Kat and the Kings

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Kat and the Kings is a musical with a book and lyrics by David Kramer and music by Taliep Petersen. A celebration of the life and times of Cape musicians of the 1950s and 60s through song, dance and narrative, focusing on the life of one performer, “Kat”. Based on real-life memories of one of the performers, Salie Daniels. First performed in the Dock Road Theatre in Cape Town 1995. Went on to become an enormous success locally and abroad, with two international touring companies playing the West End, Broadway, Frankfurt, Hamburg and Vienna. Won a Laurence Olivier Award as Best New Musical in 1999 (for the 1998 season). Won a Fleur du Cap Award for Best Contribution to a Musical or Revue for the authors in 1999 as well.

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1999: Staged from 7 May to 12 June by Kramer and Petersen in the Baxter Theatre, directed by David Kramer, with Salie Daniels (Kat Diamond), Jody Abrahams (Young Kat Diamond), Loukmaan Adams (Bingo), Junaid Booysen (Ballie) Alistair Izobell (Magoo) and Kim Louis (Lucy Dixon). After 12 June the cast changed to: Danny Butler (Kat Diamond), Elton Landrew (Young Kat Diamond), Kurt Herman (Bingo), Ashley Washing (Ballie) Emraan Adams (Magoo) and Tertia Botha (Lucy Dixon).

2012: A new version produced by David Kramer, Eric Abraham and the Fugard Theatre with young performers such as Dean Balie as Kat Diamond, alongside Carlo Daniels, Grant Peres, Zak Toerien and Amy Trout. Danny Butler who played the older Kat Diamond abroad reprised this role.


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