What is a musical without stunning dance routines that light up the stage and bring beloved songs to life?
After a great start to the year with another successful Valentine’s cabaret, the Port Elizabeth Gilbert Sullivan Society is presenting its first big production for 2019 – a revue celebrating Broadway’s iconic dance musicals, numbers, dancers and choreographers that will have lovers of the genre Dancing Down Broadway.
The revue-style format had proven to be a good medium to showcase Bay talent and 2019 would be no exception, GS’s Rose Cowpar said.
“Leading the production is a much-loved member of the GS family in award-winning choreographer Bennie Gerber, who makes his debut as director and choreographer and has chosen many of his own favourite song and dance numbers to bring audiences a dazzling production,” Cowpar said.
Gerber is joined by co-director Candida Merifield who is staging selected numbers, building on her debut with Only You.
Vocal direction is by Amanda du Plessis, also joining GS for the first time.
The show features songs and dance from musicals such as A Chorus Line, Gypsy, 42nd Street, Chicago, The Producers, Cabaret and many others.
“Dancing Down Broadway has a 21-strong cast that features many seasoned GS performers as well as some terrific new talent,” Cowpar said.
Gerber and Merifield will be joined on stage by Kasvia von Memerty, Khuselo Gqiba, Gemma Barnard, Lesego Mkhwanazi, Cowpar herself, and successful professional performers Maryanne van Eyssen and Kehly Windvogel, returning to their roots after many years of working