The Greatest Love of All: The Whitney Houston Show @ Emperors Palace
Casino, 21 June – 8 July 2018
*Presented by Showtime Australia*
Fresh from receiving a well-deserved standing ovation at New York’s most
respected Apollo Theatre – after a mesmerising performance of *“I Will
Always Love You” *on the US hit TV show, *Showtime at The Apollo – *South
African singing sensation Belinda Davids will be jetting home to perform
for local audiences in Johannesburg later this year.
*The Greatest Love Of All: The Whitney Houston Show* is set to make its
début at *Theatre of Marcellus at Emperors Palace* Casino for a three-week
run of spectacular shows this *June and July.*
Davids’ performance at the Apollo Theatre late last year, which captivated
US radio and TV personality Steve Harvey on stage, has been viewed over 10
million times on Facebook to date – cementing Davids as a true global
After winning *BBC TV’s Even Better Than The Real Thing *musical contest in
2017, the lead singer of* The Greatest Love Of All: The Whitney Houston
Show* returns to Johannesburg to once again honour and celebrate the
world’s most loved pop diva – live in concert.
Backed by a seven-piece live band, dancers and stunning theatrical effects,
the vocally-talented Davids takes centrestage in* The Greatest Love Of All:
The Whitney Houston Show* – which is a jaw-dropping musical tribute
experience to one of music’s most loved-icons.
Launching just over five years ago and leaving hype in its wake ever
Greatest Love Of All: The Whitney Houston Show *has already achieved great
international successes, opening with a sold-out six week season in
Johannesburg 2013 and going on to perform to audiences across the UK,
Europe, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Dubai and North America.
Before the show returns to South Africa in June, UK fans are in for a
special treat this April. Davids and the production team will perform a
nationwide UK tour, accompanied by the National Philharmonic Orchestra.
Prompted into auditioning last-minute by a friend, the Port Elizabeth-born
Davids, who now resides in Cape Town, was one of almost 15 000 singers who
tried-out for the demanding role, but Director John Van Grinsven knew
immediately that she was the star he was looking for:
“Belinda’s voice is astounding on its own, but when you hear her sing
Whitney songs in full voice, and with such personal affection, it’s an
ethereal experience,” say Van Grinsven.
The upcoming season at Emperor’s Palace Casino will be the second
Johannesburg visit for the show, after the first took place at the Civic
Theatre in in 2013, resulting in a virtual sell-out musical experience.
Fans can look forward to updates to the musical production, including new
choreography and costumes this time around.
Davids’ staggering voice will be serenading all of Whitney’s greatest
ballads and pop hits, including *I Will Always Love You, I’m Every Woman,
One Moment in Time, Run to You, Saving All My Love, Queen of the Night, I
Wanna Dance With Somebody *and many more.
“I want people to come and remember Whitney when she was at the top of her
game and when she was fabulous”, says Davids, who will be accompanied on
stage by a full live band and dancers including professional dancer and
acrobat Nathan Adriaanse, as well as Johannesburg-born dancer, Golda Rabe.
Tickets for this spectacular show can also be purchased via *Computicket at
either www.computicket.com <http://www.computicket.com> *or *via Checkers
and Shoprite retail stores, countrywide,* and range between *R160 and
*MORE ABOUT BELINDA DAVIDS *South African songstress Belinda Davids was
born in Port Elizabeth, and began performing professionally at the age of
14. She has never had vocal training and is blessed with a four-octave
vocal range, which allows her to sing any genre. Belinda’s inspirations as
a child were Aretha Franklin, Anita Baker, Chaka Khan, Donny Hathaway,
Michael Jackson and the one artist she honours in every show is Whitney
For Davids, starring in The Greatest Love of All: The Whitney Houston Show
is the culmination of a life-long connection with the superstar to whom she
In respect for Houston’s legacy, Showtime Management dedicated over 12
months to creating the show, first to finding the perfect star, and then to
perfecting the production. It took over 15 000 auditions in 12 countries to
find the right voice, and finally our very own South African Belinda Davids
emerged as the front-runner in 2013.
Exposed mainly to R&B and gospel as a child, Davids was innately drawn to
Houston’s musical style, and paid homage to her idol through her dress and
hairstyle and by including Houston songs in almost all her live shows.
The ultimate realization of Davids’ affinity with Houston occurred during a
show in Hong Kong. Following a recital of ‘I Will Always Love You’, the
audience was so astounded by her performance that they demanded she sing
acapella to prove she wasn’t lip-syncing to a Houston track.