Mellow tribute to the Carpenters

2010-01-15 00:00

Theatre Review

Yesterday Once More

Heritage Theatre, Hillcrest

 

TO quote the host of Yesterday Once More, Melanie Roberts, the Carpenters were “all about the music” — and that’s exactly what Roberts, Marion Loudon, Barry Thomson, Dawn Selby and Andy and Glen Turrell aim to provide in the Heritage Theatre’s latest offering.

This tribute to the American duo, ­Richard and Karen Carpenter, is simply staged, with the performers choosing to highlight the songs which made the pair famous across the world.

No fewer than 10 of the Carpenters singles went on to become million-sellers and by 2005 combined worldwide sales of albums and singles well exceeded 100 million units.

Loudon and Roberts collaborate on most of the songs in this musical tribute, but there are also a couple of solos performed by the two vocalists, Thomson (guitar and vocals) and Selby (keyboard and vocals). Throughout, they get musical support from Glen Turrell on bass and Andy Turrell on drums and pedal steel.

My highlights included Loudon’s versions of Reason to Believe and Ticket To Ride (The Beatles hit which featured on the Carpenters 1969 ­album Offering); Selby’s lovely interpretation of Solitaire; Roberts’s Rainy Days and Mondays; and Thomson’s Desperado, a cover of the Eagles hit which appeared on their 1975 album, Horizon.

There are plenty more Carpenters’ hits on the programme, however, so if you fancy a mellow, musical start to the New Year, this show could be just the ticket.

 

• Yesterday Once More runs at the Heritage Theatre in Hillcrest until January 24. Tickets, which include a two-course meal, are R190 Wednesday to Saturday at 7 pm, and R165 Tuesday at 7 pm and Sunday at 12.30 pm. To book, phone 031 765 4197.

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