Durban show has you singing along

2014-01-22 00:00

Review: Yesterday Once More

Heritage Theatre, Hillcrest

FROM the opening bars of For All We Know, to the closing notes of Sing, Melanie Roberts and Marion Loudon beguile the audience with their tribute to the music of Karen and Richard Carpenter — the brother and sister duo who, under the name Carpenters, were among the biggest-selling artists of the seventies.

Their soft musical style, based around the voice of Karen Carpenter, proved to be a popular antidote to the wild rock and disco tunes of the period.

The Carpenters had three number-one singles and five number-two singles on the Billboard Hot 100, as well as 15 number-one hits on the adult contemporary chart in the United States.

Their 14-year recording career ended with Karen’s death in 1983 at the age 32 from heart failure following complications of anorexia nervosa.

Yesterday Once More is packed with the duo’s original songs and covers that they enjoyed huge success with, including Burt Bacharach and Hal David’s I’ll Never Fall in Love Again, The Beatles’ Ticket to Ride and The Eagles’ Desperado.

Roberts and Loudon share the singing duties with Chloe Clark, who also plays the keyboards, and the latter shines in her renditions of This Masquerade and Solitaire, originally released by Neil Sedaka.

Loudon is a wonderful singer, and her performances of Hurting Each Other, Touch Me When We’re Dancing and Jambalaya were scintillating.

Roberts, meanwhile, reminded those in the audience just why she has been a stalwart of the Durban theatre scene for so long.

Despite battling a “bit of flu”, she was on top form singing Let Me Be The One, Rainy Days and Mondays, and the wonderful Superstar, which Roberts first sang 27 years ago at the Playhouse in Durban.

Together with Loudon and Clark, she also performs other hits such as I’ll Never Fall In Love Again, I Won’t Last A Day Without You, There’s A Kind Of Hush, Sweet, Sweet Smile, Only Yesterday, Top of the World, We’ve Only Just Begun and many more.

Roberts delivers most of the banter during the show and she had the audience laughing out loud when she revealed that she nearly hadn’t made it because she had to attend an orientation evening for her son at Westville Boys’ High School. To save time, she applied glitter to her hair while driving up Fields Hill.

The singers are backed by the talented father-and-son team of Glen and Andy Tyrell on bass and lead guitar, respectively, and drummer Paul Castles. Together these talented members of the Durban theatre community have produced an intimate evening of musical memory, which will have you singing along with a smile on your face.

• Yesterday Once More is at the Heritage Theatre until Sunday. Tickets are R215 from today until Saturday, and R185 for Sunday lunch. The price includes a two-course meal.

• For more information or to book, phone 031 765 4197 or log on to www.heritagetheatre.co.za

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