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DOCKYARD NEWS (article first published : 2008-02-20)

Forthcoming attractions at the Dockyard Theatre in Musgrave Centre present a varied line-up for the year.

In March, Dockyard will host an intimate soiree showcasing the music of Tony Bennett titled I Left My Heart In San Francisco. The show will be hosted by Stuart Mey who along with Albert Bristow will handle the vocals.

Over the Easter weekend, in keeping with the ‘lounge singer genre’, The Dockyard will host the first of what is hoped will become an annual event, The Dockyard Easter Swing Festival. Stuart Mey, ably assisted by musical director Bruce Boome, will present the music of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jnr. backed by a 12-piece big band.

In April and May The Dockyard will present The Brooklyn Boys, a reworking of the highly successful Beautiful Noise, which ran at the Royal Hotel’s Backstage some years back. Originally performance to backing tracks, the show will now feature The Dockyard Show Band and celebrates the music and song writing skills of two of Brooklyn’s favourite sons, Barry Manilow and Neil Diamond.

The long awaited tribute to American soft rock group The Eagles comes to The Dockyard in time for the July holidays, June – July. With the musical accuracy that Dockyard band has become famous for, Stuart Mey and his team will present a salute to the music of Don Henley, Glen Frey, Joe Walsh and Timothy B. Schmidt using a nine-piece band.

Following The Eagles, Durban’s top young guitar whiz Chris Brink, takes the spotlight and showcases his talent in Mr. Guitar. Together with a tightly-knit band, Chris will cover the worlds best loved and best known guitar solos. Songs from groups like Led Zepplin, Deep Purple, Guns & Roses, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Joe Satriani and others.

The year will end with the vibey type of show that Dockyard patrons have become accustomed to over the past few years. Lets Get This Party Started will be along similar lines of Latino Magic and Disco Fever featuring the world’s greatest party classics. This show will run until New Years Eve, with the first week in January 2009 seeing the eagerly awaited tribute to the Beach Boys, just in time for that hot Durban summer.

More information on Dockyard events on 031 201 9147.




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