is one of South Africa’s most established and versatile young performers. Over the last decade, she has crafted a successful stage and screen career in both English and Afrikaans. She has played numerous leading musical theatre roles both locally and abroad; as well as roles on primetime TV and in film.
When she is not performing, Carmen is studying towards her BBA in Marketing. Musical theatre credits include: THE SOUND OF MUSIC (2014/15/17/18), JERSEY BOYS (2012), CABARET (2012/13), MAMMA MIA! (2010), FOOTLOOSE (2009) and HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL LIVE ON STAGE (2009/10). Television credits include: ISIDINGO THE NEED (2016/17), PASELLA (2016/17), BINNELANDERS SUB JUDICE and GETROUD MET RUGBY.
include: LIEN SE LANKSTAANSKOENE and TABLE MANNERS. Award Nominations: Fleur de Cap Theatre Awards - THE SOUND OF MUSIC (2015); Kyknet Silwerskerm Film Award for Best Newcomer - LIEN SE LANKSTAANSKOENE (Awarded 2012) and two Naledi Theatre Awards - HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL LIVE ONSTAGE (2009). Carmen thanks Showtime and DIP for handing her the fishnets. POP!
is a South African musical theatre actress, singer and dancer with an illustrious career of over 25 years in the entertainment industry. She has played leading roles in many musicals including SNOW WHITE AND THE 7 DWARFS, A CHORUS LINE, THE WIZARD OF OZ, CRAZY FOR YOU, WESTSIDE STORY, THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW, CHICAGO (Naledi and Fleur Du Cap awards, best actress in a musical), THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE (Naledi Award nomination best actress in a musical), ASPECTS OF LOVE, CABARET (Naledi and Fleur Du Cap awards best actress in a musical) and most recently in the epic original South African musical, “CALLING ME HOME”.
Sam has sung for statesmen, dignitaries and celebrities; recorded voice-overs and jingles; appeared in adverts and training videos; acted in television soaps; performed on international cruise ships and on international stages as well as written and performed in one-woman cabaret shows and produced corporate theatre events.
Recently Sam was seen in ERFSONDES 2, Season 2 of ASHES TO ASHES, BINNELANDERS, and seasons 6, 7 and 8 of STRICTLY COME DANCING as a judge.
Recent television shows include MELA, MAN CAVE AND JOU MA SE CHEF. Sam is a Life Coach for children and teenagers and has created an expressive arts and life skills program, working with Columbia Leadership Academy, piloted in July 2018. Sam also conceptualized the creative for Joburg Ballet’s gala performance at Montecasino called ‘GRACE AND GRIT….THIS IS THE STUFF WE ARE MADE OF’. www.samanthapeo.com
CRAIG URBANI – Billy Flynn
(CHICAGO South Africa and Europe Tours) Training: B.A Drama, Rhodes University Theatre: THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW (Victory Theatre - JHB, Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre- Durban 1992/93), HAIR (Joburg Theatre 1994), BUDDY - THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY (Joburg Theatre 1993/94, Victoria Palace- London 1995, Strand- London 1997/8, Star Casino- Sydney 1999, Crown Casino- Melbourne 2000), FAME ( U.K. Tour 1997/98), HAPPY AYS THE MUSICAL (U.K. Tour 1999),
I LOVE YOU YOU’RE PERFECT NOW CHANGE (Joburg Theatre/Artscape 1999), GREASE ( ominion Theatre- London 2000/2001, U.K. Tour 2001), ANNIE( Joburg Theatre 2001), CONTACT (Queens Theatre- London 2001/2002), THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE ( Shaftesbury Theatre- London 2002/3, Joburg Theatre 2007), KISS ME KATE (U.K. Tour 2003/4), ROMANCE ( Theatre On The Square 2005), CHICAGO (Teatro at Montecasino, Artscape 2009),
PETER PAN (Joburg Theatre 2014), MORECOMBE (Studio Theatre Montecasino 2015), SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER (State Theatre- Pretoria 2016), THE SOUND OF MUSIC (Natal Playhouse – Durban 2016), WEST SIDE STORY (Joburg Theatre 2017), ROCK OF AGES (Lyric Theatre- Gold Reef City 2017).
