December 21, 2010
Razzmatazz New Year’s Eve at the Baxter
The Baxter Theatre. Photo courtesy DanieVDM
If you’re a lover of rhythmic jazz, Afrikaans folk songs and side-splitting comedy, then you will love the Baxter Theatre’s fantastic New Year’s Eve line-up.
The highly energetic and entertaining Cotton Club Moves kickstarts festivities in the recently rearranged Flipside venue at 19h30. Sing along to soulful jazz tunes of eras gone by while enjoying the graceful moves of the Free Flight Dance Company. A fully operational bar adds to the feeling that you’re in Harlem’s Cotton Club, in the middle of the Southern Suburbs.
Three hilarious guys, two venues and a good time guaranteed either way makes it hard to choose between Joe Barber 5: School Cuts and You Can’t Be Serious, both at 21h00. Choose you must, however, but you won’t be disappointed. David Isaacs and Oscar Petersen portray Boeta Gamat and Boeta Joe in the final season of their ten-year-long production, while local laugh Nik Rabinowitz will have you rolling on the floor during his solo show.
The Concert Hall plays host to South African theatre legend David Kramer and his latest offering, Breyani, at 21h30. Featuring handsome singer Loukmaan Adams and a talented band, this is Kramer’s first Mother City performance in many years. A delicious mix of melodies and much-loved folk songs, Breyani will have you licking your lips in anticipation of the new year.
I’ve seen three of these shows in the past two weeks and loved them all. Tickets are selling fast so if you want to dance, sing or laugh your way into the next decade, get your tickets soon.
Shows will end early to allow audience members to meet in the foyer in time for the new year. Pop a champagne cork, start the countdown and say hello to 2011 in theatrical style!