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The critics are saying “be prepared to be blown away” – goingplacessa.com and “they had the opening night audience on their feet” – artSMart, and are even comparing their performance to the likes of Il Divo. They are raving about VIVA! a stunning, one-of-a-kind Thai pop-opera group who are taking Southern Africa by storm.
VIVA! features five singing sensations - baritones Bodin Piyatanasirikul and Tulanan Narasetapisarn, sopranos Fueanglada ‘Organ’ Prawang and Kamonporn Huncharoen, and tenor ‘Film’ Thanapat Yartcharoen - from Thailand who, together, perform exciting renditions of both classical and popular contemporary hit songs, ultimately offering up a veritable musical feast on a golden platter. These operatic songbirds are classically trained and have been wowing audiences in their home country since their triumphant debut there almost two years ago.
Don’t miss the super-group when they perform for three aurally-explosive weeks at The Fringe at Joburg Theatre, after their short stint in Kwa-Zulu Natal, where are already enjoying sold-out performances. The tour will then see the fabulous five dazzling audiences in Port Elizabeth, East London and Grahamstown.
From Josh Groban to Greenday, VIVA’s eclectic renditions will unite music lovers across the music genres and will leave their audiences breathlessly applauding for more.
From 29 May to 16 June, The Fringe at Joburg Theatre
Performance details Season: Tuesday 29 May to Saturday, 16 June 2012 Tuesdays to Fridays at 20h15 Saturdays at 18h00 and 20h15 Sundays at 14h30
Tickets cost R170 and R190. Groups of 10 or more receive a 10% discount Full House Bookings (251 seats) cost R120.00 per ticket.
For Group and Full House Bookings contact the theatre’s VIP Ticketing on 011 877 6853/4.
VIVA! are still touring the following performance venues around South Africa: Seabrook Theatre in Durban from Monday 22nd May to Saturday 26th May – book tickets at www.computicket.com Opera House in Port Elizabeth from Monday 18th June to Saturday 23rd June – book tickets at www.computicket.com Guild Theatre in East London on Wednesday 27th June – book tickets at theatre box office National Festival of the Arts at the Grahamstown Bowling Club on Friday 29th June, Saturday 30th June and Sunday 1st July – book tickets at www.computicket.com
For more information about VIVA! and their upcoming performances in South Africa and Asia visit the website www.vivapopopera.com