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SPIRIT OF DANCE & BROADWAY (article first published : 2003-04-20)

South Africa’s love affair with Spirit of the Dance continues. It is the most popular international touring company ever to visit South Africa.

The phenomenal global smash hit Spirit of the Dance returns to the Johannesburg Civic Theatre this month accompanied by its brand new sister show Spirit of Broadway, direct from its world premiere in the US. Performances in KZN follow in June.

Spirit of the Dance was brought to South Africa in 2002 by arrangement with the Johannesburg Civic Theatre’s CEO, Bernard Jay. During its twice-extended tour, it played to over 86,000 people and broke box office records.

Irish in origin and bursting with raw energy, Spirit of the Dance is a breathtaking production featuring a spectacular blend of traditional culture. Powerful, show-stopping Irish dance combines with the passionate Latino rhythms of tango, flamenco and red-hot salsa to produce a thrilling, heart-pounding production that the International Post describes as "the world’s greatest Irish dance show."

The new show Spirit of Broadway was created in response to continued pleas for another spectacular with the same creative talent and showbiz pizzazz. The new song-and-dance star-spangled salute to The Great White Way, Spirit of Broadway was greeted by rave reviews and sell-out houses in Cape Town. The show promises a magical journey of classic showstoppers from such blockbusters as Chicago, My Fair Lady, Grease, 42nd Street, A Chorus Line and The Phantom of the Opera.

After the Johannesburg season, the two productions move to KZN where there will be performances in the Playhouse Opera. Spirit of the Dance runs from June 10 to 15, followed by Spirit of Broadway from June 17 to 22. Booking is at Computicket.




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