Lights, band, cast…and “a whole lotta shakin’ goin’ on!”
Great Balls of Fire (running at the Pieter Toerien Theatre at Montecasino until the 12th of August 2018), tells the story of the legendary Jerry Lee Lewis.
The cast included Jonathan Roxmouth as Jerry Lee Lewis, Craig Urbani, Clive Gilson, J House, Stephan van Huyssteen, Ashleigh Butcher and Michael Richard.
I must admit – I didn’t know many of the songs before I saw the show, but nonetheless, I had a blast. The cast was phenomenal, the music great and South Africa has once again proven that there is a lot of talent to find in our country.
Now, for those of you who, like me, don’t know much about Jerry Lee Lewis, here is a quick summary. Jerry Lee Lewis was regarded as the wild child of rock and roll. He rose to fame in the 1950s with his songs “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On” and “Great Balls of Fire.” He wanted to become the King of Rock and Roll (but Elvis Presley was already in the spotlight, as it were). Instead he was nicknamed “the Killer.” Why? Because of his “wild boy” attitude, dynamic piano style (pyrotechnics) and was known as one of the pioneers of rockabilly music. It is said that he earned the nickname “The Killer” because he called his acquaintances “killer;” a common phrase that was used for North Louisiana residents after the war.
Back to the show and the leading man Jonathan Roxmouth. The Pieter Toerien Main Theatre is a bit smaller than the Teatro, but has the same acoustics, atmosphere and wonderful layout to host this great show. People had so much fun that many stood up and danced, while others clapped and/or sang along.
Jonathon Roxmouth is superb! He is one of South Africa’s leading musical theatre artists. Over the last 10 years he has established himself as a performer, writer and producer. He is perhaps best known for his role as the Phantom (in The Phantom of the Opera) – he is the youngest artist ever to have played the role! Jonathan performed in many different theatre productions over the years, for example Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, Grease and Evita.
When he is not busy with shows, he writes and produces his own productions alongside Pieter Toerien. He has also recorded a number of cd’s and has won numerous awards with his performances.
All in all, it was a wonderful show and I want to congratulate the cast and backstage crew for this wonderful production. I had a really good time and enjoyed every second!
Bravo Jonathan and the gang!! May your star shine brightly for many, many years to come!!
By: Ezette Viljoen