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Sing! A South African and American Musical Holiday Celebration

Members say: Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful, Refreshing, Enchanting

About the show

Obie-winning South African performer Thuli Dumakude (a longtime Rafiki in Broadway's 'The Lion King') leads an international ensemble of female singers in this multicultural holiday celebration.

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'Sing!' combines traditional American holiday music with the joyous songs and dances of a South African township Christmas celebration. Songs are performed in English and Zulu, and accompanied by a live band.

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Times Square Chronicles

"So musically thrilling that if you don’t feel uplifted and ready for the holiday season, you seriously have a heart two sizes too small…Dumakude’s powerful vocals are sensational and through the roof….I actually wish there had been more of a book because I was riveted…The music permeates your soul and will have you in your chair dancing. I found I could not keep from moving as the beats are so infectious...Here are the sounds of a nation bringing forth its soul." Full Review

Manhattan Digest

"A heartwarming night of music that engages both the soul and mind…All six individuals in this ensemble piece create a truly unique holiday experience that is joyous, touching, and even educational…This is by no means a splashy spectacle, but it is not intended to be. With this group, raw energy and talent is more than enough...Regardless of your religious beliefs or non-beliefs, you’ll be hard-pressed not to leave 'Sing!' without a spirit of joy and gratitude." Full Review

NY Theatre Guide

"A wide range of music from the South African songbook performed with gusto and positivity…An emotional and uplifting production that will have you clapping, cheering, and ululating throughout…It’s a non-stop journey through the sounds of a country brimming with story…It is packed full of effervescent happiness, as well as touching reflection. It’s a gift from one country to another…I promise you it will get under your skin, pulse in your veins, and stir your dancing feet." Full Review

Theater Pizzazz

"An infectious blend of South African and American holiday tunes…Dumakude is a warm and commanding host, easy to be heard and felt as she kindly shares her love of country and natural skill for entertaining…Even if she weren’t a virtuosic performer, the sheer energy and determination to bring happiness to her adoring audience would shine through. As such, she sings richly and effortlessly, showcasing a beautifully seasoned performance style. " Full Review


"Everyone stood to their feet laughing, dancing and singing throughout the musical. The electricity was contagious and the feeling was shared by everyone...The most moving part of the evening is when Thuli sings a tribute to Nelson Mandela...The audience couldn’t do anything but simply sit in awe of her voice...If you are looking to expand upon your usual 'getting into the holiday season' rituals, then I recommend 'Sing!'" Full Review

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Uplifting, Delightful, Refreshing, Harmonious, Cultural

See it if Catchy upbeat music by 4 singers, a drummer, and an instrumentalist, interspersed with interesting South African cultural stories.

Don't see it if You are looking for an overall dramatic narrative.

Delightful, Enchanting, Refreshing, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You want to really 'have some fun!', as she says in the show. If you want something outside the box for the holidays, this is for you.

Don't see it if Take a chance! Just go!!

Entertaining, Fun, Great singing

See it if you like audience interaction and you'd like to see a holiday concert that combines Western and African musical traditions.

Don't see it if audience interaction makes you uncomfortable, you don't like sing alongs, and you need a story.

Also I'm only rating this show low because I had my own expectations after ... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if Like Wonderful African singing, and audience participation. Learning about a new culture. Excellent singing voices, by the 3 women. Fun

Don't see it if Don't like the African dialect, a lot of different instruments, being played, bt 2 people.

Delightful, Refreshing, Entertaining, Great singing, Inclusive

See it if you want to hear good singing and sing along for 2 songs

Don't see it if you only like to see things you already know about

Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Joyous, Involving

See it if you want to smile from ear to ear for 90 minutes; you want to see performers enjoying themselves and you want to escape the season doldrums

Don't see it if If you are looking for a play, this is more of a concert; you do not want to have fun or sing Xmas songs along with the performers;

Clever, Delightful, Refreshing, Resonant, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy South African music and personality.

Don't see it if you have no interest in the South African beat.

Inspiring, Great singing, Joyous, Small ensemble - big impact

See it if you enjoy South African music in a casual intimate format with fun audience participation.

Don't see it if you're expecting traditional holiday music or a polished performance.

Also Up front we were told that this show was put together as a last minute... Read more Read less

Funny, Must see, Refreshing, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if Want an uplifting amazing night of theatre. I even sang when Santa Claus is coming to town into the mic. That's how inspiring this is. Sing

Don't see it if See it.

