Centrestage’s Neil Diamond salute returns to the Bay

2015-11-25 06:23
André Strydom is the lead vocalist in the Centrestage tribute to Neil Diamond which is set to be staged at The Boardwalk Amphitheatre on December 4 and 5. Photo: MIKE BARWOOD

André Strydom is the lead vocalist in the Centrestage tribute to Neil Diamond which is set to be staged at The Boardwalk Amphitheatre on December 4 and 5. Photo: MIKE BARWOOD

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NEIL Diamond, one of the most beloved singer/songwriters, is the subject of Centrestage’s latest tribute show.

Velvet voiced André Strydom will be saying “Hello Again” to his acclaimed role in “The Jazz Singer Returns”, which will be staged at The Boardwalk Amphitheatre on December 4 and 5.

The Centrestage All-Star band will 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 today are given 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 and Sweet Caroline make up but a few of the top hits in the 2-hour show.

The 10-piece band includes Fenlin Pitie and Deborah Everard on keyboards, Andrew Warneke on bass, Sandy Robbie on guitar, Wayne Kallis on vocals and acoustic guitar, Devon Van Rooyen on drums and Brennan Strydom on percussion, with Vanessa Grebe and André’s talented daughter Caron adding to the vocal and glamour department.

“The Jazz Singer Returns” is musically directed by Strydom himself, who trades his superb Barry Gibb falsetto for a Diamond baritone.

The shows start at 7:30pm and tickets costing R150, or R140 for 8 or more, are available through Computicket or by calling Wendy on 082 661 6921.

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