After more than half a century on the road and an unparalleled career that has redefined the cultural landscape and seen him claim his place as a true global icon, Elton John has announced via an exclusive VR180 Live Stream on YouTube, details of his final tour called 'Farewell Yellow Brick Road'.
The news was announced to the world in the very manner that has defined Elton and his creative output over a dazzling career - innovative, daring and constantly taking bold strides into the future.
Centered around a marquee event at Gotham Hall in New York City – and simultaneously transmitted to venues in Los Angeles and London – the immersive experience used latest in live-broadcast technology from YouTube and cutting-edge motion capture, to revisit some of the defining moments that set Elton on his unstoppable path to global superstardom. Transformation, after all, is part of Elton’s DNA, and he adeptly used the latest technology to help him defy space and time, connecting his past and future.
“After the tour finishes, I’m very much looking forward to closing off that chapter of my life by saying farewell to life on the road. I need to dedicate more time to raising my children,” he said.
This sensational show, highlighting the unforgettable hits from the legend herself, Tina Turner, now travels to the Roodepoort Theatre in the West Rand, providing ideal family entertainment for the Festive Season. In the LGBT community, Tina Turner has long been a performance favourite among drags: remember Nomi at Bull’s Eye and Stardust, Charne at Ramp Divas?
Tina – Simply the Best will be on stage for a limited season at the Roodepoort Theatre from Thursday, 6th December – Sunday, 16th December.
Get the electrifying concert experience of Tina Turner with this full stage production brimming with Tina hits from the 60s, 70s, 80s & 90s which features the powerful, raspy vocals and thrilling stage presence of Caroline Borole live on stage, complete with band, brass section, backing vocalist and dancers to make this the definitive tribute and a fabulous fun night out for the family.
Hear all the energetic Rock and soulful RnB hits that made Tina Turner one of the 20th century's biggest names in music such as Simply the Best, What's love got to do with it, River Deep Mountain High, Proud Mary, Nutbush City Limits, We don't need another Hero, What you get is what you see, Private Dancer and many more.
Cape Town has a scintillating drag tradition that dates back to the Thirties, especially in vibrant District Six. Today the pageants, the parties, the hair dressing salons and the fabulous drag queen shows still flourish across the city.
However, the shows are often hosted in backwood clubs, catering to a select few who know where to find them. The Absolutely Fabulous Drag Show endeavours to put the creme de la creme of drag on centre stage at the Artscape Theatre Centre. With fine feathers preened, false eyelashes fluttering and sequins glittering, the fiercely feminine/masculine are gathering to celebrate the world of `lip sync`, ambiguous seduction and gender identification.
The enigmatic Odidiva Mfenyana comperes the evening, as we also pay tribute to the late Reverend Rowan Smith. A surprise special guest also awaits you. Top class drag divas Vida Fantabisher, SA`s Got Talent 2016 runner-up Manila von Teez, as well as Kat Gilardi, Jayde Kay Johnson and Angel Lalamore of cabaret 3D trio fame, will showcase present-day glory. Camillo Lombard maintains a strict tempo while Basil Appollis stiches it all together and cracks the designer whip as director. Show will be at Artscape in Cape Town on the 11th August 2018, with a show at 3pm and 8pm.
Tickets are available exclusively from Computicket at R100 each.
By Gerard Rissik
For 31 years in Johannesburg Janice Honeyman has delighted us with her Pantomime, so much so that bookings open a year in advance so that people can be sure of getting their seats. This year’s panto is Snow White. The script follows a pretty standard formula and, as always, is written in a way that children and adults will enjoy. A lot of the music comes from current or recent hits and there is a lot of space for the actors to drop in recent news topics to add to the fun.
The absolute star of the Show is Ben Voss who plays the wicked queen Hildegonde Hoggenheim. Desmond Dube as Dame Dolla Diddledaddledoodledragon is also terrific. Kiruna-Lind Devar is a lovely Snow White and has a beautiful voice. The hunky prince is played by Tshepo Ncokoane. Former 702 host John Robbie joins the cats for the first time, and you can see that he is having a lot of fun on stage.
The panto is always fun and a lighthearted evening out. This year there is a surprise in store though. As you enter the theatre you are handed a pair of Super Panto 3D glasses; these are needed for what I thought was a very exciting segment of the performance where 3d technology brings the journey into the forest to life. Using this sort of technology, marrying the magic of live theatre with the ability of film to move long distances and with 3d to give incredible depth and life, can only be good news.
Tickets range from R245 – R375 and can be booked through the theatre or at selected Pick n Pay stores. The final performance will be on 23 December.
With our weak rand, travel, particularly international travel is a very costly pleasure. This is not so much because of the cost of the ticket, though a return trip to Cape Town in high season can cost over R4000 whereas a ticket on the same dates to Rome or Bangkok is around R7500. The bigger problem is once you are there, where are you going to stay as accommodation will cost a whole lot more? Because of this a lot of people are turning to groups like Queer Couchsurfers on Facebook, and they report that this is the way to travel. Where else can you find free places to stay when travelling around the world, or even at home in SA? You may even get a shag into the deal!
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