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BARE ESSENTIALS (article first published : 2002-02-7)

Popular performers Melanie Roberts, Shelley McLean and Evan Roberts have put together an evening of entertainment with the idea of getting "back to musical basics". Titled Bare Essentials, it will run at the Royal Hotel’s Backstage from February 1 to 17.

Simple, pure, vocal and piano with a touch of percussion, and some familiar songs with a slight "twist" in their presentation, Bare Essentials is light, relaxed and musically diverse. It includes songs from artists such as Elton John, John Denver, Shirley Bassey, George Gershwin, Faith Hill, Celine Dion, Al Jolson and Shania Twain as well as some theme songs from films like Moulin Rouge and Grease.

Sound is in the capable hands of Jackie Cunniffe with Stephen Woodroffe handling set design and lighting. The piano and vocal arrangements are by Evan Roberts and Shelley McLean with Melanie Roberts and Angela Dodds providing ideas.

Both Evan and Melanie have worked at The Backstage with sell-out shows while this is a break from the big stage for Shelley. "We don't want to call it a "cabaret or a show" says Melanie. “Come and see for yourself what the bare essentials of singing and music can be."

Bookings from Gita on 031 333-6000. Tickets include a three course meal.




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