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SMASH HIT SHOWS FOR DURBAN (article first published : 2002-11-9)

From March next year, South Africa will host Spirit of The Dance, the most popular international touring company ever to visit this country, and its brand new sister show Spirit of Broadway direct from its world premiere in the USA.

The phenomenal global smash hit 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 many box office records. The South African public showed its appreciation with night after night of standing ovations.

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”.

On stage, the world champion Irish dancers sound like a runaway express train and their frenzied skill and military precision sends shivers down the spine. Not one Irish dance shoe steps out of line as the thunderous feet of the Irish International Dance Company perform as one, with an excitement that leaves audiences screaming for more.

Everywhere Spirit of the Dance has performed in its seven years crossing the globe, the show's creators received impassioned pleas for another spectacular with the same creative talent and show-biz pizzazz. And so they now bring to South Africa the new song-and-dance star-spangled salute to The Great White Way, Spirit of Broadway.

From the dazzling and glorious history of Broadway, South African audiences will be treated to a magical journey of classic showstoppers from such blockbusters as Chicago, My Fair Lady, Grease, 42nd Street, A Chorus Line and Phantom of the Opera.

Direct from yet another record-breaking tour of the USA, Spirit of Broadway is a gorgeous, glittering musical tribute featuring a terrific cast of singers and dancers that truly light up the town.

Tickets from R125 currently on sale for both shows at Computicket. Early booking is advised. The productions will run at the playhouse Opera from June 9 to 22.




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