A ONE NIGHT ONLY musical celebration
THE PRODIGAL MAN: the songs he sang, the music he wrote and the stories untold is a musical showcase that celebrates the life and work of Lungile Michael Themba. This time he leads a dynamic cast of ten seasoned performers in a Musical Theatre Revue that is intended to uplift, inspire and make contributions to the Musical Theatre sphere within an African narrative – marking his official return to the theatre stage after four and a half years. Lungile and company will be performing songs from some of Broadway’s greatest composers such as Jason Robert Brown, Henry Krieger and, the godfather of Musical Theatre, Stephen Sondheim. With an emotional connection to music and the innate ability to compose, score, and musically direct, the cast will also be performing a selection of Lungile Michael Themba’s original compositions that cater to the South African ear. This will be a musical and spiritual experience not to be missed!
Lungile musically directed Tshwane University of Technology’s 2012 production of Sarafina: in Black and White, directed by Josias “Dos” Moleele. In just under a year in professional theatre, he appeared as supporting lead in Starlight Express at the Joburg Theatre’s Mandela stage and the Market Theatre’s electrifying production of The Colored Museum directed by James Ngcobo on the John Kani stage. He played the title role of Janice Honeyman’s 2014 production of Peter Pan and was subsequently nominated for a Naledi Theatre Award for Best Newcomer. In 2015, he was named one of Mail & Guardian’s Top 200 Young South Africans. In 2016, he produced musical material for Milked Voice, a Standard Bank Ovation Award winning new play that toured the then Grahamstown National Arts Festival, Soweto Theatre as well as the Joburg Lesedi Theatre. In 2018 he collaborated with Lebo Toko to produce work for ‘TOWN (Motown meet Sophiatown), an original Musical Theatre Revue.
Written, Direction, Original Music & Production Design by: Lungile Michael Themba
Musical Direction/Vocal Arrangements by: Zolani Shangase (The Lion King, The Color Purple, West Side Story, Jack & the Beanstalk Pantomime 2019), Msizi Njapha (Fleur De Cup Award winner, The Lion King, Tsotsi the Musical, Generations: the legacy)
Choreography by: Given Phumlani Mkhize (King Kong, Calling Us Home)
Starring: Caroline Borole (Tina Turner, Dreamgirls, Sister Act, Generations, ‘TOWN), Zolani Shangase, Msizi Njapha, Tshepang Mofokeng (Recording Artist), Lerato Gwebu (The Market Theatre’s Children’s Monologues, ‘TOWN), S’bongile Mntambo (Opera Singer), Nomangesi “NomaG” Tobi (Recording Artist, ‘TOWN), Soula (Recording Artist), Jabu Gambu (The Lion King) and Tshwarelo Makhoba.
Tickets: R 180
Duration of show: 1hr 40min (plus 20min interval)