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Rami Malek’s performance as Freddie Mercury in the 2018 biographical flick left die-hard Queen fans in tears and awakened a new love for the rock singer’s music amongst generations born long after The Live Aid concert of 1985. Now, the Bohemian Rhapsody sing-along experience is coming to Mzansi for four shows only at the Teatro and given the hype, tickets are bound to sell out fast. We’re doing a little reflection for those generations who are yet to experience some of the big show hits that have translated beautifully on stage and those that have, well, fallen flat.
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The Lion King
Now, here’s a show that came alive on stage for local audiences in an unprecedented way 20 years ago (and still today). Walt Disney’s 1994 animated movie version elicited warm and fuzzy feelings for baby lion cubs and talking warthogs, but only when South African producer and composter Lebo M arranged and performed the stage production did the hair on the back of theatre-goers’ necks stand up. Capturing the spirit of Africa with soaring vocals and incredible stage production, the live musical of The Lion King gets props for one of the better (if not best) adaptations of the original. PS: How many Gen Z’s even watch old Disney movies anymore? We mean – was there really anything before Frozen?
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The Color Purple
We’ll admit that this is a tough one. Both the movie and the stage adaptations have moved audiences in unexpected ways. With Danny Glover, Whoopi Goldberg and Oprah Winfrey at the helm of the film released in 1985, it’s a seriously hard act to follow. The power of the original cast’s performances won plenty of awards and the hearts of the critics, but what award-winning director Janice Honeyman got so right about the South African installment of the musical was the ability to tell the story beyond the big personalities. The unforgettable story of a woman who, through the love of other strong women, is able to triumph over hardship. PS: rumour has it that there’s another round of shows in 2020.
For those planning to give their own review on Bohemian Rhapsody…
Teatro at Montecasino, 1 Montecasino Boulevard, Fourways
Friday, 28 June 2019, at 20h00
Saturday, 29 June 2019, at 15h00 and 20h00
Sunday, 30 June 2019, at 15h00
Book your ticket online at www.quicket.co.za for R150 plus a R5 booking fee.
Carly has a decade of wild, weird and wonderful experience in the media industry. After graduating from Rhodes University with an honours degree in journalism and politics, she tried to change the world as a journalist. She helped launch the country’s first integrated newsroom at Times Media (then called Avusa). After getting bored of politics and news, she joined forces with a brand activations and event company before joining a global PR agency – WE Worldwide as a Senior Account manager. This is her dream job but she still loves to be fancy with words and interview cool people so she writes for Hello Joburg.