michael jackson – history 2
Venue: The Mandela
From: Thu 17 January 2013
To: Sun 10 February 2013

Michael Jackson HIStory ll Show set for SA

The Michael Jackson HIStory ll Show, starring Kenny Wizz direct from Vegas, will be staged at Joburg Theatre from 17 January to 10 February 2013.

HIStory ll is a brand new production that has recently taken New Zealand by storm and is set to wow South African audiences.

Together with a live band of talented musicians, fully choreographed dancers, authentic costumes and high production values, HIStory II brings fans what they want but can never again see, a Michael Jackson concert. The show stars Kenny Wizz, widely recognised as the best Michael Jackson impersonator in the world.

The production takes fans right back to the Jackson 5 era and through a thrilling journey to the current decade. Hit after hit tells the story of one of the greatest pop icons the world has ever known and features over twenty songs performed live by Kenny Wizz, the celebrated Las Vegas performer. The concert’s success is the product of Wizz’s dedication to championing the genius of Michael Jackson, and HIStory is the result of more than two decades perfecting “the art of sharing MJ”. Wizz was shattered by Jackson’s death and at the time closed his act down in Las Vegas, despite calls from fans to continue. On his return to the stage he noticed that Jackson’s death had made concert-goers even more critical of his performances. He commented, “It’s more difficult because my act is observed through a microscope now he’s gone – people want the closest thing possible.” Wizz delivers remarkably.

Wizz was twenty when Michael Jackson’s career exploded with the release of the pivotal album Thriller. During that time, his strong resemblance to Jackson heralded the start of a long career as a conduit for Jackson music.
His regular performances in Atlantic City gratified audiences and allowed him to perfect his act. After tours in Europe and Asia, Wizz settled in Las Vegas where his show was signed for eleven years at the Riviera Hotel and Casino.

Michael Jackson, repeatedly described as a musical juggernaut, had an influence on popular culture and music that remains virtually unparalleled.
Beside his inductions into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Hollywood Walk of Fame and Songwriters Hall of Fame, Jackson held thirteen Grammy awards and twenty-six American Music Awards including “Artist of the Century”. His roll of accolades, however, is almost too massive to mention, and for most the focus weighs more heavily on the music Jackson has shared since the 1960s.

Songs such as ABC, Ben, Smooth Criminal, Beat It and many more will be performed on the upcoming HIStory tour, providing a flawless live experience that might otherwise be unattainable. Jackson’s popularity which has gained epic proportions since his untimely death in 2009.

The rampant popularity of these concerts is driven by their ability to transport audiences to a time and place they once loved. It’s a founding principle of the success of Showtime Management Australia, the Producer bringing the HIStory II tour to South Africa and the company behind the immensely popular concert series Queen – It’s a Kinda Magic.

Michael Jackson’s gone, but fans still can’t get enough – “Music has been my outlet, my gift to all the lovers in this world. Through it, my music, I know I will live forever.” – Michael Jackson

the queen experience – joseph clark
Venue: The Mandela
From: Wed 13 February 2013
To: Sun 17 February 2013

The Queen Experience was first staged in The Netherlands on the 18th of November 2011. It took place in the Gelredome Soccer Stadium in Arnhem and played to a sold-out crowd of over 30,000 people. After this spectacular event, theatre runs followed in The Hague and Amsterdam during December, causing Netherland audiences to fall in love with Joseph Clark and his talented band.

The show premiered in South Africa in July 2012 at The Atterbury Theatre in Pretoria and was brought back in October due to public demand. All performances were sold out.
Joseph Clark – Lead Vocals/Piano/Backing Vocals
Nathan Smith – Lead Guitar/Vocals/Backing Vocals
Richard Brokensha (ISO) – Guitar/Backing Vocals
Kyle Petersen – Keys/Keytar
Trevor Donjeany – Bass
Peach van Pletzen (Yesterday?s Pupil/Bittereinder) ? Drums
with special guests:
Altus Theart – Vocals
Zetske van Pletzen – Vocals/Backing Vocals
Yollandi Nortjie ? Soprano/Backing Vocals
& The Gaabo Motho Tenors

The 13-piece cast consists of Joseph Clark, Nathan Smith, Peach van Pletzen (Yesterday?s Pupil/Bittereinder), Richard Brokensha (ISO), Kyle Petersen, Trevor Donjeany and special guests Zetske van Pletzen, Altus Theart, soprano Yollandi Nortjie and The Gaabo Motho Tenors.

Joseph became well known for his powerful interpretation of Queen?s music since his first appearance in the popular Queen At The Opera. In 2004 he toured Italy and Germany performing his own tribute to the music of Queen. In 2009/2010 he sang in 13 concerts with the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra and in 2011 he and his band did five performances at The Madinat Theatre in Dubai.

