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DRINKS ON ME (article first published : 2001-06-10)

Durban welcomes back the star of Rouge Pulp and Grease: the Stadium Spectacular, Amra-Faye Wright, who in November last year teamed up with saxophonist Chris Luke at the Royal Hotelís Backstage Theatre. She now appears in association with Very Very Big Productions at Langoustine Theatre by the Sea in another sexy and glamorous cabaret Drinks on Me.

This one-woman show - performed by five people! - traces aspects of Amra-Faye's life in show business, in particular, the cabaret scene in South Africa and Europe, and the sometimes bizarre circumstances that led from a fairly mundane farm existence to the bright lights of the showbiz world.

Drinks on Me is interwoven with stories of backstage escapades, nerve-wracking auditions and compromising situations (men, money, and....murder) - all those intriguing things that make life worth living. There is a touch of the dark and intoxicating Berlin Cabaret scene of the 30ís in the style of Ute Lemper and Liza Minnelli, complete with chairs and stilettoed dancers. But all is not glitz and glamour and Drinks on Me carries some poignant moments not always associated with the showbiz lifestyle.

Some of the numbers included are: Cell Block Tango (from Chicago - where Amra-Faye plays all six characters in the one song!), Naughty Lola, Nobody Does It Like Me, Viper (from Ainít Misbehaving), Big Spender (from Sweet Charity), On My Own, Rough and Ready Man, Diamonds Are Forever, and many more.

Couturier Brandon Brett has created extravagant costumes which allow lightning quick changes which are a signature of Amra-Fayeís performances. With award-winning choreographer David Gouldie in control of choreography, lighting design by Hugh Turner, sets by Greg King and direction by Mark Hawkins, the show promises to an enjoyable evening out.

Tickets R110 include a three-course meal. Bookings on (031) 563-7324.




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