Naledi Theatre Awards nominations revealed

King Kong is a contender for best musical

The Naledi Theatre awards nominations were made public at the new Ramolao Makhene Theatre at the Market Theatre precinct on 14 May. The gala awards vening will take place on 18 June.

Sarafina is a contender for Best MusicalThe theatre world has been buzzing with anticipation, and as usual the Naledi Awards are one of the highlights of the showbiz year. Ranging across all the disciplines of theatre, the Naledis are coveted by performers, designers, the production teams and staging crews.

Nominations for Best Musical for the year include the revival of South African musical classics “King Kong” (Eric Abraham and the Fugard Theatre Productions) and “Sarafina” (Committed Artist Productions in association with the South African State Theatre), “Priscilla Queen of the Desert” (produced by Hazel Feldman, Showtime Management, Lunchbox Theatrical Productions & Nullabor Productions in association with MGM ON STAGE), “Evita” (Pieter Toerien and David Ian) and “West Side Story” (Eric Abraham and The Fugard Theatre Productions).

The musical Sarafina is a contender.

The nominations for the “Best Director of a Musical or a Review” go to Elizma Badenhorst for “Rock of Ages” (produced by Gold Reef City, executive produced by VR Theatrical, written by Chris D’Arienzo), Jonathan Munby for “King Kong” and Dr Mbongeni Ngema for “Sarafina”. Matthew Wild has been nominated for his direction of “West Side Story”.

“Best lead performance in a Musical or Review/Male” nominations go to Andile Gumbi (as King Kong) in “King Kong”, David Dennis (as Bernadette) for “Priscilla Queen of the Desert), Jonathan Roxmouth (as Che) in “Evita”, Phillip Schnetler (as Adam/Felicia) in “Priscilla Queen of the Desert” and Sne Dladla (as Pop) in “King Kong”.

Nominations for “Best lead performance in a Musical or Review/Female” go to Claire Taylor (as Sherrie) in “Rock of Ages”, Emma Kingston (as Eva Peron) in “Evita”, Lynelle Kenned (as Maria) in “West Side Story”, Nondumiso Tembe (as Joyce) in “King Kong” and Noxolo Dlamini (as Sarafina) in “Sarafina”.

“The Inconvenience of Wings” (Lara Foot and The Baxter Theatre Centre in association with the Market Theatre), “When Swallows Cry” (The Market Theatre), “Die Reuk van Appels” (The SA State Theatre in association with Theatrerocket), “The Suitcase” (The Market Theatre), “Tamasha on Hope Street” (The Market Theatre) and “Moliere’s Tartuffe” (The Fortune Cookie Theatre Company in collaboration with the French Institute of South Africa and the Alliance Francaise in South Africa, amply supplied us with the nominations for the Best Play.

Best Director of a play nominations: Andre Odendaal for “Karel Se Oupa” (produced by the Market Theatre in association with Kosie Smit, written by Retief Scholtz), Lara Bye for “Die Reuk van Appels”, and Lara Foot for “The Inconvenience of Wings”. Lesedi Job is nominated for her direction of “When Swallows Cry” and Sylvaine Strike has been nominated for “Moliere’s Tartuffe”.

“Best performer in a play/Female” nominations go to Ameera Patel for “Tamasha on Hope Street”, Carly Graeme for “Betrayal” (produced by Daphne Kuhn by arrangement with Judy Daish Associates Limited and F. Pinter Limited, written by Harold Pinter), Chi Mende for “Chasing Chairs” (produced by The Market Theatre, written by Sue Pam-Grant and DJ Grant), Jennifer Steyn for “The Inconvenience of Wings”, Masasa Lindiwe Mbangeni for “The Suitcase” and Vanessa Cooke for “Moliere’s Tartuffe”.

The nominations for the “Best performer in a play/Male” go to Andrew Buckland for “The Inconvenience of Wings”, Christiaan Schoombie for “When Swallows Cry”, Craig Morris for “Moliere’s Tartuffe”, Graeme Hopkins for “Freud’s last Session” (produced by Daphne Kuhn by arrangement with DALRO, written by Mark St Germain), Lindani Nkosi for “Tamasha on Hope Street” and Mpho Osei-Tutu for “When Swallows Cry”.

The “Best Newcomer/Breakthrough Performance” Award is given to those new rising stars in the industry. This year Ian Roelofs (Karel se Oupa), Isabella Jane (Evita), Kanyi Nokwe (Pinocchio the Pantomime), Noxolo Dlamini (Sarafina) and Phillip Schnetler (Priscilla Queen of the Desert) have been nominated.

The “Best New South African Script” nominations go to Johann Smith for “Die Reuk van Appels”, Retief Scholtz for “Karel se Oupa”, Rajsh Gopie for “Tamasha on Hope Street”, Lara Foot for “The Inconvenience of Wings” and Mike van Graan for “When Swallows Cry”.
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