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NEW YORK CITY BEAT (article first published : 2008-04-7)

After the exciting Big Band Swing show at The Dockyard Supper Theatre in Musgrave Centre, the production team has decided to remain in the USA for its next offering. Dockyard owner and producer, Stuart Mey has teamed up with local entertainer, Wallace Nock to put together New York City Beat, a production that celebrates the music emanating from the famous Brill Building in Brooklyn New York.

In the 60s, songwriters who became major recording artists in their own rights worked from the Brill Building creating songs as well as TV and radio jingles. These artists - whose music will be celebrated in New York City Beat, include: Barry Manilow, Neil Diamond, Barbra Streisand, Carole King, Bette Midler, Carly Simon, Burt Bacharach and Neil Sedaka. Many of these artists began their careers composing jingles and songs for other artists; Barry Manilow in fact began his career as a backing pianist for Bette Midler before breaking through with his own hit, Mandy.

New York City Beat features the greatest hits of the aforementioned artists. Songs like; Neil Diamondís Sweet Carolineí/i>, Barry Manilowís Copa Cabana, Barbra Streisandís The Way We Were, Bette Midlerís Wind Beneath My Wings, Carole Kingís You Got a Friend, Carly Simonís Youíre So Vain and a string of hits from the pen of Burt Bacharach like Raindrops Keep Falling on my Head, I Say a Little PrayerÖ to mention but a few.

This show introduces some new faces to The Dockyard in the form of fresh faced Claire de Beer and welcomes the return of Nicky Mey. Male vocals will be handled by Wallace Nock (also on saxophone) and Stuart Mey, with musical direction by Bruce Boome.

New York City Beat kicks off on April 3 and runs Wednesdays to Sundays at R180 pp for a two-course meal and show (R140pp Sunday special for one-course Roast Dinner and show). Tickets available at the box office on 031 201 9147 or visit www.dockyardtheatre.co.za




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