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Monday, August 26, 2019


(Tonya Koenderman)

Well known international cabaret sensation, Tonya Koenderman returns to Durban with her latest creation Liza and Friends which runs at the Rhumbelow Theatre in Umbilo from September 6 to 8, 2019.

Koenderman is most well-known for her tribute to the great Liza Minnelli titled, Liza with a T which she has performed all over the world to standing ovations and rave reviews. In this show, she wanted to include some of the other great divas of all time as well – “the great ladies of song that may not always prove to be too perfect, but we love them all the same. Most of these artists have in some way impacted my style of performance”, Tonya said, “and are the reason why I fell in love with the stage all those many years ago.”

Koenderman adds her own spice and sass to the likes of Shirley Bassey, Barbra Streisand, Tina Turner, Nina Simone, Edith Piaf and others. And she dishes the dirt on them all! Miss Streisand is a bitch to work with, Bassey drinks like a fish. Nina Simone likes to aim guns at anyone who pisses her off, and occasionally fires them, too. And of course, dear Liza, Tonya’s favourite of them all, has done more shows drunk than sober.

All this gossip is mentioned, however, with absolute love for these artists, as Koenderman is quick to acknowledge, “We are all just people doing the best we can, trying to make our way in this crazy world.”

Liza and Friends promises to be a feast of classics: Cabaret, All That Jazz, New York New York, Diamonds Are Forever, Big Spender, Don’t Rain on My Parade, Nutbush City Limits, Simply the Best, Feeling Good, and others.

The shows runs from September 6 to 8 with Friday and Saturday performances at 20h00 and Sunday shows starting at 14h00. The venue opens 90 minutes before show for picnic dinner.

Tickets R150 (R130 pensioners, students with a valid student card and tables of eight or more. R75 under 13s).

Take along food picnic baskets. Braais will be available and food is available to purchase at the venue. There is limited secure parking and booking is essential. A cash bar is available (no alcohol may be brought on to the premises). Rhumbelow Durban is situated at 42 Cunningham Road off Bartle Road in Umbilo.

Booking is through Computicket or contact Roland on 082 499 8636, email (also for group booking discounts of 20 or more) or visit