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PRESS: Celebrate New Year’s Eve at The Baxter

Fahiem Stellenboom

 

New Year’s Eve at The Baxter this festive season is going to be the place to celebrate and herald in 2024, perfect entertainment to close off the year, with two exciting shows to choose from - Marc Lottering’s, So I Wrote That Musical and Loukmaan and Emo Adams in Two of a Kind.

True to tradition the season’s festivities will peak with the popular New Year’s Eve party - which is back with a bang – and, which takes place after the performances on 31 December 2023. Audiences will be treated to magnificent revelry, partying into the New Year with these well-loved Cape Town legends.

 

Both shows will start later on the night and ticket prices include the New Year’s Eve bash when the stars will count down 2023 with a spectacular balloon drop, a complimentary glass of bubbly or juice and a DJ on the decks, playing some evergreen, favourite dance tunes.

 

Marc Lottering continues to delight audiences with his brand-new stand-up comedy show, So I Wrote That Musical, which runs until 6 January. Audiences and media are raving, affirming him as one of SA’s top and most loved stand-up comedians.  He reflects on the process of moving between the worlds of stand-up comedy and musical theatre, following the overwhelming success of the smash hit Aunty Merle musicals trilogy. As is to be expected, he weaves in his views on the madness of current life in South Africa. The show is not suitable for children.

 

The performance on 31 December will start at 9.30pm and performances for the rest of the season are at 7.30pm, Tuesday to Saturday, with 5pm matinees on Saturdays.

 

Barbara Loots for Theatre Scene Cape Town wrote, “ … we got to see this much anticipated production too, and it had us howling with laughter. The level of comedy in this show is not only standard stand-up funny but elevated with a good dose of personal relatability and witty observations about the world.” She continues, “Lottering's comedy and style is original to him; there’s no borrowing from anyone. The years lived has made him the comedian he is today. A master of his craft, he should be bestowed the title of Lord of Laughs, because he delivers what he promises, and then some, in his own unique way … exactly the comedy tonic one needs right now, as we all try to exhale at the end of this year on speed. All hail Lord Lottering!”

 

Robyn Cohen for The Cape Robyn agreed, saying “Marc Lottering not only delivers hilarious enthralling stand-up/observational comedy, but he also ignites the stage with his insatiable energy – and he sings. Lottering is an entertainer par excellence. So I Wrote That Musical is an upper of a show, a tonic, a must-see for the festive season.” She went on to say, “I love, love, loved So I Wrote That Musical … He is a maestro in the long form comedy story, looping around itself and threading its way to another story … What a way to bring in the new year – with a smile on one’s face and I think we all need that. There is wonderful ‘gees’ at the Baxter on New Year’s Eve.”

Embrace the festive spirit with two of South Africa’s beloved brothers, Loukmaan and Emo Adams, as they reunite for the highly anticipated show, Two of a Kind, at the Baxter Concert Hall. The limited season runs from 20 to 31 December 2023 at 8pm, with selected matinees at 4pm on 23 and 24 December and the New Year’s Eve performance on 31 December will start at 9pm.

 

The production played to sensational success in Johannesburg and other parts of the country, garnering significant attention, selling over 2 000 tickets during its nation-wide tour, which concludes with this season at The Baxter.

 

Two of a Kind features a live band, dancers, special guests and the award-winning actors and vocalists, Rushney Ferguson and Edith Plaatjies, who join the Take Note band, enhancing the experience and providing the perfect way to bid farewell to the year. It is a vibrant celebration of the enduring bond between the two famous brothers, as they entertain audiences with their signature style of blending music, comedy and dance. 

 

The dynamic duo gained fame when they were still teenagers in the 80s, performing in David Kramer and Taliep Petersen’s hit musicals, District Six - The Musical and Kat and the Kings. Since then, they have gone on to carve hugely successful careers for themselves, individually and as a pair. Their production of Brother Love premiered at The Baxter in 2011 to sold out success and returned within six months, testament to its popularity.

 

They have both gratefully acknowledged that it was the training and experience that they gained by working with Kramer and Petersen for so many years, that gave them the foundation on which to build their own careers.

 

Two of a Kind is a nostalgic journey, acknowledging that, no matter the passage of time, they will always be their father's children. This heartfelt sentiment emphasises the enduring connection within the Adams family. Emo's playful antics, driving Loukmaan to the brink, add a delightful and humorous touch to the evening.

 

The show promises to be the perfect family festive 'jol', offering a unique opportunity for audiences to witness the playful and energetic dynamic between the brothers. Emo's mischievous charm and Loukmaan's comedic reactions ensure an evening filled with entertainment and nostalgia.

 

To be part of this grand celebration at The Baxter, book for Marc Lottering’s, So I Wrote That Musical or Loukmaan and Emo Adams’, Two of a Kind, through Webtickets online or at Pick n Pay stores.

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