Centrestage’s Neil Diamond salute returns to the Bay

2015-05-20 06:00

NEIL Diamond, one of the most beloved singer/songwriters of this generation, is the subject of Centrestage’s latest tribute show, taking place at Old Grey from May 28 to 30 and returning for two more nights on June 5 and 6.

Velvet voiced Andre Strydom says ‘Hello Again’ to his acclaimed role in ‘The Jazz Singer Returns’, set for a season. The Centrestage All-Star band promises to triumphantly combine the worlds of Las Vegas with that of rock, providing a night steeped in sentimentality as the familiar Neil Diamond hits spanning from 1966 to date will be the Centrestage entertainment treatment.

In true raconteur style, Strydom sprinkles gentle love songs in between up-tempo rockers, as evergreens such as Forever in Blue Jeans, Song Sung Blue, Crackling Rosie, Desiree, Soolaiman, America, Longfellow Serenade, I Am I Said, Love on the Rocks, Yesterday’s Songs and Sweet Caroline make up but a few of the top hits in the two- hour show.

The organisers said this performance was distinguished by being the first time that Centrestage had staged such a large-scale production in the cabaret setting of Old Grey, providing patrons with the opportunity to enjoy this dynamic, big stage show up close in a chairs around tables environment.

The eight-piece band includes Fenlin Pitie and Deborah Everard on keyboards, Andrew Warneke on bass, Arno Erasmus on guitar and Devon Van Rooyen on drums, with Andre’s talented daughter Caron adding to the vocal and glamour department.

The show also introduces a brand new face in percussionist, acoustic guitarist and vocalist Jaco Viljoen, another fantastic musician to join the Centrestage team and a long-time Neil Diamond fan himself.

‘The Jazz Singer Returns’ is musically directed by Strydom himself, who trades his superb Barry Gibb falsetto for a Diamond baritone and will simultaneously apply the same kind of attention to detail and vocal harmony mix that he did when overseeing the previous acclaimed Bee Gees and Fleetwood Mac Centrestage hits under his auspices.

The Neil Diamond songbook guarantees a feel-good evening of familiar hits, top notch showmanship and a band of extremely talented musicians and entertainers of which the city can be very proud!

East Londoners can catch the show at the Guild Theatre on June 12 and 13. The shows start at 7.30pm and tickets cost R150 or R130 for 8 or more, available at Computicket.

For more information or ticket sales contact Wendy on 082 661 6921

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