OH, WHAT A NIGHT!
&SCENE will be ending Season 1 of TOGETHER AGAIN on a high when it celebrates the runaway worldwide smash hit musical JERSEY BOYS on Saturday, 10th June at 19h00 CAT in its final episode.
Members of the creative team and cast of the 2013 South African hit production will reunite in studio for a night of fun, memories and a nostalgic reminder of those unforgettable Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons hits.
Joining host David Bloch in the virtual studio will be Richard Hester, Jonathan Smith and Maye-E Wong, live from New York, while Danny Austin joins from Alberta, Canada. South African producer Hazel Feldman will be in studio as well.
Cast members will include Grant Almirall, Daniel Buys, Emmanuel Castis, Kenneth Meyer, Jaco Van Rensburg, Taryn Hudson, Carmen Pretorius and Kirsten Murphy.
Zinah Rose will keep the viewers updated with all socials on the night.
Jersey Boys tells the real-life story of how four poverty-line kids from the wrong side of the tracks became one of the greatest successes in pop music history.
The Four Seasons: Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi wrote their own songs, invented their own sounds and sold 175 million records globally – all before they were thirty!
The unique sounds of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons have been covered by many of today’s pop artists, proving the diverse appeal and appreciation of this music as it lives on through the generations.
The storyline weaves a tale about friendships, hardships, fights and the success resulting from a New Jersey “handshake”.
Tune in online on Saturday 10th June at 19h00 CAT at &SCENE.
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* All guests appear on the show Subject to Availability.
TOGETHER AGAIN: JERSEY BOYS is completely free to stream, but if viewers are in a position to do so, please consider making a donation towards WAITING IN THE WINGS SA via www.andscene.live/donate.
These invaluable donations will go towards the #WaitingInTheWingsSA initiative which provides immediate support to freelance entertainers who have fallen on hard times due to the current crisis. All funds donated go directly to those in need, administered by One Small Act of Kindness.
IT’S A WRAP!
TOGETHER AGAIN: JERSEY BOYS, the 8th episode in the series, will be the final episode of Season 1 of TOGETHER AGAIN, ending it on a high note.
Other South African productions that have been re-united each Saturday evening to a great viewers’ response, have included Hairspray, RENT, Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story ’93, African Footprint, Mamma Mia!, West Side Story ’95 as well as the Waiting In The Wings Live Concert as a fundraiser for #WaitingInTheWingsSA.
Exciting plans for Season 2 will be announced in the near future.
Says Producer, Drew Bakker; “Season 1 of Together Again has been a wonderful trip down memory lane, revisiting iconic moments in South African theatre and has been a great way to raise support and awareness for the plight of the freelancer through these unprecedented times. Our hat tips to the numerous producers, artists, editors, creative teams, our production team and presenters this season: David Bloch, Zinah Rose and Natasha van der Merwe. “
Bakker continues; “Though this season draws its curtain, &SCENE as a network remains dedicated to helping bring positivity, hope and support through the rest of our programming. Thanks for tuning in and for all your support along the way! Watch this space!”
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Additional Behind-The-Scenes “FUN FACTS” on TOGETHER AGAIN:
In the production of each show:
Well over 60 hours of planning, arranging special music and preproduction time for each episode.
Rights and permission are sought from international rights holders and local producers weeks in advance.
Numerous emails and phone calls arranging for videos inviting the entire company to be part of our finale.
Numerous emails and phone calls arranging our in-studio guests.
Over 10 hours per week co-ordinating music for the show with our Music Producer.
3 hour production meeting mid-week putting together the content for each show.
Two editors spends roughly 50+ hours of editing per episode. This includes opening credits, a show montage, a solo music item, an archive segment, a full company music video, end credits, and a trailer for the next week’s episode.
159 videos were received and edited.
9 Hours of technical rehearsal every Friday for with the show’s live guests.
3 hours of additional technical run with the &SCENE team before the show on Saturdays.
The entire team is on standby in greenrooms with the guests half an hour before showtime.
Director Drew Bakker is constantly in communication with our host via a private chat.
Behind the scenes, two assistant producers bring every guest through a green room check thirty minutes before and brings them in and out of studio all night.
The technical team is on a call all night with director Drew Bakker, while technical director Luke Draper arranges all technical shifts with his associate Kuba Silkiewicz.
The show has raised over R100 000 for artists in need, across various initiatives, since &SCENE’s inception in April 2020.
The shows to date have included 105 guests from around the world.
Our largest finale to date has involved more than 55 performers.
The very first episode bringing together the company of HAIRSPRAY was put together by a skeletal team of five in four days.
The show has been streamed from the USA, UK to China and around the world more than 20,000 times.
Behind-the-scenes &SCENE Team:
Drew Bakker Producer and Director
Rowan Bakker Content Producer
Bryan Schimmel Music Producer
Kelly Fraser Assistant Producer
Erin Hrustinszky Assistant Producer
Luke Draper Technical Director
Kuba Silkiewicz Associate Technical Director
Collett Dawson Publicist & Strategist
Janice Leibowitz Social Media
Natasha Van Der Merwe Host (episodes 1-4)
David Bloch with Zinah Rose Host & Co-Host (episodes 5-8)