What's On in Gauteng: October 20 - 28Jennifer de Klerk
Jennifer de Klerk: Remember the movie? Remember Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey doing all those sexy moves in the Oscar-winning Dirty Dancing, back in 1987?
If that’s a yes, you will want to see the musical opening on Friday at the Teatro in Montecasino. If it’s a no, you might know the hit song The Time of My Life, and you’ll still want to see the musical …
In this South African production Bryony Whitfield plays Baby, the innocent teenager who visits a holiday resort with her parents and falls for the sexy dancing instructor Johnny, played by Gareth Bailey, star of Dirty Dancing in the UK. She learns about life, love and dancing in a summer she will never forget.
We are told there are 55 songs and 73 scene changes and Baby has 21 costumes changes!
Tomorrow Joburg’s youngsters are showing their stuff in the Joburg Theatre at 3pm. The Johannesburg Youth Orchestra will be playing some of their numbers from the SA Tattoo, including Highland Cathedral and Irish Dance Set.
The musicians will be joining with the Joburg Wind Band, the Joburg Youth Jazz Ensemble and the Johannesburg Youth Ballet, whose showcase this year was the ballet Hansel and Gretel, in a new number based on the work of the composer Ravel. See… Joburg’s got talent!
There’s more local talent at the University of Johannesburg in the all-dance version of Dangerous Liaisons this week.
At Pieter Toerien’s Montecasino Theatre, the Cape Town folk are showing their style in Kat and the Kings, the David Kramer musical set in District Six in the 1950s. It’s got heart, humour and plenty of song and dance.
If you love the music of Queen, Joseph Clark is back at the Atterbury Theatre in Pretoria with The Queen Experience, with soprano Yollandi Nortjie and The Gaabo Motho Tenors as special guests, from Monday to Wednesday.
James Cuningham is back in the one-man drama Sunday Morning at the Old Mutual Theatre on the Square. This clever piece tells a poignant and relevant story. Tomorrow you can meet The Jittery Citizens at the venue and have your say in some improvisational theatre.
The chefs are cooking, singing and dancing in Chef, Rattle & Roll at the Globe Theatre at Gold Reef City all week.
At the Market Theatre three young Jewish women are telling their stories and those of their families in From The Mouths of Babes, with song – and I presume – dance. In the other venues you can see Swedish performer Anna Pettersson play all three roles in August Stringberg’s Miss Julie from Wednesday, but for only eight performances.
On Thursday the drama The Miser opens here. Written by Molière in 1668 it’s described as a deliciously mean comedy, directed by Sylvaine Strike, with Lionel Newton as the miser.
On a lighter note, there is raunchy, straight-shooting comedy from Kevin Perkins at The Lyric Theatre on Friday and Saturday and British-Iranian comedian Omid Djalili, with Deep Fried Man as support, at Carnival City on Friday.
Jennifer de Klerk is editor of Artslink.co.za. For more information on these shows and other events nationwide see www.artslink.co.za