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THE JAZZ SINGER (article first published : 2006-08-5)

Having broken all attendance records at the Hillcrest’s Heritage Theatre earlier this year, The Jazz Singer returns for a five-week run from August 8.

A tribute to the musical genius of Neil Diamond, the show played to packed houses and scored rave reviews from both patrons and critics.

An exuberant salute to the songs of one of the most successful recording artists in history, The Jazz Singer delivers Diamond’s most popular hits spanning the last four decades - from romantic ballads and perennial sing-a-longs to disco standards and good old rock ‘n roll.

Heading the talented cast is versatile Durban entertainer Grant Bell who shares the limelight with guitar maestro Barry Thomson and seasoned musician Wallace Nock.

The top-class band is fronted by musical director Dawn Selby with Mali Sewell on drums and Glen Turrell on bass.

Together they take audiences on a nostalgic trip down memory land with hits such as Sweet Caroline, Song Sung Blue, Cracklin’ Rosie, Hello Again, Love on the Rocks, Beautiful Noise, Red Red Wine and Longfellow Serenade.

Born in Brooklyn, US, to a poor Jewish family, Neil Leslie Diamond’s first hit song, I’m A Believer (performed by The Monkeys), rocketed to the top of the billboards in 1966. With more than 40 albums to his name and over 110-million record sales worldwide, Diamond is still the third biggest seller of live concert tickets across the globe, behind The Eagles and U2.

Judging by the show’s previous sell-out performances The Jazz Singer promises to do justice to Neil Diamond’s enduring appeal.

The Jazz Singer runs until September 10 with shows from Tuesday to Saturday at 19h00 for the meal with the show at 20h30 (Sunday lunchtime specials at 12h30 for lunch with the show at 14h00.

Tickets R165 (R140 Tuesday nights and Sunday lunch) including a two-course meal. A separate dessert menu is available. Bookings on 031 765 4197.




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