The Langarm cast has been announced! David Kramer’s new musical has a wonderful line-up of local talent.
The actors in the leading roles are Rushney Ferguson, Cameron Botha, Kim Louis, Oscar Petersen, Pierre Nelson and Julio Jantjies. Langarm will be presented at The Fugard Theatre for the festive season from 20 November 2018.
Produced and presented by Eric Abraham for The Fugard Theatre, Langarm is a story of love and intrigue set in the story-world of Cape Town’s ballroom dance culture in the 1960s. With the threat of the new apartheid laws hanging over their heads, people will do almost anything to survive.
Langarm cast details
Creating the role of Jeff is Cameron Botha, who has delighted audiences in Fugard Theatre productions such as Funny Girl and West Side Story as well as others including Calling Us Home, Sweeney Todd and Dirty Dancing. Rushney Ferguson, also no stranger to The Fugard Theatre stage having performed in the hit musicals King Kong and District Six: Kanala, steps in to the role of Angelina. Kim Louis returns to the stage and plays hotel owner Dinah Levin. Langarm reunites Kim with David Kramer after nearly twenty years, when she performed in Kat and the Kings on Broadway. The role of band leader Eddie will be played by Oscar Petersen of Joe Barber fame, whose sensational success has spanned eighteen years. Oscar has also been seen in roles such as Chiron in Titus Andronicus with Sir Antony Sher.
Pierre Nelson (Poppekas, GodgOdgoD) plays Van der Byl and Julio Jantjies (West Side Story, Giselle) is Lulu. Also joining the cast are Nadine Suliaman (Rent the Musical, Footloose); Nathan Muller (The Full Monty, Hairspray), Byron Klassen (Dansmettieduiwels, Keeper of the Kum), Paxton Simons (Archives, Injabulo), Shaneé de Beer (Supadance, SA Latin Champion) and Junaide Abrahams (Cape Academy of Performing Arts, Synergy Dance Company).
It’s 1965 and when Dinah Levin is widowed, she invites her nephew Jeff, whose fiancé has just dumped him, to help her manage her late husband’s Canterbury Hotel. Here he meets the lovely, young ballroom dancer Angelina, and when her partner leaves her in the lurch, she asks Jeff Levin to partner her in The Swaziland Ballroom Championships. Aware that he’ll risk arrest if they get caught flouting the law, he throws caution to the wind and agrees.
Jeff decides to rejuvenate the hotel by offering langarm dances. When Eddie Jephta the leader of the Moonlight Serenaders langarm band comes to play at The Canterbury Hotel, Dinah has to confront the secrets of her past.
Where and when: Fugard Theatre from 20 November 2018
Book: 021 461 4554 or www.thefugard.com