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SIMPLY IRRESISTIBLE (article first published : 2002-09-24)

Bring together two of South Africa's most versatile and exciting singers - Joseph Clark and Juanita Kruger and the result is Simply Irresistible. From producers Jackie Cunniffe and Stephen Woodroffe (who brought you The Piano Men and Concert Fever), this is a show that promises something for every taste in popular music, from musicals to pop, and opera to rock.

Both Joe and Juanita are well-known and loved in musical theatre circles, and have performed together frequently in the past, playing leading roles in musicals such as West Side Story, The Buddy Holly Story, Queen at the Opera, The Sound of Music, Joseph & His Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and JC Superstar, to name but a few.

With their impressive combined vocal ranges, voices that fit together perfectly, and extensive combined experience in both theatre and commercial arenas, the pair promises to present a highly enjoyable programme of their own unique musical renditions of some of the greatest songs ever written.

Devised by actress Elzette Maarschalk, (well known for her roles in TV series such as 7de Laan and Arsenal), Simply Irresistible makes these two exceptional performers more accessible to the general public, as both are almost permanently involved with large corporate presentations and seldom have the chance to perform in theatre together. Says Maarschalk, "It is sad that so much talent these days is snatched up by the corporate market and lost to theatre audiences, due to financial considerations. These singers miss performing in front of an ordinary, appreciative theatre audience."

This said, Cunniffe and Woodroffe jumped at the chance of producing Simply Irresistible in Durban - originally home town to both Joe and Juanita for many years: "We have all worked on numerous productions together in the past, especially in the days of the grand old musicals at the Playhouse,” says Jackie Cunniffee. “Joe and Juanita are without a doubt two of the greatest talents in the country, and are highly respected by everyone in the industry. It is a pleasure and a rare privilege to have them both available to appear in a stage show together, and we implore anyone looking for quality and class not to miss this production".

Simply Irresistible plays for a limited season at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre from October 15 to 27 so early booking is advised to avoid disappointment. More details from the EST on 031 260-2296 with advance booking at Computicket or phone 011 340-8000.

Tickets R65 Wednesday to Sunday, with discounted performances on Tuesday and Saturday matinees (R55). A discount is on offer for block bookings of 20 or more - call Jackie on 031 260-2296.




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