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MAGNIFICENT 7 EXTENDED (article first published : 2008-02-10)

Due to fiercely competitive demand for tickets to see The Magnificent 7, currently running at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre, Centrestage has announced the hit show’s current return season in Durban will be extended until February 24.

Back by popular demand following their triumphant debut season in Durban last April, Aaron McIlroy and the Centrestage All-star Band are once again playing to packed houses at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre with their unique song-book tribute to seven of the world’s all-time super groups, the Beach Boys, Beatles, Bee Jees, Rolling Stones, Abba, Credence Clearwater Revival and Queen.

If you’ve seen the show, chances are you’ll be back for more. If not, come prepared. One-of-a-kind MC Aaron McIlroy, “Mr Popularity” in last year’s Durban Theatre Awards, puts his indelible stamp on proceedings - and gets it wrong till you roll about in the isles.

Hit songs featured include a sequence Beach Boys feel-good surfing harmonies, with classics such as Barbara-Anne, Surfing USA and California Girls; a wealth of Beatles favourites such as Cant Buy Me Love, She Loves You, Hey Jude and Obla Di Obla Da; Bee Gees gems such as How Deep Is Your Love, To Love Somebody or Too Much Heaven; disco hits such as Saturday Night Fever and Staying Alive; along with Abba’s Dancing Queen and Mamma Mia; and favourites such as die-hard rocker Mick Jagger’s Satisfaction, Jumping Jack Flash and Honky Tonk Woman.

Add to these Credence Clearwater Revival crowd-pleasers such as Bad Moon Rising, Have You Ever Seen The Rain, Proud Mary, Down on the Corner, Midnight Special and Hey Tonight; and the sweeping harmonies of Freddie Mercury and Queen in songs such as Somebody to Love, Crazy Little Thing Called Love and I Want to Break Free and the show’s extraordinary audience pull is easily explained.

Performances are at 19h30 (Sunday at 18h00). Early booking at Computicket is strongly advised. See www.centrestage.co.za for more information.




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