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MAGNIFICENT 7 (article first published : 2007-03-31)

I had an extremely bad day at the office and arrived home from my last meeting only five minutes before having to leave for the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre to see the show Magnificent 7.

I wasn’t in the best of moods and probably would have objected to going if it hadn’t been that HR had won four tickets to opening night and we were going with friends. What a dreadful mistake it would have been to miss this one. I had an absolute ball and came home singing my heart out, to the extent that, for the umpteenth time, HR thought I had gone stark bonkers!

From the moment the ever-active and extremely funny Aaron McIlroy came on stage to introduce the first band, he had the packed house eating out of his hand.

I have been entertained by McIlroy many times, and have even been “beaten up” by him in the first row and even threatened to sue him, but this was an incredible artist at his very best. “Aaron, after this night all is forgiven and I shall just steer clear of the first three rows in future.”

I can never totally explain why, but this artist appeals to everybody from the little old granny with frizzy grey hair to the youngster of eight who came because there wasn’t a sitter available. He had us all in stitches with his hilarious script and well timed presentation.

The whole show revolves around an all-star, and also very energetic, band from PE called CASB. They present the music of seven of the greatest bands of all time, namely The Beach Boys, The Beatles, The Bee Gees, The Rolling Stones, Abba, Creedence Clearwater Revival and Queen. Every single member of this group, from their leader and Musical Director Donovan Hattingh down, is a talented performer in his/her own right and on opening night they were at their very best. I particularly enjoyed the Bee Gees numbers but each new band was more and more convincing.

The staging works very well and lighting, with the exception of a few times when the spots just got lost, is excellent and the costumes lend themselves perfectly to the demands of the occasion.

Whatever your age, and regardless of any sort of ‘bad day’ that you may have had, you will be doing yourself a disservice if you miss out on this one. I believe that this show deserves standing ovations and many curtain calls every time they go on stage. I will even consider returning to this one towards the end of their run for a second dollop of delight!

Magnificent 7 runs at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre until April 22. Booking through Computicket – Julian Carter




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