‘Supreme Divas’: Celebrating fabulous women of song

Diva3August is the month to celebrate and highlight dynamic women and this will be done in spectacular fashion on The Mandela stage at Joburg Theatre with Supreme Divas from Thursday, August 11 to Sunday, August 14.

Supreme Divas will delight audiences old and young as they celebrate the powerhouse female singers that have become legends through their music over the past few decades.

Homage is paid to “old school” divas including Etta James, Barbra Streisand, Bette Midler, Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan, Donna Summer and many others while younger audiences will relish the celebration of hits from “new school” divas including Mariah Carey, Beyonce, Christina Aguilera, Adele and others.

There will also be a fitting tributeto a few of South Africa’s own divas including Brenda Fassie, Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Miriam Makeba and Claire Johnston.

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Taking centre stage will be the insanely talented vocalists Tia Herman, Lelo Ramasimong, Tracey-Lee Oliver and Elizca Coetzer, with Born To Perform teenage sensation Marianthe Panas joining them as she makes her professional theatre debut.

Along with the dynamic nine-piece band led by music director Llewellyn George, audiences will thrill to instantly recognisable hits including R.E.S.P.E.C.T., Somewhere, If I could turn back time, I’m every woman, Hot Stuff, Stop in the Name of Love, Vulindlela, Valerie, Unqombothi, Do You Know where you’re going to, If I were a boy and many more.

“We want to portray South African talent at its best,” says Claire Pacariz, executive producer for Joburg City Theatres. “And with Women’s Day on August 9th, we thought it would be an ideal time to honour legendary women in song.”

Performances for Supreme Divas run from Thursday to Saturday at 8 pm and Sunday at 3 pm on The Mandela Stage at Joburg Theatre.

Tickets range from R150 to R250 at www.joburgtheatre.com or calling 0861 670 670, as well as through Webtickets. For group bookings of 10 or more, please contact the theatre directly on (011) 877 6853/6815.

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