The Shadow of Brel is award-winning musician, composer, actor, director and singer Johnson’s solo show of the master’s greatest works, from the classics to some of the lesser known songs. This year audiences will be treated to songs by Brel that Johnson has not previously included, such as Marieke, as well as more of Johnson’s own original material.
“Following the response we had to Godfrey’s last run, we are delighted to welcome The Shadow of Brel back to Kalk Bay Theatre for a limited season, complete with some exciting new additions,” says Simon Cooper, owner of Kalk Bay Theatre.
Brel was a legend; a composer and a singer of talent and charisma who took his audiences to a world of pain and joy. His genius was capturing the fullness of life, whether tender or savage. Every cabaret artist and musician lives in the shadow of his legacy and audiences are spellbound by his evocative sound and lyrics.
“In the second part of the show, we will again present the popular request section,” says Johnson. “Guests can ‘buy’ a song and the proceeds will be donated to charity.”
In 2007 Johnson shared the Fleur du Cap award with Claire Watling for Best Performance in a Cabaret for Kissed by Brel. He was nominated again in 2009 for his performance in Flirting with Coward, directed by Sanjin Mufti? of Yawazzi Theatre Productions, which honoured the spirit and wit of the 20th century composer Noel Coward. The Shadow of Brel is Johnson’s fourth collaboration with Mufti?, having worked on previous cabarets Uncut, Flirting with Coward, and the tribute to women songwriters, Behind Every Man.
Johnson’s illustrious career includes accompanying Pieter-Dirk Uys in his various cabarets and also musical direction for F.A.K Songs and Other Struggle Anthems. Recently, he directed The Cape Town Show and has also been facilitating Born to Sing, a fun evening course for vocalists who want to take their singing careers to the next level.
Johnson is responsible for all the musical arrangements in the show with lighting design by Jon Keevy and production by Sanjin Mufti?.
Venue: Kalk bay Theatre, Main Rd, Kalk Bay. Tel: 073 220 5430
Performances: 29 Jun - 9 July 2011