Cassette goes Gold
Streets of Gold – The Musical, which opened the Lyric Theatre at Gold Reef City Casino on March 24th, has proven to be a veritable goldmine of South African talent – from the jewellery designs that grace its performers to the varied and powerful voices on stage… to the new music that truly identifies the show as an original.
Jon Savage and Jane Breetzke, perhaps best known for being the vocalist and keyboardist, respectively, of the wildly popular South African band, Cassette, have crafted a set of songs that give the shimmering cast a chance to truly soar.
“The musical score,” Jon explains, “is grounded in rock, though it draws on various exciting influences – from alternative, traditional and contemporary pop to kwaito, hip-hop and Latin.”
“We were lucky to have our compositions arranged by the talented Bryan Schimmel, who is the Musical Director of the show,” adds Jane. “The songs have each been developed with the characters and collective cast in mind, and will be played live by a seven-piece band. There’s no doubt that live music adds an element to a live show that can’t be replicated,” she concludes.
A big rock guitar sound, and – of course – Cassette’s signature keyboard sound which Breetzke has made her own, is a strong thematic “feel” that runs through the show – just like the veins of gold that wind through the rock upon which this vibrant city was founded.
The cast of Streets of Gold – The Musical is headed up by Samantha Peo, a dazzling actress without whom musical theatre in South Africa could barely be imagined. She has starred in productions such as Chicago, Aspects of Love, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, West Side Story, and Thoroughly Modern Millie.
Tumisho Masha is better known for his television appearances, as Dumisani Thusong in the soapie Isidingo, and for presenting the magazine programme, Top Billing. He relishes the chance to hit the boards whenever his busy TV and film schedule allows, however.
Carmen Pretorius, who starred in High School Musical while she was still at school, and has since shone in shows such as Footloose and Mamma Mia, is looking forward to her debut at Gold Reef City’s glamorous, gilt-edged Lyric Theatre.
Fresh from tapping up a storm in Strictly Tap Dance Fever, Amor Vittone will strut her showbiz stuff, whilst Shaun V lends his gravelly rock sounds to the mix. Cape Town-born Phumi Mncayi, who’s delighted audiences with his performances in The Full Monty and Shaka Zulu – The Musical (in which he took the lead role) is back to stamp his mark on the Johannesburg stage.
Finally, a show that prides itself for having its tongue firmly in its cheek can only congratulate itself for having secured the services of the well-loved stage veterans Mark Richardson and Fiona Ramsay.WIN TICKETS TO STREETS OF GOLD this Saturday
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