Take a journey on a magical, musical, carpet ride at the Hilton Arts Festival

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THIS year’s Hilton Arts Festival, which runs at Hilton College from September 17 to 20, has a feast on offer for those who love music revues and cabaret shows.

Anthony Stonier.

Anthony Stonier.

Festival regular, Anthony Stonier, performs Accustomed to his words (The Lyrics of Alan Jay Lerner) in the Art Block at 12 noon on Saturday, September 19 and 2 pm on Sunday, September 20.

One of the most prolific writers and lyricists of the 20th Century, Alan Jay Lerner wrote the book and lyrics to many of the world’s best loved musicals including My Fair Lady, Camelot, Gigi, Brigadoon, Paint Your Wagon and On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, to name but a few.

Anthony Stonier with Evan Roberts at the piano as musical director, celebrates the beauty, wit and style of this master wordsmith. Tickets are R100.

Clint Lesch.

Clint Lesch.

Brilliantly Broadway, starring Clint Lesch, delivers a musical programme of masterpieces from some of the world’s most loved shows and the music of Broadway legends like Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber, Leonard Bernstein, Cole Porter, George Gershwin and Stephen Sondheim.

The entertaining selection comprises energetic numbers include Something’s Coming from West Side Story, intense ballads like Not a Day Goes By (Merrily We Roll Along), and thought provoking songs like Why God Why? from Miss Saigon.

The show is being staged in the Art Block at 6.15 pm on Saturday, September 19 and 12.15 pm on Sunday, September 20, are R100.

Cat Simoni.

Cat Simoni.

Midlands songbird, Cat Simoni, will present two shows at the Hilton Festival. In The Way We Werewhich is being staged in the Art Block at 6.30 pm on Friday, September 18, Cat does Barbra Streisand – her way!

Written and directed by Paul Spence, the show features music from musicals, movies, anecdotes and unforgettable songs, from The Way We Were to Woman in Love. Featuring sensational music of some of the world’s greatest songwriters, Gershwin, Kern, Porter, Sondheim, Bernstein, Rogers & Hart and Lerner & Lowe. Cat’s solo is a must-see. Tickets are R100.

Her second offering is Cat Sings Disney, devised and directed by Paul Spence. It features Disney favourites from Frozen, The Lion King, Beauty & The Beast, The Little Mermaid, The Jungle Book, Prince of Egypt and Mary Poppins.

Every song is a movie memory to touch your heart and transport you on a magical melody carpet-ride through the wonderful world of Walt Disney.

Tickets for the show, which will take place in the Chapel at 10 am on Sunday, September 20, are R100 (adults) and R60 (children).

The Glitter Girls

The Glitter Girls

Another cracking show at the Festival is The Glitter Girls, starring Lisa Bobbert, Liesl Coppin and Marion Loudon. This formidable femme de force light up the stage and have the audience eating out of the palms of their manicured hands.

They are natural comics who keep the audience in stitches with performances that can only be described as “irrepressible”!

If you grew up in the 80s and remember Pac-man… Spandex and Dallas then join The Glitter Girls as they go back to neon and big hair at the Skolliesville High 25 year school reunion!

Tickets for the show in the Falcon Tent at 2 pm on Sunday, September 20, are R165.

Tony Bentel and Fiona Ramsay star in The Old and The Beautiful.

Tony Bentel and Fiona Ramsay star in The Old and The Beautiful.

Last, but by no means least is The Old and The Beautifula true gem of a work, that brings together the considerable talents of performers, Fiona Ramsay and Tony Bentel and director, Janna Ramos-Violante.

Glorying in the gravelly, ‘telegram from hell’ kind of work of Marianne Faithfull, the breathless and breathtaking ‘Maybe this time’ from Cabaret and pieces from the rich, experimental heady days of Johannesburg’s Market Theatre, the work is funny, subtle and humble with its self-deprecating pizzazz moments, but one in which the centre is firmly cast with a great deal of soul – and a hefty dollop of cynicism.

It makes you shiver. And weep. See it, you should: a warm, delicate and gritty reflection on the fabric that make us all human and vulnerable.

Tickets for the show, which is being staged in the Drama Centre at 8 pm on Saturday, September 19 and 11.30 am on Sunday, September 20, are R165. No under 16s.

To book for these shows and more information on the festival go to www.hiltonfestival.co.za

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