Weaving opera seamlessly together with pop and Broadway hits, the musical The Sopranos, currently on show at the Joburg Theatre Complex, is creating an experience that will leave your feet tapping to the beat for days after.
OPERA is an acquired taste, much like frog’s legs or chicken feet. But with The Sopranos, it becomes a well-loved staple, like a Sunday afternoon braai. The singers weave opera seamlessly together with pop, Broadway and rock hits to create an experience that will leave your toes tapping to the beat for days afterwards.
The SopranosA hit: The SopranosThe eight-member, UK-based group combine glitzy costumes with flawless voices and masterful instruments in a way that will keep you glued to your red velvet seat for the full two hours.
Act one saw familiar opera songs from favourites such as Figaro, Carmen and Madame Butterfly sweetening the air in a way that only music containing a foreign language can. In between spectators getting whipped up in a Latin frenzy and imagining living in Julius Caesar’s time, sneaky appearances of classics by Judy Garland and Barbara Streisand had lips moving and heads bobbing along.
James Bond made a typically smooth appearance in the second act, although it no means stole the thunder of the set. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s timeless classic, Don’t Cry for me Argentina, proved it has not lost its magic, while Abba’s jaunty tunes also had the audience singing along, demonstrating why they are still top of the karaoke charts.
The irrepressible Flashdance teased the crowd into joining in, as did Gloria Gaynor’s I Will Survive. Quite aptly, Time to Say Goodbye was the last song and brought a note of nostalgia to the whole affair.
Easy-listening for all ages
Perfect backgroung musicThe Glam Rocks provide perfect backgroung musicWith voices like smooth honey oozing over a stack of pancakes, The Sopranos is an easy-listening experience for all ages. The group is made up of Roimata Templeton, Elisabeth Atkinson, Justine Balmer, Lisa Bridge, Rebecca Moon, Rebecca Moore, Katie Murray and Kathryn Pemberton.
Providing the perfect background music with violins and a cello are The Glam Rocks, which are made up of Valti Nunn, Lucinda Skinner, Danielle Asherson and Stephanie Montague. Adding some local flavour to the experience were Nacia Kruger on piano, Brett Collings on drums and Roger Hobbs on bass guitar.
It is The Sopranos first appearance in South Africa.
The show is on at the Nelson Mandela Theatre until Sunday, 1 May. Tickets range in price and cost R181, R212, R242 and R263. Bookings can be made by visiting the Joburg Theatre website or phoning the ticket hotline on 0861 670 670. Discounts are offered for group bookings, with a 10 percent discount for 10 or more tickets. For group bookings, phone 011 877 6853/6854.
The Joburg Theatre is located on Loveday Street in Braamfontein.
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