#MusicExchange: Craig Urbani


Music of the Night – one composer, many lyricists – will kick off 2022 at the Centurion Theater, for a limited season from February 24 to March 5, 2022.

Music of the Night will be a unique take on instantly recognizable musical numbers from lyricists audiences know and love including Sir Tim Rice, Don Black, Sir Richard Stilgoe, Charles Hart, Glenn Slater and more with new arrangements perfectly suited to the talented cast.

Five leading musical theater artists – Craig Urbani, Carly Graeme, Adrian Galliard, Stephanie Baartman and Emma-Jean Galliard, come together to take audiences on the musical theater highway.

Audiences will be thrilled as Urbani turns on the charm with his rendition of sunset boulevardand then giving us an amusingly ironic rendition of King Herod’s song from Jesus Christ Superstar.

Tickets range from R190 to R275 and reservations are online at Quicket.

I spoke to Urbani last week before these series of shows:

What is your job description?

Dress in other people’s clothes and talk very loudly while trying not to bump into furniture. Oh, and sometimes I may have to sing.

BizcommunityWhat does music represent for you?

Music is everything. This is how I remember, live and define all the important moments in my life. They all have a soundtrack.

BizcommunityMy music is about…

Feelings. Unless I’m playing, it’s about playing the right notes in the right order.

BizcommunityWhat is your motto?

Only for today.

BizcommunityFame is…

Keep all the nonsense they say about you in perspective while trying to remember who and what is really important.

BizcommunityRetirement will come when…

I can’t be bothered anymore.

BizcommunityI do not do…

Mean and divisive people. Oh, and Crocs.

BizcommunityI would like to co-write with:

Robbie Williams.

BizcommunityWhere do you look for inspiration to create?

I can be anywhere after spending time with my daughter. After the time spent with her, I am more alive and able to create.

BizcommunityWhat is the most enjoyable aspect of your job?

The live show. I am doing what I was born to do in its purest form.

BizcommunityThe song you have to do in every show:

The show must continue.

BizcommunityFun moments on stage?

If you can think of it, it happened. Collapsing sets, power outages, forgetting my lines, people forgetting their lines, actors not showing up for a cue, sound disasters… you name it.

BizcommunityMy heros:

Anyone who manages to get up and do it every day with a certain amount of positivity, humanity and kindness.

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BizcommunityMy style icon:

Mr Price.

BizcommunityWhich living person do you most admire and why?

My mother. Maybe it’s just because I know his story. To endure what she has and to do it with this quiet strength, this gentle nature and this immense grace is extremely admirable.

BizcommunityWhat is your most valuable asset?

My guitar. As long as I have that, I can create, feel, perform and make money.

BizcommunityIt’s your turn. What are you drinking?

Coke Zero.

BizcommunityDream concert to do:

Stage version of the Rocky Horror Show.

BizcommunityWhat sets you apart?

I’m tall enough. Who helps.


None that I know of.

BizcommunityIf you weren’t a musician, what would you be doing?


BizcommunityChoose five words to describe yourself:

Clumsy, silly, blessed, funny and a clown.

BizcommunityWhat are you broadcasting?

modern love and Brooklyn nine nine.

BizcommunityGreatest movie ever made:

No idea.

BizcommunityWhat books do you read?

I love biographies. I am currently reading the biographies of Siya Kolisi and Johnny Clegg.

BizcommunityWhat song changed your life?

Oh man by Buddy Holly.

BizcommunityWho do you Love?

My family and friends.

BizcommunityWhat is your favorite word?


BizcommunityAt the top of your bucket list:

Take my daughter to Japan.

BizcommunityYour greatest achievement:

My child.

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BizcommunityWhat do you complain about most often?


BizcommunityWhat is your fear?


BizcommunityHappiness is…

Live every moment fully.

BizcommunityOn stage, I tend to…


BizcommunityThe best life lesson you’ve ever been taught:

Don’t sweat the small stuff.

BizcommunityWhat has been your favorite trip so far?

The one I’m currently on – life.

BizcommunityDo you do charity work and if you do, what do you do?

I have been involved in a few charities. I love to sing for retirees and I have also done a lot with 67 covers.

BizcommunityWishes and Dreams:

To be a good father, to be happy and to make others happy. Oh, and money, more money please.

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