TV credits include: SHADO’S, ISIDINGO, BINNELAND, THE WILD, ASHES TO ASHES, SCANDAL.
ILSE KLINK – Mamma Morton
Ilse is a well-known and loved South African actor, singer, and television personality, who obtained her BA DRAMA from Pretoria University (1993).
She is best known for the role of Vanessa Booysens on the daily soap, ISIDINGO. Musical Theatre credits include: MAMMA MIA, RENT, CHICAGO, SHOWBOAT, BIG BAND BLAST, THE FULL MONTY, MENOPAUSE THE MUSICAL, PINOCCHIO PANTOMIME and SISTERS IN SONG.
Theatre credits include: KRISTALVLAKTE, SCORCHED, DOES MY BUM WOBBLE?, CAESAR. Television credits: ROER JOU VOETE, INKABA, 7De LAAN and BROKEN VOWS. Movie credits: STROOMOP, ELLEN PAKKIES, COLD HARBOUR, DIS EK, ANNA and THE PATH.
Award nominations include: Fleur Du Cap for CHICAGO (2005), MAMMA MIA (2012), KRISTALVLAKTE (2017), Naledi award for THE AMEN CORNER (2009).
AWARDS include: Naledi Award, SCORCHED (2016), BIG BAND BLAST (2003), Kyknet Fiesta award, KRISTALVLAKTE (2017), and the Avanti award for ISIDINGO (2000). In addition, Ilse hosted the highest honour, the NATIONAL ORDERS in 2005. She is thrilled to be playing Mamma again, after 10 years.
GRANT TOWERS – Amos Hart
Grant graduated with a BEd in Economic and Management Sciences in 2008 and further with a BA Drama in 2010 both from the University of Pretoria.
Opera credits include: Chorus work in Opera Africa’s LA BOHEME (2009), LA TRAVIATA (2010) and CARMEN (2011), and principle roles in Salon Music’s LA TRAVIATA (2010) and DER ZIGEUNERBARON (2011). Theatre credits include: The lead, Horton the Elephant in SEUSSICAL JR (2013 & 2017), SPAMALOT (2014), HEIDI (2015), SOUND OF MUSIC (2015), ALTYD IN MY DROME (2016 & 2017), FUNNY GIRL (2017), JANICE HONEYMAN’S PINOCCHIO (2017), and AVENUE Q (2018).
Award nominations: Naledi for best supporting/featured performance in a musical/revue: male - JANICE HONEYMAN’S PINOCCHIO (2017). Awards: SAT Mag for best supporting actor in a Musical ALTYD IN MY DROME (2016). Grant is excited to be part of the CHICAGO family.
Craig Arnolds trained at Toynbee Dance School in Port Elizabeth. In 2002, he joined SABT. Theatre credits: ROMEO & JULIET, SWAN LAKE, GIZELLE, LA TRAVITA, DON Q. He toured to Russia for the International Contemporary Festival, danced with the ROYAL DANISH BALLET and performed DADA MASILO’S SWAN LAKE – which toured around Europe.
Other notable achievements include various magazines, newspapers and TV appearances including MORNING LIVE and TOP BILLING.
He was also a Top 10 finalist in KYKNET’S DANS!DANS!DANS! In 2007, he joined Jozi Dance Company and when this company amalgamated with Mzansi Productions in 2008, he joined as a founder member. Recently, Craig Arnolds was the Dance Captain on TUI CRUISES (Mein Shiff) that toured the globe as well as a dancer for BIDVEST with Debbie Rakusin since 2012.
Michael Fullard began his professional acting, singing and dancing career after he graduated in 2015 from Oakfields College with a National Diploma in Musical Theatre and Dance.
Whilst studying he played lead dance roles in FLESH and J’ZEL, he was also part of the South African premiere of CARRIE THE MUSICAL and THE CRADLE WILL ROCK. His professional theatre credits include: SNEEUWITJIE (2016), ANNIE (2016), PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT (2017) and WEST SIDE STORY (2018). Television credits include: STERLOPERS (2013) and MOTHER CITY (2018).
Michael is very excited to be a part of the cast of CHICAGO.
Over the past 15 years Tandi has worked on stage and television as well as behind the scenes as a choreographer, wardrobe co- ordinator, make-up artist and assistant art director.
