It’s four hands, two pianos, one show you dare not miss as top music duo première new show

Godfrey Johnson & Roland Perold in Coward adn Cole, Kalk Bay Theatre. Pic by Rob Kirsner.Two of the most popular composers performed by two of the best piano men around– the award-winning performers Godfrey Johnson and Roland Perold première their new show, Coward &Cole, at Kalk Bay Theatre until 24 March.

 

Noël Coward and Cole Porter were two of the leading and most prolific artists of the twentieth century. Contemporaries from across the Atlantic, they were masters of their craft when it came to hitting a nerve with just the right amount of sarcasm and irony, and brought us favourite songs such as Let’s Do It, Mad Dogs and Englishmen and Mrs. Worthington.  

Featuring the talented fingers and voices of dynamic musical duo Johnson and Perold, this new collection of Noël Coward and Cole Porter’s timeless masterpieces delight with witticisms, social commentary and innate absurdity.

It is a rare treat to see the combination of Godfrey Johnson and Roland Perold – two of South Africa’s great musical masters – on the same stage together. Come and hear the much-loved Coward and Cole classics reinterpreted and showcased in a way that will please stalwart fans as well as a new generation of followers,” says Simon Cooper, owner of Kalk Bay Theatre. “With the introduction of our new dinner theatre experience, guests can now enjoy a pre-show supper with dessert and coffee after the performance when they have the opportunity to meet the cast.”

Johnson has performed over twenty one-man shows nationally and internationally. He has worked extensively as a musician, director, composer and accompanied Pieter-Dirk Uys in his various cabarets. In 2007, Johnson won the Fleur du Cap award for Best Performance in a Cabaret for his work in Kissed by Brel.

He was also nominated for the same award in 2009 for his performance in Flirting with Coward, directed by Sanjin Muftić, which honoured the spirit and genius wit of Noël Coward.  Nominated for a Fleur du Cap award, The Shadow of Brel is Johnson’s fourth collaboration with Muftić, having worked on previous cabarets Uncut, Flirting with Coward, and the tribute to women songwriters, Behind Every Man. He has recently completed a hugely successful run of his show, Season in The Sun at The Old Mutual Theatre on The Square.

In addition to Coward & Cole, Johnson is working on a new show, The Smallest Man in The World, and later this year will embark on a national tour with Emile Minnie in The Minnie and Johnson Show, including a run at Kalk Bay Theatre. He is curating an exhibition in March with gallery owner, Debbie Grewe at The Framery Gallery in Sea Point to raise money for The Darling Trust and the Sea Point High School art department. The Exhibition is entitled, See the Point Darling and will feature the work of Evita Bezuidenhout, Emile Minnie, Megan Furniss, Fiona du Plooy, Roland Perold, Didi Moses, Godfrey Johnson and many more.

The debonair Roland Perold is an accomplished actor, choral conductor, musical director and producer. He holds a Bmus(Hons) Degree in Classical Piano and Voice from the University of KZN and trained in musical theatre at the Waterfront Theatre School. He has toured South Africa and Europe as an accompanist; performed in musicals and cabarets such as I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change; EDGES and What’s In A Name?, and in 2010 was invited to provide entertainment for the RMS St. Helena as part of the Fine Music Radio music cruise. Perold is also the founder of ROLSKA Productions, producer of Coward & Cole as well as the smash hit musical I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change (which won a 2010 Standard Bank Ovation Award at the National Arts Festival) and also the award winning song cycle EDGES, which was invited to perform on the Festival’s Arena Platform in 2011.

Roland is also working on a new show, TWEET- The Musical which will premiere on the National Arts Festival’s Student Arena, featuring a cast from the Waterfront Theatre School. In September Roland will be leaving our shores for a while as he ventures to Bath Spa University where he has been accepted for the Masters Songwriting Degree.

“In the words of  Noël Coward, ‘I believe that life is for living, don’t you?’ – so don’t delay and book your tickets now for a great night of living and live entertainment!” says Cooper.

 

ROLSKA Productions is proud to be associated with products from roland.com who have generously sponsored Roland Digital Pianos for this production.

Coward & Cole will be performed Wednesday to Saturdays until 24 March at 20h30, with a matinee performance on Sunday 18 March at 14h30. Tickets cost R95. Seating is unreserved and doors open at 6.30pm.

Guests can also enjoy a delicious two-course meal for R150 or three courses for R200. For all bookings and further information visit www.kbt.co.za

Why not make a night or weekend stay of it? The Inn at Castle Hill guest house is just a few minutes’ walk away.   Enjoy dinner and a show at the Theatre then get spoilt overnight at The Inn at Castle Hill.  Accommodation can be booked by clicking on the Castle Hill link on the Kalk Bay Theatre home page.

NOËL COWARD – “I believe that life is for living, don’t you? . . . It’s difficult to know what else one could do with it!”

Of COWARD – “There are probably greater painters than Noël, greater novelists than Noël, greater librettists, greater composers of music, greater singers, greater dancers, greater comedians, greater tragedians, greater stage producers, greater film directors, greater cabaret artists, greater TV stars. If there are, they are fourteen different people. Only one man combined all fourteen different labels – The Master.” – Lord Louis Mountbatten

COLE PORTER – When Frank Sinatra first met Cole Porter, he said “Mr. Porter, I greatly admire your talent and your songs” to which Porter replied: “Well then, why don’t you sing them as I wrote them?”

Of PORTER – “In a way no other songs of the period quite did, Porter’s created a world. It was a between–the–wars realm of drop–dead chic and careless name–dropping insouciance. And it was a sexy place to be invited.” – Walter Clemons, in Vanity Fair.

 

 Christine Skinner

Tel: (082) 855 7277

For revues of the show see: http://scenicsouth.co.za//2012/03/revue-of-coward-and-cole-at-the-kalk-bay-theatre/