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JUST THE TICKET (article first published : 2004-05-15)

Radio Today (1485am) presents the 42nd and penultimate episode of Just the Ticket by Percy Tucker on May 16 at 18h00 (repeated on May 20 at 11h30).

In this penultimate chapter, hear veteran actors Rex Garner and Gordon Mulholland reminisce about their work together, their corpsing and the fun they had on stage.

In July 1993, Shirley MacLaine performed at Sun City and was a sensation. Evita Bezuidenhout returns to the stage. Hear Pieter-Dirk speak about her relationship with some of the Government officials and how Evita warns Pieter-Dirk about becoming too famous!

Michael Jackson booking opens. R12 million rand later he cancels his tour of SA and Computicket is left with a refund nightmare. The London Philharmonic Orchestra arrived for the first visit to SA by an international orchestra, since the Israel Philharmonic, way back in 1974. Miriam Makeba appears on the stage of the State Theatre for the first time, whilst overseas stars such as Al Jarreau, the Gypsy Kings, Shirley Bassey, etc tour the country.

Forever Plaid was a delightful success at the Sound Stage for Richard Loring. Barney Simon directs Can Themba's The Suit at the Market. This production was playing in London in 1995, when Barney passed away at the age of 63. Hear Mannie Manim pay a tribute to Barney.

Musicals flourished all over the country. Buddy, Jesus Christ Superstar, Me and My Girl were the favourites in 1993. Hazel Feldman speaks about the 2nd Miss World at Sun City where dozens of celebrities from all over the world attended including George Benson, Pierre Brosnam, Grace Jones, Jackie Chan, Juliet Prowse, Frederick Forsyth et al.

May 10, 1994, saw the inauguration of President Mandela. The next day the Age of Aquarius launched the theatre in the new democracy with the opening of Hair at the Civic Theatre.

An avalanche of stars poured in to the Rainbow Nation: OMD, Depeche Mode, Natalie Cole, Foster and Allen, Bad Boys Blue, A-ha, Billy Connolly, Ronnie Corbett, Shabba Ranks, Bryan Adams, 'Right Said Fred', Dr Alban, Jethro Tull, Joe Cocker, Sting with planned visits later in the year of UB40, 'Wet, Wet, Wet', Whitney Houston, Phil Collins, Bon Jovi, Meatloaf, Def Leppard and The Rolling Stones among many others.

All this and more on Ivan May's Kultcha Vultcha broadcast on Radio Today (1485am) on Sundays at 18h00 and repeated on Thursday at 11h30.




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