Streaming issues? Report here
Deutsche Welle DW logo Deutsche Welle DW logo
DW Hour
00:00 - 01:00
volume_up
volume_mute

Up Next: Best of Talk
See full line-up
DW Hour
00:00 - 01:00

Home
arrow_forward
Entertainment

Celebrating the big, bad 80s with musical 'Rock of Ages'

29 September 2019 2:40 PM
Tags:
Broadway
#MonteCasino
Broadway musical Rock of Ages
South African production of Rock of Ages
Jaco van Rensburg
80s music
Executive producer Jaco van Rensburg gives the lowdown on the SA production of the smash hit Broadway show.

The big, bad 80s have come to life again on the boards in Johannesburg, with Montecasino's first staging of the Broadway musical Rock of Ages.

The feel-good smash hit features 28 of the classic songs of the era, including The Final Countdown and Don't Stop Believin'.

RELATED: 80s Music videos were...strange

On Weekend Breakfast, Ray White gets the lowdown from executive producer Jaco van Rensburg.

He says there's no question as to why the creators of the show chose to revive specifically the 80s.

Oh good grief, the 80s were just such a big era - it's the age of big hair and big guitar solos and big hits and big eye-liner.

Jaco van Rensburg, Executive producer - Rock of Ages

Van Rensburg talks about the "stellar" South African cast that can be seen on stage, including West End and local performer Craig Urbani and Wonderboom frontman Cito, along with some up-and-coming new talent.

We went for real rockers, people with the real rock voices who are used to the rock screams.

Jaco van Rensburg, Executive producer - Rock of Ages

Having said that quips van Rensburg, the musical could have been titled Pop of Ages as it also features the best pop music of the era.

Rock of Ages is on at the Montecasino Teatro in Johannesburg until 20 October. Tickets are available from Montecasino.co.za or Computicket.

For more on the South African production, listen to the conversation below:


This article first appeared on 702 : Celebrating the big, bad 80s with musical 'Rock of Ages'


29 September 2019 2:40 PM
Tags:
Broadway
#MonteCasino
Broadway musical Rock of Ages
South African production of Rock of Ages
Jaco van Rensburg
80s music

Recommended

More from Entertainment

man-woman-couple-sit-in-car-road trip-convertible-sunset-views-summer-123rf

CT organisers working on drive-in event experience for movies, music and comedy

26 May 2020 4:05 PM

Watch this space: The Mother City Drive-In will soon launch its offering of safe, social distance friendly entertainment in Cape Town.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

pj-powers-world-in-union-tygerberg-childrens-choirjpg

PJ Powers, Tygerberg Children's Choir record powerful version of World in Union

25 May 2020 3:49 PM

They produced and recorded the beautiful tribute to all Covid-19 essential workers while in isolation during the lockdown.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

police-minister-bheki-celepng

[VIDEO] Where did you get the cigarette? ZOL creator's new beat stars Bheki Cele

24 May 2020 10:56 AM

Max Hurrell made international headlines putting NDZ to music. Now it's the police minister's turn.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

zoljpg

Max Hurrell's ZOL on almost 10 million views accross platforms

22 May 2020 1:16 PM

"I didn’t expect ZOL to go this wild – not at all! It’s on, like, almost 10 million views, across all platforms," says Hurrell.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

zoljpg

Max Hurrell's 'ZOL' makes international headlines

15 May 2020 11:08 AM

Max Hurrell was unknown two weeks ago. Minister Dlamini-Zuma broke smokers’ hearts – he dropped ZOL, and the rest is history.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

miriam-makeba-angelique-kidjojpg

[WATCH] Unicef releases remake of Makeba's 'Pata Pata' to highlight Covid-19

12 May 2020 10:47 AM

The hit song made popular by the late Miriam Makeba features UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, Angélique Kidjo on lead vocals.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

Little Richard

The world remembers 'the King of Rock 'n' Roll'

10 May 2020 9:48 AM

American music pioneer Little Richard died on Saturday, aged 87.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

'Jolene' by the Ndlovu Youth Choir

[VIDEO] Take a load off with Ndlovu Youth Choir's upbeat version of 'Jolene'

9 May 2020 2:29 PM

The country classic gets a fresh sound and feel thanks to the energy and talent of SA's Ndlovu Youth Choir.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

car-rave-germanypng

[WATCH] German drive-in rave has cars honking to the beats

4 May 2020 10:37 AM

A German club came up with a novel way to get around the country's lockdown restrictions by holding a very original rave party.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

bandjpg

[LISTEN] Jam with some of SA's finest musos online

30 April 2020 12:24 PM

BandwithPro was founded in Cape Town in 2017 by a group of professional musicians with over 250 years combined experience.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward