Lost Male Music Legends come alive through their Greatest Hits


Headlined by West End and Broadway star and international recording artist

MiG Ayesa

alongside fabulous local talents

Connell Cruise, Kurt Herman and John Tsenoli

In celebration of her 25th Anniversary in the Entertainment Industry, Collett Dawson of The CoLab Network launches a series of concerts entitled GONE TOO SOON – shows that will pay homage to iconic music legends who have left us before their time, but still live on through their music. 

The first in this series; GONE TOO SOON – The Gents will be staged in spectacular fashion at The Lyric Theatre at Gold Reef City for FOUR PERFORMANCES ONLY from Thursday 4th May – Saturday 6th May. 

Gone Too Soon – The Gents will delight audiences old and young as they celebrate the powerhouse male singers that became legends through their music over the past few decades. 

Tribute is paid to a diverse selection of artists including Freddie Mercury, George Michael, Michael Jackson, Prince, Marvin Gaye, David Bowie, Al Green, The Righteous Brothers, Ray Charles, Leonard Cohen, Michael Hutchence, Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and many others. 

A fitting medley will also be included of a selction of South Africa’s own legends who are no longer with us, but still evoke unforgettable memories. 

Direct from New York and taking centre stage will be the insanely talented Broadway and West End star and international recording artist MiG Ayesa.

Ayesa was catapulted into stardom through the global reality television series ROCKSTAR: INXS where he went through to the final three. Added to this his countless lead roles on the West End and Broadway and other international stages including amongst many others, We Will Rock You, Rock of Ages, Thriller Live, Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story,  RENT, The Bridges of Madison Country, The Music of Queen : The Rock and Symphonic Spectacular and Tenors of Rock, makes him the ideal headliner for Gone Too Soon.

He has a close affinity with South Africa, last being here ten years ago when he joined the South African cast for rehearsals of the International Tour of We Will Rock You, and has long since had a desire for returning to perform here.

 MiG Ayesa will be joined on stage by the equally talented local voices of singer/songwriter, Connell Cruise, now based in New York but also returning to Johannesburg to perform in Gone Too Soon – The Gents while also releasing his brand new album, as well as Kurt Herman, instantly recognisable as a member of 101, winners of Coca Cola Popstars and more recently as one of the country’s foremost record producers. Continuing The CoLab Network’s commitment to showcase young talent wherever possible, Gone To Soon – The Gents will be introducing the smooth soulful sounds of 18-year old John Tsenoli, a Born To Perform prodigy who makes his professional theatre debut.

With the vibrant arrangements by the world-class creative team Bluberry Entertainment of Kurt Herman and Tima Reece and  along with a dynamic live band led by Music Director Llewellyn George, audiences will thrill to instantly recognisable hits including Show Must Go On, Man in the Mirror, Hallelujah, What’s Going On, Unchained Melody, Mercy Mercy Me, Everything She Wants and many more.

Gone Too Soon – The Gents is the ultimate concert experience, honouring a selection of the many men who’ve made an indelible mark on the local and international music industry.

While the show pays homage to these music icons who have left us too soon, the focus will be strongly on the uplifting atmosphere of inspiration that they continue to live on through their music, the memories they still evoke in all of us, as well as the impact that so many of them have made on the industry and world as a whole.



Performances for Gone To Soon – The Gents will be at The Lyric Theatre at Gold Reef City for four performances only.

Thursday 4th May at 8pm
Friday 5th May at 8pm

Saturday 6th May at 3pm and 8pm


Tickets range from R150 to R250. These are available by visiting www.goldreefcity.co.za or calling The Lyric Theatre Box Office on 011 248 5000 or through Computicket. 

No under 3’s allowed in the theatre due to audience members’ comfort.

Discounts for senior citizens and scholars apply. 

Group Bookings of 10 seats or more qualify for a 10% discount if booked directly with The Lyric Theatre Box Office on 011 248 5000. Group Bookings of 50 seats or more qualify for a 15% discount if booked directly with The Lyric Theatre Box Office on 011 248 5000.

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