Rockville 2069: A Rock Musical set to challenge the status quo.
Rockville 2069, the creative brainchild of composer Johnny Ray, is a rocking contemporary musical – set to create a major paradigm shift in this particular genre. The most simplistic description tagged to this musical is, “An explosive mix of rock music meets the future with a delicious techno edge.” The futuristic rock musical is a love story set against the backdrop of a post-apocalyptic world, steeped in philosophies characterised by the 60’s and 70’s rebellion phase.
Johnny Ray dreamed up the concept of communicating the story through a graphic novel, after noticing the gap in the market for a production – allowing for the combination of the current zeitgeist taste for sweeping sci-fi fantasies with a decidedly lyrical mode of execution, at a comic festival. His revelation led to the decision to further explore the sci-fi theme by means of a graphic novel – launching the new-fangled epic on both the music- and literary scenes.
Interest in the project spread like wildfire, and soon Ray had his pick off creatives wanting in on the revolutionary project. In the end, Espresso – the graphic team under direction of Brendan Mitchell – and story board artist, Leandro van der Westhuizen made the cut. In the rendering stage, illustrator Mary Jane Oliver climbed on board.
Technical production began three months ago. This has culminated in a 40-page graphic novel that provides an engaging visual journey – perfectly complimenting the soundtrack. While the graphic novel provides an enhanced experience, it is the musical itself creating the major stir amongst would be audiences.
The unique nature of the project provides an exciting showcase for the varied group of dynamic vocalists, including Joseph Clark, Andries Botha and Michael Naranjo.
Bit more on Clark, Botha and Naranjo.
Joseph Clark has an extensive ballet and musical theatre background. He is well known for his sought-after corporate entertainment in South Africa, Europe and USA. He recently returned from the Netherlands as lead vocalist in The Queen Experience – staged in Gelredome Soccer Stadium. The Queen Experience was showcased to over 30 000 people.
Andries Botha is a prolific home-grown talent known for his incredible vocal ability and range, including everything from heavy metal to classical compositions. Having recently made his mark on the audio-visual and arrangements scene, Botha is also recognised for his work on the ‘Boetie’ show with Werner Fensham, for his lead guitar spot in the band that featured on ‘Dis hoe dit is, met Steve’-on kykNET, as well as his acclaimed album ‘Blou Planeet’.
Michael Naranjo – Hailed as one of the best songwriters the South African industry, Michael found his calling as music producer while working at the David Gresham recording studio. With this type of talent bolstering the production, it is no wonder the announcement of the show is causing such a stir. Keep an eye out for upcoming showcases on more of the artists involved.
Concert for the CD Launch of Rockville 2069 takes place on Saturday the 18th of August at Kelvin Grove in Newlands, Cape Town.
Doors open at 20h00, show starts at 20h30.
Do not miss this once-in-a-lifetime show!
Tickets: R 120 – R 400 per person at Webtickets: http://www.webtickets.co.za/event.aspx?itemid=379823991
Standard ticket price: R 120 – This would exclude the graphic novel and CD, but would include a ticket to the concert, welcome drinks and food (and after celebration of sushi and champagne).
The graphic novel and CD will be on sale afterwards.
Premium ticket price: R 285 Food and refreshments on arrival, and a special edition gift pack which includes the graphic novel and the CD. After party includes sushi and champagne.
Please note: If a couple only require one graphic novel and CD – it’s R 200 per person – which means R400 in total.
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