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WHEN BASIL MET ELVIS (article first published : 2006-02-14)

A red-hot line-up of some of the city’s top theatrical talent is being assembled for a fabulous new musical-comedy, When Basil Met Elvis, which opens at the Catalina Theatre in Wilson’s Wharf on February 22.

Meet Basil Pesto (Clinton Philander) Elvis’s gawky, enthusiastic, star-struck number one fan, as he follows his idol Elvis around hoping to shake his hero’s hand (John Didlick as the older Elvis and his son Johnathan Didlick as the younger Elvis). Basil’s dream may come true when Elvis comes to town. Everything – of course – goes horribly wrong and Basil ends up by saving the day through a comedy of errors assisted by his friend, ex showgirl Saffron Bowls (the effervescent Lisa Bobbert).

Celebrating some of the music of the King of Rock ’n Roll and his contemporaries, this hilarious new musical revue is conceived and written by Clinton Philander who also directs with Themi Venturas. Musical direction is by Callie Thompson who performs with a live band featuring husband Barry Thompson alternating with Rowan Stuart on guitar, Shaun Peterson on drums and Nikki Lotter on bass.

When Basil Met Elvis runs from February 22 to April 2 with shows Tuesday to Saturday at 20h00 (Sunday at 18h00). No shows on Monday. Tickets R70 (R60 concessions).

There will be two-for-the-price-of-one previews from February 22 to 26. Book at 031 305 6889.




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