He refers to himself as ?an American African? after he left his ballet career in the USA. He was brought to South Africa to dance the leading roles in Swan Lake, Papillion, Romeo & Juliet and Witchboy. He soon moved into musical theatre with lead roles in The Buddy Holly Story, West Side Story, The Fantasticks, Jesus Christ Superstar, Joseph And His Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat, Sweeney Todd, March Of The Falsettos/Falsettoland, Little Shop Of Horrors, etc. Nominated as Best Actor in a Comedy for his role in the solo play The Male Intellect ? an oxymoron? caused him to become the only performer in South Africa to have received numerous awards and nominations for acting, singing and classical ballet.

He mainly does corporate entertainment, voice overs and jingles for cinema, radio and television. He enjoys singing with symphony orchestras. Highlights include the popular RMB Starlight Classics and previously Jhb Pops, the Miss SA Pageant, sharing the opening song of the first International AIDS Conference in Africa with TK, (the late R&B singer) and singing at Nelson Mandela?s 85th Birthday Celebration.

don quixote
Venue: The Mandela
From: Fri 08 March 2013
To: Sun 24 March 2013

Based on an episode in Cervantes epic novel and set in bustling Barcelona, the ballet tells a story of the triumph of young love over parental match-making. The beautiful, audacious Kitri and the dashing but poor Basilio are determined to marry but Kitri?s father has more ambitious plans for his daughter.

Featuring the dancers of SA Mzansi Ballet plus guest artists.
the african passion
Venue: The Mandela
From: Thu 11 April 2013
To: Sun 14 April 2013

This unique opera deals with the Passion of Christ in an African gospel style. It tours with 18 professional performers, 6 musicians and will collaborate with Community choirs in each region to make up the rest of the cast. Auditions for the 15 professional performers will be held in each of the areas to be visited in order to make this a truly national cast.

The opera libretto is written by Themi Venturas, and the music is an original composition by several composers including Phelelani Mnomiya (Ziyankomo, the opera) the Young Mbazo (Babuyile Shabalala, Sphamandla Shabalala and Jabulani Mthembu) and Antony Govender.

The opera will be a spectacle set against a state of the art Audio-Visual backdrop and excellent lighting and sound.

essence of ireland
Venue: The Mandela
From: Tue 16 April 2013
To: Sun 05 May 2013

Now with their biggest and most talented cast of dancers, singers, and musicians, ESSENCE OF IRELAND combines breathtaking dance routines with the very best of Irish music, a touch of Irish craic, all cleverly woven into a heart-warming tale. Anyone Irish or otherwise, cannot fail to be mesmerised by this truly amazing show.

Described by the Irish World as ?Entirely Unique? and ?Highly Recommended?, the critically acclaimed ESSENCE OF IRELAND is taking theatres by storm.

Ireland, a land of lush, green fields. A land of poets, heroes and dreamers.

ESSENCE OF IRELAND is not to be missed!

starlight express
Venue: The Mandela
From: Tue 02 July 2013
To: Sun 01 September 2013


Executive Producer Bernard Jay for Joburg Theatre is delighted to announce the names of the truly stellar all-South African company for Andrew Lloyd Webber?s STARLIGHT EXPRESS. Auditions took place earlier this year.

Rising young star DAVID SCHLACHTER has won the much coveted role of RUSTY ? the ?steam engine? who dreams of glory and the love of his favourite ?first class coach?, Pearl. David was the winner of the M-Net reality series High School Musical Spotlight South Africa 2008, which awarded him the role of Troy Bolton in the stage show High School Musical.

Musical theatre star CARLY GRAEME has been cast as PEARL. Carly achieved personal triumph with her starring role in Joburg Theatre?s World Cup 2010 production of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Ben Elton?s musical The Boys In The Photograph and is currently featured in the Joburg Theatre pantomime Jack and The Beanstalk.

The very flashy role of ELECTRA will be performed by FERDI GERNANDT. No stranger to the South African music and theatre industry, Ferdi performed lead roles in Saturday Night Fever, Chicago and We Will Rock You.

The resident tough guy and current champion of the STARLIGHT EXPRESS great race, GREASEBALL, will be played by talented performer ANDREW WEBSTER.

Musician and performer ZANO (also known on the theatre stages as T K Nzima) has been cast as the ?grand old steam engine? POPPA McCOY. T K previously performed in the stage musicals Soweto Story, Rent and The Full Monty.

