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VEGAS REVEALED (article first published : 2006-07-3)

Directed by well-known entertainment industry personalities Julie de Jager and Colin Sumner, Vegas Revealed lives up to its name by portraying all the glitz and glamour the world has come to expect from Las Vegas. The show is not just a spectacular musical tribute to some of the finest singing sensations, famous for their performances in the casino capital of the world - stars such as Frank Sinatra, Liza Minnelli, Elvis Presley, Tom Jones, Cher and Madonna to name but a few. The choreography and dancing, by five stunning young ladies and three muscular, agile men, are executed with absolute precision and display talent seldom seen.

Choreography often highlights some good moves which are then often repeated. In this show, one has none of that. Each routine is different and more brilliant than the previous one and ranges from the balletic to the acrobatic with fantastic moves. The line-up of dancers includes the very talented Angela Lardant, Louise Fraquet-Golding, Denya Maslen, Casey Swales, Alex Bard, Lloyd van Straaten, Colette Akeroyd and Danielle Mann.

No less talented are the four singers who perform in their own rights and as backing to the dancers. They include Andrew Jones and Wayne Delport, well known from their performances in rock legend tributes at the Dockyard Supper Theatre, Marion Loudon, a hit in the recent When Basil Met Elvis at the Catalina Theatre, and Yvette Barnard.

This is a very slick show with non-stop action, from when all the performers burst onto the stage in the rousing opening number Viva Las Vegas to the energetic finale Cha Cha and encore Oley Oley. The stage, decked out in black and white on two levels and with two large staircases, used to very good effect, shows off the fabulous, colourful costumes. Backstage must have been even more hectic than the on-stage routines, there are so many and such quick costume changes.

Songs include My Baby Just Cares for Me, Feel Like a Woman, Summer Time Blues, My Shadow and Me (a lovely routine by the two male singers), I Feel Good, It's in His Kiss, Sweet Caroline, American Woman, and Have You Met Miss Jones amongst many others. My highlights included Big Spender, Mein Herr, the nods to Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley, with which no show of this nature could be without, in I've Got You Under My Skin and Suspicious Mind, respectively, New York New York (ditto), and Something Stupid.

The songs are performed to backing tracks and the show is very loud, but the sound engineers and operators know their business and there is no distortion and one hears every word perfectly an aspect from which other theatres in Durban could learn.

The hour-long variety pageant is all too short and runs at the iZulu Theatre at Sibaya from June 28 to July 23 with shows Thursdays and Fridays at 20h00, Saturdays at 20h00 and 22h00 (Sunday at 15h00). Tickets R115 booked through Computicket or at the Box Office on 031 580 5555. Maurice Kort




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