Intriguing musical cabaret

2011-12-20 00:00

NOTTINGHAM Road residents, singer Cat Simoni and actor Paul Spence are set to stage the music revue, The Girl From Somewhere, at the Nottingham Road Hotel tomorrow.

Produced by Alan Sutherland, the show revolves around a young woman with a fabulous, but untrained, voice, whose ambition is to sing on stage for her mother.

She goes to see a music­ ­teacher, who has abandoned the ­Johannesburg rat race for the midlands and the bottom of a bottle, and with his help she learns to sing, eventually becoming an international star.

“The show is a musical cabaret,” Sutherland says, “it tells a story. It has bits of sadness in it, some subtle touches, joy, great songs, and just when you think it’s over, it’s not.”

Simoni, who enjoyed a successful career performing in Britain, working with producer Bill Kenwright, and sharing the stage with stars Boy George and Kiki Dee, performs all the numbers in the show.

Her voice is outstanding and easily copes with the power ­ballads made famous by Whitney Houston, Adele, Bette Midler, Faith Hill and Barbra Streisand.

Spence, who studied acting at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London and worked as an actor and director in theatres in England­, Scotland, Northern Ireland and several other countries, has kept the sets and props to a minimum, ­ensuring that at no time the audience is distrated from the essential story.

Tickets for The Girl From Somewhere, which will be in a supper-theatre format, are R180 each and can be booked with the hotel­ at 033 266 6151.

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