CLOSE-HARMONY GROUP SET TO TURN PIETER TOERIEN’S THEATRE ON THE BAY INTO TIME-MACHINE!
THEATRE ON THE BAY | DATES: 6 – 23 November 2019
“Screamingly funny! Entirely enchanting, utterly entertaining, awesome! … will put a smile on your face, a hum in your throat and a tap to your feet.”
– New York Post
VR Theatrical announces their latest musical offering, FOREVER PLAID with Book by Stuart Ross and featuring all the best music from the 1950s, including Catch A Falling Star, Day-O, Perfidia, Heart And Soul, Scotland The Brave, Love Is A Many Splendored Thing and many more!
Journey back to a time when cars had enormous fins and harmonizing bands were all the rage. You’ll be humming along with the great nostalgic pop hits of the 1950s and rollin’ in the aisles from the delightful patter of the original clean-cut boy band – The Plaids!
It’s the story of Jinx, Sparky, Francis and Smudge, four young male singers who landed their first big gig at an airport bar in 1964. But on the way to pick up their tuxes, they are slammed broadside by a busload of Catholic teenagers. That’s where the fun-filled story begins, as the boys are stuck in limbo and given a second chance to fulfill their dreams and perform the concert that never was. Before they may ascend into eternity…
Singing in 1950s four-part harmony, Forever Plaid showcases the upbeat music made popular in the 50s by artists and groups such as Perry Como, Eddie Fisher, The Four Lads and The Ames Brothers to mention but a few.
“We are thrilled to help four genuinely nice guys bring a little happiness and harmony to a world that’s full of discord, mean reality shows, and sensationalistic news,” said Jaco van Rensburg when asked about why they chose this show. “We have assembled four golden-voiced, all-South African cast members to bring to life this goofy story and make audiences relive the golden era of this timeless music.”
For this hilarious barbershop musical revue, the cast comprises of Tiaan Rautenbach (Kompleks, Footloose), Yamikani Mahaka-Phiri (Avenue Q, The Colour Purple), Danny Meaker (Drakensberg Boys Choir, Charlotte’s Web) and Musanete Sakupwanya (Calling Us Home, The Gershwin Songbook).
Forever Plaid is running at Pieter Toerien’s Theatre On The Bay from 6 – 23 November.
Tuesday – Saturday at 8pm
Matinees at 4pm on Saturdays!
Tickets from R150 to R350 through www.computicket.com or (021) 438-3301
Running Time: 110 mins inclusive of 20min intermission
Age Restriction: None/Family friendly
Direction and Choreography: Jaco van Rensburg
Musical Direction: Wessel Odendaal
Associate Musical Director: Daniel Keith Geddes
Scenic and Lighting Design: Dennis Hutchinson
Wardrobe: Martine Hesselberg
Cast: Tiaan Rautenbach, Danny Meaker, Musanete Sakupwanya, Yamikani Mahaka-Phiri
Production: VR Theatrical
MEET THE CAST:
Yamikani Mahaka-Phiri | “Smudge”
Yamikani was featured in The CoLab Networks Swingin’ Christmas at Gold Reef City’s Lyric Theatre. Soon after, he was understudying the title role in the Mandela Trilogy with The CapeTown Opera which toured to Germany, Italy, Ireland and the U.K. Other highlights include portraying Donkey in the People’s Theatre production of Shrek Jr., King Magnum in KickstArt’s Production of Puss in Boots and ensemble in VR Theatrical’s Rock Of Ages. He played Gary Coleman in VRT and Kosie Smit’s production of Avenue Q at Montecasino and most recently won a Naledi Award for potraying Harpo in The Color Purple at the Joburg Theatre, a role he will reprise again in 2020. He also playing Mr. M in My Children! My Africa! at the Pretoria State Theatre and is thrilled to be back with VRT in Forever Plaid.
Danny Meaker | “Frankie”
Danny is a passionate performer that has been on stage for 13 years as a musician and 2 years in theatre. He studied classical singing at Royal Schools. He sang and toured with the Drakensberg Boys’ Choir as well as the South African Youth Choir.
Throughout 2018 Danny appeared in productions at The National Children’s Theatre, namely Underneath The Magical Moon, The Pied Piper and Charlotte’s Web. Recently he has been working hard with the Hooked On Books team.
He is excited to be part of Forever Plaid!
Musanete Sakupwanya | “Jinx”
Musanete has shared the stage with the likes of Nataniel, Corlea, Magdalene Minaar, and performed all over SA with the Charl Du Plessis Trio performing The Gershwin Songbook.
After a decade of jazz, he launched into other genres including Opera and rock music as part of the Sony-signed band, Newton’s 2nd Law. Musanete performed with Cape Town Opera in The Mandela Trilogy. He was recently nominated for a Fleur Du Cap Awards for playing Nelson in Calling Us Home. Musanete also lectures in Singing at the University of Pretoria’s Drama department.
Musanete in Shona means “Don’t give up”, and he lives this truth through his work ethic and energy in whatever he is a part of.
Tiaan Rautenbach | “Sparky”
Tiaan graduates with a BA(Hons.) Degree in Drama from the University of Pretoria in 1999 and soon plays Peter in Jesus Christ Superstar. Numerous stage musicals follow, including Fame, The Full Monty and Footloose. He has also been seen in most local TV series. His proudest moment on screen was the SAFTA nominated sketch comedy show Kompleks which he co-wrote and starred in. In 2016 Tiaan received a Naledi Award nomination for for his role in the pantomime, Aspoestertjie. He spends the next 11 years traveling the country with touring productions for the Barnyard Theatre and in 2017 he furthered those travels to the Mediterranean on TUI Cruises’ Mein Schiff 2. Apart from performing, Tiaan spends his time strumming his ukulele and rocking out with his band Mamba Pistol.
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ABOUT VR THEATRICAL
FOREVER PLAID marks VR THEATRICAL’s 3rd year in (show)business!
VRT burst into the SA entertainment industry in 2016 with I LOVE YOU, YOU’RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE. Since then, they have produced original South African works, including PETER AND THE WOLF, THE DEAD TINDER SOCIETY and A CHRISTMAS CAROL, as well as South African premieres of Broadway Blockbusters such as HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH, AVENUE Q and ROCK OF AGES. Most recently they had audiences dancing in the isles with HERE’S TO YOU – THE SIMON & GARFUNKEL SONGBOOK which will be returning to Pieter Toerien’s Montecasino next year after a sold-out season earlier this year.