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MILESTONES TO THE MILLENNIUM (article first published : 2001-10-9)

This is the latest in a string of hit shows by musician extraordinaire Mike McCullagh, best known for his playing and song-writing abilities in South Africaís top group of the 70ís, McCully Workshop. He has produced and directed several smash hit shows, the best known being Station 70; Beatlemania; 60 Something and now Milestones to the Millennium.

This show had its preview at last yearís Grahamstown Festival and was an immediate sell-out. Catering for young and old alike, it covers five decades of rock Ďn roll hits, from the velvet tones of the 50ís with the likes of Jerry Lee Lewis and Ray Charles through to the swinging 60ís (Beatles, Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Hair the Musical). On to the 70ís and the Eagles, Elton John, Tina Turner and Rocky Horror Show; the 80ís with Bob Marley, Dire Straits and Queen, and the 90ís featuring Ricky Martin, Madonna and the Spice Girls. The show features top South African musical talent with demon drummer Mike himself at the helm and his son James on bass guitar.

Dubbed as South Africaís Elton John, keyboardist James Dobson stops the show with his rendition of Donít Let the Sun Go Down on Me and Crocodile Rock as do his impressions of Mick Jagger, Gary Glitter and Rocky Horrorís Riff-Raff. The extraordinary vocal talent of Abigail Petersen is brought to the fore with her versions of Imagine, Simply the Best and Material Girl.

Exhibitionist guitarist Jason Guile wows audiences with his Jimi Hendrix interpretation while his imitations of Eric Clapton, Bryan Adams, Mark Knoffler and Bob Marley show his extraordinary versatility. Guitarist ďJJĒ Cale Barnsbyís speedy, smooth-flowing style of guitar playing directly compliments Jasonís antics.

The highly energised Milestones to the Millennium opens in the Playhouse Cellar on October 17 and continues through the festive season.

Tickets R120 Tuesday to Saturday include a three course meal from 19h00. Tickets R90 on Sundays with two-course meal from 18h00. Tickets R40 for the early cocktail performance (no meal) on Fridays at 17h15. Book at TicketWeb.




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