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BARNYARD BEATLEMANIA (article first published : 2007-03-25)

You may have been weaned on them, you may have fond memories of buying their first record or recall shedding unashamed tears with the world when John Lennon was shot. The Beatles left an indelible mark and audiences are invited to take a trip down memory lane when The Fab Four takes to the stage at The Barnyard Theatre at Gateway

Performed by a five-piece band featuring Duck Chowles (who normally devises The Barnyard’s shows but now gets more hands on!) as John Lennon and Andy Murray as George Harrison, The Fab Four makes a powerful tribute spiked with nostalgia.

Covering the entire musical career of The Beatles from the late fifties rock and rollers, to Beatlemania and the musical genius of Lennon and McCartney. The first half sees the Liverpudlians in sombre grey suits with front-combed hairstyles belting out hits like Twist and Shout and Rock And Roll Music, to the song writing talents of Lennon and McCartney with favourites such as Please Please Me, I Want To Hold Your Hand, Eight Days A Week, From Me To You, Can’t Buy Me Love, She Loves You, Day Tripper and Drive My Car, all recreated with great authenticity.

In the second half audiences can expect the cast in Sergeant Pepper outfits singing raucous hits like With A Little Help, Back In The USSR, Come Together, The Ballad Of John And Yoko, All You Need Is Love, Hey Jude, Get Back and many more.

Naseera Timm joins them on female vocals, backed up by Mark Freel on bass guitar and vocals, and Calli Thomson on keyboards and vocals. The rest of the band comprises Robert Ogilvi on drums, Barnyard favourite Judy Brown on saxophone, and Michael Magner on trumpet, and from the opening lyrics the band has the audience clapping along and later dancing in the aisles.

The Fab Four runs at The Barnyard in Gateway from April 3 to 15. Tickets R100 pp (Buy One Get One Free on Tuesday nights and Sunday matinees). For bookings and enquiries, phone The Barnyard Theatre on 031 – 566 3045, e-mail gateway@barnyardtheatre.co.za or visit www.barnyardtheatre.co.za for more information.




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