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ROUGE PULP (article first published : 2000-10-22)

The popular Backstage supper theatre venue at the Royal Hotel will host award-winning cabaret entertainer Amra-Faye and talented saxophonist Christopher Luke in their production Rouge Pulp from October 31 to December 16.

The duo has created an unusual, varied and very entertaining cabaret. Their unique combination of vocals and saxophone takes the audience through a range of moods and musical styles from light jazz and steamy blues to Broadway show-stoppers and popular music.

Rouge Pulp, which is a lipstick brand name and nickname for Amra-Faye, tells the story of her experiences in the world of show business in South Africa and aboard. The hour-long show includes numbers from the intoxicating Berlin cabaret scene of the 30’s where they pay tribute to Charles Aznavour, Marlene Dietrich and Edith Piaf to a look at Men (and Women) and the Way Things Are, when you are blonde and buxom. There’s also a tongue-in-cheek look behind the glamour of the "extravaganza" style of theatre in a comical rendition of Showgirls, the Real Story!.

Apart from appearing at numerous venues throughout Southern Africa, Amra-Faye has performed in such exotic countries as Korea, Egypt, Monte Carlo and at the Sydney 2000 Olympics. She is best remembered by Durban audiences for her fine performance in Elvis Las Vegas Extravaganza which played at the Playhouse last year and won her an FNB Vita award for best performance in a musical.

Christopher Luke is a musician with flair and style who also appeared in Elvis Las Vegas Extravaganza as well as in Return to the Forbidden Planet and Annie. Apart from being an accomplished saxophonist, he also plays the clarinet, pennywhistle and electric bass guitar. He has played music across a broad spectrum of styles from musical theatre to big band sound, to rock 'n roll and experimental African Trance.

Performances take place from Wednesdays to Saturdays. Bookings through Royal Hotel Reservations on (031) 304-0331.




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