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Monday, April 1, 2013


(Bongani Mchunu, Mandla Manzi, Thabani Mahlobo & Cyprian Nzama. Pic by Val Adamson)

Stand by for a dazzling theatre experience with a positive lift at Durban’s Stable Theatre.

Gcugcwa Productions, in association with Stable Theatre, proudly presents musical extracts from the high-energy stage show, Long Journey - The Musical, at Durban’s Stable Theatre from April 5 to 7.

Written and directed by Zeph Nzama, the show boasts a big-league cast of performers that includes in its talent line-up, performers such as Buhle Ntuli (African Footprint), Mhlonishwa Dlamini (Show Boat), Mandla Manzi (Maria Maria) and Thabani Mahlobo (Happiness Through the Mist). Mahlobo also appeared in Stable Theatre’s iNkanyezi – the Star and was one of the two first performers of Stable Theatre’s Rhythm Dudes.

Other powerhouse artists appearing in the production include Bongani Mchunu, Sifiso Cele, Cyprian Nzama, and Siyabonga Zuma.

“Our production is uplifting and powerful,” says Nzama. “In writing and putting together Long Journey-The Musical, my aim has been to take our audiences along with our talented cast, on a wave of great song and dance entertainment, that carries a message of optimism and hope for the future.”

While it depicts men who have left their homes and are resourcefully facing the challenges of hard times experienced while working on the mines, Long Journey-The Musical spells out Show Biz with a capital ‘S’. Its emphasis is well and truly on staying on the positive side of life.

The show embraces a dazzling mix of contemporary, taptsula and gumboot dance genres, showcasing the skills of its exceptionally gifted cast through a succession of comedy and drama sketches, liberally laced with big-time musical theatre routines, each packed with heaps of pizazz and large dollops of the wow factor.

Providing live musical backing are Musical Director Mthobisi Mthalane and Tumelo Komako (keyboards), Mbuso Sokhela (bass) and Vusi Mkhize (guitar), among fine musos.

Following its Durban season, the show will be staged at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown from June 27 to 30.

Long Journey-The Musical has performances on April 5 and 6 at 18h00 and April 7  15h00. Tickets R50 at the door or through Computicket on 0861 915 8000 or online at For block bookings of 10 or more, contact Bongamusa Nzama on 073 644 1882.

Stable Theatre gratefully acknowledges the support of eThekwini Municipality and the KZN Department of Arts & Culture.