Noël Coward and Cole Porter were two of the leading and most prolific artists of the twentieth century. Contemporaries from across the Atlantic, they were masters of their craft when it came to hitting a nerve with just the right amount of sarcasm and irony, and brought us favourite songs such as Let’s Do It, Mad Dogs and Englishmen and Mrs. Worthington. Featuring the talented fingers and voices of dynamic musical duo Johnson and Perold, this new collection of Noël Coward and Cole Porter’s timeless masterpieces delight with witticisms, social commentary and innate absurdity.
“It is a rare treat to see the combination of Godfrey Johnson and Roland Perold – two of South Africa’s great musical masters – on the same stage together. Come and hear the much-loved Coward and Cole classics reinterpreted and showcased in a way that will please stalwart fans as well as a new generation of followers,” says Simon Cooper, owner of Kalk Bay Theatre. Johnson has performed over twenty one-man shows nationally and internationally. He has worked extensively as a musician, director, composer and accompanied Pieter-Dirk Uys in his various cabarets.
In 2007, Johnson won the Fleur du Cap award for Best Performance in a Cabaret for his work in Kissed by Brel. He was also nominated for the same award in 2009 for his performance in Flirting with Coward, directed by Sanjin Muftić, which honoured the spirit and genius wit of Noël Coward.
The debonair Roland Perold is an accomplished actor, choral conductor, musical director and producer. He holds a Bmus(Hons) Degree in Classical Piano and Voice from the University of KZN and trained in musical theatre at the Waterfront Theatre School. He has toured South Africa and Europe as an accompanist; performed in musicals and cabarets such as I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change; EDGES and What’s In A Name?, and in 2010 was invited to provide entertainment for the RMS St. Helena as part of the Fine Music Radio music cruise.
Coward & Cole will be performed Wednesday to Saturdays from 7 until 24 March at 20h30, with a matinee performance on Sunday 18 March at 14h30. Tickets cost R95. There is a reduced-price preview on Wednesday 7 March at R50 a ticket. Seating is unreserved and doors open at 6.30pm. Guests can also enjoy a delicious pre-show supper. For all bookings and further information visit www.kbt.co.za
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