New soapie Rhythm City boots Backstage

Edward Tsumele

Edward Tsumele

A brand new soapie Rhythm City is on its way to replace the ill-fated show Backstage.

The producers of the new show are tight-lipped about the finer details of the show, guarding these very closely.

But word has it the soapie will still be youth-orientated, just like Backstage, which comes to an end next month.

Rhythm City will start showing from July 9, and auditions for the production are now taking place.

The auditions for the new daily youth drama series will be held at Windybrow Theatre on Saturday.

Those intending to feature in this soapie will have to fit well-defined criteria.

"We are looking for black women 16-25 and black men 18-25 years old," producers say.

Rhythm City will be produced by Curious Pictures, which has a reputation for innovative productions of independent films and large-scale television dramas.

The soap opera's topical storyline revolves around the contemporary music industry.

But, spinning out from that, will be all the trials and tribulations of those brave enough to enter this cut-throat business, says

Says Bronwyn Keene-Young, channel director of "We are confident this is the right show for an important timeslot.

"With the vibrant music industry as a backdrop for this soap opera, we are sure it will appeal to both the youth and adults."

The show will be broadcast during prime time on weekdays from 6.30pm to 7pm.

But how different will this show be from Backstage?

Monde Twala, executive producer of Rhythm City, says: "The show aims to entertain, but also to explore deeply the lives of young people, their needs, wants and motivations.

"Research has proved that young people want entertaining and informative programming.

"The youth drama is an opportunity to mirror the fast-changing trends and challenges faced by South African youth."

David Jammy, Curious Productions managing director, says: "We are currently casting and sourcing some of South Africa's top talent to star in this new weekday soapie.

"This, in turn, will contribute to the much-needed growth of the local television industry."