Dynamic performer ZIYANDA YAKA has been cast as DINAH ? a sassy country ?dining coach? that has caught GREASEBALL?s heart, but lost it at the same time! Ziyanda?s musical theatre credits include Footloose, Dream Girls, Janice Honeyman’s pantomimes Robinson Crusoe, Cinderella and the current Jack and The Beanstalk.


This tale about love and hope in the face of adversity promises to take you on the ride of a lifetime ? with two hours of speed, spectacle, energy, daredevil stunts and turbo charged excitement, combined with dazzling sets and costumes, extraordinary roller-choreography and some of Andrew Lloyd Webber?s most memorable musical hits. Multi-award winning director JANICE HONEYMAN leads the team behind STARLIGHT EXPRESS. ?I am honoured to have been asked to direct this highly spectacular musical,? says Janice. ?It?s going to be very challenging but the audiences will have an amazing visual and physical experience.

KAREN BRUCE will be joining the company to choreograph Joburg Theatre?s production. The highly original staging of the musical at Joburg Theatre – which promises to be ?full of surprises? – will be designed by JAMES MACNAMARA. The spectacular lighting will be designed by DECLAN RANDALL. The completely original costumes ? bringing STARLIGHT EXPRESS into the new millennium – will be designed by SARAH ROBERTS.

A new block of 160 seats has been added onto the Rear Stage for STARLIGHT EXPRESS. This block of seats will have its very own backstage entrance with its own bar facilities as well as bathrooms. This block of seats is ideal for a corporate group booking. The seats are raised 2.4 metres above the stage level and are only accessible by stairs so they are not suitable for wheelchairs or the physically challenged.

STARLIGHT EXPRESS will have its preview performances on the stage of The Mandela at Joburg Theatre from Tuesday July 2nd 2013, with its official Opening Night on Sunday July 7th. Tickets for STARLIGHT EXPRESS are available now from R100 and are on sale at or call the theatre?s direct ticketing line on 0861 670 670. Terrific discounted rates for groups are available by calling Joburg Theatre on (011) 877 6853/4.

STARLIGHT EXPRESS in South Africa is brought to you by CITY POWER JOHANNESBURG ? lighting up the stars of Joburg ? in association with M-Net and People Magazine.

cinderella the ballet
Venue: The Mandela
From: Fri 13 September 2013
To: Sun 29 September 2013

South African Mzansi Ballet is proud to present a new version of the ultimate rags to riches fairy tale, Cinderella. Set to the score by Johann Strauss II, the ballet captures all the magic of this immortal fairy-tale with pumpkins turning into carriages, mice into white horses and Cinderella from an unloved step daughter to the princess of the realm.

Aschenbrödel (Cinderella) is a ballet by Johann Strauss II. The idea for Strauss to write a ballet came from editor Rudolf Lothar and critic Eduard Hanslick. A contest was held to decide a scenario and the winner, from 700 entries, was A. Kollmann from Salzburg (although there were rumors that Kollmann was a pseudonym and may have been a member of the Royal Family). Strauss was not impressed with the scenario which was set in a department store but started work immediately, at his own pace and refusing to be rushed. By the winter of 1898 he had completed Act 1 and was able to perform parts of the orchestral version on the piano.

By the time Strauss died on 3 June 1899, the score lay unfinished, although sketches for the entire work were already done. Josef Bayer completed the score in 1900 and presented it to the Gustav Mahler for production at the Vienna Court Opera (now the Vienna State Opera). Mahler claimed he did not care for the music and in 1901 Berlin’s Royal Opera showed interest, with its directors captivated by the music although they disapproved of the scenario which was changed. The ballet’s Berlin premiere on 2 May 1901 was a success. Mahler left the Vienna Court Opera at the end of the 1907 season. The new director, Felix Weingartner, was impressed with the score and conducted the premiere in Vienna on 4 October 1908. The ballet was regularly performed for seven years, achieving forty-six performances until the outbreak of World War I. It returned to the Vienna State Opera repertoire in 1975.

celebration 5
Venue: The Mandela
From: Fri 20 September 2013
To: Sat 28 September 2013

A dazzling celebration of classical ballet and contemporary dance featuring highlights from the repertoire.

Venue: The Mandela
From: Sat 02 November 2013
To: Sun 29 December 2013

Joburg Theatre presents a new star-studded and fun-packed production of Aladdin.

Grab your magic carpet and come on an exciting adventure with Aladdin as he ventures into the Cave of Treasures to retrieve the legendary lamp containing the most outrageous Genie of them all! But watch out for the evil sorcerer who will stop at nothing to get his hands on the lamp so he can become the most powerful man in the universe?

The all South African cast will be revealed in early 2013.