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Three Jozi boys to star in Priscilla

BY Sinethemba Vitshima 20.04.17

SHOWTIME Management, SA producers of the international hit musical, Priscilla Queen of the Desert announced the three Johannesburg boys who join the all South African cast alternating the role of Benji when the show opens at The Teatro, Montecasino on 29 April.

Eight-year-old Michael Fry, nine-year-old Ashton Mervis and 10-year-old Levi Maron are excited to be making their professional theatre debut in this major production as Benji, the son of lead role Tick played by Daniel Buys (Jersey Boys, West Side Story, Saturday Night Fever). Benji is the real reason Tick convinces his fellow friends Bernadette and Felicia to head off into the desert in a big pink bus for a four-week stint at a hotel casino resort in Alice Springs, the same resort managed by his estranged wife Marion, played by Taryn-Lee Buys (Singin’ in the Rain, Jersey Boys). Interestingly, the roles of the estranged couple are played by real-life husband and wife.

For further information visit www.showtime.co.za or www.montecasino.co.za. Special hospitality packages as well as Show & Stay packages available from Montecasino Hospitality & Corporate Events, 011 3674250 or montecasino.reservations@tsogosun.com. Stay current on the latest news through social media on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. #PriscillaSA

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