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Leading Stars For S A Guide-Dogs Variety Gala Concert
The South African Guide-dogs Association for the Blind will be hosting their Gala Variety Concert at the Auto & General Theatre on the Square on Sunday 24 August.
The sought-after annual event has drawn together many of the finest entertainers for a music and comedy extravaganza. The star-studded line-up will be truly historic, with more leading performers this year than ever before. There will be only two shows, 15h00 and 18h30.
The stars of the show have kindly given of their time and talents free of charge, and entire proceeds of ticket sales will benefit Guide-Dogs. To add to the generous spirit, Daphne Kuhn is proud to host the event at the Auto & General Theatre on The Square, with their amenities, staff and services also provided pro bono.
Producing the sensational concerts will be Chet Diepraam, joined by Claire Pacariz. “Using the same winning concepts of the Leading Ladies and Leading Men extravaganzas at the same theatre, we will treat Joburg audiences to the most remarkable line-up of entertainment variety never before seen on local stages,” adds Chet. “The finest available, some old and some new, performing their signature, show-stopper numbers, for one day only! It’s to be a concert that the discerning Joburg public dare not miss.”
Confirmed stars include:
Sam Peo (award winning theatre artist, including Chicago, Cabaret and Aspects of Love)
Keith Smith (Hello Dolly, Aspects of Love, Egoli)
Carly Graeme (Mamma Mia!, We Will Rock You, Starlight Express, Boys in the Photograph)
Mark Banks (one of SA’s most respected comedians, Comedy Choice Lifetime Achievement Award)
Michael de Pinna (funny man, singer, stage and screen actor, Yebo Gogo fame)
Cat Simone (solo shows include tributes to Barbra Streisand and Ella Fitzgerald)
Timothy Moloi (velvet voiced star that performs with big orchestras, recently the genie in Aladdin)
Cito (front man of Wonderboom, also lead in Queen at the Ballet and Jesus Christ Superstar)
Brenda Sakellarides (The Sound of Music, King and I, Menopause, and director of Youth Ballet)
Kiruna Devar (lead in Sweet Charity and star of Leading Ladies concert, NSA top achiever)
Fiona Ramsay (iconic actress and singer, film credits include Hotel Rwanda, Bang Bang Club)
Tony Bentel (pianist and entertainer extraordinaire, also of Doo Be Boobies fame)
Helen Desbois (SAMA nominee and MTN Radio Award winner, We Will Rock You)
Bongi Mthombeni (Idols SA finalist and Panto star, session musician and conductor)
Holly Diamond, aka Neil Holland (one of The Dreemz drag trio, better than Celine Dion herself)
Live music with the dynamic Sandton Jazz Sextet, featuring Andre Behnke (piano), Nippy Cripwell (Double Bass), Tony Yoko (Drums), Pam Mortimer (Alto saxophone and Flugelhorn), Albert Burger (Guitar) and Philip Stapelberg (Harmonica).
With special guest artist appearances by true legends and iconic names in the SA entertainment arena: Des & Dawn Lindberg, Annabel Linder and Judy Page.
Daphne Kuhn, director of The Auto & General Theatre, enthused “We are excited to host some of SA’s finest and most well known artists, all rallying together for this fundraiser for the S A Guide-Dogs for the Blind.”
Parking is available at the Mandela Square or Sandton City Parkades.
TWO shows only: 15h00 or 18h30. There will also be raffle, with a new car as first prize – tickets for the illustrious variety concert are just R250, and are available at Strictly Tickets on 082-553-5901 or online www.strictlytickets.com