Press: Fugard Theatre productions KING KONG and WEST SIDE STORY win ten Naledi Theatre Awards

 

Two productions presented by Eric Abraham and the Fugard Theatre have scooped an incredible ten Naledi Theatre Awards. The winners were announced at a glittering event last night (Monday 18 June) in Johannesburg.

 

The Fugard Theatre’s historic production of South African musical King Kong won five awards, including the prestigious Best Production of a Musical, while their grand-scale production of West Side Story took home another five.

 

“We congratulate all the winners and nominees and are honoured to have been recognised across the categories in such respected company,” says Daniel Galloway, Executive Director of the Fugard Theatre. “These awards are a tribute to our founding producer Eric Abraham, whose commitment to presenting original, world-class South African theatre is unwavering. We thank and salute him especially for his vision and twenty year journey of bringing King Kong back to the stage.”

The winners for the Fugard Theatre productions are:

 

BEST PRODUCTION OF A MUSICAL

King Kong

 

BEST DIRECTOR OF A MUSICAL/REVUE

Jonathan Munby and & Mdu Kweyama for King Kong

 

BEST LEAD PERFORMANCE IN A MUSICAL OR REVIEW/ FEMALE

Lynelle Kenned as Maria in West Side Story

 

BEST SUPPORTING/FEATURED PERFORMANCE IN A MUSICAL/REVUE: MALE

Sanda Shandu as Lucky in King Kong

 

BEST SUPPORTING/FEATURED PERFORMANCE IN A MUSICAL/REVUE: FEMALE

Ntambo Rapatla as Miriam in King Kong

 

BEST THEATRE SET DESIGN

Conor Murphy for West Side Story

 

BEST LIGHTING DESIGN

Joshua Cutts for West Side Story

 

BEST ORIGINAL CHOREOGRAPHY FOR A PLAY, MUSICAL/REVUE

Louisa Talbot for West Side Story

 

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE / ARRANGEMENT /MUSICAL ADAPTATION

Todd Matshikiza & Charl-Johan Lingenfelder (Additional music & arrangement) for

King Kong

 

BEST MUSICAL DIRECTOR

Charl-Johan Lingenfelder for West Side Story

 

The South African premiere production of Joshua Harmon’s Broadway hit, Significant Other is currently playing at the Fugard Theatre and must close 7 July. For further information and bookings, contact the Fugard Theatre Box office on 021 461 4554 or visit www.thefugard.com

 

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