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Three major shows will book up the Teatro in the first half of the year, starting with the Irish dance sensation, Riverdance, stopping off at Dreamgirls and ending with Jesus Christ Superstar.
MUSIC will take centre stage at Montecasino’s Teatro this season, where there is an impressive line-up of musicals.

On its first trip to South Africa, the famous Riverdance Irish dance troupe is spending almost a month on the Teatro stage, performing an original blend of dance, music and song.

With a cast and crew of 65, including talent from Spain, Russia and the United States, the show combines traditional Irish dancing with dance forms as varied as flamenco, American tap and Russian folk dancing.

The show ends its run on 20 February; tickets range from R221 to R374 in price.

It is followed by a limited run of the award-winning musical, Dreamgirls, from 11 March. The performance features an all-South African cast of 26.

Playing the female lead roles are Tracey Lee Oliver as Deena Jones, Candida Mosoma as Lorrell Robinson, Hayley Christian as Michelle Morris and Lindiwe Bungane as Effie White, who will also be played by Caroline Borole in some performances.

Among the men are Aubrey Poo as Curtis Taylor Jr, Bjorn Blignault as James “Thunder” Early, Lebo Toko as CC White and Shane “Duke” Wellington as Marty Madison.

“We auditioned more than 800 people in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town,” says Hazel Feldman, the producer. “The response to the auditions was exceptional and we are absolutely delighted with the world-class level of South African performers for this unique musical theatre production.”

Ticket prices range from R195 to R380. Every Tuesday, tickets cost from R150 to R200 and Club Festival members get a 20 percent discount on tickets to Dreamgirls on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sunday evenings.

Next up is Jesus Christ Superstar, a musical retelling of the last seven days of Jesus Christ, seen through the eyes of Judas.

With Wonderboom front man Martin Cito Otto reprising his role as Jesus of Nazareth and well-known singer Nadine playing Mary Magdalene, the show is sure to please.

Other cast members include Terence Bridgett as Herod, award-winning Jonathan Roxmouth as Judas, and Anton Luitingh, who returns to his role of Pontius Pilot.

The show will run from 3 to 26 June and tickets cost from R100 to R365.

For more information about the shows, go on to the Montecasino website. Bookings can be made for all shows through Computicket.

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