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Meet the man specifically commissioned to bring top musicals to our shores

It all comes down to money. How many bums can you put on seats?

Bernard Jay

Saturday Night Fever is a South African production. It’ll be the first time it’s done outside of America.

Bernard Jay

I’m currently producing The Color Purple. They’ve declined the rights everywhere else, but they gave it to me for South Africa!

Bernard Jay

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviewed Bernard Jay - a British born freelance theatre producer and practitioner based in Johannesburg – for his weekly “ShapeShifter” feature.

Bernard Jay has been in the business of entertainment for 50 years.

I started going to theatre when I was 11.

Bernard Jay

This has become my home. I am South African and this is where I belong.

Bernard Jay

In a revival effort; the State Theatre commissioned Bernard Jay to bring top musicals to Pretoria.

Scroll down for quotes from the audio below.

You can’t feel old in this business!

Bernard Jay

All theatres all over the world are going through a tough time.

Bernard Jay

Casinos have revived theatres.

Bernard Jay

My first job – I was 17 – was at the Arts Theatre in London.

Bernard Jay

In 1993 I came to South Africa, because I was approached by the man who founded Computicket. He wanted somebody with a heart in theatre. I came on a one-year contract and never left!

Bernard Jay

Downtown Detroit is dangerous and they have five very successful theatres there!

Bernard Jay

South Africa’s pool of talent is amazingly good in many ways! But it’s a small pool of talent, especially if you do musicals.

Bernard Jay

I would love to bring Hamilton to South Africa!

Bernard Jay

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