In conversation with Joseph Clark, vocalist of Gone Too Soon

Texan born, multi-talented actor, singer and ballet dancer, Jospeh Clark is a well known performer with over 40 years experience in the industry. After an incredible ballet career in New York and Salt Lake City, he wowed South African audiences in productions such as Swan Lake, Romeo and Juliet, including musicals like Buddy Holiday – The Buddy Holiday Story and West Side Story. Joseph is currently touring South Africa and Europe with his his internationally acclaimed production of Joseph Clark – The Music of QUEEN, which showed in Cape Town and Pretoria this year.

When he is not centre stage, Joseph is busy with corporate entertainment, as well as vocal work for radio and television, and appearing on national tv commercials and shows. Now, he joins the vocal cast of Gone Too Soon coming to The Lyric at Gold Reef City on 20 and 21 October 2018. Adding his dynamic and versatile skill of performing to bring the music to life, in my interview with Joseph, he chats about our South African entertainment industry, as well as working with the Johannesburg Youth Orchestra.

1. Born in Texas, USA, you have been working in the South African industry for many years. What do you love most about our arts and entertainment industry, and what can we do to get more people into the theatre?

Believe it or not, the one thing I love most about the entertainment industry in South Africa is the variety of opportunities for work – established shows, concerts, corporate entertainment and the endless opportunities for developing original work. We need to just keep doing it, refining it, making it better each time, each show, each concert. The audiences will come. Excellence is the key.

2. You are currently touring with your show Joseph Clark – The Music of Queen, and you are no stranger to performing other artist’s music. What is the most important thing in portraying the essence of the artist?

Understanding the music – song by song and telling it’s specific story with respect and discipline.

3. Who would you say Gone Too Soon is for? Why should audiences come and see the show?

I think it’s for everyone – fans of the “Legends” and music lovers who will discover that when they leave, they are also fans.

4. Having worked with many Symphony Orchestras, what is special about working with the Johannesburg Youth Orchestra?

For me personally, it will be the only Orchestra I have not worked with in South Africa; a first and hopefully ongoing relationship with such an Outstanding organisation!


Tickets range from R150 – R280.

Bookings are through or Computicket or by calling The Lyric Theatre Box Office on 011 248 5000.

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