Refreshing, Relevant

See it if You enjoy South African music

Don't see it if You are expecting a highly polished production

Also If she forgets the Mandela song, remind her! Beautiful and moving

Uplifting, Delightful, Great singing, Masterful musicians

See it if you want to be lifted out of your seat by powerful singing and master musicians

Don't see it if if you don't like some audience participation, expect something totally scripted, or don't appreciate music from other cultures.

Also I had a smile on my face all night and was swaying and tapping my feet... Read more Read less

Delightful, Enchanting, Quirky, Refreshing, Resonant

See it if like world music, appreciate timeless folksongs, enjoy audience participation, like your heart warmed by universal human experiences.

Don't see it if expect dialog, fancy costumes, staging or musical arrangements, name stars.

Ambitious, Delightful, Refreshing, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if Enjoy cultural music

Don't see it if If you are looking for a glamorous stage production

Jubilant, warm, Familly-friendly

See it if you want a concert with bits of storytelling, rather than an actual play or musical. There's not much of a fourth wall here, either.

Don't see it if You prefer conventional theatre.

Delightful, Enchanting, Must see, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if See it for the pure joy you will get in glistening to this group. They will transport you to a whole new level of delight.

Don't see it if See it!!! You won't be sorry. I cannot imagine anyone not being delighted and moved by the singers.

Also Thule Dumakinde and her small but magical group performed the best mul... Read more Read less

Enchanting, Resonant, Great singing

See it if You want to see a great female vocalist and performer, Thuli Dumakude

Don't see it if You're sure you don't enjoy African music.

During previews
Delightful, Great singing

See it if A lovely evening of traditional music from South Africa with a splash of tradional holiday carols and songs

Don't see it if If you don't like Paul simons "Graceland "

During previews
Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, I had no hope of holiday spirit (thanks to trump) but this super show took me to my happy place thanks to ms. dumakude of lion king fame.

See it if If you can let the great harmony and infectious beat of South African singing sweep you into a joyous celebration. The audience LOVED it!

Don't see it if You're a Fox News type who simply must have a white Santa or it's not a real Christmas. Stay home and sulk.

During previews
Enchanting, Delightful and joyous., Thoroughly entertaining and a balm for the spirits., Cast of five are talented performers and musicians.

See it if You want a lovely 90 minute escape from holiday/winter blues, enjoy music from around the world and are ready to be transported. Loved it.

Don't see it if Don't enjoy S. African culture, playful audience participation, want big production, or don't like world music. Want traditional Amer. Xmas.

Also A group of five of us saw this together and we all loved it. Thuli Dum... Read more Read less

During previews
Delightful, Refreshing, Entertaining, Great singing, Unique

See it if You want to hear world music performed by great singers & musicians. You want a joyful celebration for the holidays

Don't see it if You have no interest in world music. You want a big show w/elaborate sets & costumes.

During previews
Exquisite, Must see, Entertaining, Great singing, Awesome

See it if You want to be blown away. You want to enjoy some great singing and dancing. You want to hear a great story of South African Celebration.

Don't see it if You don't want to hear a concert with great singing and dancing. You do not want to smile and enjoy yourself. You do not want to celebrate.

Also Amazing. Absolutely magnificent. Beautiful voices and great dancing. T... Read more Read less

During previews
Delightful, Refreshing, Relevant, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you have an appreciation for authentic African music: vocal, drums, guitar - and if you like storytelling woven into musical entertainment.

Don't see it if you are looking for a plot-driven musical, or you don't enjoy ethnic songs and instruments.

During previews
Delightful, Refreshing, Entertaining, Intimate

See it if you want refreshingly different music from another land, staged as if some old friends invited you into their living room for a jam session.

Don't see it if you're expecting high production values, a strong narrative arc, or extensive instrumentation.

During previews
Clever, Intelligent, Refreshing, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you enjoy high energy musical performances. The show combines South African traditional songs and instruments with Christmas carols.

Don't see it if you expect a plot or characters. This is a variety show with storytelling, singing and dancing as well as audience participation.

During previews
Refreshing, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You appreciate African culture and enjoy good singing

Don't see it if You want to see a musical with a play, have no interest in African culture, or dislike hearing a foreign language in a show (Zulu)

Also Show would have been more enjoyable to me if there were either subtitl... Read more Read less

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