Theatre credits include: PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (2004); Hunyak in CHICAGO The Musical (2005) and she reprised the role in 2008; Janice Honeyman’s GOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE BEARS (2005); FANGS - THE MUSICAL REVIVAL (2006); WE WILL ROCK YOU (New Zealand 2007), JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR (2011) and HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL (2009) and then toured as resident choreographer (China 2010). Tandi is part of the newly formed JATA (Johannesburg Academy for Theatre Arts).
Being involved in Chicago for a third time is a dream come true for Tandi and dedicates to her performances to her amazingly supportive family, husband and her two beautiful sons, Nathan and Cole. “Without them this would not have possible.”
With a wealth of experience across the different fields of the entertainment industry, Diani is thrilled to return to the stage in her third season of CHICAGO The Musical. Her career began with the acclaimed SOUTH AFRICAN BALLET THEATRE and THE FANTASTIC FLYING FISH DANCE COMPANY.
She made her debut into the world of musical theatre in CHICAGO The Musical (2005), thereafter joining the company for its second season in 2008. Other theatre highlights include WE WILL ROCK YOU, THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE, THE KING AND I and STARLIGHT EXPRESS. With effortless versatility Diani transitions from stage to screen; from actress to producer.
Her film credits include PRETVILLE, FRENCH TOAST, UIT DIE KASKENADES, APRIL, THE LOFT
HOUSE, EPIPHANY and HAATKLOP. On the small screen she’s made waves in STERLOPERS, GETROUD MET RUGBY, RHYTHM CITY, TRIPPE TRAPPE TONE and a list of prominent commercials. Diani strives to live a life of her own design, sharing her passion for life and the arts.
Ferdinand has been part of the SA entertainment industry for over 18 years and has evolved from being a sought-after vocalist and performer to a respected and accomplished Producer, Director, Writer and Choreographer.
His most recent theatre accolade was playing the role of Generaal in VIR.ANDER and Electra in the Roller Skating Musical STARLIGHT EXPRESS. His other theatre credits include CHICAGO – The Musical, WE WILL ROCK YOU and the John Travolta character Tony Manero in SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER.
Ferdinand produced, wrote, directed and choreographed the smash hit musical REIK NA DIE STERRE which was nominated for seven Naledi Awards.
He has also been seen on the small screen in varied featured parts including ISITHEMBISO, GENERATIONS, VILLA ROSA, ISIDINGO, 7de LAAN and SCANDAL. Ferdinand believes versatility is key to a well-balanced career. He recently celebrated the premiere of his faith based feature drama THE LOFT HOUSE and produced and directed a thriller HAATKLOP for the Silwerskerm Filmfees 2018.
Alexandra has performed in musical productions for the Peoples Theatre (THE JUNGLE BOOK, ALADDIN, ALICE IN WONDERLAND) and the children’s television series GALOOBY and KIDEO
. At the age of nine years, Alexandra was accepted into the prestigious Ballet Theatre Afrikan Academy, under the direction of Martin Schonberg. Thereafter joining the professional ballet company.
Following being cast as Dorothy in THE WIZARD OF OZ, Alexandra relocated to Paris where she performed as lead female vocalist in A TRIBUTE TO THE MUSICALS (Theatre Gymnase), E-VOLUTION (Don Camilo), BROADWAY CHRISTMAS CABARET, Maria in WEST SIDE STORY IN CONCERT (Switzerland), Tantomile in CATS THE MUSICAL (Theatre Mogador, Paris).
Choreographic works include various productions at Theatre de l’Ecam. Most recently, Alexandra toured internationally with the CATS THE MUSICAL UK cast. She is thrilled to be part of this production of fame, fortune and … ‘all that jazz’.
Hugo Madeleyn Started his professional career at the age of 19 when he joined the cast of HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL (2010) tour to Asia as a male swing. He then obtained his Bachelors degree in Musical Theatre at Tshwane University of Technology.
Theatre credits include FANTASY OF LIGHTS (2016), MOMENTS (2016), DORINGROSIE (2017). Dance Credits Include AFRIKAANS IS GROOT (2014, 2017), GHOEMA AWARDS (2014), SKOUSPEL (2015) CLASSIC IS GROOT (2017), KRONE 4( 2017). Hugo has worked with Choreographers like David Gouldie, Hayley Bennett-Freidin, Willie Venter, Wesley Lauder, Liam Anthony, Megan Rosenberg, Jason Gilkinson and strives to follow in the footsteps of great Choreographers like “Bob Fosse”.
