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Madiba the Musical

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by Belinda Price (subscribe)
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2018 marks the centenary of Nelson Mandela and 25 years since the abolition of apartheid in South Africa. Melbourne is celebrating when it stages the first English language production of Madiba the Musical.

Madiba the Musical will take place at the Comedy Theatre for a limited season from 3 to 28 October. It's a soul-stirring celebration of the visionary leader Nelson Mandela. The epic show pays tribute to the charismatic icon and activist whilst exploring the struggles, racial conflicts and divisions behind his unyielding crusade for reconciliation in South Africa.

After an extensive international search, Perci Moeketsi will play the role of Nelson Mandela. Ruva Ngwenya will star as Winnie Mandela.

Image supplied by Cavanagh PR

Tim Omaji, also known by stage name Timomatic, will perform the role of Sam Onatou, a young black activist who's arrested in South Africa. In prison, he meets the man known as Madiba (Nelson Mandela). Tarisai Vushe plays Sam's fiancee Sandy who works for the family of a white policeman, Peter Van Leden, played by Blake Erickson.

Madeline Perrone plays the policeman's daughter Helena, who Sandy asks to help free Mandela. Barry Conrad will star as Sandy's younger brother William, who falls in love with Helena.

Nelson Mandela, Image from MABIDA the Musical Facebook page

Other members of the cast include David Denis, Courtney Bell and Riley Sutton.

Also, the Melbourne Museum is hosting Mandela My Life: The Official Exhibition from 22 September until 3 March 2019.

Following the Melbourne season, Madiba the Musical will tour Sydney, Canberra, Perth and Adelaide. A short season in Warrnambool will be staged from 27 to 29 September.

Come and honour Nelson Mandela at the Comedy Theatre when you attend a performance of Madiba the Musical from 3 to 28 October.
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Why? Commemorate the life of Nelson Mandela with this musical
When: 3 - 28 October
Phone: 136 100
Where: Comedy Theatre, 240 Exhibition St, Melbourne
Cost: $90.00 to $153.00 plus booking fee
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