If you have still not seen it, make a point of catching the feel-good Neil Diamond tribute show, Hot August Night, by Durban band The Reals (pictured above), which reaches Pietermaritzburg this weekend.

The show will be performed at 8pm on Saturday (November 24) and 2pm on Sunday (November 25) at the Rhumbelow theatre at the Allan Wilson Shellhole. But hurry to book – tickets are going fast!

All the Diamond gems feature in this fine entertainment, my full review of which is available by clicking here:

Tickets cost R150 (R130 for pensioners and students) and booking is at Computicket or by phoning Roland on 082 499 8636.

Meanwhile, note that in Durban, singers Samantha Landers and Shylo Pereira, and pianist Evan Roberts, are pooling talents again this weekend for their fine cabaret, That’s Life.

The show will be staged at the Rhumbelow Theatre in Cunningham Road, Umbilo. Performances are at 8pm on Friday and Saturday (November 23 and 24) and 2pm on Sunday (November 25). Tickets cost R150 (R130 for pensioners and students) and booking is at Computicket or by phoning Roland on 082 499 8636.

Novel interpretations

The trio has come up with an elegant and hugely enjoyable cabaret that is a must, especially if you are a fan of show tunes and popular songs lent new life through novel interpretations.

Loosely based on a narrative of women friends whose relationship is rocked when both are wooed by the same man, and who later reconcile, the show unfolds on a small stage. The piano is positioned centre-stage, flanked on one side by a small table with a candle and wine glasses, and on the other by a hat stand with a coat, hat and feather boa. It is effectively lit by Sarah Claxton.

Tickets cost R150 (R130 for pensioners and students) and can be booked at Computicket or by phoning 082 499 8636. For my full review, click here

Also note that the Rhumbelow Theatre branch at Tina’s Hotel in Beryldene Road, Kloof, is to present The Foxy 4 every Wednesday to Saturday at 8pm, and Sundays at 2pm, from November 28 to December 9.

The production stars Leigh Meyer, Marion Loudon, Jemma Kate Badenhorst and Camilla Rogers. It salutes artists including Christina Aguilera, Beyonce, Adele, The Supremes, Marilyn Monroe, Carole King, Nelly Furtado, Rihanna, Gloria Estefan, Cilla Black and Aretha Franklin.

It’s said to be cheeky and fun, with stylish choreography and impressive costumes.

Foxy 4

Jemma was recently seen in the Rockwood Theatre’s That ’80s Show and Best of Decades, while Marion (a longtime supper show favourite), Camilla and Leigh were all performers in KickStArt’s excellent Camelot, staged at Durban’s Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre earlier this year.

Tickets for The Foxy 4 cost R150 each (R130 for pensioners and students with cards) and booking is at Computicket or by phoning Roland at 082 499 8636.

Duncan Wooldridge of the KZN Big Band which performs in Durban on November 24.

Sticking in Durban, note that the S43 venue, at 43 Station Drive in Durban, will present the KZN All Star Band’s Now That’s What I Call Big Band, at 8pm on Saturday, November 24. Admission is R100 a head and more details are available by calling (031) 303 2747.

On the movie scene, new in cinemas countrywide this weekend is the latest Leon Schuster comedy, Frank and Fearless, starring Schuster, Themba Ntuli, Kenneth Nkosi, Khanyi Mbau, Jennifer Steyn, David Dennis, Camila Waldman and Mary Twala.

Leon Schuster and young Themba Ntuli in Frank and Fearless, on circuit countrywide this weekend.

Directed by Gray Hofmeyr, it is about an ageing reprobate, a rural boy, a large dog and an orphaned baby rhino setting out to stop the rhino slaughter. Their quest takes them through hysterically funny situations as well as times of tragedy, and they end up an inspiration and a conscience to a world in need of heroes.

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Another new release this weekend is Shock and Awe, directed by Joey Hartstone and starring Tommy Lee Jones, Woody Harrelson, James Marsden and Rob Reiner.

Based on a true story, the movie follows two determined reporters, Jonathan Landay (Harrelson) and Warren Stroebel (Marsden), their boss John Walcott (Reiner) and war correspondent Joe Galloway (Jones), who lift the lid on abuse of power at its highest level and expose the truth about what led to the longest and costliest war in American history.

Aftermath

In the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, President George W Bush builds a case to invade Iraq to remove Saddam Hussein from power. While the rest of the Washington reporters take the President’s words at face value, Landay and Stroebel dig deeper.

Also note that next Thursday, November 29, fans of musical theatre should head for Cinema Nouveau at Gateway in Umhlanga. The recent, widely acclaimed London Palladium production of the lavish The King and I will be screened then at 8pm. It stars Kelli O’Hara and Ken Watanabe.

SHOWBIZ TRIVIA:
Do you know? What American singer, in 1960, when he was 16 and serving four months in prison for stealing tyres, was so heavily influenced by the Elvis Presley hit, Now Or Never, which he heard while in jail, that it motivated him to pursue his own music career? (Answer next week).
Last week’s question: Which Oscar-winner has a rose breed named after her, had her first professional role at the age of 12 and is best pals with Carol Burnett? (Answer: Julie Andrews).