Not only is Hugo a well-rounded trained dancer and diverse Choreographer, but he has also appeared on the big screen as well. Television Credits include AS JY SING (2013), FILL 101(2016), KNAPSE KARELS (2017
Raquel Munn began her professional musical theatre career after graduating with a National Diploma in Musical Theatre from the Tshwane University of Technology and with an Advanced Two in Classical Ballet from the Royal Academy of Dance in 2004.
Theatre credits include: JOSEPH & THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT (2004/16); MY FAIR LADY (2006); THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW (2008); DISNEY’S BEAUTY & THE BEAST (2008); DISNEY’S HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL-LIVE ON STAGE – Asian Tour (2010); SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN – International Tour (2015/6); SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER (2016).
Raquel also worked for ROYAL CARIBBEAN CRUISE LINES and PRINCESS CRUISE LINES as a featured singer and entertainer. Television credits include: presenter for TIMBERLAND HOMES (Red Pocket Knife), presenter for Verimark. Music credits include: (Lyricist and Vocalist): ‘Give Me Love’ (Soulcandi, 2006); ‘The Way (Ungakhona)’ – Theo Kgosinkwe feat. Raquel (Mafikizolo - EMI, 2011); ‘Black President’(Gallo/Shota Music, 2013). @RackedyRacks raquelmunn.com
Sibusiso Mxosana was born in the small town of Queenstown in the Eastern Cape. His performing arts education began at the Lady Grey Arts Academy in 2010 where he majored in dance studies, music and dramatic arts.
Upon completing matric, he enrolled at the UCT School of Dance to study towards a BMus(dance). He studied there for three years and after that, left to pursue a professional career in Musical Theatre. Further education includes intermediate ballet (Royal Academy of Dance), Tercer Ano Flamenco (Spanish Dance Society), Grade 4 singing (Trinity College).
Theatre credits include CARMEN (Cape Town Opera 2016), A SPARTACUS OF AFRICA national tour (SANDT 2016), WEST SIDE STORY (Fugard Theatre 2017), FUNNY GIRL (Fugard Theatre 2017), KING KONG (Fugard Theatre 2017/18) and PUBLIC CITY THE MUSICAL (Revel Productions 2018).
“Thami” Njoko graduated from the Cape Academy of Performing Arts in 2014, with distinction and has since had an accomplished dancing, singing and acting career.
Shortly after graduating, Thami began his professional career dancing for the Cape Dance Company and Joburg Ballet. Theatre credits Include WESTSIDE STORY (2015, 2017, 2018) and PINOCCHIO PANTOMIME (2017). Dance Company credits Include: CAPE DANCE COMPANY (2014 – 2018); JOBURG BALLET SWAN LAKE and DON QUIXOTE (2015); ARMS & LENGTH DANCE COMPANY (2016 – 2018).
Television credits Include: HONEY 3 THE MOVIE (2015); CINDERELLA LIVE THE MOVIE (2016); LOCENVILLE - COLD SHOULDER MUSIC VIDEO (2016), PALOMA FAITH - LULLABY MUSIC VIDIO (2018). Modelling: TOTAL SPORTS (2016) and VIRGIN ACTIVE (2016).
In his spare time, Thami likes to focus on his own professional contemporary dance company, Arms & Length Dance Company, where he choreographs and directs contemporary trained and Bboy trained dancers. Enjoy the show!
Theatre credits include: LA BURLESQUE; MOFFIE; Janice Honeyman's JACK AND THE BEANSTALK PANTOMIME (2012); STARLIGHT EXPRESS (2013); WEST SIDE STORY, Best Supporting Actor Nomination (The Mercury Durban Theatre Awards); CATS (South Korea & Singapore 2014/15); 'SINGIN IN THE RAIN' (New Zealand, Singapore, Manila, Hong Kong, SA 2015/16); JOSEPH (SA & New Zealand 2016/17). ADAM/FELICIA in the Broadway version of PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT for Norwegian Creative Studios sailing (Spain, Italy, France, Caribbean islands, Jamaica, Mexico 2017/18).
