As we get closer to the opening of The Way We Were – we asked the beautiful and wonderful Cat Simoni a few questions about herself and her fantastic show!
In fifty words or less, describe your show. I tell Barbra’s early story, the Brooklyn days before she crossed over the old moon river into Manhattan and became a star. The things she had to go through to achieve what she did are incredible. Through the story I sing the songs that influenced her and the unforgettable songs that shot her to stardom. What comes through is her astonishing spirit, chutzpah, and humour. The one and only Funny Girl!
Why did you choose Barbra Streisand to pay tribute to? Babs was quite a gal, gutsy, resilient, and uber talented! A friend of mine said hey why don’t you do a Barbra Tribute, you are one of the few people who could really do it justice with your voice. I thought well, nothing like stepping completely outside of your comfort zone…here goes!
Without giving too much away – what’s your favourite moment of the show? When Barbra auditions for her first smash hit part in a Broadway musical, and takes everyone completely by surprise!
Who are your other musical/theatrical influences and heroes? I love Bernadette Peters, Julie Andrews, Maggie Smith, Bette Midler,
What got you into the theatre? My writer and creative director, Paul Spence. He said ‘you are more than just a cocktail singer, you can make them laugh, make them cry, talk to them, tell them stories, love them and let them love you!
Do you remember your first performance? Tell us about it. Yes, it was a performance of my London story, From West End to Broadway & Beyond! at The Schlesinger Theatre in KZN. Suddenly I had a script, a show, a structure, a beginning and an end, and a whole lot of people to keep entertained in between! Scary stuff but exhilarating!
What is one of the funniest/most memorable moments you’ve had while performing? I guess it would be when I was performing I dreamed a Dream at The Grande Roche and a German table were chatting up a storm and focusing on their chocolate mousse, I picked up a spoon and helped myself in the middle of the song! They loved it, they laughed out loud.
Tell us a bit about your time in London – where were you performing? I spent 10 years performing at some of London’s top hotels and private clubs, like The Ritz, The Dorchester, The Carlton, Mayfair, Berkeley Square Casino, Reform Club and Royal Automobile Club. I met some extraordinary characters in these places, (some of them are in my London story) and performed for the crème de la crème of London’s high society!
Why have you returned to SA? I’ll give you 3 good reasons! Zac, Mia & Olivia. 3 kids needing an outdoor, healthy childhood, under the African sun. Oh and lots of bonding with Granny & Grampa!
What’s next on the list for you after the Rosebank Theatre? I’m performing at Diemersfontein on the weekend of the 11-13th April and am also very excited about my new Ella Fitzgerald show, Cat Sings Ella! at Auto & General Theatre on the Square, Sandton, May 13th – 24th. Right after that Jacques Brel, So Alive, So Well! (Jacques Brel meets gorgeous Francois Hardy in Paris) in Jo’burg in June.
Anything else you would like to add? I’m really looking forward to the cozy intimacy of the new Rosebank Theatre. Perfect for my Barbra. Can’t wait!
The Way We Were opens on the 1st April: 20:00
Dates: 1st April – 10th April and 12th April (No Show on Friday 11th April)
Tuesdays – Saturdays
Pensioners and Students: R60
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