The show everyone’s talking about, The Greatest Love of All: The Whitney Houston Show, is set to return to Durban’s Sibaya Casino this Christmas for a month-long run of shows at the Izulu Theatre.
Launching just three years ago and leaving hype in its wake ever since, the production has already achieved great successes, opening with a sold-out six week season in Johannesburg 2013 and going on to perform to over 80,000 people so far across the UK, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Dubai and North America.
And South Africans should be proud – the star generating all the excitement is none other than South African songstress Belinda Davids who almost didn’t even audition for the show.
Prompted into auditioning last-minute by a friend, Davids was one of almost 15,000 singers who tried-out for the demanding role, but Director John Van Grinsven knew immediately that she was the star he was looking for:
“Belinda’s voice is astounding on its own, but when you hear her sing Whitney songs in full voice, and with such personal affection, it’s an ethereal experience.”
Audiences and critics around the world are in avid agreement, with reviewers describing Davids’ voice as “staggering”, “mind-blowingly spot on” and “remarkably like Whitney Houston.”
Now the show has changed Davids’ life as she spends months at a time travelling the world on tour and performing at international events such as the Cape Town Rugby 7’s and the Ball Des Weines in Germany where she entertained the German Prime Minister earlier this year.
The upcoming season at Sibaya Casino will be the show’s second visit to Durban after the first took place in 2013 when the show was brand new.
Since then the show has seen vast updates to production and costuming so the experience will be fresh for patrons who’ve seen the show before. Audiences can however be assured that all of Whitney’s greatest ballads and Pop hits will still be on the set-list, including I Will Always Love You, I’m Every Woman, One Moment in Time, Run to You, Saving All My Love, Queen of the Night, I Wanna Dance With Somebody and many more.
“I want people to come and remember Whitney when she was at the top of her game and when she was fabulous”, says Davids, who will be accompanied on stage by a full live band and dancers.
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9 December 2016 to 15 January 2017
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