Broadway uplifts SA youth

A group of Broadway stars have done their part to get young South Africans into show business.  The...

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A group of Broadway stars have done their part to get young South Africans into show business.

The Broadway in South Africa Initiative runs programmes in <?xml:namespace prefix="st1" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags"?><city w:st="on">Cape Town and <city w:st="on"><place w:st="on">Johannesburg to encourage underprivileged youngsters to get involved in theatre.

Actors from shows like Rent and Hairspray will stage two benefit concerts, one in <city w:st="on">Cape Town on Sunday and <city w:st="on"><place w:st="on">Johannesburg on Monday, to help raise funds for the project.

Funds will also go to Alicia Keys’ Keep a Child Alive Foundation which helps children living with HIV/Aids.

Executive Director Zac Bandler said, “We really are trying to facilitate some of these kids to learn about acting, about playwriting, music and dance in a structured environment. A lot of it is empowerment.”