Suter’s Showbiz Spotlight

A new party show, Best of Decades, runs from this Friday, November 9, to January 27 at the increasingly popular Rockwood Theatre at Sibaya Casino, near Umhlanga.

Some of the best music from the 1970s, 80s, 90s and today appears in the show, which will feature Rockwood co-owner and show devisor, Andrew Webster (pictured above), as host and vocalist for the first two weeks of the run, before the arrival of Riyaan Cornelius, who will take the role for the rest of the season.

Also opening the show will be vivacious singer Jemma Badenhorst, who will be standing in for a fortnight, before the arrival of Janine Cupido, who will remain with the production until the end of January.

Best of Decades

Other members of the cast are vocalists Ofentse Mokhuane, Jessica de Wet and Christina Jenkins, along with Durban talents Calli Thomson on keyboards, Kirsty van der Linde on sax and Dylan van der Linde on drums. Completing the line-up are Sheldon von Grimm on guitar and Trevor Donjeany on bass.

Best of Decades will salute a wide variety of artists – among them the Bee Gees, Abba, Queen, Madonna, David Bowie, Lionel Ritchie, Def Leppard, Kelly Clarkson. Beyonce, Lady Gaga and Katy Perry.

Rockwood Theatre tickets cost R99 on Thursday nights, R130 on Friday and Saturday nights, and R130 on Sunday afternoons, when pensioners pay half price and under-12s get in free. To book, or for more details, phone 031 161 0000.

Crossroads – a tribute show by Rusty Red and band at The Rhumbelow Theatre, PMB.

At the Rhumbelow Theatre PMB (Allan Wilson Shellhole) Rusty Red, Chris Melling and Skippy Kubheka perform a tribute to legendary bluesman Eric Clapton on November 10 and 11.

Bluesman

Titled Crossroads – A Tribute to Eric Clapton and Friends, the show is on Saturday, November 10 from 8pm, and Sunday, November 11 from 2pm.

Durban “Bluesman” Rusty Red is accompanied by Chris Melling on drums and Skippy Kubheka on bass guitar. The trio will take patrons on a journey through a soundtrack driven by Clapton, John Mayer, Muddy Waters, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Jimi Hendrix and more.

It highlights Clapton’s greatest hits from his early days in Cream, The Yardbirds and as a solo artist, a career that has spanned more than four decades and earned him a triple induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Cost is R150, R130 for pensioners, R120 for loyalty card holders. Book at Computicket or email roland@stansell.co.za. Cell 082 499 8636.

Buttery and Narahari at the Schlesinger Theatre

In Durban … don’t miss talented Dave Starke’s fine show, Leonard Cohen – A Tribute, which has final performances at Durban’s Rhumbelow Theatre, in Umbilo, at 8pm on Friday and Saturday (November 9 and 10) and 2pm on Sunday (November 11).

Written by Perran Hahndiek and performed by Eshowe-based singer-guitarist Starke, the show is an exploration of the life and works of the late Leonard Cohen. It features his music and poetry interspersed with anecdotes from his life and other literary writings.

You can expect early hits such as Suzanne and So Long, Maryanne, the haunting Hallelujah and Famous Blue Raincoat, and lighter works such as Tower of Song and other Cohen greats.

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The show had its debut at The Rosebank Theatre in Cape Town where it was sold out for the duration of its run, and more recently was performed in Kloof.

Tickets cost R150 (R130 for pensioners and students) and can be booked at Computicket or by phoning 082 499 8636.

Also of note in Durban is a repeat of a hit show by The Reals, conceived by and featuring singer-guitarist Colin Peddie. It’s Poetry in Music which, originally staged at the Rhumbelow Theatre branch at Tina’s Hotel in Kloof earlier this year, has final performances there at 8pm on Friday and Saturday (November 9 and 10) and 2pm on Sunday (November 11).

Also featuring singer Samantha Landers, the show offers material that is more lyrically driven but without losing the punch which accompanies popular music.

Expect songs associated with The Eagles, Bob Dylan, Indigo Girls, The Waterboys, Leonard Cohen, Mumford and Sons, Paul Simon and others. My full review is available by clicking here

Tickets cost R150 (R130 for pensioners and students) and can be booked at Computicket or by phoning 082 499 8636.

Oscar Isaac and Olivia Wilde in a scene from Life Itself, in cinemas countrywide this weekend.

On the movie scene, new in cinemas countrywide this weekend is Life Itself, starring Annette Bening, Oscar Isaac and Olivia Wilde. Directed by Dan Fogelman, it tells of a young New York couple. As they go from college romance to marriage and the birth of their first child, the unexpected twists of their journey create reverberations that echo over continents and through lifetimes.

Another new release is The Girl in the Spider’s Web, teaming Claire Foy and Sylvia Hoeks under the direction of Fede Alvarez. The film is about young computer hacker, Lisbeth Salander, and a journalist, Mikael Blomkvist, caught in a web of spies, cybercriminals and corrupt government officials.

Another new release is Overlord, an action-horror film, centred on two American soldiers behind enemy lines on D-Day. Directed by Julius Avery, it stars Jovan Adepo, Wyatt Russell and Mathilde Olivier.

SHOWBIZ TRIVIA:
Do you know? Who took the Oscar for Best Actor in 2016 – and for his starring role in what movie? (Answer next week).

Last week’s question: What popular Barbra Streisand song contains the lyrics “…life’s candy and the sun’s a ball of butter”? (Answer: Don’t Rain on My Parade from the musical, Funny Girl).