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Thursday, November 8, 2018


(Marianthe Panas & Bernelee Frick)

Allow yourself to be taken on an exciting musical theatre journey! La Lucia-based Musical Director, Nick Wium, always adds his own personal flair to his productions, which is evident in his musical revue, Listen - a collaboration between Wium, his Durban band, Shizam, and teenage musical theatre singing sensations Marianthe Panas and Bernelee Frick. The show has one performance at the Hexagon Dive in Pietermaritzburg on November 16, 2018.

An “easy” power ballad singer, the 17-year-old Panas’ mature, interpretive singing and incredible vocal range have made her a sought-after performer. Her powerful rendition of the Dream Girls hit song, Listen, which Beyoncé catapulted into status as one of history’s musical theatre greats, and her soulful version of Christina Aguilera’s, Burlesque hit, Something’s Got a Hold Of Me, are only two of the treats on offer.

In her review on artSMart (, Caroline Smart wrote: “Panas is an incredible talent. She’s not just a great singer with an impressive range but she brings a strong dramatic component to her performance … She gave the right feel of gentleness and sincerity to Don’t Cry for Me Argentina and her I Don’t Know How to Love Him was a sure-fire audience favourite ... and she looked terrific!”

Panas is supported by the talented 19-year-old Bernelee Frick, who delivers a sensual rendition of Cher’s Welcome to Burlesque and an emotionally stirring You Must Love Me.

The almost tangible synergy between the Shizam band members – sought-after session drummer, Alwyn Singh; quick-fingered guitarist, Shyane Kistensamy; seasoned and highly-respected bassist, Sebastian Gilchrist; and über-experienced pianist Nick Wium - adds a fresh dimension to every musical theatre hit in this revue.

Listen has one performance on November 16 at 19h00 for 19h30 at the Hexagon Dive on the University of KZN Pietermaritzburg campus. Tickets R120pp booked through

This is a picnic evening: Bring your food, but no drinks, as there is a cash bar. Tables seat 10, but you may book for less.