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Sarafina!   

Cort Theatre, (1/28/1988 - 7/02/1989)
First Preview: Jan 19, 1987 Total Previews: 11
Opening Date: Jan 28, 1988    
Closing Date: Jul 02, 1989 Total Performances: 597

Category: Musical, Original, Broadway


Production Staff
Theatre Owned / Operated by The Shubert Organization (Gerald Schoenfeld: Chairman; Bernard B. Jacobs: President)
Produced by Lincoln Center Theater (Gregory Mosher: Director; Bernard Gersten: Executive Producer); Produced in association with Lucille Lortel and The Shubert Organization (Gerald Schoenfeld: Chairman; Bernard B. Jacobs: President)
Originally produced by The Committed Artists; First presented in June 1987 at The Market Theatre (Barney Simon, Artistic Director; Mannie Manim, Managing Director)
Book by Mbongeni Ngema; Music by Mbongeni Ngema; Lyrics by Mbongeni Ngema; Additional numbers by Hugh Masekela; Music arranged by Mbongeni Ngema and Hugh Masekela
Conceived by Mbongeni Ngema; Directed by Mbongeni Ngema; Associate Choreographer: Ndaba Mhlongo
Scenic Design by Sarah Roberts; Costume Design by Sarah Roberts; Lighting Design by Mannie Manim; Sound Design by Tom Sorce
LCT General Manager: Steven C. Callahan; LCT Compnay Manager: Lynn Landis; Committed Artists' Company Manager: Mali Hlatshwayo; Company Manager: Rheba Flegelman
LCT Production Manager: Jeff Hamlin; Production Stage Manager: Bruce A. Hoover; Stage Manager: Jerry Cleveland; Assistant Stage Mgr: Monique Martin
Conducted by Ndaba Mhlongo; Keyboards: Master Mathibe and Livy Phahle; Trumpet: Makate Peter Mofolo and Ray Molefe; Lead Guitar: Douglas Mnisi; Drums: Bruce Mwandla; Bass: S'Manga Nhlebela; Saxophone: Lemmy "Special" Mabaso
LCT General Press Representative: Merle Debuskey; Production Consultant: Duma Ndlovu; LCT Director of Development: Sidney Baker Leemoui; LCT Director of Marketing: Thomas Cott; LCT Dramaturg: Anne Cattaneo; Casting: Risa Bramon and Billy Hopkins; Advertising: Russek Advertising; Photographer: Brigitte Lacombe
Cast
Baby Cele
Mistress It's a Pity
Dumisani Dlamini
Crocodile
Khumbuzile Dlamini
Scabha
Lindiwe Dlamini
Teaspoon
Ntomb'khona Dlamini
Magundane
Congo Hadebe
Silence
Thamsanqa Hlatywayo
Bhoboza
Lindiwe Hlengwa
Lindiwe
Leleti Khumalo
Sarafina
Siboniso Khumalo
Siboniso
Mhlathi Khuzwayo
S'Ginci
Police Lieutenant
Police Sergeant
Thandani Mavimbela
Priest
Nonhlanhla Mbambo
Dumadu
Linda Mchunu
China
Pat Mlaba
Colgate
Nandi Ndlovu
Nandi
Nhlanhla Ngema
Stimela Sase-Zola
Thandekile Nhlanhla
Thankdekile
Cosmas Sithole
Timba
Policeman
Kipizane Skweyiya
Kipizane
Harrison White
Harry
Vanessa Williams
Vanessa
Thandi Zulu
Thandi
Tony Award®
1988 Best Musical [nominee]
Produced by Lincoln Center Theater (Gregory Mosher: Director; Bernard Gersten: Executive Producer); Produced in association with Lucille Lortel and The Shubert Organization (Gerald Schoenfeld: Chairman; Bernard B. Jacobs: President)
1988 Best Original Score [nominee]
Music by Mbongeni Ngema; Lyrics by Mbongeni Ngema; Additional numbers by Hugh Masekela
1988 Best Featured Actress in a Musical [nominee]
Leleti Khumalo
1988 Best Choreography [nominee]
Ndaba Mhlongo
1988 Best Choreography [nominee]
Mbongeni Ngema
1988 Best Direction of a Musical [nominee]
Mbongeni Ngema
Drama Desk Award
1988 Outstanding Music [nominee]
Music by Mbongeni Ngema; Additional numbers by Hugh Masekela
music by Mbongeni Ngema; lyrics by Mbongeni Ngema
(Unless otherwise noted)
ACT 1 Sung By
Zibuuylle Emasisweni (It's Finally Happening) Company
Niyayibona Lento Engiyibonayo (Do You See What I See) Company
Sarafina
(music by Hugh Masekela; lyrics by Hugh Masekela)
S'Ginci and Stimela Sase-Zola
The Lord's Prayer Mistress It's a Pity and Company
Yes! Mistress It's a Pity
(music by Mbongeni Ngema and Hugh Masekela; lyrics by Mbongeni Ngema and Hugh Masekela)
Mistress It's a Pity and Company
Give Us Power Thandi, Magundane, Mistress It's a Pity and Company
Afunani Amaphoyisa eSoweto (What Is the Army Doing in Soweto?) Company
Nkosi Sikeleli'Afrika Company
Freedom Is Coming Tomorrow Company
Entr'acte: Excuse Me Baby Please, Please If You Don't Mind Baby, Thank You
(music by Hugh Masekela; lyrics by Hugh Masekela)
Band
ACT 2 Sung By
Meeting Tonight
(music by Hugh Masekela; lyrics by Hugh Masekela)
Thankdekile and Company
Uyamemeza Ungoma Thandi
We Are Guerillas Thankdekile and Company
We Will Fight for Our Land Priest, Thandi, Crocodile and Company
Mama Magundane, Thankdekile, Mistress It's a Pity and Company
Sechaba
(music by Hugh Masekela; lyrics by Hugh Masekela)
Company
Isizwe (The Nation Is Dying) Thankdekile
Goodbye
(music by Hugh Masekela; lyrics by Hugh Masekela)
Mistress It's a Pity
Kilimanjaro Company
Africa Burning in the Sun
(music by Hugh Masekela; lyrics by Hugh Masekela)
Company
Stimela Sasezola Stimela Sase-Zola and Company
Olayithi (It's All Right) Company
Wololo! Company
Bring Back Nelson Mandela
(music by Hugh Masekela; lyrics by Hugh Masekela)
Sarafina and Company