I have always loved the performing arts (thanks Mammie!). As a teenager, I went to see shows on my own – very comfortably in the safety of light, music, entertainment, action! There is a certain magic that comes with the heavy curtain lifting, the first musical note…It brings chills of excitement and expectation.
…. and Wow! Currently on stage at The Mandela at Jo’burg Theatre is a show you do not want to miss. Trending on Twitter in Jo’burg on opening night, #greatestloveofall is the ultimate Whitney Houston tribute. Showtime Australia in association with Mzansi Magic presents us with a performance of note! Heading up the team is Showtime CEO and director John Van Grinsven Snr, Kenny Wizz as Artistic Director and Dale Scheepers as Music Director.
Hopeful artists from 12 countries, 15 000+ auditions and the leads role was awarded to one of our own, Belinda Davids from Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Fiercely proudly South African, this alone stood out for me.
Belinda has been performing professionally from the age of 14, has never had vocal training and she blows you away with a 4 octave vocal range. Her fascination with Whitney started as a teenager and she sang her favourite stars songs whenever she could, from local talent shows to overseas performances.
This talented performer takes the audience on a wave of dancing, tears and singing along to well-known hits resulting in spontaneous standing ovations and dancing in the aisles. The clarity in her voice is unbelievable and the opening note to “I will always love you” honestly has you in the palm of her hand. “Run to me” is my personal favourite Whitney Houston song. I have seen #greatestloveofall twice now, and each time I was moved to tears (which we all know I don’t do very silently!)
Ticket prices range from R100 to R250 and the show will be running until 2 June 2013. Direct ticket line is 0861 670 670 or visit the theatre online.
Thank you to everyone who made opening night such fun in the #tweetseats! History in the making. @SirNoid and I had a great time and it was wonderful to be invited to share in such a special occasion!
HUGE THANK YOU to @SirNoid for taking his Mom Mary, my daughter, Victoria and I to the performance for Mother’s Day.
For every girl who ever wanted to dance with somebody who loves her, to every boy who ever wanted his baby for the night.
What is your favourite Whitney Houston song?
Saving all my love for you,