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Hailed as the man who is “changing the face of South African theatre” by The Citizen Newspaper in October of 2005, Harry Sideropoulos has been producing and performing award-winning theatre in South Africa for the past 7 years.
Born in Johannesburg South Africa in May of 1974, of Greek decent, Harry was first thrown into the media spotlight in 1998 when by absolute chance he was asked to join the ranks of the morning team on Johannesburg's biggest breakfast show, The Rude Awakening on 94.7 Highveld Stereo. He soon developed his own unique style of presenting with his infamous, instantly recognizable chocolate like voice and within a couple of months had cemented himself as an integral part of Johannesburg's number 1 breakfast show.
During these 6 years on radio, Harry simultaneously pursued his career on the stage and in 2000 he launched what was soon to become his signature one man show ‘No Sugar, Canderel Please !' which he co-wrote with Sam Cowen, a play about the battle of the bulge. The show celebrated 6 sold out seasons in Johannesburg and Durban and is now about to hit the international circuit next year.
With over 1.5 million daily listeners to the breakfast show, Harry's high-profile radio status provided him with a platform for making theatre more accessible to the masses.
In June of 2003 he produced and starred in his next major theatrical triumph, the musical spectacle Big Band Blast, a show which he conceived with Ian von Memerty and Charmein Weir-Smith, paying homage to the music of the Big Band era. The show celebrated 2 sold out seasons at The Nelson Mandela Theatre before walking away with 5 Naledi Theatre Awards in February of 2004 including Best New Musical of the Year. This was Harry's first foray into the world of singing and musical theatre which proved to be very successful for him as he was soon approached by Sting Record Label to release his debut CD ‘My Favourite Swings' with musical direction by Graham Scott and Musical Arrangements by Bryan Schimmel.
In September of 2004, he resigned from the radio to focus full-time on his theatrical career as a performer and producer.
In October of last year he returned to the Johannesburg Civic Theatre with his new musical offering, Songs from the Mediterranean, a musical tapestry celebrating the music of all the various Mediterranean ethnic minority groups that have chosen South Africa as their home.
In March of next year, Harry will be performing a series of concerts in Toronto and Montreal , with members of the Canadian symphony orchestra. The concerts will include songs from his recently acclaimed show, Songs from the Mediterranean , with Canadian Born Mezzo Soprano, Maria Andonakos.
As a prolific creator and producer of world-best theatrical entertainment Harry is proud to announce, upon his return from Canada, two new plays; his new comedy that he has penned himself , 9 1/2 Weeks Pregnant as well as his long awaited period thriller direct from London's West End, The Woman In Black, and will star Harry together with veteran actor John Whiteley. The play will be directed by South Africa 's icon of stage and screen, actress and director, Sandra Prinsloo.
Now, Harry Sideropoulos is delighted to offer the South African corporate industry access to his award-winning theatrical productions as part of any event or conference – in their entirety or elements thereof, with vocalists and dancers if required, live musicians or backing tracks.
Big Band Blast
bringing the vivaciousness of swing music alive on stage (winner of 5 Naledi theatre awards).
Songs from the Mediterranean
a brilliant repertoire of the Med's best music – from North Africa to Europe and the Middle East .
No Sugar, Canderel Please
A powerful, evocative and hilarious one-hander on fighting and winning the battle of the bulge.
Harry's personal show - My Favourite Swings
featuring the music of his debut CD by the same name - accompanied by a 8 or 17-piece Big Band.
The Harry Sid cooking show
a combination of cooking and performance in one delightful ensemble.
Harry Sideropoulos and his big band brass orchestra
Harry can also be booked with his 8-piece orchestra for a night of singing and swinging from his vast swing big band repertoire.
Harry Sideropoulos is also available as a Master of Ceremonies, motivational speaker with his talk on weight issues, voice over artist and quiz show host.