TV credits: reached the top 6 male finalists in the reality TV competition, HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL; SPOTLIGHT South Africa (2008). Modelling: Various local and international modeling campaigns. Jarryd is grateful for all the coaching he receives from his mentors. Jarryd extends a special thanks to Talia Kodesh for training him before rehearsals.
NATASHA VAN DER MERWE
Natasha is a multi-talented actress, singer and dancer with extensive experience in the South African theatre and television industry as well as a voice artist, MC and choreographer.
She achieved distinctions in drama and musical theatre through TRINITY COLLEGE LONDON and dance through ISTD at the WATERFRONT THEATRE SCHOOL and is also a qualified Tap and Modern teacher. Over the last 10 years.
Natasha has performed lead roles in various English and Afrikaans stage productions including DIE VAN AARDES VAN GROOTOOR (2015); SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER (2016) DRAGGING 30 (2015/16), PETER PAN THE PANTOMIME (2014), DORINGROSIE (2017), and ROCK OF AGES (2017). Other theatre credits include MAMMA MIA (2010), SPAMALOT (2014), SISTER ACT (2015), ASPOESTERTJIE (2015), ROBIN HOOD AND THE BABES IN THE WOOD PANTOMIME (2016).
Natasha has also starred in several national and international TV COMMERCIALS and presented on 101.9 CHAI FM, 2 OCEANS VIBE and MIX 93.8FM Radio. Natasha is delighted to join the cast of the international touring production of CHICAGO.
STEPHAN VAN DER WALT
Stephan van der Walt graduated with a B.Tech degree in Musical Theatre (Cum Laude) from Tshwane University of Technology. He started his professional career dancing in the 1950’s Afrikaans Movie Musical PRETVILLE (2012) thereafter joining the international tour of JERSEY BOYS (2013) followed by SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN (2015) as well as JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECNICOLOR DREAMCOAT (2016).
Other local productions include REIK NA DIE STERRE and LIEFLING DIE MUSICAL. He is also a freelance dancer for corporate functions and has been choreographing for school productions since 2009.
Stephan recently returned from abroad where he performed as singer/dancer on Oceania Cruise lines touring the Mediterranean and the Caribbean. Stephan is very thankful to be sharing all the jazz of this iconic musical.
BRITTANÉ VAN LOGGERENBERG
Brittané is a professional dancer, singer and actress. She began her career after graduating from The Waterfront Theatre College in 2015 with Advanced 2 levels in ballet, modern and tap as well as obtaining her LTCL in musical theatre through the Trinity College London.
Musical theatre credits include: GUYS AND DOLLS, LEGALLY BLONDE THE MUSICAL and THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE. She performed as a dancer in the RED SHOW at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi for 12 months (2016-2017). Her most recent theatre production was WEST SIDE STORY at Artscape Opera House (2018).
Film credits include: A CINDERELLA STORY: IF THE SHOE FITS (Warner Brothers) and IRIS WARRIORS (DonRoy Productions). She has also been featured in TV commercials such as Sony and ABSA. She can’t wait to ‘razzle and dazzle’ in this spectacular musical, CHICAGO.
LESEGO VAN NIEKERK
Lesego is a well-versed dancer whose career began when she was discovered by the touring company of AFRICAN FOOTPRINT (2008.) She continued to perform with the company in a lead role for the next 5 years while completing her BCOM Economics degree at UNISA (2013).
Lesego performed in the moving productions of WINNIE THE OPERA and WEST SIDE STORY. Major corporate performances include BIDVEST ANNUAL AWARDS (2008-2017), FIFA CONGRESS (2003), EOH SPRING BALL (2017/18), CERAMIC INDUSTRIES (2012-2017), SOUTH AFRICAN MUSIC AWARDS (2014), SOUTH AFRICAN FILM AND TELEVISON AWARDS, KORA AFRICA AWARDS (2012), CLASSICS IS GROOT (2017).
Television credits include BACKSTAGE, EXPRESSO, STRICTLY COME DANCING plus live in-concert performances in LIRA CAPTURED TOUR and 1 ST DECADE.
More prestigious performances include an NAUGURAL PERFORMANCE (2009) and SOUTH AFRICA YEAR IN CHINA (2014). Lesego is grateful and excited to be a part of this production of CHICAGO!