Project Description

Kat and the Kings (Broadway)

Kat and the Kings (Broadway)

KAT AND THE KINGS with book & lyrics by David Kramer and music by Taliep Petersen opened on Broadway at the Cort Theatre on Aug 19, 1999 and closed on Jan 02, 2000 after 15 previews and 157 performances.

Produced by Harriet Newman Leve, Judith Rosenbauer and David Rosenbauer; Produced in association with Richard Frankel, Marc Routh, Willette Klausner, Kardana-Swinsky Productions, David Kramer, Taliep Petersenand Renaye Kramer; Produced by special arrangement with Paul Elliott, Nick Salmon and Lee Menzies; Associate Producer: Patrick Molony

Directed by David Kramer; Musical Staging by David Kramer; Choreographed by Jody J. Abrahams and Loukmaan Adams; Scenic Design by Saul Radomsky; Costume Design by Saul Radomsky; Lighting Design by Howard Harrison; Sound Design by Orbital Sound and Sebastian Frost; Music arranged by Taliep Petersen; Musical Director: Jeff Lams.

Starring Jody J. Abrahams (Young Kat Diamond), Loukmaan Adams (Bingo), Junaid Booysen (Ballie), Terry Hector(Kat Diamond), Alistair Izobell (Magoo) and Kim Louis (Lucy Dixon).

Understudies: E. Clayton Cornelious (Ballie, Magoo, Bingo), Pia Glenn (Lucy Dixon), Alistair Izobell (Young Kat Diamond) and Rudy Roberson (Kat Diamond).

Associate Lighting Design: Andrew Voeller; Assistant Lighting Design: Jeffrey M. Whitsett.

General Manager: Richard Frankel Productions and David W. Caldwell; Company Manager: Steven H. David

Technical Supervisor: Peter Fulbright, Elliot Bertoni, Eric Hansen and Tech Production Services, Inc.; Production Stage Manager: Pat Sosnow; Stage Manager: Paul J. Smith; Assistant Stage Manager: Laurie Goldfeder.

US Casting: Jay Binder; General Press Representative: Helene Davis Publicity; Advertising: SPOTCo, Inc.; Marketing/Promotions: TMG – The Marketing Group; Marketing Consultant: Marcia Pendelton; Online Marketing by Toby Simkin / BuyBroadway Online Inc.; Promotions: Leanne Schanzer; Photographer: Jill Furman and Johan Wilke.

Musical Supervisor: Gary Hind; Musical Coordinator: John Miller; Conducted by Jeff Lams; Associate Conductor: Francisco Contento; Keyboard: Jeff Lams; Guitar: Jerome Harris; Bass: Francisco Centeno; Drums: Warren Odze; Sax / Flute: Mark Gross; Trumpet: Ravi Best; Music Copying: Emily Grishman.

Dedicated to Salie Daniels.

As Founder and CEO of and  The pioneer in moving the Broadway industry onto the internet. Press branded me as “Toby is the man pushing theatre, kicking and screaming, into cyberspace.” The Broadway theatre supersite Buy Broadway OnlineWhat started in 1989 as a Broadway industry service called ShowCall via dialup BBS for members of the League of American Theatre Producers evolved onto the world wide web in 1993, and shortly after this, the vast majority of Broadway shows (starting with my production of Victor/Victoria) and theatrical organizations followed. Described by Variety Magazine as a “marketing powerhouse“, it was the single largest theatre community in the world with over 180,000 active members. The global theater supersite theatre.comFrom buying official Broadway tickets and souvenirs, providing detailed global show listings, interactive show study & educational guides, live streaming shows and events (including many Opening Nights), industry news from major theatre journalists, pictures and videos, games, messaging directly to Broadway cast’s backstage or even licensing a musical, offered it all in a single, easy-to-use interface to theatregoers across North America and globally. The “Super site of Broadway” became a publicly traded company, prior to my re-branding it as at the Minskoff Theatre.

Kat and the Kings is set in late-1950s South Africa, it focuses on teenager Kat Diamond, who believes he’s the best singer and dancer in District Six, a multi-racial slum in Cape Town. With his friends Ballie, Magoo, Bingo, and Lucy, he forms the a cappella group the Cavalla Kings, and the quintet – emulating the American doo wop and rock and roll they adore – becomes a sensation, graduating from street corners to “whites only” nightclubs (where the dictates of apartheid force them to use the rear entrance) and a recording contract.

Kat and the Kings

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