Big-name show pays tribute to the Lux

The once iconic theatre Luxurama in Wynberg is to be remembered in a new production. The cast includes Terry Fortune, Terry Hector, Loukmaan Adams, Niesha Abrahams, Leslie Kleinsmith, Giempie Vardien, Nur Abrahams and Felicity Keran.
The once iconic theatre Luxurama in Wynberg is to be remembered in a new production. The cast includes Terry Fortune, Terry Hector, Loukmaan Adams, Niesha Abrahams, Leslie Kleinsmith, Giempie Vardien, Nur Abrahams and Felicity Keran.

The once iconic theatre Luxurama in Wynberg is to be remembered with a new production as a tribute to the grand old dame.

Remembering the Lux is set to be a highlight of the festive season.

The play, which is written and directed by Alistair Izobell and Baxter CEO and artistic director Lara Foot, will bring to life and celebrate its history through stories and classic hit songs in this first-ever homage to the legendary Luxurama, built in 1963 by Ronnie Quibell.
“I am personally so excited to be honouring the Luxurama Theatre, which was home to so many of this city’s audiences during its heyday”, Alistair says.
This is a first-time collaboration between Alistair and Lara, both accomplished and respected artists in their respective genres.
The Baxter has launched a special Facebook page called The Lux and members of the public are encouraged to join and share their memories, pictures and stories about this once statuesque and vibrant entertainment centre.

“We would like to invite local audiences to join us in this festive season celebration as we pay tribute to the Lux and urge them to share their memories and stories with us on this specially-created Facebook page,” Alistair says.

Luxurama Theatre became a vital cultural hub for many integrated audiences and it preceded the Three Arts Complex in Diepriver, which was also established by the Quibell brothers. It was the first theatre complex to host mixed audiences during apartheid.
Many top international artists, such as Connie Francis, Dusty Springfield, Engelbert Humperdink, Tom Jones, Percy Sledge, Peaches and Herb, Petula Clark, Jose Feliciano, Dobie Gray, Joe Dolan and Lovelace Watkins performed at the Luxurama. Local stars Taliep Petersen, Zayn Adam, Jonathan Butler, Richard Jon Smith, Ricardo, Ronnie Joyce and Lionel Petersen are just a few of the music sensations who appeared on the boards. Well-known South African bands like the Rockets, the Bats, Rabbit and Ballyhoo were among the groups who battled it out.

Alistair has assembled a stellar ensemble for this seasonal show, featuring himself, Terry Fortune, Terry Hector, Loukmaan Adams, Niesha Abrahams, Leslie Kleinsmith, Giempie Vardien, Nur Abrahams and Felicity Keran, accompanied by a six-piece live band led by Donveno Prins.

Most of them have, at some point in their own careers, performed at the Lux.
“Almost the entire cast in this production has performed on that stage and for all of us, to be able to bring back those memories, I regard it as a blessing. Teaming up with Lara, who had tremendous success with her production of Scrooge at the Baxter two years ago, is another highlight of my career so far,” he says.
The cast will share anecdotes as they sing familiar and perennially popular songs, such as “Where the Boys Are”, “Il Mondo”, “Spanish Eyes”, “Stay Beside Me”, “Puppy Love”, “My Life” and “Delilah”, guaranteed to get audience members singing along and dancing in their seats.
Remembering the Lux runs from Thursday 3 December to Wednesday 9 January. Tickets are available from Computicket on 0861 915 8000, at www.computicket or at any Shoprite Checkers store.

For discounted corporate or group block bookings, fundraisers or charities contact Sharon Ward on 021 680 3962 or sharon.ward@uct.ac.za or Carmen Kearns on 021 680 3993 or carmen.kearns@uct.ac.za during office hours.

For more information visit www.baxter.co.za or The Lux or BaxterTheatre on Facebook.


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