Marc Lottering has long been one of my favourite local comedians, and Aunty Merle usually has me in hysterics with her melktart and tea – so when I heard that Marc’s most beloved alter ego, Aunty Merle Abrahams will be on the stage for the first time in Johannesburg I was delighted!
Aunty Merle, The Musical will be on The Mandela Stage at Joburg Theatre from 1 February until 3 March 2019, and the show has received four Fleur du Cap nominations and has already enjoyed two sell-out seasons in Cape Town to rave reviews.
High drama unfolds in Belgravia Road, Athlone, as Merle’s daughter, Abigail, announces her engagement to her boyfriend, Alan. As Merle puts it: “He’s a good looking white chap!” But it’s never smooth-sailing in the world of musicals when Abigail’s twisted and corrupt ex, Denver Paulse – who holds a dodgy top job with the SABC – is determined to get her back – and if not, threatens to reveal a very dark secret which is bound to tear the lovers apart.
Aunty Merle, The Musical boasts a talented South African cast including Marc Lottering as Aunty Merle, Tracey-Lee Oliver as Abigail, Paul du Toit as Alan, Loukmaan Adams as Denver Paulse, with a stellar support cast including Royston Stoffels, Tankiso Mamabolo, Gina Shmukler, Adrian Galley, Carmen Maarman, Zandile Madliwa, Sizwesandile Mnisi, Anzio September, Crystal Finck and Austin Rose – accompanied by a live 8-piece band.
Twenty-two original songs, with lyrics by Marc Lottering and Tarryn Lamb; musical direction by Alistair Izobel and choreography by Grant Van Ster, have earned the cast thunderous standing ovations.
Aunty Merle – The Musical is suitable for all ages (no under 3’s).
Tickets from R 145 are available through Webtickets and Pick ‘n Pay outlets. Performances are Wednesdays to Saturdays at 20h00, with matinee shows on Saturdays and Sundays at 15h00.
Cape Town fans can also expect a triumphant return season at the Baxter Theatre from 3rd December, 2018 to 5th January, 2019.
Visit www.joburgtheatre.com for more information.