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MAGNIFICENT 7 FOR SIBAYA (article first published : 2006-04-6)

Sibaya Casino & Entertainment Kingdom is proud to present the Centrestage’s record breaking production of Magnificent 7 which runs from April 11 to 17 at the iZulu Theatre.

Magnificent 7 broke attendance records in the Eastern Cape as the fastest-selling show ever staged here - that includes both national and international shows staged in Port Elizabeth - with some 15,000 tickets sold in its run.

This power-packed show features the music of favourites Queen, The Bee Gees, The Rolling Stones, Abba, The Beach Boys, The Beatles and The Rolling Stones with theatre personality Clifford Kleb playing a zany Rock n Roll evangelist, the Reverend of Rock n Roll, who keeps the vibe at fever pitch while dishing out the dirt on the bands.

The show also features a cast of ten Port Elizabeth’s top entertainers,: Wayne Kallis, Donna Africa, Candy G, Rory McLaren, Eloise Potgieter, Mike McCaully, Gino Fabbri and Donovan Hattingh as musical director and virtuoso guitarist.

Great attention to detail and renditions faithful to the originals are promised by the Centrestage all-star band. The harmonies are considered spot on and the group has met the challenges faced by the complex vocal arrangements of the likes of The Beach Boys and California Girls, which are all presented in full. The rhythm section is made up of Gino Fabbri on drums, Mike McCaully on bass, with Rory McLaren and Candy G on keyboards. Wayne Kallis takes turns on acoustic and electric guitar and Andre Strydom drums on the Stones section, allowing funnyman Fabbri to strut his stuff as an eccentric Mick Jagger in the Rolling Stones segment of the show.

Donna Africa and Eloise Potgieter take honours fronting in the Abba segment, which features hits of the Swedes such as Dancing Queen, Mama Mia, Does Your Mother Know and Super trouper. The Beatles are paid tribute to in a whirlwind medley of favourites, while Bee Gees section provides the familiar falsetto treatment on hits such as Staying Alive, Tragedy, Grease and Night Fever are given the familiar falsetto treatment.

The surprise hit of the show is the rendition of the Credence Clearwater Revival hits such as Bad Moon Rising, Up Around the Bend, Have You Ever Seen the Rain and Hey Tonight are part of a set which generates strong audience participation.

The highlight of the evening promises to be Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody, which is performed in its entirety, including the operatic section in the middle! This is something which even Queen did not do in their live shows, choosing rather to leave the stage and have a video take care of this complex arrangement!

Tickets R80 booked through Computicket or Box-Office on 031 580 5555.




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