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Tuesday, May 4, 2021


(Left: Judith Hawthorn)

Singer, actress, pianist, choir director and vocal coach Judith Hawthorn reveals her passion for Musical Theatre performance in her new show I Love A Show Tune! celebrating her life in music with a dazzling array of classic Broadway show songs.

The show takes place at the Alan Wilson Shellhole in Pietermaritzburg in association with Rhumbelow Theatre on May 9, 2021, especially for Mother’s Day.

Accompanied by Jacques Heyns on piano, Hawthorn transports her audience to the wonderful world of Musical Theatre with much-loved hits from The Sound of Music and Oklahoma to My Fair Lady and Beauty and the Beast, throwing in her own nostalgic salute to the great Victor Borge for good measure!

Devised and directed by Paul Spence, Hawthorn’s love for Musical Theatre songs shines through as she shares her childhood musical memories. Shot through with comedic flair, I Love A Show Tune! is charming, nostalgic and funny, as well as deeply heart-warming for audiences who enjoy the music of American song-writing greats such as Rodgers & Hammerstein, Lerner & Loewe, George Gershwin and Irving Berlin.

A classically trained pianist, she turned to Musical Theatre in her 30’s and performed professionally in productions including The Sound of Music, My Fair Lady, Guys and Dolls and The Man from La Mancha. Her richly varied music teaching career in schools across KZN from Curro Hillcrest Christian Academy to The Wykeham Collegiate and Durban Girls High also includes a social upliftment choral programme for the Drakensberg Boys Choir School.

As well as her very personal selection from the golden age of Broadway musicals, expect to hear songs from other favourite shows like Little Women, Sweet Charity and Gigi as well as a virtuoso showstopper from the recent Mary Poppins The Stage Musical.

I Love a Show Tune! appeals to all who love sincere musical theatre story-telling and gorgeous melodies. You’ll want to singalong to every golden show tune.

The performance takes place at 14h00 on May 9, 2021. (Venue opens 90 minutes before show for snacks/drinks)

“Whilst we are not changing our 2020 pricing, we would ask that if you are able to please assist us and the performers by donating a higher ticket price,” says Rhumbelow Theatre’s director, Roland Stansell.

R160 (no discounts). Bring food picnic baskets or buy from Prego Rolls from the Moths. A full bar is available (no alcohol may be brought on to the premises). There is limited secure parking.

All seating will be at separate tables and the venue will obviously be seating co-habiting couples and/or family members together.

Booking is essential. With the current Covid levels capacity is limited to 50% max

Book through Roland on email or Computicket.

The Allan Wilson Shellhole is situated at 5 Durban Road in Pietermaritzburg.

Strict Covid protocols will be in place.