous, John’s down-to-earth approach has earned him a vast and loyal following.

In 2000, John pioneered the psychic phenomena genre with the television program Crossing Over with John Edward on the Syfy network. It was the first television show syndicated worldwide devoted to psychic mediumship and it would go on to run for four seasons. John followed up the success of Crossing Over with John Edward with another television program, John Edward Cross Country, which debuted on the WE network in 2006 and ran for three seasons.

 

ANDRE THE HILARIOUS HYPNOTIST – BACK AT MONTECASINO UNTIL 19 MARCH!

 

 

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ANDRE THE HILARIOUS HYPNOTIST is back in town at The Studio Theatre at Pieter Toerien’s Montecasino Theatre until 19 March, wreaking all sorts of havoc with unsuspecting (although willing) members of the public.

His easy-going, friendly personality and unprepossessing stage presence do not at first inspire you to believe that this man might have incredible powers of persuasion; the sort of influence that could convince someone that they are a cannibal and can speak only in cannibalise or make someone else completely forget their names or believe a visible person is invisible.

andre-hypnotist-2However, five minutes later once he has a group of volunteers on stage who instantly nod off into a somnambulant state whenever he says the word “Sleep”, you realise that this man really knows something about the art of hypnosis. And, when you’re convinced that at least one of his volunteers must be a set-up, Andre performs a pretty nifty test on the hapless hypnotees that makes you think otherwise.

ANDRE THE HILARIOUS HYPNOTIST doesn’t try to fool the audience into thinking he’s a special being with magical powers. He explains everything as he goes along and within minutes he has the entire audience in stitches of laughter as he creates his own form of hypnotic humour.

For close on two hours, Andre gives you a hilarious demonstration of just how easy it is to confuse the brain, at the same time his volunteers become the stars of the show without even knowing it. andre-hypnotist-3

This show is great fun and suitable for all ages.

ANDRE THE HILARIOUS HYPNOTIST is now showing at the Studio Theatre at Pieter Toerien’s Montecasino Theatre from Wednesdays – Fridays at 8pm, Saturdays at 5pm and 8pm and Sundays at 3pm. The season runs until 19 March. Tickets are just R120 and bookings are at Computicket.

Movies@Montecasino Treats Guests to a Pre-Screening of 50 Shades Darker

When Montecasino invites you to an appointment with ‘Mr Grey’ …

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It’s February, the month of romance, and Montecasino got the Valentine’s ball rolling early with the first Movies@Montecasino pre-screening of the year with the latest 50 Shades franchise release, 50 Shades Darker, on 7 February.

50 Shades Darker is an erotic romantic drama and sequel to the 2015 film, 50 Shades of Grey. It is based on a novel of the same name by E.L. James, and stars Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele and Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey.

Officially opening in theatres on 10 February, 50 Shades Darker is arguably one of this year’s most eagerly anticipated movies, and Montecasino’s reward card holders, media, celebrities, influencers and Facebook competition winners, were treated to an exclusive early peek into the intriguing world of Christian and Anastasia. Before the beguiling couple filled the screen, guests were treated to champagne and a decadent Lindt chocolate dessert…a taste of things to come..

And now Montecasino are giving you the opportunity to attend exclusive movie events!

To stand the chance of attending an exclusive Movies@Monte pre-screening, simply become a Montecasino rewards member and/or follow them on Facebook www.facebook.com/montecasino

Take a look at some of the photo’s of this week’s gorgeous event and make sure you stand a chance at being at one in the future!

 

 

CIRQUE ELOIZE iD – BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND TO ASTOUND AND ASTONISH!

NUMBERS SPEAK FOR EVERY CIRQUE ÉLOIZE MOVE

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Cirque Éloize iD makes its Cape Town debut at Artscape next month, opening on Wednesday, 16 November 2016 and after just fifteen performances, this high-energy production that blends breathtaking acrobatics and street dance, moves to Montecasino’s Teatro for a limited season opening on Wednesday, 30 November and ending on 24 December.  Tickets are on sale at Computicket.

Directed by Jeannot Painchaud and brought to South Africa by leading local promoter, Showtime Management, Cirque Éloize’s iD has been enjoyed over the past 7 years by more than 1 million spectators in over 1000 performances in almost 100 cities across the globe in 30 countries. On stage, there’s speed, powerful performances and a jaw-dropping spectacular trampoline-finale that is guaranteed to leave the audience in awe.  Behind the scenes there’s a story, a dream and a host of interesting facts and figures.

“iD” is one of eleven original productions under the Cirque Éloize banner. Positioned at the heart of the renewal of circus arts this Montreal-based company has been creating moving performances filled with magic for more than 23 years. Proudly boasting more than 4,000 performances in over 500 cities and 50 countries, the worldwide popularity of Cirque Éloize keeps growing. In addition to its touring shows, Cirque Éloize develops custom made concepts for international special events. To date, more than 1,400 events have taken place, seen by over 3 million spectators.

Last month “iD” played to full houses in London and received rave reviews.  ‘I have never seen anything like it,” was the buzz as the audience piled out into the West End night ….,” says Express.co.uk. The reviewshub.com gave the show 4,5 stars and stated that “iD’s greatest strength is that every aspect is individually at the top of its field, complementing each other and culminating in a really impactful and dynamic production.” Soon local audiences will be joining the thousands of worldwide fans enthralled by Cirque Éloize iD.

With iD, Cirque Éloize presents a show positively crackling with daring and modernity. Cirque Éloize’s iD is a blend of circus arts and urban dance: b-boying/b-girling, breakdance, hip-hop and more. The scene is set in the heart of a city, in a public space where people seek refuge and a chance to shed their anonymity; a place where identity is forged and individuality is expressed to a stimulating soundtrack created by composers Jean-Phi Goncalves (Beast) and Alex McMahon. The company is integrating multimedia for the first time in its 9th original creation, giving this show a unique feel. Fifteen performers from 14 disciplines help create iD’s entertaining and resolutely urban universe, in keeping with Cirque Éloize’s tradition of using multidisciplinary performers from around the world.

The response to the show’s first season at Montecasino some 3 years ago was phenomenal, resulting in a sold out shows and a high demand for tickets.  The volume of requests lead to this year’s return SA season which includes Cape Town for the first time.  Two cities, 44 performances by 15 artistes including acrobats, aerialists, a trial biker plus hip hop and break dancers in an intimate theatre setting creates an unrivalled entertainment experience for families and the young at heart.

The Reviewshub.com sums up the show in numerical terms. “Fourteen different disciplines are expertly combined in two hours, matched by the highest standards in design. Painchaud’s vision effortlessly creates a product that pushes boundaries and captivates its audience. Small wonder that it is at 1,000 shows and still going strong.”

The numbers speak volumes. Don’t miss it.  Book now at Computicket by calling 0861 915 8000, visit www.computicket.com or your nearest Computicket service centre.  For more information, visit www.showtime.co.za  stay current on the latest news through social media on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

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