After inevitable delays due to COVID-19 regulations, a brand new production and major world tour of Queen and Ben Elton’s award-winning rock musical We Will Rock You begins with an all-South African cast, crew and band in Manila, Philippines , October 2022. Following a tour of Asia, the hit musical opens at the Monte Cassino Theatre in South Africa on Friday 10 March 2023 and runs until Sunday 16 April 2023. The four-week Cape Town show season at Artscape Theatre Centre runs from Friday 05th to Sunday 04th May 2023. Since then, the We Will Rock You world tour has continued in various regions abroad. Tickets for the South African season are available at Computiket.
Featuring 24 Queen hits, including Crazy Little Thing Called Love, Killer Queen and global favorites We are the Champions, Bohemian Rhapsody and, of course, We Will Rock You. “I’m very much looking forward to directing the new production We Will Rock You and exploring this dystopian world. I’m especially excited to orchestrate and create a dynamic, powerful ensemble for the iconic Queen music, complemented by rock riffs and epic vocals I’ve assembled a world-class creative team to help realize my vision, and I can’t wait to share this new aesthetic to a global audience. From afar, it’s for you.” Director Nick Winston said, We will rock you.
The musical is produced by SA promoter Showtime Management in conjunction with Selladoor Worldwide, Carlos Candal, Gavin Kalin Productions and Limelight Productions. Showtime Management previously performed We Will Rock You in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban in 2005 and 2006 to critical acclaim and a standing ovation. The show has since gone on to a very successful tour of New Zealand and South Korea in 2007, “We’re excited to revisit this newly conceived We’ll Rock You, which combines Queen’s timeless music with the award-winning Combining the creativity of the British director, Nick Winston, performed by a talented local actor, brings this award-winning show to the next generation,” said Hazel Feldman of Showtime Management. “There’s no better way to kickstart Showtime’s return to musicals, with productions like We Will Rock You appealing to people of all ages, from teens and young adults to ’70s, ’80s and ’90s rock and roll hand.”
The talented We Will Rock You cast of established and up-and-coming actors makes their musical debut. Nicolette Fernandes (Producer, Spring Awakening, URINETOWN! Sister Act) joins Stuart Brown (How to be like AF*@#&%! Growup – A Musical Comedy) as the lead character of the “sarcastic, cynical” Scaramouche (workshop version) , Defending The Gay Man) as Galileo, the dreamer who hears strange words in his head. Stage and screen actress, singer and dancer Londiwe Dhlomo plays the villainous killer queen who rules Planet Mall with an iron fist, assisted by her second-in-command Khashoggi and played by award-winning film, television and stage actor Craig Urbani (Chicago musical), Loki Horror, Legacy, Blitz). Tiaan Rautenbach (Jesus Christ Superstar, Binnelanders, Aspoestertjie) plays Buddy, who tries to find out “the exact date of the death of music”. International and local musical theatre performers and TV and feature film actors Richard High (Call Us Home, Evita, PRIME – Netflix Original) and Danielle Crone (Doringrosie: Die Slapende Skone”, “Seussical”, “Barely Legal Showtunes”) together to play the role of British Oz.
“Teacher Roles” features two recent musical theatre graduates Siya Makakane (The Queen), Ellen Chambers and two renowned performers Nadine Grobbelaar (Carrie the Musical, Priscilla the Queen of the Desert) , “The Cradle Will Rock”) and Kenneth Meyer (Jersey Boys, Singing in the Rain, Joseph and the Magical Colorful Dreamcoat). The girl group includes Alexandra Girard (Cats The Musical -UK, Rock of Ages, Chicago The Musical), who is also the show’s dance captain; Adrienne Theron (Santa Comes to Town, Disney+ SA 2022); Ashleigh Butcher (Tiger Bay, Century Stone, Peppa Pig); Claire Boswell (How to Get Away, Sing in the Rain, West Side Story); Hannah Marshall (Dancers Love Dogs, Baxter Dance Festival and Eight Dance Group Show); Robyn Ivey (Matilda the Musical, Sister Act, Legally Blonde); Tannah Levick (Story of the Big Bad Wolf, Burn Baby Burn) and Tania Mteto (Evita the Musical).
Boys Dirk Joubert (Janice Honeyman’s pantomime Robin Hood and Snow White, Priscilla Queen of the Desert); Kent Jaycocke (singing in the rain; Joseph and the magical colorful dream coat; Evita and the last two years of the musical Mattie Elda); Michael Fullard (West Side Story, Chicago The Musical, Burning Floor); Nathan Muller (Hairspray, Kinky Boots, Producer); Sibusiso Mxosana (Funny Girl, King Kong Musical) , Hlakanyana Musical); Thami Njoko (West Side Story, Pinocchio Pantomine, Chicago Musical); Tshepo Ncokoane (Desert Queen Priscilla, Purple, Psycho Boots) and Zolani Shanase (The Lion King, Purple, Jack and the Beanstalk).
The story of a group of bohemians in a dystopian future, directed and choreographed by Olivier Award nominee Nick Winston (Annie, Roseville, Waiting for Godot), with associate director and choreographer Ryan Lee Sig cooperation. Mark Crossland is the music director. Set design by Tom Rogers; costume design by Sarah Mercade in collaboration with costume supervisor Megan Rarity; lighting by Ben Cracknell and voice by Ben Harrison. We Will Rock You has an international and South African co-creative team including Darren Greeff (Director-in-Residence and Choreographer-in-Residence), Kevin Kraak (Music Director), Alistair Kilbee (Technical Director Gearhouse Splitbeam), Clement Makana (Lighting), Strett Spies (voice) and Peter Taylor (company manager).
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