On Saturday morning’s edition of Saturday’s Role With Reno, host Renos Spanoudes spoke to Sne Dladla about King Kong The Musical opening Sunday at Joburg Theatre.
Over half a century since the original productioSex Actuallyn, the Fugard Theatre’s forthcoming, brand new production of the legendary South African musical – KING KONG – is in rehearsals and coming to the Mandela Theatre!
Eric Abraham produces and presents this Fugard Theatre production, which runs from 25 July to 2 September 2017 at the Fugard Theatre in Cape Town and then at the Mandela Theatre in Johannesburg from 12 September to 8 October 2017. The official opening in Joburg is Sunday 17 September 2017.
KING KONG – THE MUSICAL tells the story of heavyweight fifties boxing champion Ezekiel Dlamini, whose self-appointed ring name was “King Kong”, to the wildly exhilarating music of Todd Matshikiza.
The 1959 production of South Africa’s first black musical was set in Sophiatown in Johannesburg in the late-fifties. KING KONG toured South Africa, and was seen by 200,000 South Africans, playing to record-breaking and multi-racial audiences – as apartheid was being implemented -before transferring in February 1961 to London’s West End for a 200-performance run. KING KONG launched the international careers of Miriam Makeba and Hugh Masekela among many others.
Listen to Renos’ interview with Sne Dladla here:
Tune in to Saturday’s Role With Reno: O Rolos Tou Savattou Me Ton Reno, Saturday mornings on The New Pan Hellenic Voice – Greek Community Radio 1422MW from 8am to 11am