ECKSTEIN, Eddie. (19**-) Singer, musician, comic and actor. Originally made his name in the 1960s/1970s as leader of the local pop-group The Bats. He starred in Brickhill-Burke’s production of Michael Stewarts I Love My Wife in 1982 at the Civic Theatre together with Tobie Cronje. It returned after a run in Sydney with Bartholomew John, Erica Rogers and Sharon Lynne having joined the cast. Constance Grappo directed him and Andre Hattingh in Howard Ashman and Alan Menken’s Little Shop of Horrors in 1984. ** **
ECKSTEIN, Eddie, Little Shop of Horrors, Pieter Toerien, Richard Loring, (ass. Prod) Cameron Mackintosh, produced by Constance Grappo, set by Edward T. Gianfrancesco, Jannie Swanepoel’s lighting, Andre Hattingh, Mike Huff, Michael Blaise, Vocalists: Stella Khumalo, Connie Chiume & Mandisa Dlanga, André Huguenet Theatre, Jhb & Baxter Theatre, 1985. (Tucker, 1997)
Quoted from the What About Luv? programme notes in 19** wherein he featured: 'Eddie Eckstein was one of the founder members of the group The Bats. When the Bats disbanded in 1980, after a period of 16 years, he then followed a solo career. During his years with the Bats he represented South Africa at the Tokyo Song Festival and his song 'Oh God It's Beautiful', which had been composed by fellow Bat Paul Ditchfield, came 11th out of 35 countries. He took the part of Mannie Bloom in John Cundill's TV series Oh George. He then spent one year in Sydney, Australia, where he appeared in I Love My Wife. Since returning to South Africa in 1983 his theatre appearances have included starring roles in Little Shop of Horrors, Pyjama Tops at The WIld Coast Sun, Not Now Darling and Grin and Bear It. Eddie was one of the comedians in the popular TV show Biltong and Potroast and also took part in the first Laugh Aid in the Sun City Superbowl. He recently did a show in the Algarve, Portugal and regularly appears on TV as one of the hosts on the hugely successful Telly Fun Quiz.'
What About Luv? programme notes, 19**.
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